West Palm Beach Attorneys Prevailed on a Motion for Final Summary Judgment

Posted in Newsletters - 2019 on April 10, 2019

Jeffrey A. Blaker and Jeffrey K. Rubin, from our West Palm Beach office prevailed on a Motion for Final Summary Judgment. Messrs. Blaker and Rubin represented a security contractor who was sued by the estates of two decedents who were shot and killed in an apartment complex in Lauderdale Lakes, Broward County, Florida.
 
In granting summary judgment, the trial court specifically relied on a case handled by the firm’s appellate practice leader, Hinda Klein, Robert-Blier v. Statewide Enterprises, 890 So. 2d 522 (Fla. 4th DCA 2005), wherein the Fourth District Court of Appeals held that a security company that is an independent contractor to the owner of premises and that is providing some security services, cannot be liable to a victim for failing to do more than it contracted to do. Messrs. Blaker and Rubin were able to establish that the security contractor’s obligations were limited to those set forth in its contract with the apartment complex owner. Our attorneys also established that the security contractor adhered to its contractual obligations and that the contractor was not a proximate cause of the subject homicides. The property owner remains a Defendant in the case. A trial is anticipated in late Spring 2019 or Summer 2019 as to the estates’ claims against the property owner.