Hartnett v. PA Education Ass’n

Hartnett was the named party in a group of public-school teachers, who challenged a Pennsylvania statute that authorized their local unions to deduct fees from their paychecks even though the teachers did not belong to the union. After the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated another state’s similar statute, the parties all agreed that Pennsylvania’s law was unenforceable too. Therefore, the District Court held the case was mooted. The teachers appealed to the Third Circuit. The Court of the Third Circuit affirmed, holding the case was moot because there was no reasonable likelihood that the unions will seek to collect agency fees in the future.