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� 1 Appellants, Michael Robson and his wife, Tammy Robson (hereinafter “the Robsons”), appeal from the order issued by the Court of Common Pleas of Dauphin County on August 22, 2000, rendering declaratory judgment in favor of Appellee, EMC Insurance Companies (hereinafter “EMC”). In this case of first impression, we are asked to interpret the underinsured provisions of the Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law (hereinafter “MVFRL”), 75 Pa.C.S.A. �� 1731-1738, to determine if both compensatory and punitive damages are recoverable under the relevant provisions of the MVFRL. *fn1 After review of the briefs, certified record, and statutory law, we affirm.

� 2 This action stems from an automobile accident that occurred on August 18, 1996. At approximately 11:35 p.m., Mr. Robson, while operating a marked police cruiser in the course of his employment as a police officer with Coolbaugh Township, suffered multiple injuries when his vehicle was rear-ended by Dana Nieuwkerk, who was intoxicated at the time of the accident. With permission from EMC, Coolbaugh Township’s insurer, Mr. Robson accepted the tender of Ms. Nieuwkerk’s insurance policy limit of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000.00) without prejudice to his underinsured coverage.

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