Red Bull%$!& Lawsuit: It Didn’t Give Me Wings!

By: Michael Seinberg Here’s a quick quiz (no cheating!): do you believe everything you see in advertisements? If you answered no, congratulations – you are blessed with basic common sense. Unfortunately, one buyer of Red Bull answered yes, and he’s hoping to cash in on what is easily the most ridiculous lawsuit of 2013 (so [...]

Who Let the Dog Loose!? Sue ! Sue ! Sue!

By: Michael Seinberg The Shake Shack, a well-known burger and hot dog chain in New York City, is being sued by a woman angry about their flimsy chairs. But she didn’t fall from one or break one sitting down. No, Cindy Cirlin is suing because she claims she was injured by a dog that was [...]

Governor Cuomo Signs Notice of Claim Legislation on Condition of Chapter Amendment

By: Scott Hobson Last June, in the final hours of the final day of session, the legislature passed a bill titled the “Uniform Notice of Claim Act,” which would streamline the process for suing municipalities and government entities. Certainly simplifying the process of getting justice is a worthy cause, but in this case, as is [...]

Doctor, It Hurts When I Do This!

By: Michael Seinberg “Doctor, it hurts when I do this,” said the patient. “Well, then don’t do that,” said the doctor. Old joke, we’ve all heard it except maybe for Mirit Rose Jaron, of East Greenbush, NY who seems to be living it. Ms. Jaron is suing the city and Central Amusements International, the company [...]

Trial Lawyers Spend Over $20M in Albany

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 12, 2012 (ALBANY, NY):  Most Albany-insiders are aware of the financial power of the trial lawyers, but a new report issued today is designed to show the public at large the monetary influence of the group on New York politics.  “The trial lawyers are the largest special interest group [...]

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 [...]