PHILADELPHIA – A Chinatown resident has initiated legal action versus a West Philadelphia apartment complex, its management and one of its residents, whose pet mastiff dog allegedly attacked the plaintiff without provocation last summer.

Ka Choi of Philadelphia filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Feb. 26 versus Presidential City Apartments, Presidential Associates, Affiliated Management, Inc. and Fred Geathers, all of Philadelphia.

Per the litigation, Choi said the apartment management defendants violated the terms of their lease with Geathers, when they allowed him to house a mastiff dog named Zeus at his residence. On July 9, 2017, the dog did attack and bite Choi, without provocation, or any muzzle or restraint.

Choi accused Geathers of possessing a dog of a known vicious character, permitting the dog to attack him and failing to properly restrain and/or muzzle the dog, among numerous other charges; and accused the apartment management defendants of failing to protect him from attack, failure to use due care under the circumstances and negligence per se, also among a litany of charges. Consequently, Choi suffered permanent scarring and skin discoloration, and other injuries which may be diagnosed by plaintiff’s health care providers.

For third-party liability to Geathers and negligence to the remaining defendants, the plaintiff is seeking damages, jointly and severally, not in excess of the arbitration limits, plus interest and costs.

The plaintiff is represented by Jeffrey H. Penneys in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 180202608

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at

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