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Update on New Jersey Supreme Court’s Decision in Haines v. Taft

Client Resources | 14 Aug 2019 | by

In our April 2, 2019 article, “New Jersey Supreme Court Rules Claimant Cannot Recover Economic Loss For Difference in Coverage When Electing Lower PIP Coverage,” we reported on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s March 26, 2019 ruling in Haines v. Taft, 237 NJ 271, that plaintiffs were barred from recovering against a tortfeasor the amount of unpaid medical bills in excess of their PIP […]

New Jersey’s Work-Product Doctrine

Client Resources | 1 Jul 2019 | by

There is no Presumptive Rule that Materials Collected Prior to the Commencement of Litigation are Not Protected by New Jersey’s Work Product Doctrine The New Jersey Appellate Division recently held in the matter of Paladino v. Auletto Enter., Inc. (No. A-0232-18T1, June 6, 2019) that there is no per se rule that materials collected before the commencement of litigation are not prepared in anticipation […]

MSZL&M Subrogation Group Secures 85% Recovery For Catastrophic Fire in Fast Food Restaurant in Washington State

Press Releases | 17 Jun 2019 | by

(June, 2019)  On September 19, 2015, the employees of a fast food Restaurant in Brewster Washington closed at 1:00 AM.  At 2:30 AM, a fryer that was inadvertently left on malfunctioned, and exceeded its operating temperature limit, resulting in a flash over and fire in the vat.  Triggering the Ansul system, the fire should have been extinguished and damages of less than $50,000 incurred.  […]


Firm News | 6 Jun 2019 | by

(June 2019) Phillip B. Silverman, Senior Litigation Counsel at the firm’s Eastern Pennsylvania office, was honored by the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel  as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award during this year’s June 4th Annual Meeting. He was honored for his extraordinary 50 year career entirely focused on civil defense litigation. The PADC is the professional organization of civil defense litigators in […]

MSZL&M Premise Liability Group Secures Another Defense Verdict

Recent Verdicts | 31 May 2019 | by

(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 […]

Premises Liability Group Scores Another Defense Verdict for Casino Client

Recent Verdicts | 15 May 2019 | by

(May, 2019)  Lawrence Kelly, Esquire, a partner in our Philadelphia Office  recently received a defense verdict after a three day jury trial in Delaware County, PA.  The plaintiff was a patron at our client’s casino when she alleges she was injured due to the negligence of one of the casino’s employees.  According to the plaintiff, as she was walking near a blackjack tournament that […]

MSZL&M Premises Liability Group Scores Defense Verdict for National Retailer on Notice Issue

Recent Verdicts | 6 May 2019 | by

(May, 2019) New York Managing Partner Bradley J. Levien and Associate Anna Saruski recently went to trial in Broward County, Florida on behalf of a large, national retail chain.  Plaintiff claimed to have slipped and fallen in one of their stores.  Subsequent to the incident, she underwent two (2) arthroscopic surgeries on her left knee and one on her right.  At trial, her doctor […]

MSZL&M Maryland Office Secures Order Granting Motion for Summary Judgment in Fall on Ice.

Recent Verdicts | 2 May 2019 | by

(May, 2019), Maryland Managing Partner, George Bogris and Aman Aulakh obtained summary judgment in a claim against a snow removal contractor. Plaintiff fell in a parking lot as she exited her car to go to work. She slipped just as she exited the vehicle and struck her back on the door frame. Plaintiff was injured in March 2015 and never returned to work. Plaintiff […]

A Common Carrier’s Duty to Its Passengers Under New Jersey Law

Client Resources | 1 May 2019 | by

In New Jersey, a common carrier is a bus, train, taxicab, and/or other vehicle similarly engaged in public transportation.  When determining whether a common carrier is negligent, the standard is higher than the typical negligence standard in New Jersey.  Generally, negligence is found when a party has failed to exercise the degree of care for the safety of others which a person of ordinary […]

The Western Pennsylvania office is pleased to announce our continued growth with the hiring of Senior Litigation Counsel Eric Santos and Associate Dana Horton.

Firm News | 12 Apr 2019 | by

The Western Pennsylvania office is pleased to announced our continued growth with the hiring of Senior Litigation Counsel Eric Santos and Associate Dana Horton. Both Eric and Dana bring over forty years of combined experience to our Western Pennsylvania office.  Eric concentrates his practice in general liability matters, worker’s compensation defense, as well as toxic tort defense. Eric is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania […]