SALVATION ARMY CASE
Two contractors were hired to demolish a building next to the Salvation Army thrift store at 22nd and Market Street in Philadelphia, PA. The contractors failed to follow proper safety techniques during the demolition, and a four-story wall collapsed on top of the neighboring Salvation Army thrift store killing 7 and injuring 12.
A group of Lawyers represented the plaintiffs and sued the construction companies for neglecting to follow proper safety procedures.
The jury eventually found the defendants guilty, after 4 hours of deliberation. The trial lasted four months and found STB Holdings Corp and the Salvation Army were both to blame for the injuries and deaths resulting from the collapse. A settlement of $227 million was awarded to the multiple plaintiffs. This is believed to be the largest personal injury settlement in the history of the Pennsylvania court system.
Representing Attorney: Harry M. Roth