Thursday, June 6, 2024

Summary Judgment Granted in Favor of Janitorial Service in a Slip and Fall Case Allegedly Involving an Icy Parking Lot

In the case of Robertson v. Harvard Maintenance, Inc., No. 23-1107 (E.D. Pa. April 11, 2024 Padova, J.), the court granted summary judgment in a matter involving a slip and fall on an allegedly icy parking lot.

According to the record before the court, the Defendant janitorial service’s contract was limited to the provision of cleaning services inside the building and did not extend to addressing any outdoor snow or ice.

The court noted that the allegation of a duty is an essential element of cause of action for negligence.

Here, the court found that the Plaintiff failed to establish any duty on the party of the Defendant janitorial service owed to the Plaintiff.  As such, summary judgment was granted.

Anyone wishing to review a copy of this decision may click this LINK.  The Court's companion Order can be viewed HERE.

I send thanks to Attorney James M. Beck of the Reed Smith office in Philadelphia for bringing this case to my attention.

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