Appeals Nos. 17 and 18 January Term, 1978, from Decree of Orphans' Court Division of Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia at No. 253 of 1943; Charles Klein, Judge.
Philip A. Bregy, Cuthbert H. Latta, Drinker, Biddle & Reath, Philadelphia, for appellant at No. 17 and appellee at No. 18.
William White, Martin A. Heckscher, Virginia K. Scott, Duane, Morris & Heckscher, Philadelphia, for appellant at No. 18 and appellee at No. 17.
John J. Lombard, Jr., Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel, Minturn T. Wright, III, Saul Levit, H. Ober Hess, Edmund L. Harvey, Jr., Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, Benjamin R. Jones, John R. Latourette, Jr., William H. Henrich, Jr., Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish, Levy & Kauffman, Philadelphia, for appellees at Nos. 17 and 18.
Eagen, C. J., and O'Brien, Roberts, Pomeroy, Nix, Manderino and Larsen, JJ. Larsen, J., filed a dissenting opinion. Roberts and Manderino, JJ., dissent and would reverse the decree of the court below and dismiss the Petition for Declaratory Judgment.
The motion to dismiss the appeals is granted. Each party pay own costs.
LARSEN, Justice, dissenting.
I dissent; the appellants' appeal should not be dismissed. Appellees are clearly not entitled to a Declaratory Judgment because any such judgment would be advisory. Advisory opinions are not within the purview of the Declaratory Judgment Act; hence, the lower court would have no jurisdiction to act.