PHILADELPHIA – An injured pedestrian who filed suit against the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), PECO Energy Company and the City of Philadelphia will be required to seek new counsel.
Scott A. Quinn of Dion Solomon & Shapiro filed a motion to withdraw his appearance on Dec. 10, due to a conflict with plaintiff John Mostiller of Cheltenham. Due to attorney-client privilege, Quinn couldn’t reveal the nature of the conflict with Mostiller, but clarified there was no dispute regarding fees or costs. Quinn added Mostiller would be able to obtain new counsel within 90 days of this requested order.
This past Tuesday, Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Linda Carpenter approved Quinn’s withdrawal motion, and stipulated all proceedings in the case would be stayed for 60 days. Quinn would also be required to file a continuance motion for the future arbitration hearing, originally scheduled for Jan. 29.
On Feb. 16, 2013, Mostiller allegedly tripped and fell in front of the bus stop near the corner of North Broad Street and West Olney Avenue in North Philadelphia. Mostiller’s accident was allegedly due to the defendants’ negligence in not maintaining the sidewalk and metal drain grate in that area, near the Olney Transportation Center.
Mostiller allegedly suffered strain and sprain of his entire spine, right knee and right ankle, plus severe shock to his nerves and nervous system. Mostiller alleged his injuries are of a permanent nature and he sustained cosmetic disfigurement in the accident.
The plaintiff is seeking damages, jointly and severally, not in excess of $50,000, from SEPTA, PECO and the City of Philadelphia in this case.
The defendants are represented by Maria R. Puzo of SEPTA’s Legal Department, Derek R. Kane and Todd Eisenberg, all in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 150201790
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