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Civil Procedure Keyed to Yeazell
Zielinski v. Philadelphia Piers, Inc.
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Plaintiff filed a complaint in April of 1953 for personal injuries received in February of 1953 while he was working on Pier 96 in Philadelphia for McCarthy as a result of a collision of two forklifts. Plaintiff alleged that one of the forklifts was owned, operated and controlled by the agents and employees of the defendant, Philadelphia Piers, Inc. Defendant’s answer denied the allegation. No bad faith was found on the part of Defendant, nor intent to deceive. The forklift that collided with Zielinski’s forklift carried the initials P.P.I. however. It later turned out that a year before the accident, the business of moving freight on Defendant’s piers had been transferred to Carload Contractors, Inc. At the time Defendant was leasing both the forklift in question and the pier on which the accident occurred to Carload Contractors. Plaintiff sought an order from the court stating the forklift in question belonged to the defendant at the time of the accident.
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