CORNELL GRACE WINS ADDITIONAL INSURED COVERAGE AND IMMEDIATE DEFENSE FOR CONSTRUCTION CLIENTS September 16, 2022

In 2016, Cornell Grace was retained to defend two of its construction clients, an owner and construction manager/general contractor, in a personal injury action brought by the employee of a subcontractor who claimed to have been seriously injured.  The worker claimed to have tripped on a piece of electrical wire that appeared to have been left by jobsite electricians.  After impleading the electrical contractor (which was not enrolled in the client’s insurance program), the firm’s coverage group tendered the matter to the electrical contractor’s carrier, which refused to defend.  Cornell Grace then filed a Declaratory Judgment action against the electrical contractor and its carrier and marshalled the evidence necessary to move for summary judgment.  The carrier’s counsel argued that it had no duty to defend because the plaintiff was not employed by its insured, and because there was no finding that electrical wire was the cause of the loss.

In August 2022, the Supreme Court, New York County (Adams, J.) granted summary judgment in favor of our clients, declared them to be additional insureds on the electrical contractor’s policy, and ordered the electrical contractor’s carrier to defend the firm’s clients forthwith.  The Court also held that the electrician’s agreement to indemnify the owner and construction manager/general contractor for any losses arising out of or relating to the electrical work was an “insured contract” under the policy.

Cornell Grace pursues risk transfers for its construction clients wherever possible, including the aggressive prosecution of Declaratory Judgment actions against contractors’ carriers that refuse to defend and indemnify its clients as additional insureds.

CORNELL GRACE WINS ADDITIONAL INSURED COVERAGE AND IMMEDIATE DEFENSE FOR CONSTRUCTION CLIENTS

In 2016, Cornell Grace was retained to defend two of its construction clients, an owner and construction manager/general contractor, in a personal injury action brought by the employee of a subcontractor who claimed to have been seriously injured.  The worker claimed to have tripped on a piece of electrical wire that appeared to have been […]

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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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