Date:October 31, 2003 and follow-up on November 4, 2003
Action News discovered and exposed a suspicious string of lawsuits. Attorney Richard Farber has been bringing slip and fall suits against hundreds of homeowners in Philadelphia. The suspicious element here is his clients' backgrounds. More than half of his clients have criminal histories and almost all of them claim to live in the same 10-block area in Frankford. None of the alleged victims fell in their immediate neighborhood but in another section of town, miles away and many have fallen more than once. In almost every case, there were no witnesses and most of the clients went to the same chiropractor's office for treatment. The attorney refuses to comment. This type of fraud serves as one of the reasons homeowners' insurance in the "City of Brotherly Love" is expensive when compared to other cities in the country.