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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
Following oral argument heard en banc, the Delaware Supreme Court issued an opinion upholding the application of the Continuing Storm Doctrine, resulting in the affirmation of the lower court’s decision to grant summary judgment to our client...
May 11, 2018
We attained a summary dismissal of an action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. In a somewhat strategic gamble (but with the client’s full understanding and consent), a motion was filed seeking a dismissal of the...
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...

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Law Alerts April 1, 2019
As defense counsel, sometimes we are faced with heartbreaking facts of undeniable accidents. However, it is important to remain confident that the mere happening of an accident, no matter the severity, does not prove negligence. Here, the plaintiff..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 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 April 1, 2019
This case involved claims against Ford and Goodyear arising out of an allegedly defective Ford Explorer and Goodyear tire that malfunctioned, causing the death of several of the vehicle’s occupants. The car was registered in New York to a New..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 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 April 1, 2019
The plaintiff was a leasee of a unit in a three-family dwelling in Newark that was owned by the defendants. During a freezing-rain storm, the plaintiff attempted to descend the front stairs of his apartment, which were made of brick, when he slipped..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 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 April 1, 2019
The plaintiff was injured in the course of his employment with IMTT while working at the Bayonne Terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey. The commercial owner of the property is Bayonne Industries, who leased the premises to IMTT beginning in 1983. Under..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 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 April 1, 2019
The defendant sought a writ of certiorari to quash the trial court’s order requiring the production of a surveillance video, taken on the date of the alleged incident, prior to the plaintiff’s deposition. The Third District Court of..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 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 March 1, 2019
Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 2019 Click to read article:  An Analysis of Commonly Used Statistics to Aid in the Development of Frye and Daubert Challenges     *Dave is a shareholder in our King of Prussia,..., Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 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 provide legal...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2019
Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 2019 By Joan P. Depfer, Esq.* Key Points: Limited tort litigation is defensible, and there are strategies available for a successful defense at every step of the case. Shape a defense with creative..., Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 1, March 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 provide legal...
Law Alerts January 1, 2019
In this slip-and-fall action, the defendant, a property management company, filed a privilege log asserting a work-product privilege over two photographs purporting to depict the scene of the plaintiff’s incident. The defendant also asserted..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 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...
Law Alerts January 1, 2019
The plaintiffs alleged negligence against PennDOT following a motor vehicle accident where they lost control of their vehicle on snow and ice and collided with a guardrail that pierced the side of the vehicle, resulting in injuries to Mrs. Cagey...., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 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...
Defense Digest Article December 10, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 4, December 2018 By John F. Deasy, Esq.* Key Points: How to use blood alcohol content evidence in civil cases. When to hire a toxicologist expert. Questions the toxicologist expert needs to answer so blood..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 4, December 2018. 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...

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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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