LOS ANGELES--()--Highly regarded plaintiff attorney, Michael Alder, today filed a complaint (Case No. BC501704) against South Bay Galleria mall owner, Forest City Enterprises, and Andrews International, the mall’s security company, for negligence and premises liability on behalf of a 13-year old boy who was stabbed in the heart while on the mall’s property. The suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in Downtown Los Angeles.
“The mall has become a high-crime area, and the owners have refused to make adjustments”
“South Bay Galleria has shown a repeated lack of care and concern for their patrons in a high-crime area,” says Plaintiff Attorney Michael Alder. “And the results are devastating: a young boy permanently scarred—physically and emotionally—and $300,000 in medical bills because of a company’s inability to respond to growing threats of violence and criminal activity that is omnipresent.”
On December 29 at the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach, the plaintiff was standing outside of a movie theater with a teenage girl, when a man dressed in a green and brown fatigue-style jacket stabbed the plaintiff and girl multiple times, according to the police report. The attack was unprovoked, and the plaintiff was rushed to the hospital, where he had open-heart surgery. In total, the young boy spent three weeks in the hospital—two weeks in the ICU—as they repaired his lacerated heart.
Three months prior to the stabbing, 128 crimes were reported at the South Bay Galleria. “The mall has become a high-crime area, and the owners have refused to make adjustments,” said Michael Alder. “On South Bay Galleria’s website, it says their number one priority is safety. We’re here to make it a real number one priority.”
Forest City Enterprises has failed to reach out to the family of the boy, and they have ignored requests from Michael Alder to contribute to the family’s medical bills. After months of silence, the lawsuit was finally filed to demand a response from the Midwestern-based company.
In an effort to document the criminal environment at South Bay Galleria, AlderLaw created a website—www.makesouthbaygalleriasafe.com—for members of the community and patrons of the mall to report crimes they’ve been victims of at the mall in the past.
The plaintiff attorney is arguing that the attacker has yet to be found due to a lack of surveillance cameras and security personnel, adding to the chilling scenario surrounding South Bay Galleria.
About AlderLaw, P.C.
AlderLaw, P.C. is a leading plaintiffs’ law firm with offices in Los Angeles (Century City), Newport Beach and Santa Barbara. It represents plaintiffs in personal injury, business tort and employment litigation nationwide. The firm was founded in 2000 by attorney Michael Alder, former president of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) and 2011 Trial Lawyer of the Year. Alder has tried more than 80 cases in his career and works with a team of 15 associate attorneys. AlderLaw, P.C. obtained more than $140 million in verdicts and settlements for its clients in 2011. For more information, visit www.alderlaw.com.