Pa. Justices Say Court, Not Jury, Must Interpret Farm Law

By Alex Wolf (December 22, 2015, 5:15 PM EST) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Monday that a court, not a jury, should determine whether a farm's use of sewage sludge as fertilizer should be shielded from public nuisance actions, overturning an appellate ruling and upholding the biosolids' use as a "normal agricultural operation."

In a unanimous ruling, the high court said a lawsuit against a Pennsylvania farm and its fertilizer supplier, a Synagro Technologies Inc. unit, was barred by the state's Right to Farm Act. The justices found that a lower court was correct in not only taking on the role of deciding the case, but also ruling that the...

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