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Summary Judgment in Favor of Property Management Company is Affirmed on Appeal

In another appellate victory, Gabriele M. Lashly, Slaughter & Reagan’s certified appeal specialist, successfully defended a summary judgment in favor of its clients on appeal. The negligent removal of a neon sign by a former tenant had caused a fire in a shopping center. The other tenants sued the former tenant for damages caused by the fire. The case settled. The former tenant then sued the management company for indemnification and contribution to the settlement. The Court of Appeal found that there were no triable issues of fact because the property management had no duty to the tenants of a shopping center to make sure that a tenant property removed the neon sign, it did not participate in the removal of the sign and the tenant’s lease provided that the tenant had the duty to remove the sign upon vacating the space.
NET TECH COMPUTER, INC., v. DMAC REAL PROPERTY, INC., Court of Appeal Case No. B230195