PHILADELPHIA – A plaintiff who suffered an alleged incident of assault and battery at a Philadelphia Family Dollar store, one which she says caused pregnancy complications and her to enter premature labor, has filed suit against the discount retailer and each of its corporate entities for damages.

Nicole Viust of Philadelphia filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Jan. 26 versus Family Dollar Stores, Inc., Family Dollar Stores Of Pennsylvania, LLC and Family Dollar Stories Of Pennsylvania, Inc., all of Harrisburg, Boos-American, LLC of Clearwater, Fla., plus Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. and Dollar Tree, Inc., both of Chesapeake, Va.

On Feb. 17, 2016, the suit states Viust was shopping at the Family Dollar store in Philadelphia when an employee of the defendants “negligently and carelessly and/or unlawfully, violently, forcefully and with intent to harm, contacted, struck, pulled, pushed, bumped, ran into, shoved, and/or drug the plaintiff into a counter located on the premises, causing the plaintiff to sustain injuries and damages.”

Viust avers she suffered a number of injuries, including “abrasions, bruises, stomach trauma, abdominal trauma, premature labor, pregnancy complications, emotional and psychological trauma, together with shock, emotional upset and other secondary problems and complications the full extent of which are not yet known and some or all of which are permanent in nature.”

For multiple counts of negligence and assault and battery against each individual defendant, the plaintiff is seeking damages not in excess of $50,000, plus interest and costs, with the total amount not being in excess of the Court’s compulsory arbitration limits.

The plaintiff is represented by Allan J. Aigeldinger III of the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman, in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 180104334

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at

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