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Tag Archives: jury

Suits and the City

Highway Construction and Fuel on the Floor

By Leandros Vrionedes |

A couple of personal injury lawsuits against New York City were recently resolved in the courts. One case resulted in a jury award of $7.25 million for the injured plaintiff and his wife. In the other case, the court refused to hold the City liable for its worker’s on-the-job injury. Lack of Signage Causes… Read More »

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NYC Police Chase Injury

Police Chase Ends Badly for Innocent Bystanders; Appeals Court Refuses Help

By Leandros Vrionedes |

A police chase through New York City streets ended when the car being pursued lost control of the vehicle, striking and injuring two pedestrians. A lawsuit against the City was recently dismissed by the appellate court, citing a New York law giving considerable leeway to police when in pursuit. This law allows police to… Read More »

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road closed signage in front of construction site

When is the Government Liable for the Negligence of its Employee?

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Apparently, not when a city employee sends a biker through a construction zone closed to traffic, and the cyclist strikes a pothole, fractures her jaw and endures other injuries to her face, requiring 21 surgeries and counting. Such is the opinion of the Supreme Court of New York in Wittorf v. City of New… Read More »

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Stun Gun

Strapped to a Chair and Tasered

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Appeals Panel Overturns $2 Million Jury Verdict in NYC Police Excessive Force Case “The right of the people…to be secure in their persons…against unreasonable seizures, shall not be violated…” – U.S. Constitution, Fourth Amendment The test for determining whether or not the police used excessive force when taking someone into custody boils down to… Read More »

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Witness Compensation

Money Talks- NY Court of Appeals Allows the Testimony of a Witness Paid $10,000

By Leandros Vrionedes |

In the case of Caldwell v. Cablevision Systems Corp., a woman sued the cable company after trenches built for the company’s cable installation created a hazard.  The woman was walking her dog and claimed she was injured when she tripped and fell into one of the trenches.  However, the jury ruled against the injured… Read More »

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Appellate Division Weighs In On Water Park Personal Injury Case

By Leandros Vrionedes |

In the latest ruling on a case that was first filed in 2008, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, Second Department, reversed a lower court ruling dismissing the plaintiff’s personal injury claims. This means that the plaintiff, who was injured in an accident in 2007, may yet have his day… Read More »

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New York Jury Slaps Drug Maker with $10 Million Punitive Damage Award

By Leandros Vrionedes |

On November 2nd, a jury in the Central Islip courtroom of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York awarded over ten million dollars to a woman who suffered serious personal injury at the hands of a dangerously defective drug. Barbara Davids suffered osteonecrosis (bone death) in the jaw after taking… Read More »

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