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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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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,...
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...
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...
Jan 22, 2016
Obtained two defense verdicts from a Lancaster County arbitration panel in two separate neighbor dispute cases involving the same parties. In the first of the two cases, the plaintiff claimed that his neighbors had damaged his concrete...

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Law Alerts July 1, 2018
The plaintiff slipped and fell during an ongoing snow storm. She sued, among others, the snow and ice contractor for the premises. She argued that the Continuing Storm Doctrine does not apply to independent contractors (the way it does to landowners..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2018 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, 2018
The New York Court of Appeals decided “a question that has perplexed courts for some time.”; whether a plaintiff must show the absence of their own comparative negligence to obtain partial summary judgment on liability. The court held..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2018 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, 2018
In a decision issued the same date as Day v. Wilcox Landscaping, Inc., 2018 Del. LEXIS 187 (Del. May 2, 2018), the Delaware Supreme Court again rejected a plaintiff’s argument that a duty was owed to take preventative measures for snow or ice..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2018 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, 2018
Twenty-nine days after the plaintiff served a proposal for settlement, the defendant filed a motion for enlargement to respond, arguing she did not have the opportunity to review the offer in light of new medical information disclosed by the..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2018 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, 2018
The New York Court of Appeals clarified prior opinions regarding disclosure of social media accounts in personal injury actions. Prior precedent stated a party must show that there was relevant material on the social media account by demonstrating..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2018 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, 2018
Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s finding that the insurer’s proposal for settlement was not made in good faith. The court found that the insurer had a reasonable basis to conclude its exposure..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2018 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, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018 By Alex K. Yoder, Esq.* Key Points: Amendment of original pleading to change the name of a defendant is now permitted after the expiration of statute of limitations for “mistake...., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 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...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018 By Scott A. Ginsberg, Esq.* Key Points: Amendment to New York no-fault regulations closes “billing loophole” for services rendered out of state. Amendment should reduce..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 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...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018 By Joey M. Chindamo, Esq.* Key Points: Social media evidence is generally discoverable, not subject to privilege and not protected by a right to privacy. To maximize the likelihood of..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 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...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018 By Alex B. Norman, Esq., Brielle N. Kovalchek, Esq. and Elyse N. Cohen, Esq.* Key Points: Available defenses to snow and ice claims in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Precautions and..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 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...

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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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