Plaintiff Pryzborowski, a 59 year old construction worker, fell while descending an allegedly unstable ladder at a site undergoing renovations, striking his head. He was hospitalized for nine days for diagnosis and treatment of a large subgaleal hemotoma, and subdural and subarachnoid hemorrhages. Plaintiff claimed total disability from employment as a result of his traumatic brain injury, with continuing complaints of dizziness, vertigo, headaches, and sued the premises owner, A&M, under Labor Law Sections 200, 240 and 241(6). Owner impleaded Plaintiff's employer, claiming a "Grave Injury". On SJ motions, the Court – considering Third-party Defendant's favorable vocational and neuropsychiatric expert opinions, and noting MRI reports showing the brain bleeds diminished over time – dismissed the third-party action, finding Plaintiff had not sustained a "Grave Injury". The Court also dismissed the Complaint finding plaintiff's failure to use the ladder correctly – when a safe stairway was nearby – was the "sole proximate cause" of his fall. Steven O'Connor and Alak Shah wrote the motion for the Firm's client, Third-party Defendant employer PSG Construction.

The matter stemmed from a property damage action wherein the homeowner/plaintiff claimed that the defendant, Woodbury Water & Sewer Dept., was negligent in failing to properly install a water meter at the homeowner's residence. The crux of the allegations was that the defendant failed to place a washer within a pipe fitting which resulted in a water leak from that fitting. The homeowner claimed damages totaling approx. $15,000. Allstate paid its insured, the homeowner, for these damages and brought this subrogation claim for reimbursement. Both carriers submitted the matter to binding arbitration. The arbitrator concluded that the plaintiff failed to prove a prima facie case of negligence. The evidence revealed that the water meter was installed in 2000 by the defendant and the defendant had not performed any further work at the subject residence until after being notified of the water leak by the homeowner on September 12, 2010. Though there was a washer missing from the fitting, there was direct evidence that the homeowner had performed work on the water line a few months prior to the leak, ie., the homeowner had replaced the shut-off valve on the water line which was located a foot or so from the subject fitting. Defendant's retained construction expert opined that the photographs of the homeowner's basement reflected multiple incidents of water infiltration through the cement block foundation wall and that the amount of water that leaked through the pipe fitting would not have caused the damages claimed. The arbitrator concluded that plaintiff failed to establish that the absence of a washer in the pipe fitting installed 10 years prior was a proximate cause of plaintiff's alleged property damages. 

Summary Judgment was granted to Champion Carrier in a products liability action before Judge Cathy Seibel in the SDNY. Plaintiff was injured by a internal spring mechanism found within a vehicle's external side-view mirror, resulting in an orbital floor fracture and partial blindness in one eye. Product liability claims were brought against the vehicle's manufacturer, General Motors, and Champion Carrier, who altered the truck's rear-bed into a tow-truck. Plaintiff attempted to argue that Champion should be held liable given that they 'implicitly approved' of the mirror's design by performing alterations on the vehicle (i.e. – they should have refused to work on the vehicle, given 'known' past problems with the subject mirror). The Judge agreed with Champion that since it never bought or sold the subject vehicle, nor participated in the design or manufacture of the mirror unit, it could not be held liable under any products liability theory.