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Guzek v. Empire Wholesale Co.

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
May 28, 1959
151 A.2d 470 (Pa. 1959)

Opinion

Submitted May 6, 1959.

May 28, 1959.

Appeals — Jurisdictional question — Absence of jurisdictional question — Act of March 5, 1925, P. L. 23.

1. An appeal taken under the Act of March 5, 1925, P. L. 23, which does not actually involve a jurisdictional question will be dismissed.

2. A demurrer to a complainant's averments of fact, on the ground that they do not support the asserted cause of action, does not raise a jurisdictional question.

3. A motion to strike alleged scandalous and impertinent matter does not raise a question of the court's jurisdiction of either persons or subject matter.

4. An allegation that the plaintiff has an adequate remedy at law does not raise a jurisdictional question appealable under the Act of March 5, 1925, P. L. 23, in view of § 4 thereof (which provides "The right of appeal here conferred is not intended to cover questions of jurisdiction which go to the form of the action alone as between law and equity, . . .").

Before JONES, C. J., BELL, MUSMANNO, JONES, COHEN, BOK and McBRIDE, JJ.

Appeals, Nos. 232 and 233, Jan. T., 1958, from order of Court of Common Pleas of Lackawanna County, Sept. T., 1957, No. 12, in equity, in case of A. J. Guzek v. Empire Wholesale Company, Inc. et al. Appeals dismissed.

Equity.

Adjudication filed dismissing defendants' preliminary objections, and order entered, opinion by HOBAN, P. J. Defendants appealed.

Ralph P. Needle, Carlon M. O'Malley, Sr., and O'Malley, Morgan, Bour Gallagher, for appellants.

Joseph T. McDonald, and Everett A. Rosser, for appellee.


These appeals were purportedly taken for the purpose of obtaining in limine a review of a jurisdictional question under the provisions of the Act of March 5, 1925, P. L. 23. However, the record fails to disclose any such appealable question.

The plaintiff, a stockholder, director and creditor of the defendant corporation, instituted this suit in equity against the corporation and its executive officers seeking redress of certain alleged corporate mismanagement on the part of the defendants to the plaintiff's hurt. The defendants filed preliminary objections in the nature of a demurrer to the complaint, also incorporating a motion to strike scandalous and impertinent matter and an allegation that the plaintiff had an adequate remedy at law.

A demurrer to a complainant's averments of fact, on the ground that they do not support the asserted cause of action, does not raise a jurisdictional question. Neither does a motion to strike alleged scandalous and impertinent matter go to the court's jurisdiction of either persons or subject matter. Nor does an allegation that the plaintiff has an adequate remedy at law, (which is merely an objection to the form of the action) raise a jurisdictional question appealable under the Act of 1925. Section the Act specifically so declares, viz., "The right of appeal here conferred is not intended to cover questions of jurisdiction which go to the form of the action alone as between law and equity, such as provided for in the Act of June seven, one thousand nine hundred and seven (Pamphlet Laws, four hundred and forty)." 12 Pa.C.S.A. § 675.

The court below properly overruled the defendants' preliminary objections.

Appeals dismissed.


Summaries of

Guzek v. Empire Wholesale Co.

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
May 28, 1959
151 A.2d 470 (Pa. 1959)
Case details for

Guzek v. Empire Wholesale Co.

Case Details

Full title:Guzek v. Empire Wholesale Company, Appellant

Court:Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Date published: May 28, 1959

Citations

151 A.2d 470 (Pa. 1959)
151 A.2d 470

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