Judge Says Pa. Drilling Lawsuit Settlement Is Public Record

Law360, Philadelphia (March 20, 2013, 3:57 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania state court judge ruled Wednesday in favor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette when she determined that the public had the right to view details of a settlement agreement between three gas drilling companies and a western Pennsylvania family.

In the 31-page opinion detailing the justifications for revealing the terms of the settlement between Range Resources, MarkWest Energy Partners, Williams Gas/Laurel Mountain Midstream Partners, and Stephanie and Chris Hallowich, Washington County Court of Common Pleas Judge Debbie O'Dell-Seneca concluded that businesses do not hold a right...
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