Debate over venue marks Devon trip-and-fall lawsuit

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 5, 2015

A hearing on the negligence case’s venue selection will be held in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas this week.

Michael T. Van Der Veen  

PHILADELPHIA – A debate over a negligence case’s selection of venue soon will be resolved in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.

Defense counsel Alex B. Norman filed a motion of preliminary objections on June 17, requesting the negligence lawsuit initiated by Devon resident Lori Dugan against CSK Management in King of Prussia, Sedco Snow Company in Downington and Shearon Environmental Design in Plymouth Meeting be moved to the Chester County Court of Common Pleas. 

A motion filed by fellow defense counsel T. Justin Chapman on July 7 made a similar request, as both attorneys suggested the cause of the instant action originated in Chester County.

However, plaintiff's attorney Francis J. O’Neill Jr., in a July 22 response motion, claimed Sedco and Shearon actively conduct business in Philadelphia County and therefore the current venue in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas is proper.

A hearing in this matter is set for Wednesday in court chambers, at Philadelphia City Hall.

On Feb. 11, 2015, Dugan asserts she fell on a patch of ice and snow in the parking of lot of the Sugar Knoll housing development in Devon, due to the collective negligence of the defendants.

Dugan sustained a fractured humerus and multiple strains, bumps, bruises and abrasions in the fall, and is seeking a sum, jointly and severally, in excess of $50,000 from all defendants.

The plaintiff is represented by Michael T. Van Der Veen and Francis J. O’Neill Jr. of the Law Offices of Michael T. Van Der Veen in Philadelphia.

The defendants are represented by Alex B. Norman, plus William H. Catto and T. Justin Chapman of Litchfield Cavo, all in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 150503356

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