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Judge sanctions township attorneys $52,000

January 8, 2018

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal judge in Pennsylvania has sanctioned two attorneys $52,000 for their “continued pursuit of frivolous claims and defenses.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Thomas Linzey and Elizabeth Dunne, of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, were representing Grant Township in its fight to prevent an oil and gas wastewater disposal well from operating.

The judge ruled Friday the attorneys must pay 10 percent of attorney’s fees and costs that Pennsylvania General Energy says it incurred while trying to challenge the township. The judge also named Linzey to the state Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Board for further punishment.

The legal defense fund says they are being punished for working to “elevate the rights of communities over fossil fuel corporations.”

A Pennsylvania General Energy representative says the company is happy with the decision.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

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