U.S. Third Circuit
3rd Circuit: Proposed Drug Safehouse in Philadelphia Violates Federal Law
While everyone agrees that the opioid crisis is causing significant harm to individuals, families, and communities across the nation, people disagree on the right response to reducing drug dependence. So far, unfortunately, little progress is being made. Over a hundred people die from a drug overdose every day. Countless more suffer job loss, broken relationships, and negative health consequences from opioid use.Read more about "3rd Circuit: Proposed Drug Safehouse in Philadelphia Violates Federal Law"
Federal Judge Finds Pennsylvania COVID-19 Restrictions Unconstitutional
Pennsylvanians upset about having to stay at home due to COVID-19 can get out their party hats, thanks to a decision by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV, a Trump appointee, has ruled that Governor Tom Wolf's emergency orders regarding the coronavirus violate residents' rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The decision overturns the state's stay-at-home order, restrictions on gatherings, and closing of "non-life-sustaining" businesses.Read more about "Federal Judge Finds Pennsylvania COVID-19 Restrictions Unconstitutional"
Sherwin-Williams Primed for Legal Disputes, Third Circuit Says "Wait a Minute"
A good offense may be the best defense, but you still need to have standing. Paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams was primed and ready for lead paint litigation rumored to be pending in several Pennsylvania counties. However, in this case, getting ahead of the problem was not the best move. Sherwin-Williams Goes on the Offensive Lehigh and Montgomery Counties sued Sherwin-Williams in 2018 over its sale of lead-based paint, with both hiring the same law firm to work on a contingency basis.Read more about "Sherwin-Williams Primed for Legal Disputes, Third Circuit Says "Wait a Minute""
Pittsburgh's "Buffer Zone" Ordinance Does Not Prevent Sidewalk Counseling at Abortion Clinics
Outside of two Planned Parenthood clinics in Pittsburgh, pro-life advocates have long engaged in protests, demonstrations, and other activity designed to reduce the number of abortions performed. Routine escalations in the 90s led to 24-hour police surveillance, which was eventually eliminated due to budget constraints.Read more about "Pittsburgh's "Buffer Zone" Ordinance Does Not Prevent Sidewalk Counseling at Abortion Clinics"
Third Circuit Clarifies When Public Employees Speak as Private Citizens
It is not always clear when public employees are acting in an official capacity and when they are acting as private citizens. The issue can be important when determining whether public employees have a legitimate cause of action to file a lawsuit for a violation of their constitutional right of free speech. If they are acting in an official capacity, they do not have a First Amendment right and employers can retaliate against them.Read more about "Third Circuit Clarifies When Public Employees Speak as Private Citizens"
Third Circuit Halts FCC Plan to Deregulate Broadcast Ownership Rules
Netflix just bought the global streaming rights to Seinfeld for $500 million, proving that there is value in re-runs. That’s not necessarily the case for the Federal Communications Commission, however, for whom the fourth time wasn’t the charm for updating certain rules regarding ownership of broadcast stations. The FCC’s position under Ajit Pai is that the promulgation of internet companies has rendered existing rules opposing the consolidation of radio and broadcasting stations obsolete.Read more about "Third Circuit Halts FCC Plan to Deregulate Broadcast Ownership Rules"
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