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The BNC Agency recently published a blog entry noting business groups continued push for reform. “New York’s 120-year-old Scaffold Law severely limits development in the state, costs taxpayers millions of dollars unnecessarily, drives up insurance premiums, and profits only trial lawyers, all while doing nothing to make worksites any safer. That’s long been the opinion...
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An Article published on LinkedIn by Richard Purtell points to the Scaffold Law as a major flag of the lack of personal responsibility in New York. “Here in New York State we have a pattern of absolute liability for gravity related injuries, set through decades of poor court precedent.  Labor Law 240/241, “The Scaffold Law”...
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The Journal News published an op-ed written by LRANY’s Adam Morey discussing the trial lawyers’ sabotage of ride sharing upstate with mention of the Scaffold Law. An excerpt: “In 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo admitted that despite his position on the issue, it would be difficult to pass legislation reforming the trial lawyers-backed Scaffold Law because...
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The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York’s (LRANY) Adam Morey wrote a letter to the editor published in the New York Post focused on the litigation-friendly laws such as the Scaffold Law waning business out of the state. “While Gov. Cuomo has backed targeted incentive programs, the real culprit when it comes to upstate’s stagnant...
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Assemblyman Ray Walter wrote an opinion piece published in the Buffalo News: Legislature has a duty to protect taxpayer dollars – fight against Scaffold Law. “I also take issue with the implication by the editorial board that I’ve supported policies that, it correctly points out, have destroyed New York’s economic landscape. Fighting against unfunded mandates,...
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The buffalo news opinion writer covers the Scaffold Law in discussing economic development efforts: “Similarly, the Legislature refuses to budge on the Scaffold Law, a punitive statute that automatically presumes contractors to be responsible when a worker falls from a height. Under its influence, contractors have no right in New York to mount a legal defense, regardless of...
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The Bronxville – Eastchester Patch published an article written by North Dakota’s Mayor calling to practices in North Dakota that New York’s legislature could take note from. In his piece he highlights trial lawyer influence and calls the Scaffold Law the most egregious example. An excerpt: “This is in stark contrast to examples in New...
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The Business Council of New York State’s President and CEO, Heather C. Bricetti recently wrote a piece published in The Buffalo News calling for more steps to be taken in our state to improve the business climate, among them – ‘Scaffold Law’ reform. An excerpt: “Beyond comp reform, we also must once and for all...
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This week, the Albany Times Union published a letter to the editor written by LRANY’s Adam Morey. The letter brings focus to the ‘Scaffold Law’ and New York’s high risk of litigation. An excerpt: “Updating the antiquated and litigation friendly Scaffold Law is consistently a legislative priority for each of the state’s largest pro-business associations. In June,...
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