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SATUREN v. GIBRALTAR MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY. (04/13/60)

April 13, 1960

SATUREN, APPELLANT,
v.
GIBRALTAR MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY.



Appeal, No. 61, Oct. T., 1960, from order of Municipal Court of Philadelphia County, Nov. T., 1959, No. 3146, in case of Gertrude Saturen v. Gibraltar Mutual Insurance Company. Order affirmed.

COUNSEL

Grace Cohn, for appellant.

Robert Schaffer, for appellee.

Before Rhodes, P.j., Gunther, Wright, Woodside, Ervin, Watkins, and Montgomery, JJ.

Author: Rhodes

[ 192 Pa. Super. Page 118]

OPINION BY RHODES, P.J.

This is an appeal from the order of the Municipal Court of Philadelphia making absolute defendant's rule to reinstate its appeal from a judgment of a magistrate originally secured by plaintiff. On November 4, 1959, plaintiff obtained a judgment against defendant before a magistrate in the amount of $99.51 plus costs

[ 192 Pa. Super. Page 119]

    of $7.50. Defendant took an appeal from this judgment to the Municipal Court of Philadelphia on November 20, 1959. On December 11, 1959, plaintiff's attorney, on motion, caused the appeal to be stricken from the record on the ground of the alleged failure of defendant to give notice to plaintiff of the appeal in accordance with Rule 9 of the Municipal Court of Philadelphia, which provides: "An appeal taken from the judgment of a magistrate shall not be perfected unless the party filing same shall, within 21 days thereafter, file proof that he has given notice personally or by registered mail to the adverse party, stating the date of filing and the term and number of the proceeding. If the appeal be not thus perfected, it shall be ipso facto ended and of no effect; in such event, upon order of appellee, or his attorney, the clerk shall mark the appeal 'stricken from the record.'"

On December 15, 1959, defendant filed a rule to show cause why its appeal from the magistrate's judgment should not be reinstated. Defendant's petition in support of the rule avers that the magistrate's judgment listed plaintiff's address as "Gertrude Saturen, c/o Grace Cohn, Esquire, 727 Commercial Trust Building"; that defendant filed an appeal on November 20, 1959, in the Municipal Court of Philadelphia, and on November 23, 1959, sent a certified letter giving notice of the appeal to Grace Cohn, Esq., at 727 Commercial Trust Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; that defendant's attorney sent another letter of notice by ordinary mail to Grace Cohn, Esq., on December 1, 1959, which letter was never returned; that defendant's attorney attempted to telephone Grace Cohn several times but she was not available. Defendant further averred that he awaited the return of the receipt before filing an affidavit of service under Rule 9. Plaintiff's answer denied the averments in the petition stating that "plaintiff... is without knowledge or information sufficient

[ 192 Pa. Super. Page 120]

    to form a belief as to the truth or facts of the allegations contained" in the petition.

The court below, after argument, on February 5, 1960, made defendant's rule absolute and reinstated the appeal. On February 9, 1960, by order of the court below, defendant filed an affidavit of service of notice of appeal nunc pro tunc in which it averred that it sent a certified letter addressed to plaintiff's attorney on November 22, 1959, which was returned December 17, 1959, ...


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