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Frankel v. Devener

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE THIRD CIRCUIT


decided: April 14, 1970.

ALVIN H. FRANKEL, ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE OF ROBERT B. HOFFMAN, DECEASED, APPELLANT,
v.
NORMA K. DEVENER, INDIVIDUALLY AND TRADING AS DEVENER AIRPORT, AND NORMA K. DEVENER, EXECUTRIX OF THE ESTATE OF RAYMOND F. DEVENER, ALSO KNOWN AS R. F. DEVENER, DECEASED

Hastie, Chief Judge, and Maris and Adams, Circuit Judges.

Author: Per Curiam

Opinion OF THE COURT

This is an appeal by an out-of-state administrator, appointed in an effort to bring this Pennsylvania wrongful death claim within federal diversity jurisdiction, from an order dismissing his complaint for want of jurisdiction under the doctrine of McSparran v. Weist, 3d Cir. 1968, 402 F.2d 867, cert. denied, 395 U.S. 903, 89 S. Ct. 1739, 23 L. Ed. 2d 217. The dismissal was without prejudice to litigation of the controversy in an appropriate state court, and was supported by an affidavit in which the defendants agreed to waive the applicable state statute of limitations and to recognize fully all federal discovery proceedings.

We are satisfied that the dismissal of this case imposed no unreasonable burden on the plaintiff and involved no abuse of judicial discretion. We add that counsel for the defendants stipulated on oral argument of this appeal that no objection would be made in the state court to such use of depositions as would have been permissible in the district court.

The judgment will be affirmed.

Disposition

The judgment will be affirmed.

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