My question involves court procedures for the state of: Pennsylvania.
Here's a quick summary to help with my question. In 2006 my place of residence (rental) experience a fire and I had no renter's insurance (not required) 22 months later the Insurance Company for the rental agency filed against me for negligence which was 2 months shy of the 2 year statute expiring for negligence in PA.
I was never served, and never was aware that attempts were being made to serve me. Over two years after the original filing in 2008 I was "served" via a 1 day notice in the Sunday paper.
After I became aware of this I was able to get a 30 minute session for some legal counsel, but unable to retain a lawyer to handle my case due to not having any money. During our talk the lawyer said that it looked like the statute did expire because the plaintiff had not kept up with reissuing the complaint every 30 days or so, and that the complaint would've lapsed and the statute would've expired. He said that would be his first course of action, getting the complaint dismissed based on expiration of the statute.
Now my question: Is this true? I've done some research and can't find anything about a 30 day limit, but have come across a 90 time frame for not being served and the complaint expiring, but I'm not 100% positive it relates to my situation.
The plaintiff DID refile thrice, once 6 months after the initial complain, again after 7 months, and then 11 months. Each time I was not served.
Did the plaintiff mess up? Was the lawyer I spoke with onto something?
Appreciate the help!