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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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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...
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...

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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...
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
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 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...

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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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