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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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Jul 21, 2008
Attorney obtained a defense verdict in favor of an insured in a "negligent hair cutting" case. Plaintiff claimed that he was cut while receiving a hair cut in defendant's salon and then subsequently developed MRSA. Defense attorneys successfully...
Jun 26, 2008
Attorney secured a summary judgment in a libel suit. Defendant, an oil distributor, ran two advertisements in a newspaper indicating that "discount oil companies" offer less than optimal service. The ads did not identify any particular "discount...
May 27, 2008
Attorneys obtained summary judgment in a case where the defendants, two teenage boys, were throwing pears at the plaintiff, a ten year old boy. One of the pears struck the plaintiff in the eye, causing a permanent loss of vision in that eye....
May 20, 2008
Attorneys succeeded in representing defendants, the grandparents/homeowners in a case involving the drowning death of their 20 month old granddaughter at their indoor swimming pool. The suit was brought by a court appointed administrator on behalf...
Jan 2, 2008
Attorneys, in a case of first impression, defeated a summary judgment motion filed by the mother of a child plaintiff to have the third party Complaint against her dismissed. Although the general rule is that parents cannot be sued for negligence...

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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 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...
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...
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 filed a complaint in which he alleged he was injured while stepping into a hot tub at the defendant’s community center. He proposed several theories of negligence, including that the defendant failed to install a non-slip surface..., 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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