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Damage Caused by Freezing Pipes Covered by Insurance Only where Owners Take Reasonable Action 


By Richard A. Fogel |

The “Polar Vortex” has already wrought havoc in states along the East Coast and Midwest, and more record-breaking cold weather is anticipated. When temperatures fall and remain below freezing, homeowners and landlords often encounter unusual and challenging weather-related issues with their properties, such as freezing pipes. Property owners may find themselves managing the aftermath… Read More »

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New York Appeals Court Finds No Causal Link between Exposure and Tumor

By Richard A. Fogel |

In a recent opinion, the First Department (Manhattan) of the New York Appellate Division clarified that mere speculation cannot support a finding of causation for an exposure-related “new onset disease” under New York’s Retirement and Social Security Law. Learn more about the case below, and speak with a seasoned New York toxic exposure attorney… Read More »

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New York Appellate Division Cites Mobil Oil Standard in Toxic Exposure Case

By Richard A. Fogel |

New York courts are continuing to grapple with the standards they will use when considering the credibility and weight to be afforded to expert witness reports and testimony in toxic exposure cases they consider. A recent opinion issued by the First Department of the New York Appellate Division has cited the landmark case on… Read More »

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Third-Party Insurer Obligated to Defend Despite Notice Delay and Lead Exclusion

By Richard A. Fogel |

In a case where both the insured and insurer were late in providing notice, the First Department of the New York Appellate Division concluded that the insured had a stronger argument. The court ruled that, despite several potential grounds for disclaiming coverage, the insurer was obligated to defend the additional insured on a worker’s… Read More »

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Claim for Lead Exposure Permitted by Appellate Division to Proceed

By Richard A. Fogel |

The First Department of the New York Appellate Division has recently issued a decision in a claim for damages related to alleged lead poisoning. The judges upheld the trial court’s decision denying the defendants’ motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s claims, permitting the claim to move forward toward trial. Learn more about their decision and… Read More »

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Court Certifies Class Action Based on PFOA Exposure

By Richard A. Fogel |

For the first time, a New York Superior Court has certified a class of plaintiffs in a lawsuit based on medical monitoring and groundwater contamination related to perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. Learn more about PFOA exposure and the case below. If you have further questions, contact an experienced New York toxic tort defense attorney…. Read More »

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Department of Environmental Conservation Updates Regulations on SEQR

By Richard A. Fogel |

On June 28, 2018, New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced updates to regulations regarding the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR). These changes will make a number of types of green building and retrofitting projects easier to complete, but they will also increase review requirements on certain residential development projects or projects with… Read More »

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Second Lawsuit for Assigned Bad Faith Claim Not Barred

By Richard A. Fogel |

In a recent decision issued by the New York Appellate Division’s Fourth Department, the court affirmed the right of an injured party to bring a second claim against an insurer for disclaiming coverage in bad faith after their direct action had concluded. Read on to learn more about the case, and contact a seasoned… Read More »

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CSX Faces Lawsuits from Workers Based on Benzene Poisoning

By Richard A. Fogel |

CSX, the country’s third-largest rail company, is now facing a number of lawsuits filed by or on behalf of former employees who claim that their exposure to various chemicals while working for the company caused their cancer. These claims, some of which are based on exposure beginning in the late 1960s, may face substantial… Read More »

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Claim for Injuries Caused by Release of Chlorine Gas Barred by Absolute Pollution Exclusion

By Richard A. Fogel |

In a recent case before a federal judge in the Northern District of New York, an insured claimed that its insurer breached its contract for coverage under its general liability policy by failing to cover injuries received from a release of chlorine gas. The court ruled in favor of the insurer, finding that the… Read More »

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