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CITY PITTSBURGH v. ALLEGHENY COUNTY DISTRIBUTORS (02/15/85)

filed: February 15, 1985.

CITY OF PITTSBURGH
v.
ALLEGHENY COUNTY DISTRIBUTORS, INC., S.C. HAMILTON, PRESIDENT OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY DISTRIBUTORS INC. AND HARLEY-DAVIDSON, INC. SUCCESSORS TO ALLEGHENY COUNTY DISTRIBUTORS, INC. APPEAL OF PITTSBURGH HARLEY-DAVIDSON, INC.



No. 00696 Pittsburgh 1983, APPEAL FROM THE ORDER ENTERED MAY 5, 1983 IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY, CIVIL NO. G.D. 83-07283

COUNSEL

Robert Federline, Pittsburgh, for appellant.

Kellen McClendon, Pittsburgh, for appellees.

Cirillo, Tamilia and Montgomery, JJ.

Author: Cirillo

[ 339 Pa. Super. Page 110]

This is an appeal by appellant, Pittsburgh Harley-Davidson, Inc., from an order of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County refusing to open a confessed judgment. We affirm.

Early in 1957, Allegheny County Distributors, Inc. (ACDI) entered into a written month-to-month lease agreement with the City of Pittsburgh, for the use and possession of certain real property. Among the terms of the lease were: a confession of judgment and warrant of attorney clause; a provision for thirty days' notice to vacate; and a clause providing that:

All rights and liabilities herein given to or imposed upon either of the parties hereto, shall extend to the heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns of each party. If the Tenant lawfully occupies the premises after the end of the term, this Lease and all its terms, provisions, conditions, covenants, confession, or confession of judgment, waivers, remedies, and any and all of Lessor's rights herein especially given and agreed

[ 339 Pa. Super. Page 111]

    to, shall be in force for another month and so on from month to month as long as the relation of Landlord and Tenant continues. (Emphasis added).

In 1975, ACDI changed its name to Pittsburgh Harley-Davidson, Inc. (PHDI). The name change was effectuated for better advertising and identification of appellant's business. In the words of the president of PHDI: "It is the same company under a different name . . . same officers, same location, same store, same dealership."

The circumstances giving rise to the instant action began in March, 1983, when the City gave PHDI notice that the lease was terminated and requested that the property be vacated. Approximately two months later, the property not having been vacated, the City filed a complaint in confession of judgment for possession of the property. The following day, the City caused a writ of execution for possession of the property to be issued by the Prothonotary.

PHDI then filed a petition to set aside or stay execution and to strike or open the confessed judgment. The trial court issued a rule to show cause why the judgment should not be stricken and stayed execution on the judgment. The court denied the issuance of a rule to show cause why the judgment should ...


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