556 F2d 131 Johnson v. Better Materials Corporation
556 F.2d 131
Mary L. JOHNSON, Administratrix ad Prosequendum and General
Administratrix of the Estate of Leroy Johnson, Deceased and
Loretta Johnson, Administratrix ad Prosequendum and General
Administratrix of the Estate of Herbert D. Johnson, Deceased
BETTER MATERIALS CORPORATION (Defendant Third-Party Plaintiff in D.C.)
ATLANTIC CITY ELECTRIC COMPANY, a corporation of the State
of New Jersey(Third-Party Defendant in D.C.), Appellant.
United States Court of Appeals,
Argued Sept. 14, 1976.
Decided Nov. 23, 1976.
James E. Franklin, II, Lloyd, Megargee, Steedle & Connor, Pleasantville, N. J., for appellant.
Gerald M. Eisenstat, Shapiro, Eisenstat, Capizola, O'Neill, Lisitski & Gabage, P. A., Vineland, N. J., for plaintiffs-appellees.
Before SEITZ, Chief Judge, and ALDISERT and GIBBONS, Circuit Judges.
OPINION OF THE COURT
The question raised on this interlocutory appeal is whether plaintiffs may assert a state-law claim against Atlantic City Electric Company, a third-party defendant, when plaintiffs and Atlantic City are all citizens of New Jersey. On the basis of our precedents, we conclude that they may not. E. g., Rosario v. American Export-Isbrandtsen Lines, Inc., 531 F.2d 1227 (3d Cir. 1976); Patton v. Baltimore & Ohio R. R. Co., 197 F.2d 732 (3d Cir. 1952).
The order allowing plaintiffs to amend their complaint to include Atlantic City as an original party defendant will be reversed.