Stupidity, Storms and Lawsuits

By: Michael Seinberg Unfortunately, the surge of lawsuits stemming from superstorm Sandy is just getting started.  And it’s becoming clear that the legal concept of force majeure, also known as “acts of God,” which hasn’t stopped lawyers in the past, certainly won’t slow them down now. Ironically, this particular suit centers around homeowners whose property [...]

LRANY Holiday Party

You’re Invited! The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York will be hold its first annual holiday party on Wednesday December 19th, 2012 from 5:30-7:00pm This event will take place at our office located at 19 Dove Street,  Suite 201, Albany, NY 12210 Please RSVP by December 12th By Email: By Phone: 518.512.5265 Special thanks to our [...]

Slow Economy Could Boost Efforts to Reform Scaffold Law

By: Scott Hobson New York’s glacial economic recovery and strained municipal budgets could create incentives for lawmakers to advance reforms to the Scaffold Law, as reported by Peter Rugg in this week’s City & State. Quoted in the piece, Tom Stebbins, Executive Director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, highlighted the fact that local [...]

Hutt, Hutt…..Text…Sue!

By: Michael Seinberg Everyone knows that football fans can be, well, fanatic. Now a Buffalo Bills fan living in Florida has brought a fresh level of enthusiasm to the table in the form of a lawsuit. But the nature of the suit really makes you stop and wonder if either the plaintiff or his attorney might [...]

New York City’s Litigation Counsel Speaks at the American Tort Reform Association Conference

By: Tom Stebbins On Wednesday, Lawrence S. Kahn, the Chief Litigating Assistant of the New York City Law Department and a member of the Executive staff of the City’s Corporation Counsel, spoke to the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) at their annual legislative conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Mr. Kahn participated in a panel discussion [...]

The Buffalo News: Frivolous Lawsuits No Laughing Matter

Today, The Buffalo News shared a letter written by LRANY Executive Director, Tom Stebbins, titled: Frivolous Lawsuits No Laughing Matter.  This letter explains the impact of a case which was recently decided against the town of Amherst, its associated municipalities and a home owner that made an exception for the inherent risk sport of rollerblading.  In [...]

A Case of Our Justice System Rolling Out of Control

By: Scott Hobson Experts aren’t quite sure when, but most people agree that somewhere along the way, our legal system lost its way. Consider exhibit A, the recent case Custodi v. Town of Amherst, in which a rollerblader injured herself after she caught her skate on the lip between a driveway and the street and fell.  She promptly [...]

Hurricane Sandy Litigation Round-Up

Our hearts and prayers go out to all of those impacted by the horrible events of Hurricane Sandy. To all the first responders, members of the armed forces, and good Samaritans across the state, we express our deepest appreciation for your courage and sacrifice. Unfortunately, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it is only a [...]

Exporting the Love: Lawsuits in China

By: Michael Seinberg In a case that would make a New York trial attorney proud, a man in Northern China has successfully divorced and sued his wife for $120,000 for being ugly. Yes indeed, in what should be termed a case of false advertising, Jian Feng married his wife and was quite happy. Then disaster [...]

The Facebook Farce Continues

By: Michael Seinberg Most regular readers of this blog are now familiar with Paul Ceglia, the Buffalo, NY man who has been attempting to sue Facebook for billions, claiming part ownership of the company. Ceglia based the lawsuit on a contract that he claims he had with Facebook Chairman Mark Zuckerberg as well as some [...]