On behalf of Jeffrey Samel & Partners posted in Negligent Security Defense on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

A claim of inadequate security leading to a brutal assault, rape or even murder of an innocent victim carries with it an emotional impact that creates problems for any defense team. Such problems are made even worse when the criminal assailant turns out to be one of the security officers your client hired to protect the tenants and visitors at a particular building.

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On behalf of Jeffrey Samel & Partners posted in US Supreme Court on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the long accepted standard used in New York to determine whether a corporate defendant is subject to general jurisdiction within the state under the test of "corporate presence" or "doing business." In the January 2014 decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman, the Supreme Court ruled that there are three instances in which a state can exercise general jurisdiction over a corporation: (1) when the corporation is incorporated in that state; (2) when the corporation has its principal place of business in that state; or (3) "in an exceptional case" in which the corporation's activities within the state are "so substantial and of such a nature as to render the corporation at home in that state."

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On behalf of Jeffrey Samel & Partners posted in Injuries on Friday, March 6, 2015.

In 2003, the New York City Council enacted §7-210 of the New York City Administrative Code. Under that statutory scheme, liability to those injured as a result of a defective public sidewalk generally shifted from the City to the abutting landowner. However, not all types of landowners are subject to this shifting of liability.

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