Contractor files to delay Philly collapse lawsuits

A contractor being sued by people injured in a Philadelphia building collapse that killed six others wants a judge to delay those lawsuits for at least nine months while a criminal grand jury continues to investigate the incident.

Lawyer Robert Mongeluzzi represents five survivors and the family of a woman killed inside the thrift store crushed by the collapsing building next door. He has called a Thursday news conference to discuss the filing late Wednesday by contractor Griffin Campbell.

The accident happened June 5 as the downtown building was being demolished. It collapsed onto a neighboring Salvation Army thrift store, killing two employees and four customers.

Berkley Assurance Co. of Iowa has also sued in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, claiming the contractor had an invalid insurance policy.

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