Asbestos

Asbestos

We vigorously represent clients confronted with asbestos cases. Our experienced lawyers have a strong record of achieving excellent results in trials and in settlements. Our attorneys represent insurance companies and their clients, whether manufacturers,distributors, suppliers, contractors, property owners or other smaller traditionally peripheral defendants, who are named as defendants in asbestos litigation in Pennsylvania. We have deposed medical and scientific experts and are familiar with literature used in the litigation. A comprehensive database of testimony of experts and witnesses in the litigation is available to our attorneys. Along with our trial responsibilities, we have served on behalf of our clients as liaison to the Courts in Philadelphia County and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Our attorneys served on national committees involved in the defense of the litigation. In that capacity we have developed client specific defenses by meeting with and interviewing key company personnel and witnesses.  We serve as lead trial counsel or if needed by local counsel as a resource for and liaison to our client regarding technical and trial support. Our experience in case management and reporting guidelines allows us to effectively communicate with our clients on a timely basis concerning issues and strategy arising in each case long before they are a crisis. Early analysis of a case allows our clients to determine if an early resolution strategy would be a beneficial to them. This communication allows our clients to provide an efficient and cost effective defense and to concentrate on those cases which require trial. For more information on our asbestos practice group, contact William Breyers at...
PMT attended the Bronx County Bar Association 115th Installation of Officers and Directors and Awards Dinner

PMT attended the Bronx County Bar Association 115th Installation of Officers and Directors and Awards Dinner

(Left to Right, Stephanie M. Gallo, Kimberly A. Sofia, Talene D. White and Stephanie L. Goldstein) On October 4, 2017, PMT attended the Bronx County Bar Association 115th Installation of Officers and Directors and Awards Dinner at the Marina Del Rey in Bronx County. PMT is a proud Patron of the Bronx County Bar Association and is committed to supporting the Bronx County legal...
PMT attended the Spencer Educational Foundation’s 2017 Gala Dinner

PMT attended the Spencer Educational Foundation’s 2017 Gala Dinner

(Left to Right, Marc H. Pillinger, Gary Kaplan, Talene D. White, Jeffrey T. Miller and Nicholas Tarallo) On September 14, 2017 PMT attended the Spencer Educational Foundation’s 2017 Gala Dinner, honoring Joe Tocco (XL Catlin) and Michael Rice (JLT Specialty USA), in celebrating insurance industry education. The Spencer Educational Foundation is the premier organization awarding scholarships and grants in risk management and insurance, and facilitating internship opportunities, as well as, providing a Risk-Manager-in-Residence program to universities. Since its founding, the Spencer Educational Foundation has awarded 970 scholarships, totaling approximately $6.3 million, and $3.25 million in grants to universities and professional institutions, for educational programs and conferences. With support from individuals, corporations, RIMS chapters, and fundraising events, the Spencer Foundation is able to provide: Scholarships Grants supporting student and professional education initiatives Grants for summer internships  Funding for risk management/insurance related curricula at universities Grants supporting student and professional education initiatives PMT congratulates insurance professionals, Joe Tocco and Michael Rice, on their contributions to insurance industry education and the mission of the Spencer Foundation, and PMT remains committed to supporting the insurance leaders of the...

Legislature Makes Forum Shopping Easier

The New York State legislature recently passed an amendment to CPLR 503(a) that makes venue proper when a case is initiated in a “county in which a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred.”The New York State legislature recently passed an amendment to CPLR 503(a) that makes venue proper when a case is initiated in a “county in which a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred.” The legislature’s unanimous approval of the amendment will affect all future lawsuits that will be filed. It is now easier for plaintiffs to place their case in front of a favorable jury pool. Previously they had to bring their case in “a county where one of the parties resided.” The memorandum in support of the bill claimed venue was “too restrictive.” The prior Venue provisions discouraged forum shopping. Forum shopping is when plaintiffs select a court that gives them the best chance of winning. Now that the legislature has decided to lift those restrictions plaintiffs will flock to friendly courthouses where sympathetic jurors await. The judicial branch of government looks at forum shopping negatively, however, they must interpret the laws as written and the legislature has made it very hard for judges to grant motions to change the venue. The amendments give plaintiffs the ability to choose any venue they please so long as they claim “a substantial portion of the event” occurred in the venue. The legislature provides insight into the malleability of the definition “substantial portion.” The legislature’s accompanying memo provides examples of where venue can now be...

PMT Attorneys Ernest Bernabei and Harminda Morales Obtain Defense Verdict in Hudson County, NJ

On July 25th, 2017, after a 6-day jury trial, PMT partner, Ernest J. Bernabei, assisted by associate, Harminda Morales, obtained a defense verdict in the Hudson County, New Jersey Superior Court. Hon. Jeffrey Jablonski presided over this premises liability matter in which Mr. Bernabei represented Pier 115 Bar and Grill, a commercial tenant in a building owned by co-defendant 115 River Road. Plaintiff alleged that she was struck by an exit door to the side of the main entrance to the lobby, incurring a severe head injury leading to permanent neurological impairment, vision issues, as well as cervical and lumbar injuries. Plaintiff lost consciousness and was taken to the ER after the impact. She presented medical testimony opining the need for lumbar fusion surgery. Her pretrial demand was $3 million dollars. On the first day of trial, plaintiff settled with the co-defendant landlord, thus changing the dynamics and focus of the trial. Plaintiff specifically claimed that employees of our client had caused damage to the “panic bar” of the door through constant misuse. This allegedly caused the door to open very quickly and without warning, leading to the accident. Mr. Bernabei focused on the plaintiff’s lack of direct evidence as to actions of the employees as well as raising serious credibility issues as to plaintiff’s damages. He established her bias towards the defendant restaurant by showing a pattern of complaints by her and her business partner made to the landlord, the health department and various local officials. Through motion practice, he was able to preclude large portions of the plaintiff’s medical expert testimony on causation since it was not...