Undisclosed reasons spur attorney's withdrawal from bar slip-and-fall suit

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 17, 2015

Philadelphia City Hall  

PHILADELPHIA – Plaintiff counsel for a bar patron allegedly injured in a fall on the premises requested to withdraw from the patron’s lawsuit for undisclosed reasons.

Andrew C. Smialowicz filed a motion to withdraw his appearance on Oct. 9, explaining he encountered a conflict with plaintiff Madalena Sapalo that he could not reveal publicly, but could address at the bar of the court. The conflict was such that Smialowicz believed he could not continue to effectively represent Sapalo in her suit against Chico’s Bar and Ramon Acosta of Philadelphia.

A hearing in this matter was set for Thursday in Court chambers, at Philadelphia City Hall.

On Feb. 27, 2013, a wet and slippery substance was allowed to remain on the floor near the entrance of Chico’s Bar in Philadelphia, located on West Wingohocking Street, the suit says. Sapalo allegedly fell due to this defective and negligent condition, due to a failure of the defendants to inspect, maintain or repair their premises.

The plaintiff is seeking, jointly and severally, damages in excess of arbitration limits, interests and costs in this case.

The defendants are represented by Paul L. Herron in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 140900031

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

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