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MSZL&M Premise Liability Group Secures Another Defense Verdict

May 31, 2019 - About the Firm by Jay E. Mintzer

(May, 2019)  New York Managing Partner Bradley J. Levien recently went to trial in Suffolk County, New York on behalf of a national furniture retailer.  Plaintiff claimed to have fallen in one of their parking lots while riding a motorized unicycle.  Plaintiff, a court stenographer, claimed to have suffered a fractured shoulder and missed time from work as a result.  Mr. Levien demonstrated the inherently dangerous nature of the Plaintiff’s vehicle and argued that the Defendant’s parking lot maintenance procedures were reasonable and sufficient.  It was Defendant’s position that Plaintiff’s negligence was the sole cause of the incident.  At the conclusion of the case, the jury deliberated for under 20  minutes and rendered a defense verdict for our client.  Both the firm and the client felt strongly about the case and were looking to take it to trial.  Plaintiff had presented a $50,000 settlement demand prior to trial and had turned down all offers made by Defendant.