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08Feb 2024

January 2024, Partner Christopher J. O’Connell was inducted to the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel.  FDCC is a professional trade association of vetted and premier defense and corporate counsel and industry executives whose vision is to advance and sustain an equitable civil justice system now, and for future generations, through a community and network of trusted, leading and innovative industry legal professionals.

30Jan 2024

On January 25th, Partner Neal Thakkar prevailed in the New Jersey Appellate Division in New Jersey Manufacturer’s Ins. Co. v. Lallygone L.L.C., in which the Court affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of the action for failure to state a claim, finding that res judicata precluded an insurer from litigating a subrogation action against a contractor where its insured homeowner, after receiving payment from the insurer for a covered loss, sued in his own right for breach of contract and consumer fraud without notifying the insurer, tried the case, and lost.  The insurer, unaware of the underlying litigation and its outcome, subsequently filed a subrogation action against the contractor.  Although the insurer was never placed on notice of the underlying action, it was nevertheless bound by the no cause verdict against its insured rendered after a full and fair hearing in a court of competent jurisdiction.

30Jan 2024

Brianna O’Donnell, Esquire joins the Firm as an Associate.  She concentrates her practice in general liability, premises liability, and employment matters.  During law school, Brianna worked as a legal intern for the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.  Additionally, she worked as a law clerk at a defense firm in workers’ compensation where she assisted in corresponding with clients and provided case valuations.

18Jan 2024

Zachary S. Edmonds, Esquire joins the Firm as an Associate. Zach focuses his practice in construction defect, professional liability and product liability.  An accomplished attorney and an experienced civil engineer, Zach brings great value to our clients in the construction and related industries.  In addition, his experience includes fist party property litigation due to fire and weather-related claims and includes many trials to successful verdict.

20Nov 2023

Partner Lou Vogel  prevailed on an appeal in the New Jersey Appellate Division seeking to reverse the entry of summary judgment in favor of an HVAC contractor in a lawsuit arising out of a catastrophic fire involving residential property.   Plaintiff’s complaint alleged common law fraud, violations of the Consumer Fraud Act (CFA), N.J.S.A. 56:8-1 to -227, and negligence.  The trial Court granted summary judgment after concluding that Plaintiff’s engineering expert failed to provide an admissible opinion concerning duty or causation.   The Appellate Division agreed the expert reports constituted inadmissible net opinion as to duty and causation.  The Court further held that the CFA claims failed due to Plaintiff’s failure to establish causation through admissible expert opinion, which rendered Plaintiff unable to prove an ascertainable loss related to any alleged violation of the Act.

20Nov 2023

On November 13th, 2023, Partner Denise Montgomery obtained summary judgment on behalf of a property owner in Philadelphia County.  Plaintiff was a tavern operator seeking damages related to a fire in the bar they operated inside a hotel pursuant to a management Agreement with a third-party tenant of the property.  Plaintiff sued the property owner and not that tenant.  The property owner argued that it was a landlord out of possession and owed no duty to the Plaintiff.  In addition, Defendant argued that Plaintiff failed to produce evidence in support of liability or damages and that expert opinions on causation were required.  The Court entered summary judgment against the Plaintiff and dismissed the action with prejudice.

08Nov 2023

On October 31, 2023 Partner Brian Dib obtained summary judgment in the District of New Jersey.  Plaintiff, a guest of a hotel and casino, tripped and fell on a raised boardwalk plank located outside the hotel entrance when exiting the property to walk to the beach.  Plaintiff filed negligence claims against the hotel.  The Court granted summary judgment, concluding the hotel and casino did not have a duty to maintain the adjacent boardwalk.

31Oct 2023

On October 27th, 2023, Partner Patrick J. Sweeney started his one-year term as President of the Defense Research Institute.   DRI is the largest international membership organization of attorneys defending the interests of businesses and individuals in civil litigation with 29 substantive law committees.  Before becoming DRI President, Sweeney served as President-elect and a member of DRI’s Board of Directors.  In addition, he served on DRI’s Law Institute, which is responsible for implementing educational programming for the organization.