Since 2017, Cornell Grace has been defending a subcontractor that was involved in a 40-car accident on the LIE as it was working to assist in cleanup after Hurricane Sandy. Multiple plaintiffs included the subcontractor as a defendant in their actions, even though it did not cause the accident and did not have any direct contractual or employment relationship with the driver who did. The plaintiffs sought to connect the subcontractor and other entities to the causation of the accident by asserting claims of negligent hiring against parties who did not employ the plaintiff, which would have expanded the concept of duty to members of the general public in contravention of decades-old case law.
Following a years-long discovery process, our team, led by senior associate Jason Meneses, made a strong summary judgment motion seeking dismissal of all claims and cross-claims. The Supreme Court granted the motion, reaffirming the holding of Espinal that a contractual obligation, standing alone, does not give rise to tort liability in favor of a third party.
Cornell Grace handles sophisticated liability matters in numerous areas of practice, including construction Labor Law, municipal liability, educational liability, premises liability, products liability and in rare cases, the defense of complex, high-value auto claims.
A worker sued Cornell Grace’s client, a construction manager, claiming he was injured in an unwitnessed accident in which he says he slipped on a patch of ice on the project site. Discovery revealed no other evidence of the alleged ice. The worker alleged violations under the New York Labor Law and moved for partial […]Learn more
Since 2017, Cornell Grace has been defending a subcontractor that was involved in a 40-car accident on the LIE as it was working to assist in cleanup after Hurricane Sandy. Multiple plaintiffs included the subcontractor as a defendant in their actions, even though it did not cause the accident and did not have any direct […]Learn more
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 […]Learn more
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 […]Learn more
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 […]Learn more
The law firm of Cornell Grace, P.C. often represents owners, developers and prime/general contractors.Learn more
This decision has major implications in limiting Labor Law claims in street defect cases.Learn more
Plaintiff claimed injury from an alleged trip over construction materials.Learn more
One of Cornell Grace’s specialties is insurance coverage litigation.Learn more
The law firm of Cornell Grace, P.C. won summary judgment on behalf of its client.Learn more
Firm founder Janet O’Connor Cornell served as lead counsel throughout the five-year litigation.Learn more
Cornell Grace, P.C. is committed to providing clients with the highest quality legal representation while maintaining the hands-on personal service of a boutique law firm. We handle cases vigorously, with painstaking attention to detail at every phase, always working in pursuit of the best resolution for our clients.