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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.


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 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...
May 11, 2018
We argued successfully before the Pennsylvania Superior Court on behalf of a commercial real estate developer. The case involved a probation officer who fell and badly injured himself during a blizzard. The demand was in excess of $4 million. In its...
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...
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...
Dec 1, 2017
Obtained a defense verdict in a Bucks County jury trial. ​The plaintiff and defendant, both high school seniors, were participating in the annual spirit event in the school gym. Two student athletes were called to compete against each other in the...
May 11, 2017
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an international hotel chain in a premises liability slip-and-fall action. ​A patron sued the hotel after he allegedly slipped and fell while walking over a wet carpet mat situated in a hallway leading to the...



Defense Digest Article June 1, 2013
By John R. Nealon, Esq.* Key Points: Landlords may be found liable for injuries inflicted by a tenant's dog. Key to any defense of a landlord from a dog-bite claim is the landlord's prior..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 2, June 2013
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2013
By Nicholas D. Bowers, Esq. and Ariel C. Brownstein, Esq.* Key Points: Billing by acupuncturists in relation to New Jersey PIP claims has increased in recent years. An aggressive, proactive..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 2, June 2013
Defense Digest Article December 1, 2012
  Key Points: It is becoming increasingly difficult to transfer a case from Philadelphia to another county. The Superior Court is now giving consideration to the type of witness claiming a..., Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 4, December 2012
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2012
Key Points: The Supreme Court of Delaware confirms that willful and wanton common law premises liability standard applies to both trespassers and licensees. Defense practitioners must hold non-business invitee plaintiffs to this..., Defense Digest, Vol. 18, No. 3, September 2012
Law Alerts April 1, 2012
The Supreme Court reaffirmed the Delaware common law rule in premises liability cases that property owners/possessors must refrain from willful and wanton conduct toward trespassers and licensees. The plaintiff was riding his bicycle through the..., Case Law Alert - 2nd Qtr 2012


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...


Howard P. Dwoskin
Director, Casualty Department
(215) 575-2664

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Matthew S. Schorr
Assistant Director, Casualty Department
(973) 618-4155

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