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14Aug 2023

On August 7, 2023, Sweeney & Sheehan Partner Denise Montgomery obtained Summary Judgment on behalf of an excavating company named as an Additional Defendant in a construction defect action initiated by a condominium association against a developer in Montgomery County (Pennsylvania).  The claim arose from the construction of 387 condominium units in three multi-story buildings.  The excavating company performed multiple scopes of work related to the project, however the developer’s Joinder Complaint only asserted claims for breach of contract, negligent construction, and failure to procure insurance relating to the installation of sidewalks.  The developer failed to produce an expert report regarding sidewalks, but opposed the motion and sought leave to amend to include claims for non-sidewalk work completed by the excavating company.  The Court held that (1) the claim was limited to the allegations regarding sidewalks; (2) the record of devoid of any expert opinion to support that claim; and (3) dismissed all claims for defect sidewalks asserted against the excavation contractor.

13Jul 2023

On June 23, 2023 Partner Guy Mercogliano prevailed on an appeal to reinstate a counterclaim in Superior Court of New Jersey against a dog owner by a dog training school that sold the dog to its present owner.  The ruling clarifies that parental immunity does not apply to claims under the dog-bite statute.  Defendant argued that the victim’s parents and third-party defendant are liable for the injuries suffered by their son after he was attacked by their family dog, which they adopted from the dog training school.  The Appellate division concurred and reversed the lower Court’s ruling dismissing the counterclaim and third-party claim.

12Jun 2023

On June 9, 2023, Sweeney & Sheehan Partner Denise Montgomery obtained a dismissal with prejudice of a construction defect action filed in Ocean County (New Jersey) against a contractor arising from the construction of a single-family home.  Plaintiff asserted causes of action including negligence, breach of express and implied warranties, common law fraud and violations of the New Jersey CFA.  It was revealed during dispositive motions that Plaintiff, a foreign limited partnership, failed to obtain a certificate of authority to transact business in New Jersey pursuant to N.S. Stat. § 42:2A-60, a prerequisite to maintaining an action.  The Court agreed that the limited partnership, formed in 2003 for investing and the development of real estate, transacted business in the State by virtue of buying and developing the property and utilizing the property as corporate headquarters for another entity operated by the managing partner.

01Jun 2023

We proudly welcome Diane Lee Newman as a Partner at Sweeney & Sheehan.  Lee joins us with more than 20 years of experience in workers’ compensation.  In addition, she has served as dedicated counsel where she defended claims involving both workers’ compensation and employment related litigation, often involving the same claimant.

17May 2023

On May 17, 2023 Sweeney & Sheehan Partner Denise Montgomery obtained Summary Judgment in Atlantic County (New Jersey) Superior Court in favor of a contractor who installed pilings for a new home in Margate, New Jersey.  Defendant argued that the work was monitored and documented to meet the standards set forth in NJAC 12:160 and that the pile driving is not an abnormally dangerous activity under State or Maritime law.  The Court held that lay witnesses could not testify that they experienced “excessive vibrations,” and also barred the opinion of the Plaintiffs’ expert as a Net Opinion pursuant to R. 703.

27Apr 2023

On April 20, 2023 Sweeney & Sheehan Partner Denise Montgomery obtained a dismissal with prejudice of a subrogation action filed in Bergen County (New Jersey) Superior Court against an entity which designed and installed shoring in a residential garage that collapsed during the project.  The Defendant filed a motion to dismiss based upon the doctrine of Res Judicata and a violation of the entire controversy doctrine.  Following argument, the Court determined that a counterclaim filed by the homeowner/insured resulted in a full and complete adjudication of claims arising out of the Defendant’s work on the project, and failure of the homeowner to advise its insurer of the prior litigation did not bar dismissal of the litigation.

27Apr 2023

Sweeney & Sheehan is pleased to announce Phil Castagna has joined the firm.  Phil has over twenty years of experience focusing his practice in the areas of construction law, professional liability, premises liability, automotive and general civil litigation.  He has represented major builders, contractors, product manufacturers, retailers and freight haulers.  Phil graduated from Villanova and is an avid golfer.