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Claims Against Architectural & Engineering Firm Dismissed

Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of all claims against our client, a prominent architectural and engineering firm. The case arose when the plaintiff, while on a sidewalk, was struck by a pipe that fell from 18 stories during the erection of pipe scaffolding around the building. The defense strategy focused on the architect's lack of an obligation for direction, supervision or control of the work, or for site safety. The court held that our client demonstrated its entitlement to summary judgment and that it had no duty to the plaintiff nor to the other defendants with respect to the scaffold construction and, therefore, could not breach a duty that did not exist in the first place. The court further held that the contract between the owner and the co-defendant restoration company established that our client had no responsibility over the means and method of construction, safety precautions at the site, or the acts or omissions of the contractor.

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