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Shopper says she suffered assault in Philly-based Family Dollar Store

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 4, 2018


PHILADELPHIA – In a recent lawsuit filed in state court, a Family Dollar shopper claims she was assaulted and beaten by employees of the discount store’s location on Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia.

Aretha Bickerstaff of Philadelphia filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on May 24 versus Family Dollar Stores, Inc. (doing business as “Family Dollar”), Family Dollar Store #10581, Family Dollar Stores of Pennsylvania, Inc. (doing business as “Family Dollar Stores of Pennsylvania, LLC”) and Nicole Wylie, also all of Philadelphia.

On June 8, 2016, Bickerstaff was at the Family Dollar store at 4061 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia, when she says she was assaulted on the premises by store employees, punched and pushed, causing her to fall and sustain serious and severe personal injuries.

Bickerstaff alleges Family Dollar failed to provide adequate security, failed to train its employees in handling potential dangerous situations and failed to monitor the establishment so as to prevent injuries and harm, in addition to numerous other allegations.

According to the lawsuit, Bickerstaff said she sustained personal injuries to her face, wrists, hands, shoulders, back, neck and surrounding area, plus other injuries both known and unknown.

For negligence, the plaintiff is seeking damages, jointly, severally and singularly, in excess of $50,000.

The plaintiff is represented by Ryan D. Briskin and David B. Sherman of Solomon Sherman & Gabay, in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 180502688

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