West Philly Apartment Fire Lawsuit Settled for $4.75M


PHILADELPHIA — In December 2014, after three years of litigation and several days into a Class Action jury trial, the owners of the Windermere Court Apartments agreed to a $4.75 million settlement in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.

Tom Marrone was sole Class Counsel and trial counsel for the Class, and the defendants were represented by several law firms. The large four-story Windermere Court apartment complex was razed after a major fire that spread across the entire 90-unit building. It took approximately 140 firefighters more than 11 hours to extinguish the blaze. The residents were left homeless and without any possessions except the clothes on their backs.

On behalf of the Certified Class of tenants, residents, and guests, Marrone sought damages for destroyed property, displacement from residents, and punitive damages.  As a result of the settlement Marrone won from the owners of the Windermere, every eligible Class Member received a settlement check for more than 100% of his or her property loss claims after payment of legal fees – a rare if not unprecedented result.

The case received considerable media attention, and was listed as one of the Top Recoveries of 2014 by the Legal Intelligencer’s Top Pennsylvania Verdicts of 2014, published by ALM Media, LLC. Tom Marrone had two of the top 50 recoveries listed in 2014.

Case: Schall and Farley v. Windermere Court Apartments, et al.

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About Thomas More Marrone and MOREMARRONE LLC

MOREMARRONE LLC is a multifaceted law firm that has produced some of the largest verdicts and settlements in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We represent plaintiffs in substantial personal injury, catastrophe, class action, and complex civil litigation matters; individuals and businesses in crisis avoidance and crisis management; and we provide lawyer-to-lawyer case strategy and trial consulting and intervention. Experience, proven success, and peer reviews have earned Thomas More Marrone regular honors as The Best Lawyers in America®, Super Lawyers,  AVVO Clients’ Choice + perfect 10.0 rating, and Martindale Hubbell AV 5.0 Peer Rating for Highest Level of Professional Excellence.

Licensed to practice in the State and Federal courts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, Tom Marrone has extensive experience and proven success handling difficult, complex cases, especially class actions and collective actions, cases involving personal injury, employment, wage and hour claims, insurance matters, product liability, consumer protection, consumer fraud, deceptive practices, legal malpractice, and wrongful use of civil proceedings.

Individual and corporate clients also engage MoreMarrone LLC for advisory services, including legal matters, crisis prevention and crisis management. A veteran class action trial lawyer, Tom Marrone also offers consultations with other attorneys and law firms related to class action and complex litigation theory development, implementation, and trial strategy.


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