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ALBERT J. AIKENS v. BALTIMORE AND OHIO RAILROAD COMPANY (11/29/85)

filed: November 29, 1985.

ALBERT J. AIKENS, RICHARD J. AIKENS, CLIFFORD M. AIKENS, MICHAEL J. ALLOE, HELEN ARBLE, HAROLD E. BAILEY, EUGENE BAKER, MARTHA KAY BAKER, DONNA J. BANYAS, FRED BARTON, MICHAEL D. BATEMAN, DENNIS BELDIN, GEORGE BENEC, JOHN D. BENEC, REGINALD BETHUNE, JOHN BEY, HAROLD JOHN BLAKELY, BENJAMIN BROWN, JR., JAMES P. BUCCI, RONALD J. BURE, ALICE BURGETT, SIGMONDA CATALONE, EILJAH CHAPMAN, CHEA CHHIM, RICHARD CHOP, EDWARD D. COLLINGTON, GLENN CONNELL, JUANITA E. CONNOR, ANNABELLE COOPER, THELMA A. COX, DAVID CREIGHTON, JESSE CUMMINGS, ROBERT E. CUMMINGS, ROBERT EARL CUMMINGS, JR., EDDIE CUNNINGHAM, CHERYL DELUCIA, SAMUEL L. DEMARK, CLAUDINO T. DEVITO, MAUREEN DISIENA, DENNIS T. DONALDSON, WILLIAM R. DOW, LOIS F. ECKENROAD, RONALD FARREN, MICHAEL G. FELTON, JR., DON FETSICK, RICHARD T. FETSICK, THOMAS L. FETSICK, JAMES R. FIELDS, JEAN M. FIELDS, JOHN R. FINNIGAN, OZZIE W. FLETCHER, PATRICIA FOCHT, ROBERT L. GAY, ELLEN GOLDSMITH, BRYAN K. GOODROW, JAMES D. GREGORY, SANDRA GREGORY, DALE GRIFFITH, JAMES GROVANZ, DAVID HALLAWELL, JOHN HARDEN, ELYAH HARRIER, MACKINA HARRIER, HARRY D. HART, CHARLES J. HARTMAN, JR., PAUL E. HAVILAND, JACK A. HELSEL, KIEM HOANG, STEPHEN L. IRWIN, SYLVIA V. IVES, JAMES L. JACKSON, ADA JOHNSON, DORIS A. JOHNSON, MAXINE D. JOHNSON, EDNA S. JORDAN, PAUL J. KAMATS, MARCEL L. KANEWSKI, DAVID ALLEN KELLER, DELORES KESLAR, BERNARD C. KINNER, SUSAN KLINE, DARRYL KOUNTZ, NICHOLAS KRUL, LEO J. KURP, FRANK LAMANNA, EARL E. LANIOUS, ALEX LAPINSKI, ALEXANDER LAPINSKI, JR., JOYCE A. LEE, HARRY M. LINDSEY, JR., SARA L. LUCAS, WILLIAM LYNCH, LAWRENCE C. MACKLIN, HARRY E. MANSFIELD, WAYNE L. MAPP, FREDERICK C. MARSHALL, VICTORIA L. MARSHALL, JOSEPH N. MARTIS, STEPHEN A. MASZLE, EUGENE E. MCADAMS, CARL A. MCCOURT, VIVIAN MCFALL, RAYMOND MCFEATERS, MARTHA MILLER, ETHEL MILTON, JAMES MILTON, GERALD W. MOATE, JOYCE MOORE, LINDA K. MOORE, ROSELIE MOORE, MAY MOUA, PATRICK J. MULLEN, ALFRED M. NEENAN, PHAT NGUREN, ROGER NICHOLS, THOMAS M. NOWAKOWSKI, THOMAS E. OLIVER, TERRY J. O'NEILL, WILLIAM H. PENNINGTON, DENNIS PESOCK, RICKY L. PURCHELL, WILLIAM L. PUTT, ROBERT C. RIBICH, JAMES R. RICHARDS, ROBERT S. RIDLEY, YVONNE ROSE, THOMAS L. ROSSMAN, SR., CLARENCE E. SABIN, DONALD L. SCHORR, SAMUEL L. SEABOLT, JAYANTI K. SHAH, THOMAS SHIRLEY, GARY WAYNE SKOWRON, FRANKLIN R. SMALLS, JACK T. SMITH, NORMAN SMITH, STEPHEN L. SNYDER, FRANK STASZAK, JR., CHARLOTTE STEVENS, HOWARD STUART, LINDA A. STUART, JOSEPH C. STUDER, JOSEPH SZEWOOW, JANET TARTAGLIA, JOHN TEATES, ARNOLD J. THOMAS, TIMOTHY A. VARGO, CYRIL WADDINGTON, JOSEPH W. WALCZAK, JR., ROBERT R. WALKER, STEVEN WHEATLEY, ALEXANDER WHITAKER, FRANK G. WOLFANGER, JOHN M. YAHNITE, DONALD YODER, BERNARD R. ZIKEFOOSE, BOA PHAM PHUOC, RONALD R. ZIMMERMAN, LILLIE L. BEASLEY, ROBERT J. YAREMKO, BENJAMIN F. WILLIAMS, FRANK J. LACH, LEROY BROWN, ALFRED E. STUNKEY, RITA M. GLASSER, HOA DUC PHAM, BAQPHUOC PHAM, WILHELMINIA JO PETERSON, MARTIN J. DOHERTY, ROY F. TITCHENELL, JOSEPH W. MILLS, WILLIAM F. LYNCH, JOSEPH KOSSARTH AND TONY C. DOAN, APPELLANTS,
v.
BALTIMORE AND OHIO RAILROAD COMPANY, A CORPORATION, AND ITS PARENT, CHESSIE SYSTEM, INC., AND PITTSBURGH AND LAKE ERIE RAILROAD COMPANY, APPELLEES



Appeal from the Order entered December 12, 1984, in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Civil No. 01374-84.

COUNSEL

Michele M. Lally, Pittsburgh, for appellants.

Theresa Homisak, Pittsburgh, for appellees.

Olszewski, Popovich and Montgomery, JJ.

Author: Olszewski

[ 348 Pa. Super. Page 19]

This appeal follows an order by the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Civil Division, which granted judgment on the pleadings to the appellees and dismissed appellants' complaint. Appellants, employees of the Motor Coils Manufacturing Company, Inc., brought suit seeking damages for lost wages, alleging that appellees' negligence caused a train derailment which damaged the Motor Coils plant. As a result of the derailment, production at the plant was curtailed and appellants suffered loss of work and wages. Appellants did not suffer personal injury or property damage from the derailment.

On appeal, the appellants raise two issues. First, appellants argue that Pennsylvania should recognize a cause of

[ 348 Pa. Super. Page 20]

    action to compensate a party suffering purely economic loss, absent any direct physical injury or property damage, as a result of the negligence of another party. We find this argument to be without merit.

The general rule is stated in the Restatement (Second) of Torts Sec. 766C:

Negligent Interference with Contract or Prospective Contractual Relation. One is not liable to another for pecuniary harm not deriving from physical harm to the other, if that harm results from the actor's negligently

(a) causing a third person not to perform a contract with the other, or

(b) interfering with the other's performance of his contract or making the performance more ...


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