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Defense Verdict in Negligence Suit Against Owner of Building and Managing Agent

October 13, 2014

Senior Trial Partner John L.A. Lyddane and Partner Steve A. Lavietes received a defense verdict in Supreme Court, New York County. The plaintiff, a 40-year old male bariatric surgeon, filed a suit against his landlord after his shower door shattered and cut into a tendon on his dominant hand. The plaintiff claimed various acts of negligence on the part of the owner and managing agent, and sought to recover more than $400,000 in lost earnings.


Building employees agreed that other tenants had sustained similar injuries, but not that the doors were dangerous. After producing expert testimony on the design of the frameless tempered glass doors, and proving that the doors met all existing standards for safety, the defense was able to place the injury in perspective and convince the jury that there was no unsafe condition in plaintiff’s apartment.


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