When the Philadelphia School District needed to compel asbestos manufacturers to pay for the abatement and remediation in Philadelphia Schools, district authorities turned to Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer; the team was led by Arthur Raynes and Harold Goodman. In order to determine which individual asbestos companies had installed asbestos in each school, the Firm dispatched a team of lawyers and paralegals throughout the city, tracking down and interviewing scores of witnesses. The case resolved for in excess of $25,000,000.
Our wheelchair bound client suffered a traumatic brain injury with subarachnoid hemorrhage as a result of falling from a wheelchair ramp which violated the requirements of the American Disabilities Act (ADA). The owners of the medical office complex ignored tenant complaints related to the ramps’ unsafe slope, insufficient width and dangerous drop offs. Mark LeWinter and Amber Racine took the case over from our client’s prior counsel and quickly developed a record which increased its value and encouraged the defendants to seek out mediation.
As Mike was getting out of his car in the driveway of the home that he and his family were renting, a strong gust of wind blew over a tree. The tree plummeted towards the car, striking Mike in the back and rendering him a paraplegic. Mike was eventually able to return to his work, but only on a part time basis.
The Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer team of lawyers investigated and documented a claim against the homeowner and the arbor company, which had inspected the stand of trees within a year before the accident and had not recommended that this tree be taken down. The property owner settled for his policy limits of $3,000,000.00 and then the arborist also paid his policy limits on a confidential basis shortly thereafter.
A young man attended the premiere of a controversial movie, the subject of which was gang violence. After the show, he was shot in the parking lot of the theater by an unidentified assailant, resulting in serious injuries. Suit was filed against the shopping mall where the theater was located and against the national theater chain. One of our attorneys argued that violence after the movie was predictable and would have been prevented by adequate security. When discovery revealed a nationwide pattern of violence accompanying late night premieres of such movies, defendants agreed to pay a confidential settlement totaling $4 million.
Renovations were performed to a stairway in a highly successful tavern without complete disclosure to city officials, leading to a patron losing his balance, falling down the stairway and suffering spinal injuries.