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The Governmental Function Immunity Defense of Municipalities in Personal Injury Cases

Client Resources | 21 Mar 2018 | by

The Criteria for Governmental Immunity Defense In order to raise the defense of a governmental immunity, it is incumbent upon the municipal defendant to meet two criteria: 1.   Governmental Entity –  First, it must be established that the defendant is an actual governmental entity, which includes New York (or any other State) and its subdivisions and agencies, municipal corporations, district corporations and public benefit corporations.  […]

The Internet and Defamation

Client Resources | 21 Mar 2018 | by

To prove defamation a plaintiff must establish four elements: The defendant made a false statement purporting to be fact; The statement was published or communicated to a third person; The defendant was at fault in making the statement; and The statement caused damages or harm to the person who is the subject of the statement. In order for statements to be considered defamatory when […]

Pollution Liability Coverage

Client Resources | 21 Mar 2018 | by

Pollution legal liability (PLL) insurance coverage is an area of liability insurance coverage that can have a major impact on a company’s bottom line, as many companies may face pollution risks to other parties or to their own properties.  PLL policies can be significant as the policy can provide for the cost of cleanup efforts, lawsuits and legal fees, not to mention emergency response […]

The Reptile Theory: A New Plaintiffs’ Strategy to Secure Large Jury Verdict

Client Resources | 21 Mar 2018 | by

What is the Reptile Theory? The reptile theory is a somewhat new strategy that plaintiff attorneys are using to obtain large jury verdicts at trial. It is called the reptile theory because reptiles go into attack mode when threatened or frightened (i.e., don’t mess with an alligator and it won’t mess with you). The plaintiff attorney wants to use fear to threaten a jury […]

Law Firms are Prime Targets for Data Breaches and Cyber Theft

Client Resources | 21 Mar 2018 | by

MSZL&M is serious about our clients’ data security. Cyber theft is on the rise, and law firms, with minimal cybersecurity defenses and a treasure-trove of sensitive and confidential data, are the latest targets. While the majority of high-profile data breaches have targeted financial institutions, retail establishments, and medical providers, breaches and security concerns have recently increased for law firms. Sensitive and Confidential Information Law […]

Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers LLP

Press Releases | 21 Mar 2018 | by

To better serve our clients in jurisdictions throughout Northern Florida and the “Panhandle,” MSZL&M is pleased to announce the expansion of our law firm into the City of Jacksonville, Florida.  Our new office is now open for business, and is located at : 4651 Salisbury Road  Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL. 32256 Tel:      904-516-0900 Fax:     904-701-0307  www.defensecounsel.com

MSZL&M Announces New Maryland Office Location

Press Releases | 21 Mar 2018 | by

Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers LLP is proud to announce the opening of its new Maryland office location. Located in Towson, Maryland, MSZL&M’s new office will better serve clients throughout the Maryland and greater Washington D.C. region. Partner George D. Bogris and Senior Litigation Counsel Sandra T. Carson are leading the Maryland office. Mr. Bogris and Ms. Carson are accomplished insurance defense attorneys […]

Dismissal on Summary Judgment in New Jersey Personal Injury Case Based on Statute of Limitations

Recent Verdicts | 21 Mar 2018 | by

Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers LLP recently secured a summary dismissal of the defendant in a personal injury case by appositely arguing New Jersey’s evolving precedent governing statutes of limitations.  The dismissal implicated the interplay between considerations of interjurisdictional equity and New Jersey’s policy of repose. The plaintiff timely filed suit in New York state court for personal injuries that he allegedly sustained […]

MSZL&M’s Cross-Examination Secures Verdict for National Retail Store

Recent Verdicts | 21 Mar 2018 | by

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 […]

Subcontractor Versus Materialman: There Is A Difference

Recent Verdicts | 21 Mar 2018 | by

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 […]