On November 13th, 2023, Partner Denise Montgomery obtained summary judgment on behalf of a property owner in Philadelphia County. Plaintiff was a tavern operator seeking damages related to a fire in the bar they operated inside a hotel pursuant to a management Agreement with a third-party tenant of the property. Plaintiff sued the property owner and not that tenant. The property owner argued that it was a landlord out of possession and owed no duty to the Plaintiff. In addition, Defendant argued that Plaintiff failed to produce evidence in support of liability or damages and that expert opinions on causation were required. The Court entered summary judgment against the Plaintiff and dismissed the action with prejudice.