​​​​​​​Verizon Defeats Pa. Town In Cell Tower Challenge

Law360 (January 15, 2020, 7:52 PM EST) -- A federal judge handed Verizon a victory Wednesday in its suit against a Pennsylvania town that denied the company permission to build a cell tower on the town's property. 

U.S. District Judge Robert D. Mariani ordered the Smithfield Township Board of Supervisors to grant Verizon its permit to construct a 95-foot-tall cell tower in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, agreeing with the country’s largest telecom provider that “at every turn” the board's “reasons for denying Verizon’s application [in 2017] with respect to the ‘general’ requirements are not supported by substantial evidence.”

In his summary judgment ruling, Judge Mariani wrote that he couldn't identify “any...

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