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August 2014 Archives

When off-campus rental housing proves to be a death trap: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about a recently filed wrongful death lawsuit. A young woman from Brooklyn left New York to attend Boston University. In April 2013, she died in a house fire in her off-campus rental property.

In NYC, neglected tree maintenance raises city's liability costs

It has been said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In other words, spending a little time/effort/money to prevent a problem is much cheaper than the time/effort/money required to fix a problem that has already occurred.

Plaintiffs awarded $500k in lawsuit alleging landlord negligence

What duties do landlords have to their tenants? This is a question that seems to come up all the time in New York City, which boasts more apartments for rent than most major metro areas around the country. Unfortunately, there is a reason that many of the city's landlords are referred to as "slumlords."

Holding event promoters liable for concert injuries and deaths

Summer is concert season here in New York and around the country. To be sure, live music is available at all times of year, but summer is generally associated with large concerts at outdoor venues, sometimes as single performances and sometimes as week-long festivals.

Victim of Motorcycle Pursuit Accident Settles With City

New York City recently agreed to pay more than $250,000 to settle a civil lawsuit brought by a Bronx man who was injured in a police pursuit which ultimately resulted in the death of a close friend. The incident, which took place on August 11, 2012 in Hunts Point, started when police saw the suspects driving an unlicensed dirt bike. The incident quickly escalated into a tragedy when an NYPD officer slammed into the dirt bike on which the two men were riding. Soon thereafter, an investigation conducted by the NYPD Internal Affairs department concluded that the incident was simply an accident not predicated on criminal intent.

Examining the GM recall Scandal Part II: What the NHTSA knew

In our last post, we began a discussion about an investigation into the General Motors ignition-switch recall scandal. In recent months, both GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have conducted internal investigations into how information was handled or mishandled.

Examining the GM recall Scandal Part I: What GM knew

It has been approximately six months since news about the General Motors recall began making national headlines. In February, GM finally issued a recall of vehicles with faulty ignition switches. We say “finally” because it now seems clear that some GM employees knew about the defect as early as 2001.

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