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ALDRIDGE v. GREAT ATLANTIC & PACIFIC TEA COMPANY (11/10/58)

THE SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


November 10, 1958

ALDRIDGE, APPELLANT,
v.
GREAT ATLANTIC & PACIFIC TEA COMPANY

Appeal, No. 150, March T., 1958, from judgment of Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Jan. T., 1944, No. 312, in case of J. J. Aldridge v. The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company. Judgment affirmed.

COUNSEL

Theodore M. Tracy, with him Edward O. Spotts, for appellant.

William H. Eckert, with him Milton W. Lamproplos, and Eckert, Seamans & Cherin, for appellee.

Before Jones, C.j., Bell, Musmanno, Jones and Cohen, JJ.

Author: Jones

[ 394 Pa. Page 57]

OPINION BY MR. CHIEF JUSTICE JONES.

This appeal is from a judgment of non pros entered on the defendant's petition.

Where a plaintiff neglects to prosecute his suit diligently and the delay would be harmfully prejudicial to the defendant, if the suit were to be put to trial, the entry of a judgment of non pros is appropriate: Alker v.

[ 394 Pa. Page 58]

The Philadelphia National Bank, 372 Pa. 327, 332-333, 93 A.2d 699.

The facts appearing of record in the present case, and referred to in the opinion of President Judge McNAUGHER for the court en banc, fully justify the action of the court below in entering the judgment of non pros. That being so, nothing is to be gained by prolonging the discussion. Such a judgment is reversible on appeal only where its entry constitutes a manifest abuse of discretion (Wingert v. Anderson, 309 Pa. 402, 403, 164 A. 333) - a circumstance entirely absent in the present instance.

Disposition

Judgment affirmed.

19581110

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