Haugh v. Smith Serv. Inc. PICS Case No.14-0186 (C.P. Philadelphia (Jan. 21, 2014) DiVito, J. (4 pages).

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Haugh v. Smith Serv. Inc. PICS Case No.14-0186 (C.P. Philadelphia (Jan. 21, 2014) DiVito, J. (4 pages).

Robert Enfield was killed by a falling dock plate in York County while working for Americold Logistics. Haugh, as administratrix of his estate, appealed an order of the court transferring the matter to York County from Philadelphia County. Motion to transfer affirmed.

Smith Services has only six employees. The manager and owner of the business, who operate it on a daily basis, and a former employee provided sworn affidavits that they would have to close their businesses to travel for depositions in Philadelphia County at the loss of revenue and customers.

The main potential witnesses all reside in York County and three potential witnesses are responsible for the management of very small businesses that would lose revenue and customers if the witnesses had to travel for depositions or trial. Additionally, the incident occurred in York County and the most directly related business records, co-workers, and supervisors of Enfield's employer are located in York County. All three factors mentioned in Cheeseman were met and thus, the transfer was proper.