Harrisburg Council Members' State Takeover Suit Nixed

Law360, Philadelphia (January 10, 2013, 3:09 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday rejected a suit brought by Harrisburg city council members challenging the constitutionality of the state's takeover of the fiscally troubled capital city, ruling that the plaintiffs did not having standing to pursue their claims.

Granting Gov. Tom Corbett's motion seeking dismissal of the suit, U.S. District Judge John Jones III found that members of Harrisburg's city council were barred from bringing the suit under the so-called political subdivision doctrine, which holds that municipalities do not have the authority to seek...
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