Recently, Judge Clark of the D.C. Superior Court agreed with Washington, D.C. attorney William Day that a commercial landlord was not liable for any injury suffered by the guest of its tenant. Day was defending a commercial landlord who was sued by the guest of the landlord’s tenant. The lawsuit claimed $50,000 in damages. The guest alleged that he slipped on a wet substance in a D.C. restaurant and fell down an entire flight of stairs suffering “ankle, arm and back pain” as well as “mental injuries”. Notwithstanding the questionable injuries it was clear to attorney Day that the landlord was not liable:
“Washington, DC law is clear that where the owner of property has ceded the entire possession and control of the premises to the tenant, the general rule is that the owner has no liability for incidents arising out of negligent or dangerous conditions on the premises.”
After reviewing Attorney Day’s motion for summary judgment, the Judge ruled in favor of the commercial landlord and entered a judgement in favor of Day’s client.
“My client was not willing to just offer up some money to make this case go away,” said Day “After I explained the options and risks, the client wanted to fight what he viewed as someone hoping for a quick payoff.”
Attorney William Day and the William Day Law Group handle all types of commercial litigation, commercial landlord disputes, commercial landlord/tenant as well as outside general counsel services for small businesses. Contact the William Day Law Group if you would like more information on how we can represent your interests.
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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact William Day at 301-605-1722 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Past results afford no guarantee of future results. Every case is different and must be judged on its own merits.