Lawsuit Filed In Casino Garage Collapse

November 26, 2003 – Families of two ironworkers killed when the casino garage they were building in Atlantic City, New Jersey, collapsed filed a Iawsuit Wednesday.

The suit, filed in Philadelphia, alleges the Tropicana Casino and Resort and two contractors were responsible for the October accident.

Lawyer Robert Mongeluzzi says investigators he hired found forms were prematurely removed. They also said the walls and floors on the upper decks were not properly connected.

Four workers died in the collapse, which also injured more than 20. Mongeluzzi represents the families of James Bigelow and Michael Wittland.

Tropicana officials would not comment and the two construction firms have not returned messages.

The lawsuit was filed in Philadelphia because one of the contractors is based there.

Mongeluzzi also fears picking a fair jury in Atlantic County, where the casino industry is a driving force.

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