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Philadelphia Building Collapse Survivor Files First Lawsuit

June 07, 2013

Nadine White, one of 14 people pulled alive from the rubble of a collapsed Philadelphia building, sought more than $50,000 in compensation in the first lawsuit filed over the accident that killed six.

White filed the lawsuit yesterday in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas seeking compensation from STB Investments Corp., the owner of the four-story building that collapsed June 5 onto an adjacent thrift shop, and Nicetown House Development Corp., which does business as Griffin Campbell Construction, the primary contractor in the building’s demolition.

The court filing doesn’t provide details of White’s complaint, stating only that more than $50,000 is sought and a jury trial is requested. Richard Basciano of New York and Griffin T. Campbell of Philadelphia are also named as defendants.

Philadelphia Treasurer Nancy Winkler’s daughter, Anne Bryan, was one of the six people who died when the building collapsed, according to the mayor’s office.

The cause of the collapse is being probed, Michael Nutter, Philadelphia’s mayor, said in a statement.

“We will fully investigate this tragedy and get to the bottom of what happened, how, when and why,” the mayor said. “We will determine further actions that must be taken to prevent such tragedies in the future.”

The case is White v. Basciano, 000987, Court of Common Please of Philadelphia County (Philadelphia).

To contact the reporters on this story: Joe Schneider in Sydney at jschneider5@bloomberg.net; Edvard Pettersson in Los Angeles at epettersson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net


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