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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 04-173


Title 231--RULES OF


[231 PA. CODE CH. 200]

Damages for Delay

[34 Pa.B. 557]

Rule 238.  Damages for Delay in an Action for Bodily Injury, Death or Property Damage.

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Addendum to Explanatory Comment

   The prime rate set forth in the first edition of the Wall Street Journal for a particular year is the basis for calculating damages for delay under Pa.R.C.P. 238. The following list sets forth the prime rate published in the first edition of the Wall Street Journal for each of the years specified:

Date of Publication Prime Rate Percentage
January 3, 19958 1/2
January 2, 1996 8 1/2
January 2, 1997 8 1/4
January 2, 1998 8 1/2
January 4, 1999 7 3/4
January 3, 2000 8 1/2
January 2, 20019 1/2
January 2, 2002 4 3/4
January 2, 20034 1/4
January 2, 2004 4      

   Official Note:  The prime rate for the years 1980 through 1994 may be found in the Addendum to the Explanatory Comment published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, volume 33, page 634 (2/1/03) and on the web site of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee at

By the Civil Procedural Rules Committee


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 04-173. Filed for public inspection January 30, 2004, 9:00 a.m.]

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