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Smithson v. Columbia Gas of PA/Nisorce and Maple Grove Enterprises

Pennsylvania Superior Court

August 9, 2021

This litigant should have retained an attorney, who would’ve hired Sullivan | Simon to ghostwrite the brief. Smithson owns land in Clarion County. He filed a complaint asserting claims that the defendants unlawfully removed natural gas from his land and later sold it back to him. The trial court granted the defendants’ motion for summary judgment and dismissed the case with prejudice. The Pennsylvania Superior Court dismissed the appeal. The Court ruled that Smithson impeded appellate review because he failed to comply with multiple Rules of Appellate Procedure. Smithson’s pro se brief, a six-page handwritten document with attachments, violated various sections of Pa.R.A.P. 2111(a).

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