Harrisburg might receive legal help from Pennsylvania as the capital city fights off a lawsuit that could force it to raise revenue to repay $282 million of outstanding incinerator debt.

Judge Charles Brown last week in Dauphin County Court postponed a hearing on the issue to Jan. 21 in order to give the Department of Community and Economic Development time to weigh in on the case, if it chooses to participate, according to lawyers who were present at Wednesday’s conference with the judge.

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