In a significant legal move, Jalen Davis, represented by The John Mobley Law Firm, has filed a lawsuit in the Court of Common Pleas, Richland County, South Carolina, against EMRES II South Carolina, LLC, doing business as The Rowan, and Campus Advantage. The case, filed on December 5, 2023, addresses serious allegations of negligent security and gross negligence following a distressing incident at The Rowan Apartments.

Background of the Case

Jalen Davis, a resident of Richland County, South Carolina, was residing at The Rowan Apartments when he became a victim of a shooting incident on October 26, 2021. This unfortunate event led to severe physical and mental injuries to Mr. Davis. The complaint details that despite marketing The Rowan as a safe and professionally managed living environment for students, the defendants allegedly failed to uphold these standards, contributing to a dangerous setting prone to criminal activities.

The Incident and Its Aftermath

On the night of October 28, 2021, Mr. Davis was in his apartment when he was struck by bullets, resulting from gunshots fired nearby. Emergency services responded to the scene, and law enforcement’s investigation uncovered evidence of a party at the apartment complex that had escalated to violence, including gunfire. This incident is not isolated, as the complaint also highlights a history of violent crimes at the premises, suggesting a pattern of negligence concerning tenant safety.

Legal Claims Filed

The lawsuit revolves around two primary legal claims:

  1. Negligent Security: The plaintiff asserts that the defendants had a duty to provide adequate security to protect residents from foreseeable harm. Alleged failures include inadequate security measures, poor employee training, and a lack of effective policies for managing and mitigating criminal activity on the premises.
  2. Negligence/Gross Negligence: The complaint further accuses the defendants of failing to manage, supervise, and maintain the premises in a safe manner. This negligence purportedly contributed to the environment that allowed the incident affecting Mr. Davis to occur.
    Seeking Justice and Reform

The legal team at The John Mobley Law Firm is pursuing actual and punitive damages, emphasizing the need for accountability and reform in property management practices, particularly in environments designed for student residents. The case underscores the critical importance of robust security measures and proactive management to prevent such tragedies in the future.

As this case moves forward, it will not only seek to address the grievances of Jalen Davis but also set a precedent that may drive improvements in how apartment complexes manage the safety and security of their tenants. The outcome could have significant implications for property management companies and their obligations to tenant safety.

View the original complaint filed HERE

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