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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 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...
Jun 10, 2014
The jury sided with the defense in a premises liability trial where the plaintiff's flip-flops were a central issue. The plaintiff was a resident in the defendant condominium association and claimed her flip-flop became wedged under an old,...
Nov 18, 2013
Obtained a no-cause verdict in New Jersey in a general and premises liability case involving a fight that took place in a movie theater lobby. The plaintiff, who was 15 at the time of the incident, alleged he was an innocent bystander who got caught...
Oct 27, 2011
Attorney obtained a defense verdict before an ADR arbitrator. The attorney represented a city homeowner whose resident son had contacted a telephone services provider for the installation of a phone line. The plaintiff, who worked for a...
Oct 17, 2011
Attorney obtained a defense verdict in a jury trial. Plaintiff alleged that he was a business invitee since he was paying "rent" to a long time family friend in her home. Plaintiff was instructed to keep the family's small dogs out of his room and...
May 31, 2011
Attorney obtained a defense verdict following a three day trial . The plaintiff was the owner of a local auto center. Our client was a national residential and commercial tree landscaping company. When one of the landscaping company's bucket...
Feb 7, 2011
Attorney won a contested motion for summary judgment, in a case in which the plaintiff/son brought suit against his mother, a large insurance company's insured, on the theory that she was negligent for failing to timely take her anti-seizure...
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...

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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...
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...
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 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 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 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...

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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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