Articles Tagged with “premises liability”

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One man was killed and five people were injured during two separate shooting incidents at night clubs in Fort Lauderdale and Davie, Florida. The Miami Herald reported that a graffiti and tattoo artist was killed on his 21st birthday early Wednesday in the parking lot outside Club Eden, a popular Davie strip club, when he was run over by a man in a white Cadillac Escalade, following a fight. In Fort Lauderdale, before dawn Friday, a shooting in the parking lot of a club left at least five people injured, most hospitalized and at least one undergoing surgery, reported the Herald. Multiple shots were fired following a brawl between two groups of young people outside the club.

Negligent security cases generally involve an injury to an individual as a result of a criminal assault or robbery on a commercial premises. These frequently occur at malls, shopping centers, hotels, motels, office buildings, schools parking lots, or parking garages. In most negligent security cases, the plaintiff who has been injured due to a criminal act brings an action against the owner, manager and/or occupier of the premises. These are the entities that are in control of the location where the plaintiff was injured.

A duty is imposed on the owner/manager/occupier to take reasonable measures where such criminal acts are foreseeable. The Restatement (2d) of Torts §344 provides that landowners are liable for failing to exercise reasonable care to (a) discover that such acts are being done, or (b) give adequate warning so visitors can avoid the harm. There is usually no duty unless the owner/occupier knows or has reason to know of the acts of third persons.

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Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega said that Miami Beach’s Heathrow Lounge, located in the bustling nightlife area on popular Washington Ave., had security measures in place but “something slipped through the cracks,” The Miami Herald reported today.

That “something” was a pistol, carried into the nightclub and used by a gang member to kill a young man thought to be the leader of a rival gang. “We’re not going to tolerate any gang activity here,” said Noriega.

Violent crime is no stranger to Miami Beach – in the last month, a couple was robbed at gunpoint in their hotel room on Collins Avenue, and a Russian prostitution situation led to a fatal shooting at a popular Resort & Spa. In all three situations, it seems that innocent bystanders were fortunately not harmed.