March 16, 1960
Appeal, No. 342, Jan. T., 1959, from order of Court of Common Pleas No. 7 of Philadelphia County, June T., 1957, No. 7137, in case of Henri Borbach, executor of the estate of Emily Borbach, et al. v. Henry Borbach, Jr. et al. Order affirmed. Equity. Adjudication filed granting defendants' petition for referral to arbitration and for a stay of proceedings, and order entered, opinion by SLOANE, P.J. Plaintiff appealed.
David Kanner, for appellant.
Joseph H. Savitz, with him Joseph Sharfsin and Harold B. Lipsius, for appellees.
Before Jones, C.j., Bell, Musmanno, Jones, Cohen, Bok and Mcbride, JJ.
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OPINION BY MR. JUSTICE BELL
Plaintiff entered into a partnership agreement on April 6, 1949, with his wife and three children. Plaintiff, on his own behalf and as executor of his wife's will, filed a complaint in equity in 1957 alleging that
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defendants had breached the partnership agreement in April 1950 and thereafter, and after averring he had no adequate remedy at law, requested a conveyance to himself of premises 1330 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, and to him as executor premises situate at Beach and Decatur Streets, Cape May, New Jersey, and an accounting of the partnership business from April 16, 1949 to the date of the bill of complaint.
The partnership agreement provided in paragraph 9: "Should any disagreement arise from any cause Whatsoever between the co-partners or the survivor of them or the executor or administrator of a deceased co-partner, then the matter shall be referred for arbitration to seven (7) arbitrators, five to be chosen to represent each of the present co-partners, or the heirs, executors or administrators of a deceased co-partner and the five arbitrators so chosen shall select two more. The decision of the majority of the arbitrators shall be final and binding as provided in the Act of April 25, 1927, P.L. 381 and its Supplements."
Plaintiff averred, inter alia, that upon dissolution of the partnership the Philadelphia property, 1330 Walnut Street, was to revert back to the plaintiff and that when in April, 1950, the defendants formed a corporation for the operation of the business at 1330 Walnut Street they thereby terminated the partnership.
Defendants, in accordance with Act of April 25, 1927, P.L. 381, No. 248, § 2, as amended by Act of June 21, 1935, P.L. 400, § 1, 5 PS § 162, petitioned the Court to stay proceedings and to refer the matter to arbitration pursuant to paragraph 9 of the partnership agreement, which requires any disagreement arising from any cause whatsoever to be referred to arbitration by arbitrators chosen as provided in the agreement.
The Court below stayed proceedings and referred the controversy to arbitration in accordance with the terms of the contract which plaintiffs themselves
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prayed the Court in equity to enforce. Plaintiffs now appeal from the Order of the lower Court.
Under the facts and circumstances of the instant case the order of the lower Court staying proceedings and referring all the controversies to arbitration was proper and just.
Order affirmed; costs to be paid by appellants.
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