No. 3 WAP 2020.

255 A.3d 237 (2021)

Renee' A. RICE v. DIOCESE OF ALTOONA-JOHNSTOWN, Bishop Joseph Adamec (Retired), Monsignor Michael E. Servinsky, Executor of the Estate of Bishop James Hogan, Deceased, and Reverend Charles F. Bodziak Appeal of: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Bishop Joseph Adamec (Retired), Monsignor Michael E. Servinsky, Executor of the Estate of Bishop James Hogan, Deceased.

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Decided: July 21, 2021.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Benjamin D. Andreozzi, Esq. , Andreozzi & Associates, P.C. d/b/a Andreozzi + Foote , Harrisburg, Jeffrey Herman, Esq. , Stuart Mermelstein, Esq. , for Amicus Curiae The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

Charles Lyman Becker, Esq. , Appellate Practice Group, Marci A. Hamilton, Esq. , Washington Crossing, David Kehm Inscho, Esq. , Ruxandra Maniu Laidacker, Esq. , Kline & Specter, PC, Jessica Schidlow, Esq. , CHILD USA, Philadelphia, PA, for Amicus. Curiae CHILD USA.

Casey Alan Coyle, Esq. , David Michael Laigaie, Esq. , Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, Pittsburgh, for Amicus Curiae Diocese of Scranton.

David Russell Dye, Esq. , Katherine Marie Fitz Patrick, Esq. , Teresa Roos McCormack, Esq. , Philip Joseph Murren, Esq. , Ball; Murren & Connell, LLC, Harrisburg, for Amiens Curiae Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.

David R. Fine, Esq. , Stefanie Lacy, Esq. , Mark A. Rush, Esq. , K & L Gates LLP, for Amicus Curiae Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie.

Matthew Heimann Haverstick, Esq. , Mark Edward Seiberling, Esq. , Joshua John Voss, Esq. , Kleinbard LLC, Philadelphia, for Amicus Curiae Diocese of Greensburg.

Stephanie Marie Morris, Esq. , for Amicus Curiae National Center for Victims of Crime.

Clifford Alan Rieders, Esq. , Rieders, Travis, Humphrey, Waters & Dohrmann, Williamsport, for Amicus Curiae Pennsylvania Association for Justice.

Eric North Anderson, Esq. , Meyer, Darragh, Buckler, Bebenek & Eck, P.L.L.C., Pittsburgh, for Appellants Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Michael E. Servinsky, Joseph Adamec.

Anthony J. Dick, Esq. , John Daniel Goetz, Esq. , Paul Michael Pohl, Esq. , Jones Day, for Appellant Amicus Curiae The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

Ralph Thomas Forr, Esq. , Forr, Stokan, Huff, Kormanski, & Naugle, Altoona, for Appellee Charles F. Bodziak

Alan H. Perer, Esq. , Swensen & Perer, P.C., Richard M. Serbin, Esq. , Janet, Janet & Suggs, Philadelphia, for Appellee Renee A. Rice.



In this appeal, we address the proper application of the statute of limitations to a tort action filed by Renee' Rice ("Rice") against the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and its bishops (collectively, the "Diocese") for their alleged role in covering up and facilitating a series of alleged...


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