Class Eligibility

You are a member of the class if:

1. Your relative (or person you represent) died in 2004 – 2009,

2. The deceased person paid their property taxes in the year they died, and

3. That person received a PA Property Tax rebate the year before they died.

Estimated Amount


Proof of Purchase


Case Name

Muscarella v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
NO. 10 F.R. 2011
Commonwealth Court Of Pennsylvania

Case Summary

This settlement relates to people who died in the years 2004-2009, received rebates for real estate taxes in the year before they died, and were denied a rebate for property taxes paid in the year of their death.The case has had a long history. Josephine Carbo paid her property taxes in the year 2009 and passed away in November of that year. She had filed a claim for a rebate in the year 2008 and in prior years. The executor of her estate, on behalf of the estate and all other similar decedents, filed a class claim for a rebate with the Department of Revenue. The regulations governing the Act precluded estates from filing for a rebate for the year of death unless the decedent survived for the entire year. The claim was denied. An appeal was taken to the Board of Appeals, which denied the appeal. A further appeal was taken to the Board of Finance and Revenue. That appeal was also denied. The estate then filed a petition for review with the Commonwealth

Court seeking damages for the class. Soon after the filing, the executor filed a motion for class certification, which the Court granted

Settlement Pool





Stern & Eisenberg, PC and Kramer & Kramer LLP
Attn: Deseray Pettit
1581 Main Street, Suite 200
Warrington, PA 18976
Phone: 215-710-0407

10 responses to “Pennsylvania Deceased Property Owners Class Action Settlement”

  1. Anthony says:

    The link doesn’t work.

    ADMIN – Hi Anthony,

    You are correct. I believe the admin has closed the page.

  2. marlene maley says:

    when can we expect the settlement money?

    ADMIN – Hi Marlene,

    You can call this number to find out: 215-710-0407

    • Jackie Phillips says:

      Most recent information from when I called the law firm phone number is “sometime this summer (2017)”.

  3. Kate says:

    How do you know how much it is?

    ADMIN – Hi Kate,

    I don’t know

  4. Christine James says:

    Ms. Deseray, I just want to info you about the letter I just received from your office on the class action settlement. I have been in the hospital for the last 19 days, and just got my mail to look over and saw the letter I must return (decease is my mother Adell Johnson) .I will be mailing it on today. I think letter said it had to be there by 7-17-2017) so just info you of why my lateness.
    Thank You
    Ms. Christine James

    ADMIN – Hi Christine,

    We have nothing to do with this case thus your notification adds no value.

  5. Tiawana E. Brown says:

    It is August the 10th could please let me know when you will send out the checks.

    ADMIN – Hi There,

    I don’t have that information.

  6. wayne kubis says:

    I hope this was legit.It has been a long time coming.

  7. Mary Shaffer says:

    Wondering when the settlement checks will be mailed? Was told summer of 2017. Thank you!

    ADMIN – Hi Mary,

    Reach out to the class action administrator.

  8. Diane Slicker says:

    It is now Sept 5th will the checks be coming soon in Sept?or do you still have no idea by now

    ADMIN – Hi Diana,

    Here is the info of class counsel if you need to reach someone

    Stern & Eisenberg PC
    Attn: Deseray Pettit
    1581 Main Street, Suite 200
    Warrington, PA 18976

    • Diane Slicker says:

      I can not get a live person there ,it said you can not leave a message to talk to anyone!

      ADMIN – Hi Diane,

      I am sorry about that. Try writing a letter.

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