Fine V. Checcio
In the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
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These are consolidated appeals, in which Appellant Eric Fine ("Fine") sued Appellee Mary Anne Checcio, D.D.S. ("Dr. Checcio"), and Appellee Rosezetta Marie Ward ("Ward") sued Appellants Jeffrey W. Rice, D.M.D. and Jeffrey W. Rice, D.M.D., P.C. (collectively, "Dr. Rice"), for dental malpractice. Dr. Checcio and Dr. Rice each filed a motion for summary judgment based on the two year statute of limitations in 42 Pa.C.S. §5524(2).*fn1 In their respective responses, Fine and Ward raised the discovery rule and the doctrine of fraudulent concealment. At the trial court level, Dr. Checcio's motion for summary judgment was denied, but Dr. Rice's motion for summary judgment was granted. The Superior Court reversed the trial court in both cases. We conclude that neither Dr. Checcio nor Dr. Rice was entitled to summary judgment. Accordingly, for the reasons that follow, we reverse the Superior Court's order in the appeal brought by Fine and affirm the Superior Court's order in the appeal brought by Dr. Rice.