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Philadelphia judge says severely injured survivor of building collapse may give deposition

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – A woman who was critically injured when a Philadelphia building undergoing demolition collapsed on top of the Salvation Army thrift store where she was shopping may proceed with her lawsuit even while 11 others have been stayed, a Pennsylvania judge has decided. Plaintiff Mariya Plekan was pinned under debris for 13 hours when a four-story apartment complex being dismantled collapsed onto the adjacent one-story thrift store, killing six people and injuring 12 others besides Ms. Plekan, who lost both of her legs as a result of the cave-in. She is suing the owner of the building that ... Read More

Critically injured plaintiff asks judge to move forward with Philadelphia building collapse litigation

A woman who was critically injured in the Philadelphia building collapse on June 6 has asked a judge to partially lift a stay that will likely be imposed on her lawsuit pending other legal issues in mounting litigation surrounding the disaster, which killed six people and injured 13 others. Mariya Plekan was shopping at the Salvation Army Thrift store adjacent to the building that was being demolished when it collapsed on top of the store. She was buried under debris for 13 hours and had to have both of her legs amputated as a result of her injures. Ms. Plekan ... Read More

Owner of Philadelphia building implicated in deadly collapse wants court to toss strict liability claim

The owner of a Philadelphia building that collapsed onto an adjacent Salvation Army thrift store June 6, killing six people and injuring 13 others, faces 11 personal-injury and wrongful-death lawsuits related to the disaster. However, Richard Basciano and his company STB Investments Corp., which owned the collapsed building, asked a state court judge to throw out a strict liability claim sought by the plaintiff in one of the lawsuits. Plaintiff Shirley Ball, who was shopping in the Salvation Army store when he adjacent four-story building fell on top of it, alleges in her complaint that she received injuries to her ... Read More

Another Philadelphia building collapse triggers evacuations

PHILADELPHIA – Just days after a downtown Philadelphia building collapsed, killing 6 people and injuring a dozen others, another building collapse blocks away has led to the evacuation of several surrounding buildings. According to authorities at the scene, an excavation site at Eighth and South Streets was deluged with rainwater all day, causing the ground underneath an adjoining building to become unstable and give way Monday night around 8. No one was reportedly injured by the cave-in. Officials investigating the collapse said that that excavation was taking place too close to a retaining wall, which the heavy rain had eroded. ... Read More

Deadly Philadelphia building collapse prompts regulatory review, lawsuits

The collapse of a four-story building and adjacent thrift store in Philadelphia that killed six people and injured 13 others on Friday, June 5, has ignited a grand jury investigation of city regulations and protocols across a number of municipal agencies and departments, the Associated Press reported Monday. “The scope and depth of the Grand Jury process will allow us to completely and appropriately investigate last Wednesday’s tragedy,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams in a statement. In the same release, Mr. Williams expressed his “heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Anne Bryan, Roseline Conteh, Borbor Davis, Kimberly ... Read More

Boy and his grandmother drowned in Montgomery apartment pool

MONTGOMERY, ALA – A woman and her grandson died last week from drowning injuries they received in a Montgomery apartment complex swimming pool Tuesday morning. The Montgomery police said Rosie Lee Arrington, 39, and her grandson were found unresponsive in the pool of the Courtyard CitiFlats apartment on S. McDonough near downtown Montgomery. Ms. Arrington was taken to Jackson hospital, where she was pronounced dead just before noon on Tuesday. The boy, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham with life-threatening injuries but died from his injuries on Wednesday. Authorities investigating the deaths ... Read More

Montgomery drowning lawsuit underscores swimming pool safety concerns

MONTGOMERY, ALA—Beasley Allen has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the parents of two young boys who drowned Monday in their apartment complex swimming pool. The brothers, Victor Garcia, 7, and Cristubal Basurto Garcia, 5, were found in the pool around 6:45 Monday evening and were taken to Baptist South Hospital where they were pronounced dead. The Montgomery Police Department has said it believes the drownings to be accidental. The incident occurred at Cyprus Court Apartments, where the boys’ parents, Erika Basurto and Maurillio Garcia, reside. “Obviously, this is a very difficult time for the family, a heartbreaking ... Read More