Dugas Obtains Summary Judgment & Prevails on Appeal in Central PA Deck Collapse

Stephen L. Dugas, Esq., a partner in our Altoona/Hollidaysburg location, was successful in defending his homeowner client by initially obtaining summary judgment in the Mifflin County Court of Common Pleas, then defending that result in the appeal filed by Plaintiffs to Superior Court.

Although the case involved significant injuries, Judge Williams ruled Mr. Dugas’ client did not deviate from the standards imposed on a licensee in regard to the condition of his home, even though the injuries were caused by the collapse of a deck attached to his house. The Superior Court, in a lengthy and detailed decision, affirmed the lower court entry of judgment in favor of ME’s client.

Our client and their carrier were not obligated to respond to the policy limits demand which was presented at the outset of this litigation and remained outstanding until the judgment was rendered.