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Yearly Archives: 2020

Jason G. Wehrle
With Profound Sadness We Mourn the Loss of Jason G. Wehrle Our Valued Partner, Dear Friend, and Admired Colleague (1971-2020) Jason Wehrle, the Managing Partner of our firm’s Pittsburgh Office, passed away on December 19, 2020 following a short illness.  Above all else, Jason was the loving and devoted father to his two children, Emma and Brady, and an adoring son to his mother, Cathy […]
MSZL&M is proud to welcome Laura Schinella to the team! We are pleased to announce that Laura Schinella, has joined our Central Florida office as an associate attorney.  Ms. Schinella focuses her practice on representing clients in civil and commercial litigation claims involving automobile and first party insurance, premises liability, coverage issues, government liability, and other tort claims. Prior to joining MSZL&M, Ms. Schinella […]
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JURISDICTION FOR MEDICAL PROVIDER CLAIMS IN THE NEW JERSEY WORKER’S COMPENSATION DIVISION MAY BE IMPACTED BY JURISDICTION FOR THE UNDERLYING  CLAIM By:  James Backenson In 2012, the Legislature in New Jersey gave medical providers the opportunity to file claims for payment of services rendered to employees who suffer a compensable injury under the Worker’s Compensation Act (N.J.S.A. 15:34-1 et .seq.).  In doing so, the […]
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Great win for Katie Pakler of MSZL&M’s Western Pennsylvania Office! Plaintiff brought a premises liability action against our client, a Fortune 100 retailer, in which Plaintiff claimed he sustained personal injury after tripping and falling in the parking lot of the store.  According to Plaintiff, he parked in a parking spot containing cracks, debris and trash and that while walking to the store, his […]
Another Victory for MSZL&M’s New York Office! Allen Kohn from MSZL&M’s New York office won summary judgment on behalf of a large property owner.  Plaintiff alleged that he suffered personal injuries due to a hole in the concrete floor.  The hole was purportedly created by the property owner when it performed construction work in the area.  The case’s venue was slow-moving New York State […]
MSZL&M is pleased to announce that William Parks has joined our Central Florida office.  William (“Bill”) Parks, an Associate in our Central Florida Office,  grew up in Baltimore, Maryland but has lived in Florida for the past five years. Before joining MSZL&M, Bill represented financial institutions in both state and federal court, initiating foreclosure proceedings and defending against alleged violations of consumer protection laws. […]
Bradley K. Shafer - Attorney Image
  Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers’ West Virginia Managing Partner Bradley Shafer will be speaking for NBI on Monday November 16.  He will discuss legal updates in West Virginia, handbook updates, and Reasonable Accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the West Virginia Human Rights Act.  There will also be a COVID update. Please use the link provided below to see the full brochure […]
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NJ Presumes Workers Compensation  Coverage for Essential Workers Who Contract COVID-19 By:  Matthew Harris, Esq. Governor Phil Murphy signed law that immediately went into effect on September 14, 2020 that created a rebuttable presumption that, absent demonstrable proof to the contrary, “essential” workers who contract COVID-19 at work will be entitled to workers compensation coverage and benefits for their illness.  Notably, the law is […]
Maryland’s Highest Court Overrules Frye-Reed, Officially welcoming the era of Daubert By Saad Malik, Esquire On August 28, 2020, the Maryland Court of Appeals voted 4-3 to officially adopt Daubert as the standard by which courts admit or exclude expert testimony, abandoning the previously standing Frye-Reed test.  See Rochkind v. Stevenson, Case No. 47, September 2019 Term (Aug. 28, 2020).  In 1978, Maryland Courts […]
Another victory for our New York Office! Allen Kohn from MSZL&M’s New York office obtained summary judgment on behalf of our client, a regional grocery store.  After plaintiff’s daughter was caught shoplifting, a verbal dispute escalated to a physical altercation with an alleged store “employee.” During the altercation, Plaintiff was struck with a stick and lost use of an eye. The case was venued […]