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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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Sep 21, 2015
Obtained summary judgment and case dismissal in a dog bite injury case. While trespassing on a property owned by our commercial real estate company client, the plaintiff alleged he was injured when bitten by another trespasser's dog. The dog...
Sep 21, 2015
Won a defense verdict on behalf of a land management firm and its managing agent following a six-day jury trial in the Superior Court of New Jersey. The plaintiff alleged a slip and fall accident on snow and ice at the defendant's...
Jun 17, 2015
Obtained a defense verdict in a premises liability action that was brought directly against an international energy company conducting significant work in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff alleged that, while she was a...
Jun 8, 2015
Obtained summary judgment in the Supreme Court of Kings County on behalf of a security, protection and investigation company in a case involving claims for negligent premises security as a result of a shooting at a housing project. The plaintiff was...
Jun 8, 2015
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a homeowner in a case pending in Mason County, Kentucky. The plaintiff was an independent contractor hired to trim trees on the defendant's property. He sustained severe and debilitating injuries after...
Feb 16, 2015
Obtained a stipulation of dismissal for a tour operator specializing in tours to Costa Rica in a personal injury matter in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiffs alleged numerous physical injuries, including a skull fracture to one...
Feb 16, 2015
Obtained a unanimous defense verdict on behalf of a security company after a 14-day trial in the Supreme Court, New York County. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants failed to provide adequate security at a New York City homeless shelter by...
Sep 29, 2014
Obtained a defense verdict in Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas after a six-day trial. The defense represented a company with a 20-year history of teaching defensive tactics to police, military and federal law enforcement. The company...
Sep 29, 2014
Representing the mother of a mentally ill individual who went on a shooting spree at a psychiatric institute in Pittsburgh, the defense prevailed on preliminary objections in the nature of a demurrer in her favor. The shooting incident resulted...
Sep 29, 2014
Obtained a defense verdict on behalf of the owners of a sprint car racetrack following a six-day jury trial in a case that attracted a high amount of media attention in the Central Pennsylvania area.  The plaintiff was a young but experienced...

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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...
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...
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...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018 By Nicole F. Panico, Esq.* Key Points: A proposal for settlement is a strategic litigation tool that can sometimes be difficult to enforce. In determining the enforceability of an offer..., 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...
Law Alerts January 19, 2018
The Appellate Division, First Department affirmed denial of summary judgment to a building owner in a trip and fall case based on allegedly inadequate lighting. The plaintiff died after the accident, but his accident was caught on tape, which was..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 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 January 19, 2018
After being injured in a motor vehicle accident, the plaintiff filed a lawsuit against her excess insurer seeking uninsured motorist benefits. The excess insurer moved for summary judgment on the grounds that: (1) the plaintiff failed to comply with..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 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...

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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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