• Recorder of Deeds Must Accept Multiple-Lease Assignments for Recording, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Rules
  • February 9, 2012 | Author: Matthew I. Moses
  • Law Firm: Babst Calland - Pittsburgh Office
  • The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has ruled that a Recorder of Deeds did not have discretion to refuse to record multiple-lease assignments that were submitted for recording by Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC. In Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC v. Golden, --- A.3d --- (Pa. Commw. Ct., Jan. 27, 2012), the Commonwealth Court affirmed an order of the Wayne County Court of Common Pleas granting summary judgment in favor of Chesapeake and directing the Wayne County Recorder of Deeds to record four multiple-lease assignments of 211 total leases that Chesapeake submitted in March 2010. The Wayne County Recorder had refused to record the assignments based on an internal policy against recording blanket assignments.