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New York State Court of Appeals Broadens Additional Insured Coverage

June 17, 2010 • Posted By Douglas R. Rosenzweig • Insurance Coverage

Additional Insured

The clause "arising out of your operations" is commonplace in almost all insurance policies and has just recently (June 3, 2010) been interpreted by the Court of Appeals in connection with an injury to the primary insured's employee in Regal Construction Corporation v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, 883 N.Y.S.2d 207 (2010).

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French & Casey to Host "Opening Your Presence" Seminar

June 11, 2010 • Posted By • News

On June 11th Greta Muller will present a seminar on “Opening Your Presence”.  The seminar will focus on maximizing communication skills to deliver the right message.  “Opening Your Presence” will help you see yourself more objectively and become more in command of your verbal and non-verbal messages. 

Ms. Muller is the President of Team Women, a women’s networking group based in Manhattan.  Please contact Susan Romano for additional details.

Close Only Counts In Horseshoes, Hand Grenades and Labor Law 240(1)

June 1, 2010 • Posted By Douglas R. Rosenzweig • Construction Claims

Falling Objects

In a recent decision, the Court of Appeals in Runner v. New York Stock Exch., Inc., 13 N.Y.3d 599, 922 N.E.2d 865, 895 N.Y.S.2d 279 (2009), held that Labor Law 240(1) will apply to a worker even if that worker did not fall from a height and was not hit by the object that caused his injury. This decision will be greeted with cheers from the plaintiff's bar and with derision from the defense bar and contractors doing business in New York State.

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Liability Defense Blog Goes Live

May 13, 2010 • Posted By • News

French & Casey is thrilled to launch the Liability Defense Blog which is up and running and can be accessed from our home page.  The blog will cover a multitude of legal topics and will be updated at least twice per month.  We hope that you will considering subscribing to this blog and sharing the content with your friends, clients and associates.

When is a Signed Release/Liability Waiver Valid & Enforceable?

May 13, 2010 • Posted By Douglas R. Rosenzweig • Complex Litigation, Contracts

Hand Writing

Both our corporate and individual clients often ask us whether the waiver they have prepared or signed is valid and binding in a Court of law.  Our clients are specifically interested in the validity of a clause in a release waiving any the rights to sue for any injuries, even if those injuries are caused by the negligence of the party seeking the release.

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Excluding Evidence of a Witness’s Prior Criminal Convictions: Remoteness & Moral Turpitude

May 10, 2010 • Posted By Douglas R. Rosenzweig • Trial Practice

Witness Chair

In preparing a case for trial, it often comes to pass that one or more of the witnesses in the case have a prior criminal record. In cases where there is a significant amount of money on the line, you can be sure that opposing counsel has done her homework carefully and is chomping at the bit to destroy the witnesses' credibility with an in depth and lengthy cross-examination regarding the prior misdeeds. This can have a significant impact on a case, particularly if the witness's credibility will be a determining factor in obtaining a defense verdict.

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French & Casey, LLP participates in St. John's Roundtable Program

February 4, 2010 • Posted By • News

French & Casey, LLP recently participated in the Small to Mid Size Firm Specialty Roundtables program of St. John's University School of Law.  The program offered students the opportunity to network with small to mid size firm practitioners and speak informally to the practitioners about their firms' legal setting and practice areas. The program was recognized as a great success with generally heavy student participation and multiple law firms represented.