Rule 511. Cross Appeals.
The timely filing of an appeal shall extend the time for any other party to cross appeal as set forth in Rules 903(b) (cross appeals), 1113(b) (cross petitions for allowance of appeal) and 1512(a)(2) (cross petitions for review). The discontinuance of an appeal by a party shall not affect the right of appeal of any other party regardless of whether the parties are adverse.
The 2002 amendment clarifies the intent of the former rule that the filing of an appeal extends the time within which any party may cross appeal as set forth in Rules 903(b), 1113(b) and 1512(a)(2) and that a discontinuance of an appeal by a party will not affect the right of any other party to file a timely cross appeal under Rules 903(b), 1113(b) or 1512(a)(2) or to otherwise pursue an appeal or cross appeal already filed at the time of the discontinuance. The discontinuance of the appeal at any time before or after a cross appeal is filed will not affect the right of any party to file or discontinue a cross appeal.
The 2002 amendment eliminates the requirement that a party be adverse in order to file a cross appeal and supersedes In Re Petition of the Board of School Directors of the Hampton Township School District, 688 A.2d 279 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1997), to the extent that decision requires that a party be adverse to the initial appellant in order to file a cross appeal. See Rule 903(b).
See also Rules 2113, 2136 and 2185 regarding briefs in cross appeals and Rule 2322 regarding oral argument in multiple appeals.
An appellee should not be required to file a cross appeal because the Court below ruled against it on an issue, as long as the judgment granted appellee the relief it sought. See Ratti v. Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corp., 758 A.2d 695 (Pa. Super. 2000) and Hashagen v. Workers Compensation Appeal Board, 758 A.2d 276 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2000). To the extent that Saint Thomas Township Board of Supervisors v. Wycko, 758 A.2d 755 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2000) is in conflict, it is disapproved.
The provisions of this Rule 511 amended December 11, 1978, effective December 30, 1978, 8 Pa.B. 3802; amended May 16, 1979, effective September 30, 1979, 9 Pa.B. 1740; amended October 16, 2002, effective immediately, 32 Pa.B. 5402. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (231615).
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