• Suzanne Merrick wins defense verdict in Federal Court suit arising out of large fire loss.
  • May 9, 2018 | Author: Suzanne B. Merrick
  • Law Firm: Thomas, Thomas & Hafer LLP - Pittsburgh Office
  • Representing an electrician whose work was alleged to have caused a fire at a strip mall, TT&H Attorney Suzanne Merrick won a defense verdict in Federal Court. The fire was the second largest of the county fire marshal’s career. The loss led to eight separate lawsuits by the mall owner and tenants, in state and federal court, with Suzanne’s client and other contractors named as Defendants. After four years, only the claim of the mall owner against Suzanne’s client remained. The case proceeded to trial in Federal District Court, where the Plaintiff sought an award of stipulated damages of $11.5 million. After eight days, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Suzanne’s client, finding negligence, but no causation.