CORNELL GRACE ACHIEVES HIGHLY FAVORABLE PRE-TRIAL RESULT FOR CONSTRUCTION DEVELOPER CLIENT IN FIRST PARTY INSURANCE DISPUTE WITH CARRIER July 6, 2022

In mid-2021, Cornell Grace, P.C. was retained by a New Jersey-based developer (“Developer”) that had just received a coverage disclaimer from its insurer, a large, well-known general liability carrier.  The carrier had been defending Developer for more than two years in a high-value personal injury action arising out of a worksite injury to a subcontractor’s employee, but had unilaterally decided that a policy exclusion applied and abruptly withdrew its defense, leaving its named insured with no coverage.

Attorneys in Cornell Grace’s insurance coverage group brought a declaratory judgment action in the Eastern District of New York on Developer’s behalf, alleging that the carrier had wrongfully disclaimed based on a misinterpretation of its own endorsement and had improperly withdrawn its defense without leave of Court.

After forcing the carrier to disclose key information from its claims and underwriting files, Cornell Grace brought a strong summary judgment motion that prompted the carrier to immediately request a global mediation, at which the underlying personal injury claim was settled by the primary and excess carriers without any contribution from the insured Developer.

Cornell Grace, P.C. aggressively pursues coverage for its clients in a wide variety of construction-related and other insurance disputes, including first party claims as well as third-party claims for additional insured status and “insured contracts” coverage.

CORNELL GRACE WINS SUMMARY JUDGMENT IN ELEVEN-YEAR MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR INJURY CLAIM BY UNION ELEVATOR MECHANIC August 3, 2022

In a case filed in 2011, Plaintiff, a union elevator installation mechanic, claimed he was severely injured when he slipped on oil while unloading a thousand-pound jack from a delivery truck.  Among other defendants, Plaintiff sued the elevator company that had loaded the heavy components onto the truck.  After fighting for its client for ten […]

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CORNELL GRACE ACHIEVES HIGHLY FAVORABLE PRE-TRIAL RESULT FOR CONSTRUCTION DEVELOPER CLIENT IN FIRST PARTY INSURANCE DISPUTE WITH CARRIER July 6, 2022

In mid-2021, Cornell Grace, P.C. was retained by a New Jersey-based developer (“Developer”) that had just received a coverage disclaimer from its insurer, a large, well-known general liability carrier.  The carrier had been defending Developer for more than two years in a high-value personal injury action arising out of a worksite injury to a subcontractor’s […]

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Cornell Grace Wins Summary Dismissal Of Two Subrogation Actions That Improperly Targeted CCIP/OCIP Covered Subcontractors May 19, 2016

The law firm of Cornell Grace, P.C. often represents owners, developers and prime/general contractors.

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Cornell Grace Wins Summary Judgment For City In Case With Important Implications To Limiting Labor Law In Street Repairs, Prior Written Notice, And Notice Of Claim Requirements March 21, 2013

This decision has major implications in limiting Labor Law claims in street defect cases. 

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Cornell Grace Wins Appeal In Case Implicating Workers Compensation Bar To Suing Employer, And Summary Judgment Dismissal Of Labor Law Claims Since Plaintiff Was Not A Construction Worker February 13, 2013

Plaintiff claimed injury from an alleged trip over construction materials.

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Cornell Grace Wins Summary Declaratory Judgment Of Additional Insured Status For Major General Contractor In Catastrophic Labor Law Claim December 2, 2012

One of Cornell Grace’s specialties is insurance coverage litigation.

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Cornell Grace Wins Summary Judgment In $2.9 Million Interference With Contract Case Against Educational Services Provider January 17, 2012

The law firm of Cornell Grace, P.C. won summary judgment on behalf of its client.

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Cornell Grace Wins Defense Verdict In Multi-million Dollar Kings County Labor Law Claim June 10, 2010

Firm founder Janet O’Connor Cornell served as lead counsel throughout the five-year litigation.

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