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PREMISES LIABILITY the parents and estate of a 22-year-old man who was killed when he fell from the second-story balcony of a San Antonio apartment complex on March 25 settled their claims against the alleged property owners, the property manager, the maintenance man and various other corporate entities for $1.6 million. The plaintiffs alleged that the balcony railing violated the building code and was loose. Shawn Miles, the plaintiffs’ decedent, was at the complex for a party and had been drinking. The defendants denied the alleged building-code violation. They also impleaded a tenant, alleging that he broke the railing and didn’t report it, but the claim was discharged. Miles v. Madrid, No. 2001-CI-10688 (Bexar Co., Texas, Dist. Ct.). PLAINTIFFS’ ATTORNEYS: Thomas A. Crosley and Jason P. Hoelscher, Branton & Hall, San Antonio DEFENSE ATTORNEYS: Ricardo R. Reyna and Marcella Algarra, Brock & Person, San Antonio; Clay Hollis, Lindow & Treat, San Antonio; Richard A. Flume, San Antonio; William H. Ford and Cathleen Stryker, Ball & Weed, San Antonio Source: Texas Blue Sheet

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