Columbia West

October 29, 1992

Suit over fall targets Rouse, cleaning firm

A Columbia man is suing the Rouse Co. and an Ellicott City cleaning service for $1 million in damages after falling on a wet floor in a Columbia office building in February 1991.

Monte Malone, 30, of the 6300 block of Loring Drive, contends in court documents that Rouse, which owns the Parkside Building in the 10500 block of Little Patuxent Parkway, and Universal Cleaning Services Inc., which cleans it, were negligent for not placing signs to warn the building's occupants of the floor's condition.

The suit says Mr. Malone took an elevator to the ground floor of the building at about 8 p.m. on Feb. 13, 1991. As he was leaving the building, he slipped and fell on a wet spot on the floor.

As a result of the fall, the suit says, Mr. Malone injured his neck, back and right leg and suffered from dizziness, soreness, stiffness and pain.

His attorney, Isaac Joe Jr. of Columbia, said Mr. Malone was treated at Howard General Hospital and underwent therapy through a physician for about one year.

Mr. Joe did not estimate the total medical bills.

Cathy Lickteig, a Rouse spokeswoman, declined to comment on the case, explaining that the company has not been served with the suit.

Mr. Malone filed suit against the companies Oct. 20 in Howard Circuit Court. He has requested a jury trial. No proceedings have been scheduled.

POLICE LOG

* Dorsey's Search: 5200 block of Brook Way: An intruder was seen leaving a vacant house Tuesday.

* Harper's Choice: Harpers Choice Village Center: Police were called after an incident between two male acquaintances. Police said one man hit the other in the eye and stole his wallet.

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