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SALVATION ARMY CASE

Summary

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.

Case Results

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

Additional Local Media Coverage

Philly.com: Salvation Army collapse juror says $227M judgment ‘still not enough’

NBC Philadelphia: Building Collapse Victim’s Wife Struggles to Keep Home

Additional National Media Coverage

PR Newswire $227 Million Record Settlement Reached in Salvation Army Thrift Store Collapse Litigation

Yahoo Finance: Firm Help Secure Largest Personal Injury Settlement in Pennsylvania History

Law360: Salvation Army, Building Owner Blamed In Philly Collapse Trial

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