Partners in a defunct law firm are not immune from personal liability for failure to pay lease payments simply because they acted on the firm’s behalf in signing the lease, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled.

“It simply is counterintuitive to presume a landlord would relieve one of several partners from individual liability merely by the fortuitous circumstance that he was selected to represent the interests of the partnership (and, concomitantly, the other partners) in executing the lease,” Justice Thomas G. Saylor wrote for the unanimous five-justice panel that reversed the Superior Court.

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