City still in pursuit of sanctions versus defendant in nearly $100K hair salon premises liability case

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 1, 2016

Philadelphia City Hall  

PHILADELPHIA – The City of Philadelphia continues to pursue sanctions against a co-defendant in a premises liability case which yielded a judgment of nearly $100,000.

Drew Salaman filed a motion for sanctions on Nov. 19, due to defendant Alexander Bonano allegedly not responding to prior requests for comprehensive interrogatories and document requests in aid of execution. Salaman sought Bonano 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. 21, ordering Bonano to pay the $250.00 counsel fees only and appear for a hearing on Thursday. The hearing was for Bonano 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.

The hearing was originally slated for Feb. 18, but the Court chose to continue it until Thursday.

At an undetermined time prior to 2007, plaintiff Yvonne Roberts was on the premises of Johnny Hair Salon in Philadelphia. Lewis alleged negligence on the part of the salon, Jose Tirado, Loc Van Huynh, Bonano and the City of Philadelphia for her injuries. Bonano and the City are the only defendants remaining in the case.

A judgment by non-jury finding was first entered against Bonano on Dec. 15, 2009, for $98,000 – and likewise, judgment was found for the City and entered against Bonano for that same amount on April 1 of last year.

The plaintiff is represented by Brett W. Batoff in Philadelphia.

The defendants are represented by Kwame O. Agyeman and Salaman of Salaman Henry, both in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 070603588

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