Demand
$15 million in property damage and business interruption + $75,000 for bodily injury

Result
Confidential settlement for property damage and business interruption in addition to settlement of psychological injuries claim for $37,500

Venue
Allegheny County

Attorney
Paul J. Walsh III

Date
February 2005

Fire in strip mall causes $15 million in property damage and allegedly causes psychological injuries

This catastrophic fire broke out while customers and employees were inside the department store. The fire spread quickly, engulfing the building within minutes of its discovery and destroying the 75,000square-foot store. Property damage was estimated at $15 million. The fire was alleged to be electrical in nature. A confidential settlement of the $15 million property damage and business interruption claim was reached.

An employee sued the owner of the store for psychological injuries as a result of the fire. The psychological claim was settled for one-half of her stated demand.

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