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Justin Shapiro and Tom Scolaro, with Leesfield Scolaro represented the plaintiff in this premises liability lawsuit. Photo: J. Albert Diaz/ALM. Justin Shapiro and Tom Scolaro, with Leesfield Scolaro, represented the plaintiff in this premises liability lawsuit. Photo: J. Albert Diaz/ALM.

When a Cape Coral man was left severely injured in an explosion on his outdoor patio because someone had accidentally left a gas grill turned on, his attorneys felt all signs pointed to a cleaning company that had stopped by the day before.

Plaintiffs attorneys Tom Scolaro and Justin Shapiro had a problem, though. No direct evidence actually proved that a cleaning service staff member had been negligent — meaning, technically, it could have been anyone.

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Raychel Lean

Raychel Lean is ALM's Florida bureau chief, overseeing the Daily Business Review. Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter via @raychellean.

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