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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.


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...
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...
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...
May 11, 2017
Obtained summary judgment in favor of a snow removal company in a case involving an alleged fall on snow and ice in a parking lot at JFK Airport. ​Our client was hired to remove snow in various locations at the airport. The plaintiff alleged that...
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...



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
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2012
Federal – Civil Practice / E-Discovery Key Points: The computerized process of predictive coding is an appealing option in today's computer age. Due to the lack of case law discussing the subject, predictive coding may...
Defense Digest Article December 1, 2011
Florida – Civil Practice/Settlements , Key Points: There are two "clocks" or "faucets" that are critical for statutory proposals for settlement. Statutory proposals can be effective, even against the indigent plaintiff.   There are two "..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 4, December 2011
Defense Digest Article December 1, 2011
By Pamela St. John Lynde, Esq.* Key Points: For insurers, the most important thing about mediation is that it requires a representative of the insurance carrier for any insured party who is not such carrier’s outside counsel and who has..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 4, December 2011
Articles September 21, 2011
LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell,  September 21, 2011
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2011
Pennsylvania – Civil Practice , Key Points: A social media user's indiscreet postings are pertinent to prove the truth or falsity of the claim. Any expectation of privacy with regard to Facebook and MySpace is unrealistic. The possibilities for finding..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 3, September 2011
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2011
Delaware – Discovery , Key Points: Medical records do not constitute proper expert disclosures under the Delaware Superior Court Civil Rules. A party's failure to comply with the court's scheduling order may result in monetary sanctions and,..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 3, September 2011
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2011
Pennsylvania – Premises Liability (Landowner Liability) , KEY POINTS: 100-year-old doctrine still good law in Pennsylvania concerning landowner liability for injuries of an independent contractor. Landowner's safety requirements on a job site do not..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 2, June 2011


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...


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

Additional Contacts

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

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