Pa. Doc Loses Challenge To Fracking Gag Order Law

Law360, Philadelphia (October 24, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Wednesday that a physician did not have standing to challenge a new state law allowing drilling companies to require doctors to sign confidentiality orders before disclosing the chemical make-up of hydraulic fracturing fluids workers have been exposed to on the job.

U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo dismissed the lawsuit after concluding that damages alleged by Dr. Alfonso Rodriguez — including infringement of his First Amendment rights by preventing him from sharing information about the contents of fracking fluid with colleagues...
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