Russo & Toner, LLP is pleased to announce that Florina Altshiler, Esq., whom resides in our Buffalo, New York has been sworn in as a Certified Federal Court Mediator and has been added to the Western District of New York Panel
The Firm successfully obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims against our client, the plaintiff''s employer, on the date of plaintiff''s accident. Plaintiff alleged that he was seriously injured after tripping and falling at a construction site in the course of his employment. The owner, tenant, and general contractor sought contractual indemnity from our client. Through our written motion and subsequent oral argument, we convinced the court that the Firm''s client was not was not negligent in its performance of its work at the subject construction site and therefore, not obligated to contractually indemnify any party. The Firm''s client was the only party that was dismissed from the case; the case continues against several defendants and third-party defendants.
Kevin Horbatiuk received a favorable decision for our client in the case Cohen v. Life Insurance Company of North America, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Civil Action No. 17 CV 9270) from District Judge J. Paul Oetken.
After deliberating for nine hours over the span of two days in the damages only trial of Brent v. Sheskin a Brooklyn jury returned a defense verdict on February 28, 2019 in favor of our client, a livery car driver based in Coney Island.
Alan Russo & Lee-David Weiner made an ESIS presentation at AMTrust on "How to Defend Snow and Ice Cases" on Thursday, March 7, 2019.
Plaintiff Claims She Tripped and Fell Over an Extension Cord in Defendants' Basement - Defense Verdict
David Gould obtained a unanimous liability defense verdict in Supreme Court Suffolk County before Justice Martha L. Luft, Piazza v. Zito, Index No.: 605403-16.
The Firm obtained a unanimous defense verdict on behalf of a local livery driver in a Kings County Supreme Court case involving a motorcycle crash in Brooklyn. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant caused him to crash his motorcycle and sustain serious, permanent injuries. Through our cross-examination of the plaintiff, the jury learned that plaintiff gave inconsistent accounts of how the accident occurred, had prior accidents and lawsuits, had been in trouble with law enforcement following prior accidents, and testified inconsistently while under oath on several occasions with regard to both the accident and his subsequent medical treatment.
On February 1, 2019, the Fourth Department issued a Decision in the matter of Flowers v. Harborcenter Development, LLC, et al., Docket No. CA 18-00261; Index No.: 802298/15, vacating $1.6 million of a $1.8 million jury verdict against our client, the defendants in this Erie County Labor Law 240 (1) case.
David Gould obtained a unanimous liability defense verdict in Supreme Court Nassau County before Justice Arthur Diamond, Casale v. The Estate of Edith Marksohn, Index No.: 601097-16.
Theresa Villani successfully argued the appeal in Salinas v. World Housewares, et al. before the Appellate Division First Department which unanimously affirmed the Supreme Court New York County decision granting summary judgment and dismissing the plaintiff's complaint in its entirety.
After a four week trial in Supreme Court, Westchester County, Cecil Floyd secured a defense verdict in Gloria G. v. City School District of the City of Mount Vernon et al. Index No. 70026/12.
On December 5, 2018, the Second Department issued a Decision and Order in the matter of Syed A. Shah v. Mo M. Rahman, et al. under Docket No. 2016-04719 which affirmed the Judgment of the Court below.
On November 16, 2018 John Komar secured a defense verdict before the Hon. Richard J. Montelione, A.J.S.C. in Civil Court, Kings County, in the case of Hinds v Ali.
Marcin J. Kurzatkowski Obtains Summary Judgment in Alleged Slip and Fall on Snow/Ice Case in Bronx County
On October 10, 2018, Marcin J. Kurzatkowski obtained summary judgmet on behalf of our client in the Nakia Scott v. Euro-Spek, LLC, et al. matter in the Supreme Court - Bronx County.
On June 29, 2018, Marcin J. Kurzatkowski obtained summary judgment on behalf of our client in the Carrin Quin and Joseph Quin v. Thomas Costa, et al. matter in the Supreme Court - Orange County.
On September 28, 2018, Marcin J. Kurzatkowski obtained summary judgment on behalf of our client in the Sabrina Lee v. The City of New York, et al. matter in the Supreme Court - Kings County. Mr. Kurzatkowski represented a major bank with regards to the plaintiff's allegation that she sustained injuries when she tripped and fell on the sidewalk outside of a property in Brooklyn, New York.
The Firm recently won summary judgment in a trip and fall case, securing a dismissal of all of plaintiff''s claims with prejudice against our client, a private landowner that owned the abutting sidewalk where plaintiff was allegedly injured. Plaintiff claimed that he tripped and fell in a snow-covered city-owned tree well on New Year''s Day 2011.
On October 1, 2018 John Komar secured a liability defense verdict for our clients in Pagan v. Paradise, after a twelve day unified trial in Supreme Court, Bronx County.
David Gould Obtains a Defense Verdict on Damages in Brooklyn - Jury Unanimously Finds the Plaintiff Did Not Sustain a "Serious Injury."
The plaintiff, a 46-year old deliveryman, claims herniated discs to his back and neck as well as left shoulder bursitis as a result of a two-car collision on August 6, 2013 in Albany County.