tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-22402991837935739832019-10-13T03:26:02.242-07:00Gartner + Bloom PC Firm NewsThis is firm news and press for Gartner + Bloom PC, a law firm based in New York and New Jersey.xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.comBlogger46125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-91781917652084116862019-09-19T13:00:00.000-07:002019-09-19T13:01:23.600-07:00Dismissal of Snow and Ice Case in Bronx CountyAnne Armstrong recently obtained a dismissal of a plaintiff's complaint in the Bronx by way of a summary judgment motion that she orally argued.  The plaintiff, Theresa Berrios, had sued the Firm's client - a general contractor - for injuries arising out a slip and fall on ice that had formed on a sidewalk around where the client had done construction work.  After oral argument, Justice Mitchell xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-72507206189092515912019-09-11T09:13:00.001-07:002019-09-11T09:24:45.151-07:00G + B Trial Victory Protecting New York City Co-op Attorneys Arthur Xanthos and William Brophy recently obtained a stunning victory on behalf of an Upper East Side co-op, that had been sued by shareholder-tenants seeking seven figures in damages due to leaks into their apartment over a span of nine years.  Specifically, the shareholder-tenants sought money for a maintenance abatement, diminution in value to the apartment, property damage, and xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-22252571156894393372019-06-18T13:33:00.000-07:002019-06-18T13:37:02.814-07:00 KERNAHAN AND JUDICIAL HURDLES TO ARBITRATION                              By Jacqueline A. Muttick, Esq. New Jersey courts have continued the trend of applying an exacting reading to arbitration provisions, resulting in cases where such provisions have been struck down for failure to state clearly and unambiguously that the parties waive the right to seek relief in court and instead elect xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-67325952881351321522019-03-08T09:17:00.001-08:002019-03-08T09:19:20.554-08:00G+B Recognized at 2019 Chinese American Insurance Association Banquet By:      Gartner + Bloom, P.C. Date:   March 8, 2019              Last night G+B was recognized by the Chinese American Insurance Association at their annual banquet in New York City! G+B Associate Vera Tsai, who is the President of the CAIA, presented to the firm a statue recognizing the Year of the Pig.             Check out our new LinkedIn page for a photo of the event and statue,xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-8819249855570157652019-02-27T07:44:00.001-08:002019-02-27T07:48:44.491-08:00Ken Bloom Speaking at ABA Insurance Coverage Conference By:      Gartner + Bloom, P.C. Date:   February 27, 2019             G+B Founding Partner Ken Bloom has been invited to speak at this year’s ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Seminar in Tucson, Arizona, taking place from February 27 to March 2. Ken is a panelist on a program titled “Bad Facts Make Bad Dreams and Bad Law: Coverage Nightmares We Lose Sleep Over.” Ken has been xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-13040152032709365192019-02-27T07:41:00.002-08:002019-02-27T07:49:02.642-08:00G+B Appellate Decision Featured in Habitat Magazine By:      Gartner + Bloom, P.C. Date:   February 26, 2019             A G+B decision is featured in the March 2019 issue of Habitat Magazine for our win at the Appellate Division last November. G+B successfully protected our clients by imposition of the business judgment rule at the lower court, and Associate William Brophy secured an affirmance on appeal.             See link for the xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-91077710292787753612019-02-14T11:57:00.001-08:002019-02-27T07:49:19.714-08:00G+B’s Jeffrey Miragliotta selected to be on CLM Young Professionals Advisory Board. By:      Gartner + Bloom, P.C. Date:   February 14, 2019             New York Partner Jeffrey Miragliotta was recently named to the Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance Young Professionals Advisory Board. Jeff was nominated and then appointed to a selective advisory board that is tasked with the national development of younger industry leaders in the field of claims and xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-49613196245308996812019-01-22T10:07:00.001-08:002019-02-14T12:04:54.439-08:00Gartner + Bloom Wins Seven-Figure Award in Manhattan Arbitration Involving LLC Dispute By:      Gartner + Bloom, P.C. Date:   January 16, 2019             Partner Arthur P. Xanthos and Associate Michael E. Kar recently won a seven-figure award on behalf of a member of a limited liability company (LLC) in the construction industry. The Firm’s client had been unjustly expelled from the construction company and denied his equity interest therein. G&B brought the issue to xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-76365844378579133622019-01-07T14:16:00.001-08:002019-02-14T12:06:43.056-08:00G&B obtains significant ruling against national brokerage firm, limiting New Jersey’s attachment statutes By:      Gartner + Bloom, P.C. Date:   December 21, 2018             Partner Alexander D. Fisher and Associate Kenneth M. O’Donohue of the firm’s New Jersey office recently represented a Connecticut woman in an effort by her former stock brokerage company to obtain a pre-arbitration attachment of her brokerage accounts. In fact, the brokerage company seized these accounts and restrained our xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-29851042699392883212018-12-14T12:01:00.001-08:002019-02-14T12:07:32.058-08:00Gartner + Bloom, P.C., participates in Frosty’s Friends 2018 toy driveBy:    Gartner + Bloom, P.C. Date: December 13, 2018             Gartner + bloom, P.C., spearheaded by New Jersey Partner Alex Fisher, is participating in this year's Frosty's Friends toy drive. The program collects children’s letters to Santa and sends them to volunteers who play Santa and buy, wrap, and deliver the gifts before Christmas. Happy Holidays! xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-35152899970390061102018-12-06T10:48:00.001-08:002019-02-14T12:08:01.123-08:00First Department affirms decision to dismiss claims against individual condo Board Members By:      Gartner + Bloom, P.C. Date:   December 5, 2018             After winning summary judgment in the New York County Supreme Court, William Brophy successfully defeated the Plaintiffs’ appeal to the Appellate Division, First Department. The First Department affirmed the lower court’s decision to dismiss all claims against individuals who serve(d) on the condominium’s Board of xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-17637178068225033812018-12-04T07:53:00.006-08:002019-02-14T12:10:27.477-08:00A Ticking Time Bomb: Existing Arbitration Clauses in Light of New LawBy:         Jacqueline A. Muttick, Esq.                Associate, New Jersey Date:      December 3, 2018             While there is a strong public policy in favor of arbitration, the Appellate Division in Flanzman v. Jenny Craig, Inc., et al., __ N.J. Super. __ (App. Div. 2018), has held that arbitration provisions need to specify the arbitral forum or otherwise set forth the process for xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-56533183754639589802018-10-14T13:24:00.000-07:002019-02-14T12:11:48.220-08:00Associate Vera Tsai forces reversal at Second Department, which vacated a client’s previous default judgment and struck the Note of Issue, resulting in a return to discovery. From: Gartner + Bloom, P.C. Date:   October 14, 2018             After joining the defense for a Defendant held in default, Associate Vera Tsai successfully appealed to the Second Department. The Second Department reversed the lower court’s decision (i) vacating the default; and (ii) and striking the Note of Issue in order to permit further discovery by the client. See the decision here. xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-70244917442964295002018-09-27T11:32:00.000-07:002019-02-14T12:12:36.969-08:00G&B successfully opposes Motion to Restore, leading to dismissal, of Suffolk County matter that presented unique property damage allegationsBy: Gartner & Bloom, P.C. Date: September 27, 2018             Partner Arthur P. Xanthos and Associate Michael E. Kar successfully opposed a plaintiff’s Motion to Restore in a matter containing unique property damage allegations. Following the submission of opposition to the Motion, the case was dismissed. See the decision here. xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-4433006963274670002018-04-05T14:01:00.000-07:002019-02-14T12:14:01.272-08:00Rodriguez v. City of New York – Court of Appeals decision is adverse to defense counsel’s ability to defend comparative negligence cases; holds that plaintiffs may obtain summary judgment on liability without establishing the absence of their own negligence By:      Roy Anderson, Esq.             Associate, New York Date:   April 5, 2018             The Court of Appeals dealt a significant blow to defense counsel in a recent decision, Carlos Rodriguez v. City of New York (2018), by holding that plaintiffs do not bear the burden of first establishing the absence of their own comparative negligence to obtain partial summary judgment as to xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-35870798989668529922018-04-02T15:46:00.003-07:002019-02-14T12:14:53.011-08:00Recent Publication by Associate Attorney Jacqueline Muttick By:      Gartner + Bloom, P.C. Date:   April 2, 2018             Associate Attorney Jacqueline Muttick was recently published in CLM Construction Magazine. Ms. Muttick examined a New Jersey Supreme Court decision that held that a construction defect action accrues not upon substantial completion of construction but instead when the building’s owner knows or should have known through xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-47661931943351482512018-04-02T15:44:00.001-07:002018-09-27T11:49:24.726-07:00First Department finds factual issues in §241(6) exclusion, and holds that claim by a lessee's contractor triggers the lessor's indemnity By: Michael E. Kar, Esq.        Associate, N.Y. Date: December 27, 2017 Synopsis:             On March 1, 2018, the First Department entered their decision in Karwowski v. 1407 Broadway Real Estate LLC. This decision gleans two important considerations for insurers and practitioners, in the Appellate Division’s: (i) holding that a lessor’s indemnity provision will be triggered by a claim by axanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-14290051496633179612017-12-27T08:58:00.000-08:002018-04-05T14:56:27.468-07:00New Year, New Contract Drafting and Due Diligence Concerns for Partnerships By:      Michael E. Kar             Associate, New York Date:   December 27, 2017             Entities that are taxed as partnerships enter 2018 with fresh concerns in relation to due diligence and contract drafting, in reaction to changes in the statutory regime impacting audit procedures for taxable years starting after December 31, 2017.            By way of background,xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-48989217329429575182017-12-11T14:12:00.001-08:002018-04-05T14:56:19.795-07:00G + B Participates in the 2017 New York Cares Winter Wishes Program By:      Gartner + Bloom, P.C. Date:   December 11, 2017             Under the leadership of Alex Fisher, g + b was proud this year to participate in the New York Cares Winter Wishes program. The program collects children’s letters to Santa and sends them to volunteers who play Santa and buy, wrap and deliver the gifts before Christmas. Our attorneys and staff provided gifts for xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-10914767526023393192017-10-19T13:26:00.001-07:002018-09-27T11:54:39.390-07:00Outside the Coverage Period but Still Covered: New Jersey's Warning to Insurers in Construction Defect Matters By:      Jacqueline A. Muttick, Esq. & Marc Shortino, Esq.             Associate, New Jersey                Partner, New Jersey Date:   October 19, 2017             On October 10, 2017, the New Jersey Appellate Division addressed the “continuous-trigger” theory of insurance coverage in Air Master & Cooling, Inc. v. Selective Insurance Company of America, __ N.J. Super. __, Docket No. xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-22013087478776872502017-10-04T08:53:00.000-07:002018-04-05T14:55:52.848-07:00Appellate Court in Divorce Proceeding Gives Weight to Motive Behind Life Insurance Policy: What Doors Does This Open Moving Forward? By:      Michael E. Kar             Associate, New York Date:   October 4, 2017             In a recent decision, the Second Department has opened the door for matrimonial attorneys and parties to question the motive behind the failure to pay premiums for life insurance policies, for the purpose of automatic orders in divorce actions.             Upon the commencement xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-37999911090009885882017-09-26T13:02:00.001-07:002017-09-26T13:04:12.650-07:00CAMELOT RETURNS TO MANHATTAN! Gartner + Bloom is pleased to support the Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corp (WHIDC.org), which holds the annual Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 11:30 am to 6pm. The festival is a unique chance to experience the Medieval period in the most authentic setting this side of the Atlantic. The area around the Cloisters Museum in Fort Tryon Park is xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-11085808252438421782017-09-19T10:44:00.000-07:002018-04-06T06:34:19.366-07:00Construction Defect Claims: A New Statute of Limitations Analysis By:      Jacqueline A. Muttick, Esq.             Associate, New Jersey Date:   September 19, 2017       On September 14, 2017, the New Jersey Supreme Court in The Palisades at Fort Lee Condominium Association, Inc. v. 100 Old Palisade, LLC, articulated when the accrual date of the six year statute of limitations for construction defect claims accrues. The Court held that a construction xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-84455969710346928202017-09-15T13:49:00.000-07:002017-09-15T13:49:41.661-07:00        LESSONS AND LAW FROM A CRANE COLLAPSE, by Anne E. Armstrong          The First Department has reduced the awards to plaintiffs in the widely covered crane collapse case of May 30, 2008. The First Department also upheld the preclusion of a defense expert whose testimony was deemed to be speculative and conclusory. Additionally, the First Department upheld the piercing of the corporate xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2240299183793573983.post-28077170314622504602017-08-01T13:08:00.001-07:002017-08-01T13:08:52.530-07:00New York Litigation Landscape in the Autonomous Vehicle Eraby Vera Tsai There is no doubt that we are entering the “autonomous vehicle era.”  Just nine months ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) issued a “Federal Automated Vehicles Policy” (“The NHTSA Policy”) which provides guidance on the safe design and development of “Highly Automated Vehiclesi” (HAVs). The NHTSA Policy reflects the Department of Transportation’s xanthos64http://www.blogger.com/profile/03968743162102536250noreply@blogger.com0