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Attorney withdrawing from case against strip club, cites disagreement over case strategy with plaintiff

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 3, 2015


PHILADELPHIA – A man who claims he was injured in a fall in a local gentleman’s club may need to seek new representation, after his attorney motioned to withdraw his appearance from the litigation.

Philadelphia attorney Bruce Rotfeld petitioned the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on May 4 to be relieved of the responsibility of representing Terrance Quattlebaum, also of Philadelphia, in his negligence litigation against Michael Hofner and the Diamond Dolls Club.

Rotfeld’s reason for filing the motion to withdraw centered on “irreconcilable differences” with his client regarding case strategy.

Rotfeld’s motion also asked the court for Quattlebaum to have an additional 90 days to seek new legal counsel.

A hearing on Rotfeld’s motion to withdraw his appearance will be heard in Court chambers on Thursday.

Quattlebaum filed suit against Hofner and the Diamond Dolls Club in September over an accident that allegedly occurred at the club the previous July.

According to the lawsuit, on July 24, Quattlebaum was a visitor to the club and slipped on the floor due to an undisclosed liquid substance.

Subsequently, Quattlebaum sued its owner/operator Hofner and the club for the fall, which he believes was due to their negligence in not properly inspecting and maintaining the club’s conditions.

Quattlebaum claimed to suffer “personal injuries, acute emotional tension, and severe shock to the nerves and/or nervous system” in the fall, and claimed to have been made to suffer financial loss due to the medical care needed to treat his injuries.

The plaintiff is seeking a judgment not in excess of $50,000 in this case from each of the individual defendants, plus delay damages, court costs and expenses, attorney’s fees and any other relief the Court deems just.

The defendants are represented by William B. Morrin, of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 140902104

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