Nobel Prize winner claims professional negligence by his lawyer forced him to lose some of his award money in divorce

Jury selection began today in Federal Court in Washington, D.C. for a case involving Nobel Prize award money.  Prior to winning the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2001, Joseph Stiglitz hired a divorce attorney.  Stiglitz is now suing his former attorney for $1 million for professional negligence, whi...
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Torts: Not always a bad dog? Then owners may be off the hook for the actions of their pets.

A plaintiff commenced an action seeking damages for injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident when he attempted to avoid hitting the defendants’ dog, which had entered the road. The lower court denied defendants’ motion seeking summary judgment dismissing the complaint. The Supreme ...
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Summary judgment motion granted despite the fact more discovery was needed

A medical malpractice lawsuit filed by a patient against Long Island Jewish Medical Center-Schneider Children’s Hospital was dismissed, when the Court ruled that the “mere hope of [a] patient, that depositions might uncover existence of evidence necessary to defeat summary judgment …was insuff...
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Torts: School district breached its duty to adequately supervise students in its charge

A student brought personal injury action against another student and the school district, seeking damages for injuries she sustained when she was stabbed in leg by that student on school grounds.  The Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, held that a school district breached its du...
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Innkeepers, shopowners & other business owners: Ensure that the correct protective measures are taken to safely operate your business

An innkeeper or shopowner has a duty to exercise reasonable care to protect its guests or tenants while on the premises to protect against foreseeable injury that may be caused to third persons.  You must take reasonable protective measures, including providing adequate security to protect guests f...
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Negligence: School district was not negligent in its operation of school bus

The Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, recently held that a school district was not negligent in its operation of a school bus, as would support a negligence claim brought by a student’s parents, in an action seeking to recover damages for personal injuries the student susta...
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