PHILADELPHIA – Plaintiff counsel has departed a locally based
slip-and-fall case due to strategic differences over the litigation process.
Bruce M. Rotfeld filed a motion to withdraw appearance
on April 29, citing irreconcilable differences over case strategy which is not
connected to the merits of the case. Rotfeld further requested a 90-day stay of
proceedings, in order for plaintiff Devon-Shavonne Brown-Patterson to secure
On Wednesday, Judge Linda Carpenter approved Rotfeld’s
motion for withdrawal, and stated all case deadlines remain in effect –
including an arbitration hearing currently set for June 24. Carpenter
stipulated if Brown-Patterson needed a continuance, one could be requested
through the Arbitration Center.
On Sept. 20, 2014, Brown-Patterson was walking on the
5900 block of Spring Street and allegedly tripped and fell as a result of a hole, which
caused her severe injury. Brown-Patterson averred it was the City’s failure to
inspect, maintain or repair the sidewalk in a timely fashion that led to her
Brown-Patterson allegedly suffered personal injuries, acute
emotional tension and behavior state, plus severe shock to her nerves and
The plaintiffs are seeking damages in excess of
$50,000, plus delay damages, costs, expenses, attorney’s fees and other relief in
this case. Tory Patterson also sues for loss consortium here.
The defendant is represented by Karen E. Rompala of
the City of Philadelphia’s Law Department.
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