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Mery v. Eginger, 2017 NY Slip Op 02784 (2d Dep’t 2017)

April 20, 2017 • Posted By Paul J. Lee • Insurance Coverage

In this personal injury action, plaintiff was driving a truck with a window open on a road near the defendant Church’s property.  He heard a noise of a lawn mower hitting something and felt a sharp pain in his left eye.  He pulled the truck over and pulled a piece of wire out of his eye.  At the time of the accident, defendant Eginger was mowing the Church’s lawn.  Plaintiff alleges the piece of wire had been ejected by Eginger’s lawn mower. Read More

Wunderlich v. Turner Construction Company, Safway Services v. LVI Environmental, v. Irwin Seating Company NYLJ, 2/24/17, P. 28

March 20, 2017 • Posted By Joseph A. French • Construction Claims, Insurance Coverage

Defendants appealed from a decision that had denied their motion for summary judgment.  The First Department affirmed the Trial Court’s decision denying the motion on Labor Law §241(6) and §200 grounds.  It did modify the lower Court’s decision, however, and grant the motion addressing the claim for contractual indemnification.

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Appellate Division, Second Department Affirms and Clarifies Landlord Liability for Assaults committed by Third-Parties

March 1, 2017 • Posted By Douglas R. Rosenzweig • Insurance Coverage

In Ramos v. New York City Housing Authority, (2015-06998),  __ A.D.3d __ (2nd Dept. 2017), the Appellate Division, Second Department recently affirmed a denial of Summary Judgment to the New York City Housing Authority (“NYCHA”).  NYCHA sought dismissal of plaintiff’s assault claim on the grounds that plaintiff was unable to prove that its alleged negligence in failing to provide a properly locking front door at the premises was a proximate cause of her injuries. 

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Defendant’s Burden in Slip and Fall Cases – Gairy v. 3900 Harper Ave., LLC, No. 2016-01951, 2017 WL 355973 (N.Y. App. Div. Jan. 25, 2017)

February 2, 2017 • Posted By Devika P. Kapoor • Insurance Coverage

The Appellate Division, Second Department’s recent ruling on a property owner’s motion for summary judgment highlights the importance of keeping meticulous inspection records relating to the maintenance of property and reports regarding latent defects or the lack thereof. 

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Defense Verdict in Queens Supreme Court January 25, 2017

January 25, 2017 • Posted By Douglas R. Rosenzwei • Construction Claims, News, Trial Practice

Defense Verdict in Queens Supreme Court January 25, 2017  On Monday, January 23, 2017, we obtained a defense verdict for our clients in Klimowicz v. Powell Cove Associates LLC & AVR Realty Company, LLC.  This was a Labor Law §240 action in which plaintiff, a bricklayer, claimed that he fell through a gap in scaffolding planking on June 20, 2008. Read More

The Appellate Division, First Department continues its expansive reading of Labor Law 240(1).

October 28, 2016 • Posted By Douglas R. Rosenzweig • Construction Claims

In Valente v. Lend Lease (US) Construction LMB, Inc., the Appellate Division, First Department recently affirmed the Trial Court’s granting of plaintiff’s Labor Law 240(1) summary judgment motion, holding that the defendants failed to raise an issue of fact as to whether plaintiff was the sole proximate cause of his accident.  Read More