Counsel leaves slip-and-fall litigation involving Philadelphia day care facility

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 9, 2016

Philadelphia County Court Of Common Pleas  

PHILADELPHIA – An attorney for a day care facility involved in a premises liability lawsuit has elected to withdraw his appearance, citing a conflict with his client.

Tariq K. El-Shabazz of El-Shabazz & Harris filed a motion to withdraw appearance on March 15, on behalf of representing Personal Touch Childcare Services, Inc. and its owner Yolanda Edwards, due to “fundamental disagreement” between El-Shabazz and the defendants.

Due to attorney-client privilege, El-Shabazz could not elaborate on the exact nature of the disagreement, but explained if the Court required further information, it could be provided through an ex parte conference.

According to El-Shabazz, her client has picked up her entire case file and any further correspondence connected to the case received at his office has been hand-delivered to his client. Though, El-Shabazz said his client has not yet secured alternate counsel.

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

On May 13, 2014, plaintiff Sheila Jones says she tripped and fell due to broken and uneven pavement on the premises of Personal Touch Childcare Services, in Philadelphia. Jones sued the facility, East Chelten Property Associates and the City of Philadelphia, all for separate counts of personal injury-related negligence.

Jones asserted the defendants failed to inspect, maintain or correct the dangerous condition on the premises, and failed to comply with city laws and building codes. Jones suffered a fracture in her left foot and spinal injuries in the fall.

The plaintiff is seeking judgment versus all defendants in excess of $50,000, plus plus all costs and other relief in this case.

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

The defendants are represented by J. Brian Durkin of the City of Philadelphia and Matthew P. Mann in Trevose.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 150803196

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