Zoning Laws & Methadone Treatment

We brought a lawsuit in 2004 on behalf of a methadone treatment provider, New Directions Treatment Services, which had been prevented from opening a facility in Reading, Pa., as well as residents with opiate addiction and in need of treatment. After the district court dismissed the case, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the dismissal and struck down the Pennsylvania statute in 2007.

Case Progress

August 2014
More than $270,000 in attorney fees was awarded to RHJ

February 2013
Third Circuit reply brief filed

August 2012
Court entered judgment in favor of RHJ and was entitled to $132,800 in damages

February 2012
Bench trial commences

October 2011
Both parties filed motions for partial summary judgment, the Court denied both motions

December 2010
RHJ has the standing to sue the City of DuBois for discriminatory practices

Staff on the Case
Michael Churchill
Michael Churchill