Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 8, 2016, 8:20am


PHILADELPHIA – Plaintiff counsel in a Philadelphia car crash action has left the lawsuit connected to the accident over differences of opinion in trial strategy with his client.

Dwayne M. Grannum filed a motion to withdraw appearance on Feb. 17, due to having “fundamental differences” with his client and plaintiff Alberta Chestnut over legal strategy.

Grannum believes Chestnut has sufficient time to seek legal assistance and will therefore not be prejudiced in seeking other counsel, which Chestnut has been advised to do.

Judge John M. Younge entered an order sustaining Grannum’s motion and permitting his withdrawal from the case on May 10, and ordered a 60-day stay of proceedings in the matter at that time.

On Oct. 12, 2013, Chestnut was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer northbound on Van Pelt Street in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Amos Ford was driving a vehicle registered to George Ford in Philadelphia, westbound on Norris Street.

Chestnut stopped at a stop sign and entered the intersection at Van Pelt and Norris Streets, but she says the defendant’s vehicle negligently collided with the right rear of the plaintiff’s vehicle.

Chestnut allegedly suffered permanent injuries to her back, right knee, neck and left shoulder, and sued Ford and the City of Philadelphia for negligence.

The plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus interest, costs of prosecution, court costs, interest and delay damages in this case.

The defendants are represented by Alan C. Ostrow of the City of Philadelphia’s Law Department, also based in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 150903585

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at nickpennrecord@gmail.com

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