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OUR WORK

Below is a small sample of cases representative of the nature of our work and some of the successes we have achieved over the years. Feel free look us up and get a idea of what we bring to the table.

OUR RECENT SUCCESSES

Disability Insurance Coverage - 2017, 2019

 

Plaintiff sued to recover in excess of $1 billion after denial of his claim under a policy of disability insurance. NG&A first obtained summary judgment in favor of one of its client, the policy’s wholesale broker, on the grounds that, among other things, they did not owe plaintiff a fiduciary duty of care. Jonas v. National Life Ins. Co., et al, 2015 NY Slip Op 30673(U), aff’d 48 N.Y.S.3d 77 (1st Dep’t 2017). NG&A subsequently obtained dismissal for its other clients, the underwriters of the disability policy, by establishing that plaintiff’s action was time-barred pursuant to the applicable policy limitations provision. Jonas v. National Life Ins. Co., 95 N.Y.S.3d 809 (1st Dep't 2019).

Wrongful Death - 2019

NG&A obtained summary judgment for its client, an elevator maintenance company, in a wrongful death action brought by the estate of man riding a motorized scooter that went through the door of a handicap lift and fell several feet to the ground below. NG&A successfully established that although its client serviced the lift on a time and material basis, it did not owe plaintiff’s decedent a duty of care. Pui Kum Ng Lee v Chatham Green, Inc., 2019 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 1391 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. 2019). Plaintiff did not appeal.

Personal Injury / Roller Skating Accident - 2019

NG&A prevailed on a summary judgment motion for its client, a popular roller-skating venue, in an action brought by a patron who fell while skating and sustained a fractured wrist. Plaintiff alleged that she fell over a buckle on an expansion joint on the skating surface. NG&A successfully established that Plaintiff actually fell after colliding with an orange cone the venue had placed over the buckle and that the cone did not unreasonably increase the risk of harm to skaters.

Successful Mediation and Settlement Negotiations - 2017-2019

 

Representing the Plaintiff, NG&A obtained a significant settlement at mediation for our client, the operator of several club venues, from our client’s insurance broker after the carrier with whom the broker placed our client’s liability coverage went into receivership and liquidation and our client suffered substantial uninsured losses.

In one federal litigation and two separate pre-litigation claims, NG&A represented the operator of a prominent web service accused of vicarious copyright infringement arising out of the use of certain musical tracks in video clips. In each instance, we successfully negotiated favorable settlements for our client, avoiding prolonged and costly litigation.
 

REPRESENTATIVE EARLIER WORK

Disability Insurance Coverage - 2011-2013

 

Plaintiff, an insured under a policy of disability insurance, commenced litigation alleging that his claim had been wrongfully denied. NG&A obtained dismissal for the policy’s underwriters. Plaintiff challenged the existence of federal jurisdiction. NG&A successfully argued that the policy’s third physician review provision constituted a binding arbitration clause within the meaning of the Federal Arbitration Act. The District Court agreed with NG&A, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, and the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari. Bakoss v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, 2011 U.S. Dist. Lexis 110834 (E.D.N.Y., 2011), aff’d 707 F.3d 140 (2d Cir. 2013), cert den 571 U.S. 825 (2013).

Motor Vehicle / Wrongful Death / Personal Injury - 2009

 

Mr. Goodman acted as lead attorney for the defendants, the husband driver and his wife the vehicle owner, in a group of wrongful death and personal injury cases arising out of a horrific five car accident in Nassau County. All the cases eventually settled on favorable terms. After Mr. Goodman’s firm relinquished representation of the husband, one of the plaintiffs moved to disqualify Mr. Goodman’s firm from representing the wife. The Court denied that motion in an important decision concerning attorney conflicts of interest and ethical standards. DeLorenz v. Moss, 24 Misc. 3d 1218(A) (Sup. Ct. Nassau Co. 2009).

Civil Rights / Discrimination - 2004-2005

 

Mr. Goodman represented a prominent national retail chain whose employees were alleged to have discriminated against three transgender individuals at a store in Brooklyn. After a high publicity trial in federal court, the jury awarded the three plaintiffs $1 each. The District Judge awarded plaintiffs attorney fees. Defendant’s appeal of that award went from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, to New York’s Court of Appeals, then back to the 2nd Circuit. That court then remanded the case back to the District Court judge who then assigned the case to a Magistrate Judge before whom the case finally settled. McGrath v. Toys ‘R’ Us, 356 F.3d 246 (2d Cir. 2004), on certified question 3 N.Y.3d 421 (2004), on remand 409 F.3d 513 (2d Cir. 2005).

Defamation - 2004

Mr. Goodman obtained dismissal of an action against his clients, accused by Plaintiff of defamation, which dismissal was affirmed on appeal. The Appellate Division’s decision has been frequently cited for its holdings concerning pleading standards in defamation cases and other procedural issues. Simpson v. Cook Pony Farm Real Estate, Inc., 784 N.Y.S.2d 633 (2d Dep't 2004).

Copyright Infringement- 1994

 

Mr. Goodman tried this copyright infringement case to a defendant’s verdict before then District Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Her opinion explaining her determination to grant Mr. Goodman’s application for attorney fees became an early precedent in the developing caselaw allowing the award of attorney fees to prevailing defendants under the Copyright Act. Screenlife Establishment v. Tower Video, Inc., 868 F.Supp. 47 (S.D.N.Y. 1994).