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CHRISIE SCOUMIOU v. UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION (12/18/81)

filed: December 18, 1981.

CHRISIE SCOUMIOU
v.
UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION, APPELLANT



No. 1177 Pittsburgh, 1980, Appeal from Order of the Court of Common Pleas, Civil Division, of Allegheny County at GD 77-01234, Issue No. 112965.

COUNSEL

James T. Carney, Pittsburgh, for appellant.

Dennis R. Joyce, Pittsburgh, for appellee.

Hester, Popovich and Montgomery, JJ.

Author: Popovich

[ 293 Pa. Super. Page 255]

This is an appeal from an order of the Common Pleas Court of Allegheny County dismissing Exceptions and a Petition for Reconsideration. For the following reasons, we quash the appeal.

Shorn of related proceedings not pertinent to our decision, the facts of the case are these:

On January 18, 1977, appellee, Chrisie Scoumiou, filed a praecipe for a Writ of Summons in Trespass and Assumpsit which writ was duly served upon appellant, the United States Steel Corporation, on January 24, 1977. No further action was taken, and the case was automatically dismissed pursuant to a local rule of Court, Rule 229(e) of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, which commands as follows:

[ 293 Pa. Super. Page 256]

"(e) TERMINATION OF INACTIVE CASES

Any matter pending in the Civil or Family Division in which there has been no activity of record for a period of two (2) years or more shall be terminated automatically by operation of law by reason of inactivity. The first period of two years is to begin on January first, 1973. The matter may be reactivated by the Court upon petition for good cause shown after such notice as the Court shall direct. The filing of a paper after automatic termination under this rule shall not reactivate the terminated matter. Adopted June 26, 1974. Eff. Jan. 1, 1975.

Note: This rule is adopted Pursuant to Rule 1901 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Judicial Administration, adopted May 10, 1973." (Emphasis added).

On May 12, 1980, appellee presented a petition to reactivate the case. After a hearing, the court issued an order on May 29, 1980, reactivating the matter and directing appellant to file a ...


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