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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

Court of Appeals weighs in on Storm in Progress Sherman v. N.Y. State Thruway Authority ______N.Y. ______ (2016)

May 20, 2016 • Posted By Joseph A. French • Insurance Coverage

The Court of Appeals recently weighed in on the “storm in progress” doctrine. Sherman, a state trooper, slipped and fell on an icy sidewalk outside his barracks in Newburgh, New York.  He filed suit and claimed the defendant had negligently failed to maintain its sidewalk by its failure to remove the ice and place salt on the sidewalk.  Read More