News

01Oct 2018

Sweeney & Sheehan Partners Robyn McGrath, J. Michael Kunsch and Warren Voter gave presentations at the 2018 USLAW Fall Client Conference in Montreal, Canada.  Ms. McGrath participated in a panel discussion, Paid Leave Laws Impacting Employers Nationwide, in the Employment & Labor Law Group.  Mr. Kunsch participated on a panel discussion, Don’t Be Left Holding the Bag: How to Insulate Yourself from Insolvent (Foreign) Suppliers and Manufacturers, and Mr. Voter participated on a panel discussion, Dealing with the Pitfalls of National/International Claims Exposures When the Bad Claim Hits Your Desk, in the Complex Tort and Product Liability Group.

01Oct 2018

Sweeney & Sheehan Associates Elizabeth Weber and Joseph Hauschildt recently prevailed in New Jersey’s Appellate Division in Larry Pitt v. Tyrus Chi, LLC and Michael P. O’Connell, a case involving allegations of violation of the Consumer Fraud Act (CFA), common law fraud, and defamation per se. Mr. Hauschildt, a former Appellate Division clerk, wrote the brief, and Ms. Weber argued the case.

Plaintiff was an owner at a condominium complex in which defendants operated a café. Plaintiff dined at the café on many occasions. On one specific occasion, plaintiff and defendant discussed plaintiff’s insufficient tipping. As a result of this conversation and at plaintiff’s recommendation, the next time that plaintiff dined at the café, defendant included a gratuity on plaintiff’s bill as a separate line item. Plaintiff was told of the gratuity before he paid and refused to pay the gratuity as listed. A dispute arose between plaintiff and defendant, and defendant asked plaintiff to leave the café. Plaintiff refused and defendant called police to remove the plaintiff. Defendant reported to the dispatcher that plaintiff was causing problems and refusing to leave the café. He also reported that plaintiff was pushing his dining companion. Police responded and plaintiff eventually left the café. He did not pay any gratuity. Defendant banned plaintiff from the café as a result of the incident.

The Appellate Division found that plaintiff was unable to prove that he suffered an ascertainable loss as a result of the incident as required to support a CFA claim. The Appellate Division also dismissed plaintiff’s common law fraud claim because no misrepresentation was made to the plaintiff concerning the gratuity. Finally, the Court dismissed plaintiff’s defamation per se claim because he was unable to prove that the statement made to the police by the defendant was false. Moreover, plaintiff provided no competent evidence to support his contention that the statement made to police denigrated his reputation.

 

 

01Oct 2018

Sweeney & Sheehan partner Neal Thakkar has been recognized as a top appellate attorney by SJ Magazine, a publication serving southern New Jersey. The top attorney list is drawn from nominations by other attorneys in the region and then independently vetted. Neal has handled more than twenty appeals in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, the Superior and Commonwealth Courts of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

01Mar 2018

Sweeney & Sheehan is pleased to announce that William L. Foley, Jr. has joined the Firm as a Partner. Bill has been practicing workers’ compensation defense for 33 years and was most recently a co-founder of a workers’ compensation defense firm in Media, PA. Prior to that Bill was a partner in a large defense firm He received his B.S. degree with honors from Boston University and his J.D. from Temple School of Law. He is co-editor of Bisel’s PA Workers’ Compensation Update, a monthly publication. He is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, and Delaware County Bar Associations and has been an active member of the Delaware County Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Committee. He is a frequent lecturer on employment-related topics and has published a number of articles on the subject. Bill was selected to Super Lawyers in 2005 – 2006, 2008 – 2009, 2011 – 2018.

12Jun 2017

During its annual Golf Classic on May 12, 2017, the South Jersey Claims Association honored Sweeney & Sheehan for its more than 20 years of commitment and support of the organization. The SJCA is a non-profit association dedicated to the promotion of insurance education, ethical claims practices, and fellowship among a wide range of insurance professionals. Sweeney & Sheehan attorneys have taught countless SJCA continuing education classes, attended SJCA meetings and functions, and served in essential roles within the SJCA. Partners Frank Gattuso and Neal Thakkar have each served as SJCA Presidents in the past, and currently serve on the SJCA Board of Directors as Director of Legal Affairs and Director of Information, respectively. Additionally, Associate Joseph M. Hauschildt, Jr., serves as the current President of the SJCA.

12Jun 2017

Sweeney & Sheehan partners Barbara O’Connell, recognized for Employment Litigation: Defense, and Warren Voter and J. Michael Kunsch, each recognized for Personal Injury Products: Defense, have been named 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multifaceted and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Only 5 percent of the state’s 50,000 lawyers make it through the rigorous selection process.

12Jun 2017

Sweeney & Sheehan Partner Patrick Sweeney has been named Chair of the 2017 Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting, scheduled for October 4-8, 2017 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. DRI is the largest international membership organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation. For more information about DRI or the Annual Meeting, please visit www.dri.org.

03Feb 2017

Sweeney & Sheehan is pleased to announce the election of two senior associates, Erin S. Miller and Neal A. Thakkar, to firm partnership. Erin Miller practices in the areas of workers’ compensation, PIP, automobile liability, premises liability, nursing home liability and toxic torts/asbestos. Neal Thakkar practices in the areas of premises liability, product liability, general negligence, legal malpractice and insurance coverage, and specializes in appellate practice.