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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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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
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...
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...
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...

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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...
Defense Digest Article December 10, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 4, December 2018 By Patricia A. Monahan, Esq.* Key Points: Meaning and effect of having been served in Pennsylvania with a Writ of Summons. Strategy considerations for the defendant served with a Writ of..., 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...
Articles October 19, 2018
Law Alerts October 1, 2018
Plaintiff’s counsel was working with the insurance company to potentially settle an automobile personal injury claim. Before the statute of limitations expired, the plaintiff was asked to attend an IME at the request of the insurance carrier...., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 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...
Law Alerts October 1, 2018
In this case a same-sexed couple had been living together and raising children together for over a year. The non-biological mother witnessed one of the children’s death by automobile when hit as a pedestrian. The non-biological mother made a..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 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...
Defense Digest Article September 4, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 2018 By Matthew S. Schorr, Esq.* Marshall Dennehey’s Casualty Department is the largest of the firm’s four legal departments, comprising nearly half of our 500+ attorneys and 100+ paralegals....,     Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 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...
Defense Digest Article September 4, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 2018 By Lisa M. Grubb, Esq.* Key Points: New Civil Rule of Procedure, Rule 16.1 calls for mandatory non-binding arbitration in civil actions meeting certain criterion and that are valued below $...,   Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 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...
Defense Digest Article September 4, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 2018 By Dean G. Aronin, Esq.* Key Points: New York plaintiffs are no longer required to prove the absence of comparative negligence as a prerequisite to obtaining partial summary judgment. The..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 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...
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...

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Chair

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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