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ATTORNEY MELISSA SMALLACOMBE SECURES ANOTHER DEFENSE VERDICT IN A PERSONAL INJURY CASE WHERE PLAINTIFF WAS SEEKING OVER A MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES
Newly Admitted BSMH Attorney Heather Pollock’s First Summary Judgment Win Dismissing Complaint!!
PETER SCOLAMIERO OBTAINS ANOTHER DEFENSE VERDICT AT TRIAL – THIS TIME INVOLVING A CLAIM OF LOSS OF SEPULCHER
- ATTORNEY MELISSA SMALLACOMBE SECURES ANOTHER DEFENSE VERDICT IN A PERSONAL INJURY CASE WHERE PLAINTIFF WAS SEEKING OVER A MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES
Current Case Law
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Category Archives: Current Case Law
NEW YORK RULING CURTAILS CONTRACTORS ADDITIONAL INSURED COVERAGE The Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, ruled this week that a common insurance policy endorsement extends coverage to additional insureds only when an injury is proximately caused by the named … Continue reading
The abundance of information accessible on social media websites has dramatically changed the way personal injury litigators investigate and try cases. Social media content plays a critical role during discovery and at trial. Therefore, litigators need to demand that any … Continue reading
The number of people utilizing social media continues to explode. The most recent statistics reported Facebook as having 1 billion active users. In light of the information being posted and communicated online, social media is a potential treasure trove for … Continue reading
Court of Appeals clarification to 1104(b) and reckless disregard standard will make defense of cases more difficult for municipalities.
The Court of Appeals determines when the ordinary negligence or reckless disregard standards apply to emergency vehicles. In its February 17, 2011 decision in Kabir v County of Monroe, the Court of Appeals altered the landscape of liability for emergency … Continue reading
Court of Appeals looks at “nexus” between owner and plaintiff in Labor Law Section 240(1) case: Abbatiello v. Lancaster Studio Assoc.
On July 1, 2004, the New York State Court of Appeals decided Abbatiello v. Lancaster Studio Assoc. 2004 WL 1472625. In that matter, a cable technician alleged a Labor Law Section 240(1) claim against a property owner as a result … Continue reading
By Gerald D. D’Amelia, Jr., Esq. A previous Defense Update discussed the application of the “open and obvious” defense. In doing so, the article distinguished the application of the theory as a complete defense versus the application of the theory … Continue reading
Court of Appeals refuses to strictly interpret Labor Law Section 240(1) in Striegel v. Hillcrest Heights Development Corp
By Terése Burke Wolff, Esq. On October 21, 2003, the Court of Appeals decided Striegel v. Hillcrest Heights Development Corp., 2003 WL 22387625. In that matter, plaintiff was installing felt and shingles on a roof. As plaintiff was walking on … Continue reading
By Gerald D. D’Amelia, Jr., Esq. The fact that a condition is open and obvious may be a viable defense to a premises liability claim. However, case law has distinguished between the duty to maintain and the duty to warn. … Continue reading
By: Terése Burke Wolff Esq. On February 13, 2003, the Court of Appeals decided the case of Pecker Iron Works of New York v. Travelers. Pecker Iron Works retained Upfront Enterprises (also referred to herein as “Upfront”) on a construction … Continue reading
By Terése Burke Wolff, Esq. In 1996, the Omnibus Workers’ Compensation Reform Act amended Section 11 of the New York Workers’ Compensation Law, thereby restricting third?party contribution claims against employers. Ibarra v. Equipment Control, Inc., 707 N.Y.S.2d 208, 2000 N.Y. … Continue reading