PHILADELPHIA – Plaintiff counsel in a Philadelphia car
crash action has left the lawsuit connected to the accident over differences
of opinion in trial strategy with his client.
Dwayne M. Grannum filed a motion to withdraw
appearance on Feb. 17, due to having “fundamental differences” with his client
and plaintiff Alberta Chestnut over legal strategy.
Grannum believes Chestnut has sufficient time to seek
legal assistance and will therefore not be prejudiced in seeking other counsel,
which Chestnut has been advised to do.
Judge John M. Younge entered an order sustaining
Grannum’s motion and permitting his withdrawal from the case on May 10, and
ordered a 60-day stay of proceedings in the matter at that time.
On Oct. 12, 2013, Chestnut was driving a 2003 Ford
Explorer northbound on Van Pelt Street in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Amos Ford
was driving a vehicle registered to George Ford in Philadelphia, westbound on
Chestnut stopped at a stop sign and entered the intersection
at Van Pelt and Norris Streets, but she says the defendant’s vehicle
negligently collided with the right rear of the plaintiff’s vehicle.
Chestnut allegedly suffered permanent injuries to her
back, right knee, neck and left shoulder, and sued Ford and the City of
Philadelphia for negligence.
The plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $50,000,
plus interest, costs of prosecution, court costs, interest and delay damages in
The defendants are represented by Alan C. Ostrow of
the City of Philadelphia’s Law Department, also based in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas
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