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Recently, in a March 17, 2022 decision, the Supreme Court of New Jersey analyzed the “mode of operation” doctrine’s applicability in a situation where the defendant business sold grapes in a closed clamshell container. Jeter v. Sam’s Club, 250 N.J. 240, 243 (2022). The plaintiff, Aleice Jeter, alleged injuries that resulted from a slip and fall on one or more grapes at a Sam’s […]
Under New Jersey Court Rule 4:17-7, discovery amendments after the discovery end date are only permissible if the party seeking to amend certifies therein that the information requiring the amendment was not reasonably available or discoverable by the exercise of due diligence prior to the discovery end date. Utilizing this Court Rule, New Jersey associate Timothy O’Donnell recently prevailed on a motion to bar […]
Companies are slowly investing resources into the Metaverse. A few law firms are starting to follow into this new unchartered world — the benefits and pitfalls that await them are numerous and unknown. But first, what is the Metaverse? The term is a combination of the prefix “meta” (meaning beyond) and the stem “verse” (meaning the universe). The term’s very general definition is appropriate […]
In 2019, our client, a stucco remediation contractor was placed on notice of 26 estate homes with stucco claims and shortly thereafter found itself part of over 10 AAA filings and 2 Court of Common Pleas cases all arising out of 26 homes and allegations of non-compliant stucco applications from 2005 through 2015 with a total exposure in excess of five million dollars.  Along […]
The New Jersey and Wheeling Offices teamed up for a double win for a client.  Plaintiff, a resident of Ohio, was involved in a multi-vehicle motor vehicle accident in Pennsylvania.  He filed a personal injury claim against our client and several other entities in federal court in Ohio.  Bradley Shafer of the Wheeling Office filed a motion to dismiss arguing the Ohio federal court […]
On Friday, March 11, 2022 a jury in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA rendered a verdict in the case of Michael Fraser vs. Robert and Laura O’Black.  This verdict, the largest in Westmoreland County history, was for $19 Million Dollars. The plaintiff, Michael Fraser, a 21 year old young man, was attending a holiday party at the O’Black residence on July 6, 2013.  According to […]
Recently, in a 6-1 decision, the Florida Supreme Court amended Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.130 to authorize interlocutory appeals of nonfinal orders granting or denying motions for leave to assert claims for punitive damages. Under Florida law, plaintiffs may not allege punitive damages without leave of court, and the granting or denying of a motion for leave to assert punitive damages has a […]
On January 18, 2022, Governor Phil Murphy enacted the “New Jersey Insurance Fair Conduct Act.”  Pursuant to the Act, a person injured in a motor vehicle accident and entitled to uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage can sue his/her insurance company for “an unreasonable delay or unreasonable denial of a claim for payment of benefits under an insurance policy…” or violation of the New Jersey […]
Maryland Managing Partner George Bogris prevailed on a Motion for Summary Judgment based on spoliation of evidence in a multi-party lawsuit in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County in a case involving a fire at a local eatery. Bogris represented the fire suppression contractor in the case which also included the hood cleaner as a co-defendant. Both defendants filed Summary Judgment motions claiming that […]
New Year, New MSZL&M Calendar. To celebrate the new year, MSZL&M attorneys Larry Sarowitz and Alex Krasnitsky have created a 2022 MSZL&M photo Calendar. Larry and Alex have been making a yearly calendar of their photos for more than five years, and nothing makes them happier than to share it with their friends and colleagues. If you would like a copy, please email Kate […]