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Legal confidentiality protects reasons for withdrawal, plaintiff attorney says

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 9, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A plaintiff attorney representing an injured party in a premises liability lawsuit against a hotel has chosen to withdraw from that same suit, citing reasons he says are protected by legal confidentiality.

Leonard K. Hill filed a motion to withdraw appearance on Aug. 3, on behalf of himself and his firm of Hill & Associates, due to reasons he claimed could not be revealed due to attorney-client privilege.

Hill stated since plaintiff Rannetta Randall had not given her consent for plaintiff counsel to withdraw, he requested the scheduling of a Petition to Rule hearing, where Randall would be free to decide what information to disclose at the bar of the Court.

On March 5, 2015, Randall says she was caused to fall by an unspecified “dangerous and defective condition” during her stay at the Ramada Philadelphia Northeast hotel, in the bathroom of Room 305. It is Randall’s belief that a failure to inspect or remedy said dangerous condition in the hotel bathroom is the circumstance that caused her fall.

Randall allegedly suffered injuries to her head, neck, back, hip and knees in the fall.

The plaintiff is seeking damages not in excess of $50,000 in this action.

The defendants are represented by Louis Hockman of Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers, Philip D. Priore of McCormick & Priore and Susan M. Kennedy of Wiggin & Dana, all in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 151201672 

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