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CROZER-CHESTER MEDICAL CENTER v. THOMAS MAY (08/21/87)

filed: August 21, 1987.

CROZER-CHESTER MEDICAL CENTER, A PENNSYLVANIA NOT FOR PROFIT CORPORATION, AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND COUNSELING CENTER, A PENNSYLVANIA CORPORATION
v.
THOMAS MAY, MIRIAM ANDREWS, JOAN E. ANDREWS, ROBERT E. MORAN AND MARY ANN MORAN. APPEAL OF GERALD LYNCH, ET AL., APPELLANTS



Appeal from the Order of the Court of Common Pleas, Civil Division, of Delaware County at No. 82-3262.

COUNSEL

Joseph D. Branca, Aston, for appellants.

Donald T. Petrosa, Media, for Crozer-Chester, appellee.

Donald A. Browns, Media, for Reproductive Health, appellee.

Popovich, Johnson and Hester, JJ.

Author: Popovich

[ 366 Pa. Super. Page 267]

This is an appeal from the "Adjudication Of Civil Contempt" entered by the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County on August 25, 1986, (later reduced to judgment) against forty-eight (48) defendants/appellants.*fn1 We affirm.

This case stems from a decree nisi entered by the lower court on February 10, 1984, enjoining the five individuals whose names appear in the caption of this case and "all others acting in concert with them" or "otherwise hav[ing] reasonable notice" of the court's decree precluding, in essence, entry onto or remaining upon the premises of the plaintiffs (Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Reproductive Health and Counseling Center) for the purpose of "interfering or accosting individuals seeking services" from the plaintiffs, and procuring others to do the same. The decree nisi was made final following the dismissal of exceptions on November 9, 1984. An appeal to Superior Court resulted in an affirmance of the injunction in its entirety.

[ 366 Pa. Super. Page 268]

On March 29, 1986, counsel for the plaintiffs appeared in court and alleged that the defendants, whose names appear in footnote 1,

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office was called . . . [and t]he Defendants were read the injunction n[2] and

[ 366 Pa. Super. Page 269]

    refused to leave. They had to be arrested and ...


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