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ROBERT M. SUPLEE v. CHARLES L. LEEDOM (07/16/82)

filed: July 16, 1982.

ROBERT M. SUPLEE, APPELLANT,
v.
CHARLES L. LEEDOM, VARRELL D. LEEDOM AND JACK BURGESS, JR., INTERVENOR



No. 1233 Philadelphia, 1981, Appeal from Order of the Court of Common Pleas, Civil Division, of Delaware County at No. 80-14314.

COUNSEL

Manya L. Kamerling, Philadelphia, for appellant.

John W. Wellman, Media, for Leedom, appellees.

Robert B. Surrick, Media, for Burgess, Jr., intervenor.

Hester, Cavanaugh and Shertz, JJ. Shertz, J., did not participate in the consideration or decision of this case.

Author: Cavanaugh

[ 302 Pa. Super. Page 40]

We are asked in this appeal to review an order granting partial summary judgment against plaintiff-appellant Robert Suplee and dismissing the remaining counts of the complaint filed by him for lack of personal jurisdiction over defendant-appellees Charles and Varrell Leedom.

Suplee filed a complaint in equity on October 17, 1980, requesting specific performance of an agreement of sale and compensatory and punitive damages. The agreement, entered into in August, 1978, involves a sale by the Leedoms to Suplee of a parcel of land located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The Leedoms filed preliminary objections to the complaint, demurring to the count for specific performance on the basis of laches and claiming that the court lacked personal jurisdiction over them insofar as the request for monetary damages was concerned. The Leedoms have at all times relevant to this case been residents of the state of Florida.

[ 302 Pa. Super. Page 41]

Pursuant to a stipulation of the parties, Jack Burgess was permitted to enter the suit as an intervenor in March, 1981. The Leedoms and Burgess filed separate motions for summary judgment and on April 3, 1981, the lower court entered an order granting partial summary judgment, decreeing that Suplee was not entitled to specific performance of the agreement of sale, and also dismissing that portion of the complaint requesting monetary damages for lack of jurisdiction. Suplee has appealed from that order and we now reverse.

We note initially that:

It is settled law in the Commonwealth that one who moves for a summary judgment has the burden of showing that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact. Schacter v. Albert, 212 Pa. Super. 58, 239 A.2d 841 (1968). The court should accept as true all well pleaded facts and any admissions on file, but should resolve any doubts as to the existence of a genuine issue of a material fact against the moving party. Schacter v. Albert, supra. On appeal from a summary judgment, this court must examine the record ...


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