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Northland Insurance Co. v. Stranieri

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


July 28, 2008

NORTHLAND INSURANCE COMPANY PLAINTIFF,
v.
DOMINICK P. STRANIERI AND APPRAISALS LIMITED ENTERPRISES, INC., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Caputo

MEMORANDUM ORDER

Presently before the Court is Plaintiff Northland Insurance Company's Motion (Doc. 41) for Reconsideration, or in the alternative, certification for interlocutory appeal, of the Court's Memorandum and Order of December 6, 2007 (Doc. 40), which held that although Plaintiff had no duty to indemnify or defend its insured, Defendant Dominick Stranieri, in four (4) underlying lawsuits, Stranieri's affirmative defense that he would be prejudiced by Northland's withdraw from representation created a question of material fact that rendered judgment on the pleadings in favor of Plaintiff inappropriate. (Id.) Defendant Stranieri now concedes, however, that his discharge in bankruptcy moots any claim to prejudice; as such, no questions of material fact remain and Plaintiff is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.

Therefore, NOW this 28th day of July, 2008, it is HEREBY ORDERED that:

(1) Plaintiff's Motion for Reconsideration (Doc. 41) is GRANTED.

(2) Plaintiff's Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings (Doc. 26) is GRANTED. Plaintiff does not owe Defendant a duty to defend or indemnify in the four (4) underlying lawsuits referenced in the Court's December 6, 2007 Memorandum and Order.

A. Richard Caputo United States District Judge

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