Partner Bob Cosgrove and associate Remy Cahn were awarded summary judgment in a Philadelphia County, PA premises liability case. In the case of Moosudee v. City of Philadelphia, the plaintiff allegedly sustained injuries when she slipped or tripped down a flight of stairs while en route to the employee entrance at the Ritz Carlton in Philadelphia. She sustained multiple injuries and was unable to return to work as the result of her fall. She commenced a lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia, SEPTA, CCD and the Ritz alleging that their joint negligent maintenance of the public stairwell lead to her fall.
At the close of discovery, we moved for summary judgment based on the fact that there was no evidence that the Ritz owned, maintained or controlled the stairwell at issue. Judge Massiah Jackson agreed with our analysis and dismissed the plaintiff’s complaint, nothing that there was no evidence (despite the plaintiff’s protestations) that the Ritz had responsibility for the stairs.