No. 649 Philadelphia, 1980, Appeal from the Judgment of the Court of Common Pleas, Civil Division, of Philadelphia County, No. 1137, November Term, 1972.
Chester T. Cyzio, Philadelphia, for appellant.
Judith N. Dean, Deputy City Solicitor, Philadelphia, for City of Philadelphia, appellee.
Richard S. March, Philadelphia, for Yoblick, etc., appellees.
Hester, DiSalle and Popovich, JJ.
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Appellant, Inez Del Quadro, has filed this appeal from an order of the lower court entering judgment on the pleadings, Pa.R.C.P. 1034, in favor of appellee, City of Philadelphia;*fn1
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the judgment having been entered for want of a sufficient reply to new matter. We vacate the judgment and remand.
Appellant brought this action in trespass to recover damages for personal injuries which she suffered as a result of a fall on a public street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Although the cause of action arose on October 19, 1970, a writ of summons was not filed until November 13, 1972. After the complaint was filed, appellee filed an answer and new matter averring, inter alia, that appellant's claim was barred by the statute of limitations.*fn2 In her reply to appellee's new matter, appellant denied that her claim was barred and further averred that
As noted, the lower court entered judgment on the pleadings on the basis that appellant had failed to plead sufficient facts to estop appellee from asserting the statute of limitations; the court having determined that certain statements made in appellant's memorandum of law were insufficient to support appellant's claim of estoppel. (Record at 11-12).
It is fundamental that a judgment on the pleadings should not be entered where there are unknown or disputed issues of fact. North Star Coal Co. v. Waverly Oil Works Co., 447 Pa. 241, 288 A.2d 768 (1972). The court must treat the motion as if it were a preliminary objection in the nature of a demurrer. Trost v. Clover, 234 Pa. Super. 255, 338 A.2d 630 (1975). In ...