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Category: Recent Verdicts

Jury Awards Only 25 Percent of Final Settlement Demand MSZL&M Partner Louis Hockman recently secured an outstanding verdict for a national retail store when a jury awarded the plaintiffs roughly 25 percent of the plaintiffs’ final settlement demand (and approximately 40 percent of the lowest settlement recommendation made by the trial judge). In this action, filed in Philadelphia County, the injured plaintiff tripped and fell in […]
Motion for Summary Judgment Granted in Subcontractor Case  MSZL&M recently represented a well-respected general contractor that had entered into a contract for various renovations on a high-end condominium in Miami, Florida. After securing the renovation contract with the owner, our client then subcontracted with a carpentry company to manufacture wooden doors and cabinets, and install them in the condominium. Although our client and the […]
Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers LLP recently secured a summary dismissal of the defendant in a personal injury case filed in Pennsylvania by arguing that the plaintiff failed to establish in the record a prima facie case of negligence. The plaintiff, a restaurant patron, proceeded to the restroom after being served her meal. While walking through the lobby, she fell, injuring her arm. […]
Recently, Peter Frucchione of our New York City office prevailed on a Motion for Summary Judgment which attacked the claim that the plaintiff had sustained a “serious injury” pursuant to New York State’s Insurance Law threshold standards. Typically, threshold motions involve collateral attacks on one of the many cubby holes, set forth in the Insurance Law, such as whether the plaintiff sustained a “permanent collateral limitation […]
(NEWARK, NJ) – The Superior Court of New Jersey has dismissed a premises liability claim brought by a plaintiff against a property owner after a slip and fall accident, ruling that a property owner’s non-delegable duty to maintain its premises is not absolute. The plaintiff filed a lawsuit against a property owner, seeking to recover damages stemming from a slip and fall incident on […]
MSZL&M Relies Upon Appellate Division Decision to Successfully Defend a New Jersey Insurance Company from Taxicab Passenger’s Claims for Uninsured Motorist Benefits A vehicle owned by Andy Auto and operated by Danny Driver (“Driver 1”) was involved in a motor vehicle accident with a vehicle driven by Darius Driver (“Driver 2”).  At the time of the accident, Driver 1 was operating his motor vehicle […]
New Jersey Court Rule 4:46-2 enables a party to move for summary judgment.  The rule and its subsequent jurisprudence mandates that an award of summary judgment is warranted in instances in which there are no material facts in dispute and the moving party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.  See Judson v. People’s Trust Co. of Westfield, 17 N.J. 67, 73 (1954).  Below […]
DELAWARE COUNTY, Pennsylvania (April, 2017) – Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers LLP (MSZL&M) recently obtained a defense verdict in a premises liability case involving a casino, the results of which were published in Zarin’s Jury Verdict Review & Analysis. The case was tried by MSZL&M’s civil trial attorney Lawrence M. Kelly in the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County, PA. The plaintiff, a […]
(MEDIA, PA. February 17, 2016) MSZL&M Partner Larry Kelly successfully convinced a Delaware County, PA jury that the plaintiff was not entitled to any award for pain and suffering or future medical expenses in the case of Christopher Kerns v. Chester Downs. Surveillance video confirmed plaintiff slipped, but did not fall, exiting defendant’s casino. The investigation revealed that the plaintiff had just stepped off a […]
In The Hartford Ins. Grp. on Behalf of Chen v. Kamara, 155 A.3d 1108 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2017) (“Hartford”),the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued a ruling that caused a monumental shift in workers’ compensation subrogation litigation.  The court ruled that a subrogated workers’ compensation insurance carrier is entitled to bring suit against a third-party tortfeasor on its own initiative when the carrier conforms to the guidelines set […]