Quarantine Means Fewer Cars but More Reckless Driving

The coronavirus quarantine has resulted in most people staying home as much as possible, to avoid contracting or spreading the disease. This has necessarily meant fewer cars on the road, with less traffic and fewer overall accidents. However, if New York City is any indication, these empty roads are encouraging people to engage in reckless driving, with a higher rate of speeding tickets and more dangerous accidents compared to before.… Read the rest

Ira Slavit on the Tragic Case of Santoro v. Poughkeepsie Crossings

In the most recent issue of the Nassau Lawyer, the Nassau County Bar Association’s newsletter, Ira Slavit of Levine and Slavit, PLLC, wrote about the case of Santoro v. Poughkeepsie Crossings, in which a woman was sued by a nursing home for allegedly causing her mother’s death. Specifically, the nursing home initiated a third-party counterclaim against the woman for allegedly contributing to her mother’s death when she brought a wrongful death suit against the nursing home.

While the nursing home’s claims were ultimately dismissed by the Second Department of the New York State Appellate Division, it is an important case … Read the rest

Ira S. Slavit Published in New York Law Journal

Ira S. Slavit, attorney at Levine & Slavit, PLLC, has recently published an article in the New York Law Journal. The article, titled “Establishing a Private Right of Action in Personal Injury Cases,” discusses the issue of proving a private right of action in a civil lawsuit. This is contrasted against a public right of action, which is the right of a public agency or prosecutorial authority to pursue a lawsuit.

A private right of action is the legal right of a private citizen to sue another party over an alleged injury caused by a violation of the law, such … Read the rest

Limo Safety Bills Signed into Law in NY

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a package of limousine safety bills into law, intended to deal with a series of fatal crashes on Long Island and across the state that resulted in calls to address the problem. The laws specifically address the issue of rented stretch limos, which are commonly hired for formal events like proms, weddings and bar mitzvahs, among other similar events. The hope is that the new measures will reduce the number of fatalities caused by limo crashes every year.… Read the rest

PG&E Settles Wildfire Lawsuits for $13.5 Billion

PG&E Corp., one of the largest utility providers in the country, has settled numerous lawsuits related to wildfires allegedly caused by its faulty equipment. The lawsuits arose around so-called “jumper cables,” which have been found to have a high likelihood of breaking or malfunctioning, which have resulted in at least 22 wildfires between 2017 and 2018. A federal judge has approved a settlement for these wildfire suits, resulting in a payout of $13.5 billion to victims, in the form of both cash and PG&E stock.… Read the rest

Nassau County Takes Steps to Protect Pedestrians During “Fall Back”

Research has shown that pedestrian deaths increase in the period immediately after the end of Daylight Savings Time. The combination of fewer daylight hours plus the sudden shift in people’s sleep schedules has the combined effect of drastically increasing the danger to pedestrians in the weeks immediately after the “fall back” to Eastern Standard Time. Nassau County has recently announced a plan that would hopefully reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities that occur as result of the fall back.… Read the rest

Juul Accused of Selling Tainted Vaping Pods

The vaping manufacturing company, Juul, has been sued for allegedly allowing as many as one million tainted vaping pods to be sold on the market. The suit was filed by Juul’s former vice president, Siddharth Breja, who claims he was fired for raising concerns about the contaminated pods, as well as additional concerns that the company was knowingly selling expired products. The suit adds to growing public concern about the safety of vaping amidst a growing number of injuries and illnesses linked to vaping products.… Read the rest

The Complexities of Getting Injured at a Concert

Attending a concert is among the most popular leisure activities.  However, with thousands of people often packing into concert venues, the risk of someone getting hurt is high.  With that being said, if you are hurt at a concert venue, you may be wondering if, or who, you may recover compensation from.… Read the rest

Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

Normally, it’s not possible to sue someone simply because they made you feel bad. Most lawsuits are about causing physical injuries, or damaging or stealing property, or impinging on another’s legal rights. However, on some occasions, it is possible to sue someone for intentional infliction of emotional distress, if their conduct matches certain specific criteria.… Read the rest

Amazon in Hot Water Over Combustible Hoverboards

Amazon, the popular online shopping company, recently lost a case in the United States Appeals Court for failure to appropriately notify customers about a known defect in a hoverboard it sold. As a result, it may be forced to pay damages to those harmed by the defective hoverboard, which Amazon knew sometimes could catch fire or explode, but failed to adequately notify those who already purchased the hoverboard.… Read the rest