Friday, July 1, 2022

New Monetary Limit for Rule 1311.1 Appeals From Arbitrations Goes Into Effect Today

In an Order that goes into effect today, July 1, 2022, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has put into place a new rule amending Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure 1311.1 to change the maximum limit of what a plaintiff may elect as the value of damages that they can recover in a trial on appeal from an arbitration award.

Under the old rule, that limit was set at $25,000.

Under the new rule, the maximum limit has been changed to "an amount equal to the jurisdictional limit for compulsory arbitration of the judicial district in which the action was filed."

While different judicial districts have differing jurisdictional limits for arbitration, that limit is capped at a maximum $50,000 under Section 7361 of the Judicial Code.

Research should be completed to confirm the jurisdictional limit in which the case is pending to determine the maximum amount that a plaintiff can claim at a jury trial in a case on appeal from an arbitration award as those limits can be different depending upon which County Court the case is pending in.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Order approving this amendment to the Rule can be viewed HERE.   The amended Rule 1311.1 can be viewed HERE.

Source:  Article:  "New Arb Appeal Awards Rule Aims to Reduce Apparent Defense Bias." by Aleeza Furman of the Pennsylvania Law Weekly (May 31, 2022).

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