Hershey: Appeal Court Adjourns Without Decision

12 September 2002

After listening to arguments, the seven-member Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg failed to reach a decision on Wednesday as to whether it would lift an injunction issued last week by the archaic-sounding Dauphin County Orphans Court.

That decision prevents The Milton Hershey School Trust - which controls 77% of the voting rights in Hershey Foods – from selling the company.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General, together with The Milton Hershey School Alumni Association (representing the orphan school’s former pupils) has argued a sale could harm the town of Hershey and its environs with potential plant closings and job losses.

The panel of judges did not reveal when it would issue a ruling, although this is unlikely to be longer than a few days.

Data sourced from: USA Today; additional content by WARC staff