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General Liability

The General Liability Practice Group of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin regularly litigates in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, Florida and New York, defending insureds, insurance companies and self-insured entities.
 
The general liability practice area includes such diverse types of defense litigation as:

  • Owners and contractors protective liability
  • Owners, landlords and tenants coverage
  • Bailor/bailee
  • Premises liability
  • Assault and battery
  • Security
  • Commercial liability
  • Advertising injuries
  • Defamation
  • Privacy
  • Elevator incidents
  • False arrest
  • Malicious prosecution cases
  • First-party and third-party property damage cases
  • Fire legal liability litigation

 
We understand that every client is concerned with the extent of legal fees and costs incurred. Savings are achieved in a number of ways. With offices situated within a six-state region, we are able to provide our clients with defense attorneys who are close to and very familiar with the litigation forum. Secondly, we are cognizant of the need to deliver legal services in a prompt and efficient manner, coupled with considerable emphasis on being results-oriented.
 
Each of our offices is electronically connected. Thus, regardless of the size of the office, its attorneys can access the intellectual property and broad-based experience of a very large professional staff of 450 lawyers. Our defense litigation attorneys are also members of and hold leadership positions in various state and county bar associations, thereby creating a good rapport with local courts.
 
We would welcome the opportunity to work with you in handling your general liability litigation and we are available to give presentations or conduct training seminars on general liability topics. We are also on the cutting edge of alternative fee arrangements in order to provide our clients with the highest level of services in the most cost-efficient and predictable manner possible.

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Dec 6, 2016
The plaintiff had four surgeries to a severely broken ankle after a fall on ice and snow. The plaintiff sued the landlord, PSDC and the snow removal company. Demands were in excess of the policy for $2.6 million. We represented the landlord and...
Dec 6, 2016
The defense prevailed on a motion to dismiss on behalf of a distinguished Roman Catholic university. The plaintiff, a temporary staffing worker assigned to work at the university, alleged personal injuries as a result of a slip and fall in the...
Dec 6, 2016
A young girl was bitten in the face by a pit bull. The plaintiff sued the dog owner, a tenant in a house, and the property owner. We represented the landlord and argued that a landlord out of possession has no duty to a tenant’s invitee,...
Aug 25, 2016
Marshall Dennehey attorneys successfully defended a family-owned funeral home in New Jersey. The plaintiff, a 46-year-old woman whose father was tragically killed, called the funeral home per her father’s express last wishes to have an open-...
Aug 25, 2016
Obtained a defense verdict in favor of a Jacksonville apartment complex following a three-day jury trial. The plaintiff alleged that on a rainy day, when exiting the apartment complex’s leasing office, she slipped on the top step of the...
Jul 27, 2016
Marshall Dennehey attorneys obtained a defense verdict on behalf of the largest superspeedway in Pennsylvania after a two-week trial in Philadelphia.  The trial involved consolidated claims by three different sets of plaintiffs for serious...
Apr 21, 2016
Obtained summary judgment, in advance of any depositions, on behalf of a scaffold erection contractor in a personal injury action with a low seven-figure exposure. The case was filed in New York County by a construction worker who fell from our...
Apr 21, 2016
Obtained a defense verdict at arbitration on behalf of a tenant renting a single family home. As part of a Memorial Day picnic at his rented home, the defendant set up an inflatable water slip-n-slide in the middle of the back yard for the use and...
Apr 21, 2016
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an Ohio employer and its employees in a claim for injuries suffered by a temporary worker when a flash fire erupted from an aluminum shredder at the employer’s facility. The plaintiff, who suffered second...
Jan 22, 2016
Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a homeowners association and its management company in a jury trial in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The plaintiff claimed she fell on ice and snow in a common area in a residential community where she...

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Defense Digest Article March 1, 2017
Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 2017 by Michael G. Archibald, Esquire Key Points: Negligent security law in Florida is plaintiff-oriented. Experts should be permitted to utilize circumstantial evidence to provide opinions as to..., Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 2017. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2017
Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 2017 by Stephen M. Wagner, Esquire Key Points: In Kentucky, the open-and-obvious doctrine is no longer a complete bar to recovery. Liability under Kentucky law must be determined by principles of..., Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 2017. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Defense Digest Article December 1, 2016
Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2016   By Adam M. Sorce, Esq.* Key Points: Claims of negligence and breach of contract against insureds in premises liability and property damages cases are increasing. Where a contract..., Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2016. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Defense Digest Article December 1, 2016
Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2016   By Michael J. Connolly, Esq.* Key Points: Expert medical evidence not required to support negligent infliction of emotional distress claim. Expert medical evidence required to..., Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 4, December 2016. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Law Alerts October 3, 2016
Carter slipped and his leg became wedged between the loading dock and the trailer of his truck. Reese heard Carter yelling for help and came to his aid. While attempting to move the truck away and off Carter’s leg, Reese, an inexperienced..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2016. Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2016
By Laurianne Falcone, Esq.* Key Points: The production of surveillance evidence to opposing counsel depends on discovery requests and timing. The trial judge has latitude to admit or exclude surveillance evidence depending on the facts...,   Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 3, September 2016. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to...
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2016
By R. Thomas Roberts, Esq. & Amanda L. Ingersoll, Esq.* Key Points: The negligent mode of operation theory is no longer viable in slip-and-fall cases involving foreign, transitory substances. Florida statutory law establishes the...,   Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 3, September 2016. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to...
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2016
By Maureen Kelly, Esq.* Key Points: Social media discovery should be part of your litigation plan from start to finish. Social media posts can be relevant to a party’s state of mind, bias, motive and credibility....,   Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 3, September 2016. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to...

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Seminar Sep 17, 2014
*Complimentary breakfast begins at 8:00am and lunch will be provided. Join the attorneys of Marshall Dennehey for a comprehensive review of the latest legal trends in Medicare, Bad Faith, Social Media Discovery and more..... Topics include:...
Conference Nov 6, 2014
Jacqueline H. Canter, Esq. will be one of the featured speakers presenting this year at the DRI's 2014 Personal Injury Practicum at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on November 6th. She'll present on the "Evidentiary and Ethical...
Seminar Dec 18, 2014
The Latest Tips and Tactics for Handling Current Challenges in Personal Injury Litigation In complex personal injury cases, you need in-depth insurance coverage knowledge, expert witness strategies, the ability to resolve challenging subrogation...
Conference Mar 25, 2015
Michele Punturi, a shareholder in the Workers' Compensation Practice Group, Jeffrey Rapattoni, a shareholder with the Fraud/Special Investigation Practice Group, and G. Mark Thompson, a member of the executive committee and the firm's board...
Seminar Mar 24, 2016
Slips and Falls in Commercial Establishments Featured speaker, Lisa Only, Esq. will explain when and how the "Mode of Operation Doctrine" applies to slip and fall cases at commercial establishments. The discussion will include store...

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Howard P. Dwoskin
Director, Casualty Department
(215) 575-2664
hpdwoskin@mdwcg.com

Additional Contacts

Matthew S. Schorr
Assistant Director, Casualty Department
(973) 618-4155
msschorr@mdwcg.com

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