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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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Aug 30, 2010
Attorney obtained a defense verdict at trial. Plaintiff was 11 years old when she was struck in the back by a firework on July 4 while watching skateboarders at a park. Two eyewitnesses identified our client as the perpetrator, and he was arrested...
Jul 19, 2010
Attorney obtained a defense verdict in a binding arbitration. The plaintiff in the case had two fingers partially amputated by our clients lawnmower while he was trying to investigate why the lawn mower was not working. The plaintiff claimed that...
Jun 1, 2010
Attorney obtained an order dismissing all counts against our client home owner in case where the plaintiff was shot in the head while on our insured's property. The court ruled, in essence, that because no special relationship existed between the...
Jun 1, 2010
Attorney received a defense verdict where Plaintiff had committed suicide by jumping from the sixth floor of a Hospital. The jury found no cause against our client, security services provider, notwithstanding plaintiffs' allegations that the...
Apr 26, 2010
Attorney obtained summary judgment on behalf of a vehicle services company in a quadriplegia claim. The company contracted with a Township to maintain township vehicles, including a bus used to transport senior citizens to a senior center. The...
Nov 18, 2009
Attorney won a binding ADR arbitration in which the plaintiff alleged that while dog sitting the client's Rottweiler, he was suddenly attacked and bitten on his face, resulting in a surgical reconstruction of his lip.  The attorney presented family...
Jun 16, 2009
Attorney recently won a lengthy jury trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.  The plaintiff, a 76 year old woman, was attacked by a pit bull, owned by the clients' daughter and family, who jumped over a fence onto the plaintiff's adjacent...
Mar 13, 2009
Attorneys obtained summary judgment on behalf of an international fraternity in a traumatic personal injury action. Two Plaintiffs suffered significant head traumas, skull and facial fractures as well significant cognitive loss when they were beaten...
Oct 27, 2008
Attorney obtained a defense verdict in a fire case after a week of trial on behalf of the company that serviced the restaurant's fire suppression system. Plaintiff alleged that defendant failed to maintain the fire suppression system in accordance...
Oct 20, 2008
Attorney achieved an appellate victory in a case involving claims ranging from property loss/damage, breach of contract, the malicious killing of a pet and punitive damages. A jury rendered a verdict in favor of the defendant after the Court...

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Defense Digest Article December 4, 2017
Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 4, December 2017 By Douglas J. Kent, Esq.* Key Points: Insurers are increasingly using drones to evaluate claims, reduce costs and cut cycle time. Drones present a variety of risks and potential exposures..., Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 4, December 2017. 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...
Law Alerts October 1, 2017
The plaintiff allegedly tripped and fell over a damaged piece of tile in an interior hallway while exiting a Catholic church. When determining whether a defect is trivial as a matter of law, the court is required to look at all of the facts..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2017 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, 2017
After a tractor-trailer carrying approximately 400 beehives overturned on I-95 in Delaware, a beekeeper and his fellow employees arrived on scene to recollect the bees. Unfortunately, the plaintiff was stung multiple times. As a result, he developed..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2017 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, 2017
The Appellate Division, Second Department affirmed the trial court’s ruling permitting the jury to consider an adverse inference charge if they did not credit the testimony of the defendant’s witness that there was no surveillance..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2017 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, 2017
The plaintiff was injured at the gym when the rubber grip of a pull-up bar detached. He brought suit against the fitness club, alleging its negligence caused his injuries. The fitness club filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings on the basis..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2017 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, 2017
When bringing a loss of earning capacity claim, the burden is on the plaintiff to establish, with reasonable certainty, that the capacity to labor has been diminished and to provide a monetary standard to which a jury can measure future loss. While..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2017 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 1, 2017
Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2017 By Bradley J. Goewert, Esq.* Key Points: Collateral source rule does not allow entire amount of medical bill to be submitted to jury in personal injury action when bill was paid by Medicare..., Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2017. 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 1, 2017
Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2017 By Claire B. Ventola, Esq.* Key Points: Property owners and operators owe no duty to protect persons injured on an adjoining roadway. Property owners and operators owe no duty to guests or..., Defense Digest, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 2017. 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...
Law Alerts July 1, 2017
The plaintiff sued a condominium association and elevator maintenance company after a defective “electric eye” (used to detect people and objects in the doorway of the elevator) allegedly caused the plaintiff to be struck by the elevator..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2017 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, 2017
The plaintiff Tillison was injured in an auto accident while he was a passenger in a vehicle operated by the defendant Alexander, who was insured under an automobile policy with GEICO that provided $20,000 per person coverage for both liability and..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2017 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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