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Rochester Machine Corp. v. Mulach Steel Corp.

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
449 A.2d 1366 (Pa. 1982)


Facts

Mulach Steel Corp. (Mulach) (defendant) leased property from Rochester Machine Corp. (Rochester) (plaintiff). Near the end of the lease, Rochester sent a letter to Mulach containing an itemized list of damages that Mulach allegedly caused to the property and seeking payment for repairs. Mulach responded to each claim of damage, asserting that it “accept[ed] responsibility” for some of the damages and offering an explanation for others. Rochester sought to introduce evidence of these admissions at trial. The Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County admitted the evidence and a jury found in favor of Rochester. The Court of Common Pleas of Beaver County denied Mulach’s motion for a new trial. The Superior Court of Pennsylvania reversed and granted Mulach a new trial on the grounds that the admission evidence was improperly admitted. Rochester appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Hutchinson, J.)

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