PHILADELPHIA – Defense counsel in a slip-and-fall lawsuit originating in Southampton has objected to the case being heard in Philadelphia County, saying the case has no connection to that jurisdiction.

Alex B. Norman filed a motion for preliminary objections May 25, arguing Sharon and Craig Rorie’s lawsuit should be transferred to the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas for reasons of improper venue – charging the subject incident took place there, and all parties are based there, in addition to the plaintiffs allegedly not proving why the litigation should be heard in Philadelphia.

On Feb. 27, 2015, Rorie was on defendant Active Realty Associates of Huntingdon Valley Ltd.’s premises, County Line Business Campus in Southampton, when she was supposedly caused to slip and fall due to the presence of ice and snow on a walkway between two buildings.

Rorie claimed a failure to inspect, maintain or clean the walkway led to her fall.

Rorie allegedly suffered a right rib fracture, strain and sprain of her right wrist and medial collateral ligament (MCL), soft tissue edema, bone marrow radiculopathy, plus other physical and psychological injuries.

The plaintiffs are seeking damages in excess of $50,000, with Craig Rorie also suing for loss of consortium.

The plaintiffs are represented by Brandon A. Swartz and Nicholas S. Jajko of Swartz Culleton, in Newtown.

The defendant is represented by Norman of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 151002132

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