PHILADELPHIA – The case of a Philadelphia man who was assaulted, robbed and shot in his apartment and believes the complex where he lived should bear responsibility for an alleged lack of security is headed to trial next winter.

Per a case management order issued by Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Lisette Shirdan-Harris on Aug. 28, 2017, the case of plaintiff Leon Hill against fellow Philadelphia-based defendants Franklin Square Townhomes, L.P., North Point Condominium One Owners Association and North Point Condominium Two Owners Association, plus Liss Property Group, LLC of Gladwyne is scheduled for assignment into the trial pool for December 2018.

Accordingly, all discovery in this matter will be completed by Aug. 4, with pre-trial and dispositive motions filed no later than Sept. 4 and a mandatory pre-trial settlement conference will be scheduled any time after Nov. 5.

Hill first filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas against the defendants on May 16, 2017, as he was a resident of the Franklin Square Townhomes in Philadelphia. Hill says he was victimized inside his housing unit by an unknown assailant who entered the unit, then proceeded to rob, attack and shoot him.

It is Hill’s belief the complex management had awareness of prior criminal activity at the complex, but did not do enough to provide proper security for complex residents such as himself. Hill feels this would have included noting prior security issues and criminal activity, failing to provide alarm systems, surveillance cameras, callboxes, posted guards and trained security personnel, plus barricades, fences or other safeguards.

As a result of the robbery, assault and shooting, Hill says he suffered a number of injuries, including a gunshot wound to his right leg, internal injuries of an unknown nature, physical pain, mental anguish and severe shock to his nerves and nervous system.

The plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $50,000, plus interest and costs of suit in this matter.

The plaintiff is represented by Marc D. Vitale of Brownstein Vitale & Weiss, in Philadelphia.

The defendants have not yet secured counsel, according to court records.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170502507

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at nickpennrecord@gmail.com

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