Case on Judgment Liens Instructive on Many Levels

Case on Judgment Liens Instructive on Many Levels
Martin Doyle
The Legal Intelligencer

In this article, Martin J. Doyle, a partner in the Real Estate Practice, examines the February 13, 2012 Pennsylvania Superior Court decision in Shipley Fuels Marketing v. Medrow, which upheld the general commonwealth rule that a purchaser of real property is not bound to look for judgments beyond the local judgment index.

On its most basic level, the case highlights the need for practitioners to ensure that a properly marked-up title insurance commitment is obtained at closing, to ensure that a property that is bought remains bought, once the dust has settled.