Can I ignore the other side's appeal?

Answer:

The short answer is: yes, but you could pay a steep price.

The appealing party will likely get a judgment against you. Then, the Pennsylvania courts may apply against you concepts called collateral estoppel and res judicata. Together, these rules prohibit the re-litigation of issues and claims that were within the scope of a judgment.

Thus, for example, if the other side takes a judgment against you for your failure to respond to the appeal, you may be forever barred from re-litigating any claim or issue that was within the scope of the original proceedings. This can have far reaching consequences.

Moreover, even if you live out of state, a judgment entered in PA can be transferred to your home state for collection. Depending on the laws of your home state, you could face a lien against your property, wage attachment, and other costs and penalties.

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