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Lawsuit that credited plaintiff's injuries to dimly lit movie theater reaches settlement

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By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 1, 2019

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PITTSBURGH – A plaintiff’s lawsuit that charged that an improperly lighted movie theater was the proximate cause behind her serious head and neck injuries has been settled.

On Oct. 24, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Alan D. Hertzberg released an order outlining that counsel for plaintiff Mary Ellen Chester had represented that the case was amicably settled. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Chester, of Glassport, first filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas on Jan. 11, 2018, versus American Multi-Cinema, Inc. (doing business as “AMC Mount Lebanon 6”) and Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc. (doing business as “The Galleria Of Mount Lebanon”), both of Mount Lebanon.

On Aug. 1, 2016, Chester visited the defendants’ movie theater and her lawsuit said that she was caused to fall due to walkways that were not properly lighted. The plaintiff charged that the defendants failed to inspect, maintain, repair or warn of said dangerous condition and should have known of the potential harm it could present to customers and visitors to the theater, among other charges.

Per the litigation, Chester suffered neck injuries including a disc bulge, aggravation of a pre-existing condition, a closed-head injury, scrapes, lacerations, contusions and bruising.

Prior to settlement and for negligence, the plaintiff was seeking damages in excess of $35,000, plus all costs and other relief the Court deems just.

The plaintiff was represented by Marc I. Simon and Michael K. Simon of Simon & Simon, in Pittsburgh.

The defendants were represented by Joseph L. Luvara of Dickie McCamey & Chilcote, also in Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas case GD-18-000566

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