Press release on Wyeth suit

Borough of West Chester, Pennsylvania
Press Release 7/17/14

On July 13, 2014, following a week-long trial, the Chester County Court of Common Pleas found in favor of the Borough of West Chester on all of its claims in its recent lawsuit with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

The dispute stemmed from a 1984 agreement that required Wyeth to pay its fair share of certain costs incurred by the Borough in operating the Goose Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant, which was designed and built in large part to accommodate waste water produced by the Wyeth plant formerly located on the corner of South Bolmar and East Nields Streets in the Borough.

The Court found that the agreement remains valid and enforceable and that Wyeth must continue to make the quarterly payments required under the agreement. The Court also determined that Wyeth must pay the Borough $1,719,235.27 representing the payments Wyeth refused to make through the third quarter of 2013.

The Borough remains hopeful that Wyeth, now controlled by Pfizer, Inc. will demonstrate corporate responsibility by abiding by the Court’s decision, bringing their past due sewer account up to date, and paying their future obligations in a timely fashion.

The Borough was represented by Sigmund Fleck and Anthony Brichta of Buckley Brion McGuire & Morris LLP.

Jordan C. Norley
President of Council
West Chester Borough

Big law and the judges

It’s nice when companies sponsor public events (like the May Day Festival in West Chester on May 5), but isn’t this a little crass:

May Day Festival 2013

Besides the yard signs for a judicial candidate near the bottom, the table also held campaign literature and buttons.

The same law firm, whose second named partner is the former long-time head of the ChesCo Republican party and has been Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board since 2011, also openly supported a judge candidate in 2011.

How much do a big law firm, a political party, and a judge candidate work together around here? Too much.