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Sheridan v. Desmond
Citation:697 A.2d 1162
Defendant, James Desmond was the co-owner and manger of a property that leased its space to a nightclub. One night, Defendant blocked the fire-exit by building a barrier on a seperate property that was adjacent to the nightclub. Defendants actions forced the nightclub to close temporarily a few times due to fire-code violations. The nightclub owners sued to recover monetary damages that they sustained when they were forced to close. When Defendant died, the nightclub owners withdrew their action against Defendant and sued Defendants other co-owner, Imhoff. Imhoff then filed a motion for a directed verdict denying liability for Defendants actions. The motion was denied. The nightclub owners recovered a monetary award after a jury trial. Imhoff appealed.
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