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MARLENE C. MORRISON AND GEORGE MORRISON H/W APPELLANTS v. DAVID J. SPEARS (04/23/82)

filed: April 23, 1982.

MARLENE C. MORRISON AND GEORGE MORRISON H/W APPELLANTS,
v.
DAVID J. SPEARS, THE BOROUGH OF LANSDALE AND COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION



No. 2125 Philadelphia, 1980, Appeal from Order of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Trial Division at No. 4091 April Term, 1980

COUNSEL

James E. Beasley, Philadelphia, for appellants.

John M. McNally, Jr., Philadelphia, for appellees.

Spaeth, Beck and Lipez, JJ. Spaeth, J., files a dissenting opinion.

Author: Beck

[ 298 Pa. Super. Page 522]

This appeal arises from an action in trespass to recover for personal injuries suffered by Marlene Morrison when a car carrying her husband, George Morrison, and herself collided with that of David Spears at an intersection in Lansdale, Pennsylvania on July 12, 1979. Plaintiffs, Marlene and George Morrison, allege negligent design of the intersection and defective traffic signals as contributing causes. Plaintiffs brought suit in Philadelphia County against Spears, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation,

[ 298 Pa. Super. Page 523]

    and the Borough of Lansdale. The Borough filed preliminary objections, moving to dismiss for improper venue. The lower court thereafter transferred the case to Montgomery County. Plaintiffs appealed from the order of transfer and filed a Petition for Reconsideration which was denied.

Appellants argue that the trial should take place in Philadelphia County. We note that the accident occurred in Montgomery County, the Morrisons and Mr. Spears live in Montgomery County, and the Borough of Lansdale is situated in Montgomery County. We add parenthetically that this case has but one tenuous link to Philadelphia County: the Department of Transportation has an office in Philadelphia. The lower court noted that this defendant also maintains offices in Montgomery County.

It appears that venue in this case was properly transferred pursuant to Pa.R.C.P. 2103(b) and 1006(c). The former states:

Except when the Commonwealth is the plaintiff or when otherwise provided by an Act of Assembly, an action against a political subdivision may be brought only in the county in which the political subdivision is located.

Appellants assert that where there are multiple defendants, Pa.R.C.P. 1006(c) controls. That rule states:

An action to enforce a joint or joint and several liability against two or more defendants, except actions in which the Commonwealth is a party defendant, may be brought against all defendants in any county in which the venue may be laid against any one of ...


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