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“Tom Stebbins, the executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, on Thursday said he was happy to see the court’s decision. ‘Thankfully, the court rejected the notion that wet stairs are subject to the state’s absurd Labor Law 240,’ he said. ‘If we were to apply this ridiculous statute to stairs across...
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“Assemblyman John McDonald has introduced what his office describes as ‘a concise and comprehensive bill aimed at modernizing the liability rules’ under the state’s perennially controversial Labor Law 240, otherwise known as Scaffold Law. Scaffold Law, which has been interpreted as placing ‘absolute liability’ on employers for gravity-related workplace injuries, is strongly supported by labor...
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Yesterday, civil justice advocates gathered at the state capitol to urge legislators and Governor Andrew Cuomo to fix the only-in-New York Scaffold Law, and highlight the law’s impact on taxpayers and local governments. The lobby day presented an opportunity for the coalition to unveil new branding, a new website, and, most importantly, new legislation sponsored by...
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POLITICO New York published an article focused on the Scaffold Law Reform Coalitions continued push to fix the law and the new legislation leading the charge. An excerpt: “Changing New York’s Scaffold Law is one of those issues that comes up every session – and dies a quiet death every time. But opponents of the...
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Advocates for Scaffold Law reform are gathering in Albany to make the case that municipalities cannot afford the additional costs that come from it. Two of the advocates joined Susan Arbetter–Steven Dyki, a defense attorney with NYC law firm Russo & Toner, and Tom Stebbins, the executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday February 14, 2017 CONTACT: Phoebe Stonbely (518)708-3578   Municipal Costs the Focus of Scaffold Law Reform Day NYCOM Urges Lawmakers to Fix the Law Advocates: “Cost billions and causes injuries.” ALBANY, NY – Civil justice advocates gathered at the state capitol to urge legislators and Governor Andrew Cuomo to fix the...
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You Can Still Contact Elected Officials With Our Virtual Lobby Day! If you are unable to make it to the Scaffold Law Reform Day at the Capitol, don’t worry!  We are providing you multiple virtual vehicles to help you contact your elected officials and still make your voice heard! Twitter:  Hashtag: #SLRLobbyDay2017 A list of Twitter Handles for...
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The New York Law Journal published an article this week written by Senior Vice President Claims for Aon Construction Services Group, Julian D. Ehrlich. The piece focused on the current confusion in the courts regarding partial falls through small holes and the application of the Scaffold Law. “Recently, a long-simmering rift has widened within the Appellate Divisions regarding...
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LRANY’s Tom Stebbins: “We’re not looking to repeal Labor Law 240. We just want to reform one section.”  Stebbins explains: “We’re looking for comparative negligence. We want to keep the law as it is, but add: ‘Nothing in the law shall absolve the plaintiff of culpability for his own injury.’” Read Full Article  
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Governing magazine produced a report that exposed New York City pays more in lawsuits than the nect 19 cities in the report – combined. The Scaffold Law is part of this problem: “Then there are things like the “scaffold law,” which holds contractors and property owners 100 percent liable when workers fall from ladders or...
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