The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee developed Recommendation 240 which would have amended Pa.R.C.P. 1020 to require that all claims arising from the same property loss be bought in a single action, even where there are different claimants with distinct damages. This proposal would have overturned settled Pennsylvania appellate precedent. Subrogation attorneys from Cozen O’Connor appeared before a committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association to voice opposition to this proposed rule change. It is of interest to note that the opposition we proffered on behalf of the subrogation community was echoed and expanded upon by representatives of the plaintiffs’ personal injury bar, who also questioned the need for the proposed amendment. All affected constituencies were united in their opposition to this unnecessary rule change, noting that there already are existing procedural mechanisms to allow parties to move for consolidation of related claims, or not, depending upon the circumstances of each case.
At this time, all reports we have received indicate that the Committee’s proposal is being withdrawn.
We will continue to monitor carefully all aspects of this proposed amendment, and will report further as information becomes available.