Thursday, May 6, 2010

More Post-Koken Philadelphia County Trial Court Decisions in Favor of Severance

Here are two more post-Koken decisions granting the third party tortfeasors' preliminary objections and ruling in favor of the severance of third party claims from the UIM claims filed under a single caption/lawsuit:

Astillero v. Harris and State Farm, August Term 2009, No. 1580 (Phila. Co. Dec. 11, 2009 Fox, J.)(Order states claims are severed "for purposes of trial only" presumably meaning claims may proceed together in discovery phase).

Morawski v. Dunleavy and State Farm, October Term 2009, No. 03493 (Phila. Co. April 26, 2010 Overton, J.)(third party claims and UIM claims severed for all purposes, not just for trial purposes).

Thanks to Attorney Beth Carter of the Philadelphia law firm of Bennett, Bricklin & Saltzburg for bringing these Orders to my attention.

Anyone desiring a copy of these Orders (without Opinions), may contact me at

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