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Case of alleged gang beatdown of woman in Northern Liberties comes to settlement

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By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 12, 2019


PHILADELPHIA – A lawsuit brought by a woman who asserted she was assaulted and beaten in a gang-style beatdown by a group of attackers at The Schmidt’s Commons in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood nearly two years ago has been settled.

On May 15, the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas’ Arbitration Center released a settlement docket notice advising the court that the matter had been settled, that the case would be marked “discontinued” and removed from the applicable list and inventory of pending cases – with the case only being able to be restored to the arbitration list only upon written order of the motion program judge, as requested by formal motion only.

Stormi Kelley of Eastampton, N.J. first filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Nov. 12 versus various real estate entities.

“At or about this time and date on Aug. 6, 2017 at approximately 8:00 p.m., plaintiff, an invitee of the Hancock defendants, just having left the Gunner’s Run bar/ restaurant on the premises, was assaulted and physically injured by Christopher Ramos, Hugh Bayard and/or several others, who are currently unknown to plaintiff, on the premises,” the suit stated.

“The assault occurred during a confrontation within the bounds of the premises, along the Germantown Avenue side, and moved over several minutes up the sidewalk within the bounds of the premises along the Germantown Avenue side, and ended up in the open concrete area just below or at Wahlburgers restaurant, all of which were within the bounds of the premises, also referred to herein as the Piazza at Schmidt’s.”

Kelley allegedly incurred a long list of injuries, including: A concussion, post-concussive syndrome, brain injury, brain damage, head injury, neurological deficits and impairments, post-traumatic stress disorder, photophobia and phonophobia, among other concussion-related injuries.

Prior to settlement and for 12 counts of negligence and one count of vicarious liability against all defendants, the plaintiff was seeking damages, individually, jointly, and/or jointly and severally, in an amount in excess of $50,000, and demands pre-judgment interest, post-judgment interest and cost of suit, which are all also claimed, in addition to a trial by jury consisting of 12 jurors.

The plaintiff was represented by Paul P. Gaffney of The Gaffney Firm, in Philadelphia.

The defendants were 1050 N. Hancock Partners, LP, Westminster Management, The Schmidt’s Commons, Tower Investments, Inc., 1033 North Second Associates, LP, 1033 North Second GenPar, Inc., 1033 North Second Association, Oracle Protection Services and Costa Security Services, all of Philadelphia, Westminster Management, LLC of Florham Park, N.J., plus Northern Liberties GP, LLC and Kushner Companies of New York City.

The defendants were represented by John M. Pecci II and Erica C. Johnson of Marks O’Neil O’Brien Doherty & Kelly, Anthony J. Canale of Bunker & Ray and Angelo L. Scaricamazza Jr. of Naulty Scaricamazza & Devitt, all in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 180702502

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at nick.malfitano@therecordinc.com

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