Negligence case co-defendant may be liable for sanctions, says City of Philadelphia

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 23, 2016

Drew Salaman  

PHILADELPHIA – A hearing has been slated for a negligence case co-defendant, in order for it to show why it should not be subject to additional sanctions.

Drew Salaman filed a motion for sanctions on Dec. 1, due to defendant Maurice Brown allegedly not responding to prior requests for comprehensive interrogatories and document requests in aid of execution. Salaman sought Brown be subject to a daily fine of $100.00 until he complied with the requests, plus a sanction of $250.00 of counsel fees.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Nina Wright Padilla granted this motion on Jan. 22, ordering Brown to pay the $250.00 counsel fees only and appear for a hearing on Wednesday. The hearing was for Brown to show cause why he should not be found in contempt of said prior order and subject to further sanctions, which may be imposed at that time.

On Oct. 31, 2009, plaintiff Patricia Lewis was on the premises at 2845 North 20th Street in Philadelphia, when she allegedly fell due to a hole in the sidewalk, pavement or pathway in that area. Lewis alleged negligence on the part of Brown and the City of Philadelphia in failing to inspect, maintain or repair the sidewalk.

Lewis allegedly suffered strain and sprain of her left knee, an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in her left knee and other injuries.

The plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus costs attorney’s fees and other relief from both defendants in this case.

The plaintiff is represented by Marc F. Greenfield of Spear Greenfield & Richman, in Philadelphia.

The defendants are represented by Jeffrey P. Curry of Rosenbaum & Associates and Drew Salaman of Salaman Henry, both also in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 100402359

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