Friday, August 14, 2020

Award of Attorney's Fees Granted Under 42 Pa.C.S.A. Section 2503

In the case of Mariotti v. Mariotti Building Products, Inc., No. 12-CV-545 (C.P. Lacka. Co. July 23, 2020 Nealon, J.), the court addressed a Motion for Sanctions and a request for the defense for the recovery of counsel fees under 42 Pa. C.S.A. §2503 in a business dispute matter.

The court noted that, under §2503(7) of the Judicial Code, the court has the discretion to award attorney’s fees “as a sanction against another participant for dilatory, obdurate, vexatious conduct during the pendency of a matter.”

It was also noted that, under §2503(9) of the Judicial Code, a court may award attorney’s fees against any party whose conduct was “arbitrary, vexatious, or in bad faith.”

After reviewing the definitions of all of the terms identified in the above Judicial Code provisions, the court found that the Plaintiff’s conduct during the course of the litigation warranted the entry of an award of attorney’s fees. As such, the defense motion in this regard was granted and a hearing was set up for a later date to determine the amount of such award.

This Opinion offers insight on the rarely addressed provisions of the sections noted in terms of request for attorney’s fees based upon improper conduct by an opposing party during the course of a litigation.

Anyone wishing to review a copy of this decision may click this LINK.

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