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Law360: Considerations for Assumption of Risk in NY Sports Suits
May 15, 2023 | Commercial Litigation | General Liability

Frank Izzo and Joseph Pidel wrote an article for Law360 on two recent court decisions that implicate the assumption of risk clause.

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Considerations for Assumption of Risk in NY Sports Suits

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First, Second and Third Departments All Hold That COVID Executive Orders Tolled NY’s Statutes of Limitations
April 10, 2023 | Commercial Litigation

Only weeks ago, the Appellate Division, Second Department issued its McLaughlin decision reaffirming Brash[1] – another Second Department decision which we wrote about on August 4, 2021.[2] As we discussed in our blurb, Brash was significant. Therein, the Second Department held that Governor Cuomo’s Executive Orders during the COVID-19 pandemic “tolled,” rather than “suspended,” New

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Out-of-Staters Beware: An In-Person Contract Discussion May Subject You to Suit in New York
March 22, 2023 | Commercial Litigation

Think before you book your next business trip to the Empire State. Perhaps that important contract discussion with your counterpart can be accomplished remotely. Although you may miss out on Long Island’s Gatsbyesque mansions, that City “feeling,” or Upstate’s natural grandeur, staying put may just save yourself or your company from being on the wrong

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New York’s Highest Court Again Declines to Erode the “Special Duty” Doctrine
March 22, 2023 | Commercial Litigation

Municipal litigation counsel can continue to sleep soundly. Before the New Year, the New York Court of Appeals, once again, reaffirmed the “special duty” doctrine in Maldovan v. County of Erie.[1]

As any first-year law student learns, the tort of negligence requires a showing that the defendant breached some “duty” owed to the plaintiff. However,

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Keep the Yuletide Glowing Only in Your Heart
December 14, 2022 | Commercial Litigation

The holiday season is one of the most magical times of year in New York. The crisp winter air is filled with excitement as residents transform their homes with festive decorations, bright lights and Christmas trees. Although Christmas trees and holiday decorations bring great joy and holiday cheer, it is important for Lloyd Harbor residents

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Contracting Around CPLR 202: “Accrual” Borrowing Statute in New York Practice and Why its Current Application is Unworkable
November 21, 2022 | Commercial Litigation

Benjamin Wisher authored the article, “Contracting Around CPLR 202: “Accrual” Borrowing Statute in New York Practice and Why its Current Application is Unworkable,” for the Albany Law Review.

“Amongst New York’s legal practitioners, it is common knowledge that a claim for relief arising under the breach of a contract must be interposed within six years.

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The Potential Liabilities of an Inground Swimming Pool
August 17, 2022 | Commercial Litigation

Many of Long Island’s residents share a deep love for the area’s dreamy summers. From dense wooded hiking trails to quiet secluded beaches overlooking the Long Island Sound, the area offers residents the perfect environment to enjoy nature and summertime.

In addition to taking advantage of the Island’s coastal areas, many local residents seek respite

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Private Insurers Must Watch Out for Medical Equipment Fraud
August 10, 2022 | Compliance, Investigations & White Collar | Insurance Fraud

Healthcare fraud related to durable medical equipment (DME) is extremely costly to insurers yet often continues without criminal or civil consequences.

Fraudulent schemes by DME supply companies vary in complexity but usually prove extremely costly to insurers. Likely victims of DME fraud include Medicaid, Medicare, automobile insurers, workers’ compensation insurers, and other private health insurers.

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Administrative Order 141/22 Brings More Changes to New York’s Uniform Civil Rules
July 13, 2022 | Commercial Litigation

On July 1, 2022, Administrative Order 141/22 (“AO 141/22”) became effective, revising many of the previous changes to New York’s Uniform Civil Rules (“Uniform Rules”) made by Administrative Order 270/20 (“AO 270/20”), including the Statement of Material Facts requirement. We extensively covered AO 270/20 in a previous article, and in another article, we discussed how

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CPLR 205(a) Can Only Be Invoked by the Original Plaintiff if Plaintiff Is Still Alive
July 12, 2022 | Commercial Litigation

CPLR 205(a) is a well-known safety net in New York litigation, generally providing that a timely commenced action dismissed without prejudice can be refiled by “the plaintiff” within six months of dismissal, despite the statute of limitations expiring, saving the claim from being untimely. This statute’s reference to “the plaintiff” was recently debated and brought

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