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PA Continues to Take a Hard Line on Defaults.


September 14, 2009 at 12:41:48 PM

In many states, a pre-answer default is of little moment and is easily vacated. Not so in Pennsylvania! As a trial court (in <i>Firedex of Butler, Inc. v. Dicarjust </i>has just confirmed, in PA, to vacate a default you need both an excuse for the default and a meritorious defense. In the absence of such proof, even if there is insurance, the default will not be vacated. Litigants and insurers should thus be equally vigilant.
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