The owners of a downtown West Palm Beach apartment building whose brick wall twice smashed through the roof of a law office below have been ordered to shore-up the office so the law firm can retrieve client files and assess damage.
Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser this morning ruled for William W. Price, P.A., whose one-story law offices at 320 Fern St. were hit by tons of falling brick March 3 and April 6 from the east wall of the Alexander Lofts, at 326 Fern.
The law firm’s senior partner, Bill Price, had filed a motion to force RAM Realty Services, owners of the apartments, to remove a wooden platform they placed atop the law building and to shore-up the building so that the city would allow re-entry.
The judge agreed, giving RAM seven days to structurally shore-up the interior, and ordering the company to remove its wooden platform and the bricks that were left on the law firm’s damaged roof.
“Mr. Price’s undisputed testimony clearly establishes the irreparable harm to the plaintiffs and his law practice,” she wrote.
“It’s a great victory for the little guy,” said Price, whose staff has been working in temporary quarters two blocks away since the initial cave-in.