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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.
 
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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Apr 11, 2019
We obtained summary judgment on behalf of a rock climbing center. ​The plaintiff, a certified climber, was injured when she fell from a 25-foot rock-climbing wall at our client's facility. After reaching the summit of the wall, she pushed off to...
Apr 11, 2019
Defense jury verdict in a case involving an accident on a haunted hayride and a claim of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. We represented a volunteer fire company that hosts an annual haunted hayride event on its property to raise money. The plaintiff...
Dec 31, 2018
We prevailed on an appeal before the Appellate Division, Second Department, NYC, reversing a lower court order that denied summary judgment to our client, the owner of a movie theater. The plaintiff was a patron at the movie theater, where he got...
Dec 31, 2018
We obtained obtained summary judgment on all cross-claims in favor of our client, a regional concrete company. In this action, the plaintiff slipped and fell on dust and construction debris in New York City. Our client was performing work at an...
Dec 31, 2018
We obtained summary judgment in the Supreme Court of Rockland County, New York. The plaintiff slipped and fell while walking to her mailbox during a severe winter storm in January 2016. The plaintiff initiated a lawsuit against her homeowners...
Aug 24, 2018
We obtained summary judgment in the Passaic County Superior Court of New Jersey on behalf of a non-profit shelter for battered women. The plaintiff, who was staying at the shelter at the time of her alleged incident, accused the shelter of...
Aug 24, 2018
We obtained summary judgment in a wrongful death case arising from an alleged drowning in a whirlpool at a spa. The decedent, a 73-year-old woman, was found unresponsive by a lifeguard in the client’s whirlpool. There was no evidence as to how...
May 11, 2018
We obtained summary judgment in a general liability case in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff was an employee of a recently-renovated resort when a solid wooden panel fell down and struck her in the head...
May 11, 2018
We obtained a defense verdict in a jury trial in Pennsylvania. The defendant was walking her Labrador Retriever, along with her five-year-old cousin. She entrusted the leash to her cousin, who promptly lost grip on the leash, allowing the dog to...
May 11, 2018
We obtained summary judgment in favor of a Florida resort hotel owner and operator in a case arising from a trip and fall incident at a Cocoa Beach Hotel. The plaintiff and her husband were upgraded to an oceanfront suite, which had a sliding glass...

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Law Alerts July 1, 2019
Nine-year-old J.B., a minor, was injured during gym class at the Walter G. Smith Elementary School while engaged in a relay race whose boundaries were concrete walls at either end of the school’s gym. The trial court granted the defendants..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2019 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 advice...
Law Alerts July 1, 2019
The plaintiff slipped and fell on a sidewalk owned by the defendant-landlord. Freezing rain had fallen earlier in the day, and at the time of his alleged accident, the plaintiff admits it was “raining lightly[.]” Nonetheless, the..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2019 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 advice...
Law Alerts July 1, 2019
The plaintiff filed suit after she fell in a broken concrete hole a few feet from the defendant’s property. The accident occurred as she was leaving the property after eating there with her family. The defendant filed a motion for summary..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2019 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 advice...
Law Alerts July 1, 2019
The Florida Supreme Court has adopted the Daubert standard for determining the admissibility of expert testimony. The court reversed course from its 2017 and 2018 decisions that resulted in the Frye standard being used across all Florida’s..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2019 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 advice...
Law Alerts July 1, 2019
The plaintiff slipped and fell on ice on the sidewalk as she exited her place of employment and subsequently commenced a personal injury suit. At her deposition, the plaintiff testified that it had started snowing during the day and there was at..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2019 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 advice...
Law Alerts July 1, 2019
The plaintiff was examined by the defense medical expert at an IME and was accompanied by a representative from an IME watchdog group. The defendant demanded any notes, reports, photos, etc. from the IME watchdog. The court summarized the history of..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2019 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 advice...
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2019
Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 2, June 2019 By Thomas J. O’Malley, Esq.* Key Points: Check to see if there is relevant information in a plaintiff’s social media account. Ask the plaintiff if her social media account is...,     Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 2, June 2019. 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...
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2019
Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 2, June 2019 By Daniella R. Price, Esq.* Key Points: A business or property owner’s conscious and unilateral decision to preserve only a fraction of the requested video because of a “rule of...,   Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 2, June 2019. 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 June 1, 2019
Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 2, June 2019 By G. Michael Garcia II, Esq.* Key Point: A defendant’s negligence may be non-causal, even where a plaintiff has been injured. Two recent Superior Court cases reaffirm this principle...,   Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 2, June 2019. 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...
Law Alerts May 28, 2019
By Joey M. Chindamo  On May 23, 2019, the Florida Supreme Court released a far-reaching opinion, adopting the Daubert standard for determining the admissibility of expert testimony, effective immediately. The court reversed course from its...

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August 15, 2017
Thomas P. Wagner, shareholder in the Philadelphia office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been named the 2018 Personal Injury Litigation, Defendants, "Lawyer of the Year" in Philadelphia by Best Lawyers in America©. Best Lawyers began designating "Lawyers of the Year" in high-...
March 1, 2017
Steven J. Forry and Stuart H. Sostmann, shareholders in the Pittsburgh office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, have been promoted to supervisory roles in their respective practice areas. Mr. Forry has been named Supervisor of the Pittsburgh office's Health Care Department, and Mr....
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...
Seminar Sep 20, 2018
Florida Casualty Claims Symposium 2018 – Casino Royale Join the Marshall Dennehey attorneys for a complimentary seminar discussing trending topics in Casualty in the state of Florida. Agenda Topics: Negligent Tenants Expose Negligent...

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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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