Beveridge & Diamond Argues Before Pennsylvania Supreme Court for Right to Farm Act Protection

Jimmy Slaughter, a litigator in Beveridge & Diamond’s Washington office, argued before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court  for protection from tort lawsuits for farmers and their contractors  under the Pennsylvania Right to Farm Act’s statute of repose.  Eleven amici, including the Pennsylvania Attorney General, the City of Philadelphia, and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, supported Mr. Slaughter’s clients in seeking judicial enforcement of a robust Right to Farm Act.  Law360 quoted a portion of Mr. Slaughter’s argument:

“Biosolids are recognized as an agricultural fertilizer under many Pennsylvania and federal laws and regulations.  The normal agricultural operation definition in the Right to Farm Act is a very expansive definition that encompasses all manner of agricultural operations. Biosolids and use of bulk organic fertilizer easily qualify under that broad definition.”

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Mr. Slaughter was also quoted in The Legal Intelligencer regarding the importance of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s first review of the 1982 Right to Farm Act. Read the full article (subscription required).

The video of the complete oral argument is available here (third clip of May 5 arguments).