Ken Bloom Wins West Coast Casualty’s 2023 “Legends of an Era” Award
Congratulations to our living legend Ken Bloom on winning West Coast Casualty’s 2023 “Legends of an Era” Award and this distinguished honor presented at this year’s West Coast Casualty's Construction Defect Seminar!
Recognized for his dynamic leadership, Ken Bloom has been an early pioneer in helping to shape the construction defect community on the east coast and thereafter working to identify key trends and strategies nationally.
Ken, we honor and thank you for your legacy footprint!
Alexander Fisher Defeats Order to Show Cause in Federal Court
Partner Alexander Fisher defeated an Order to Show Cause for a Temporary Restraining Order in a contentious business dispute in Federal Court, District of New Jersey. Gartner + Bloom’s client, a former employee of the Plaintiff, left his job and thereafter started a competing landscaping business. The Plaintiff/former employer grew angry and began a campaign of harassment against the client, defaming him repeatedly to potential customers and regulatory authorities. Gartner + Bloom therefore filed a defamation action against the former employer in New Jersey Superior Court, which is still pending.(more…)
Amended Grieving Families Act: Expansion of Wrongful Death Statute in New York
By Ron Alfaro
An amended version of the Grieving Families Act has been introduced by New York State lawmakers in response to Governor Kathy Hochul's veto of the original bill in January. The revised bill aims to expand the state's wrongful death statute, with a few key changes:(more…)
MAJOR CHANGE ON HORIZON FOR ADA ACCESSIBILITY LAWSUITS?￼
By: Alexander D. Fisher, Esq.
For years, potential plaintiffs suing under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have been able to make claims against business owners relating to purported failures to comply with the highly technical requirements of the law, and without any intention to patronize the businesses. That may be changing now with the United States Supreme Court’s decision to grant certiorari and accept the appeal in the case of Acheson Hotels v. Laufer.(more…)
Florida’s Tort Reform: Changes and Implications for the Insurance Industry
By Amanda Mezer
Florida’s legislature is continuing its efforts to mend the insurance crisis in Florida. The newest proposed bill targets litigation, attorney fees, admissibility of medical bills and bad faith actions. Herein, we will be discussing the changes and potential implications for insurance carriers, their insureds and counsel.(more…)
Sophisticated Parties Need Not Explicitly Waive the Right to Trial in Arbitration Agreements
In an important clarification of contract and arbitration law, New Jersey’s Appellate Division recently confirmed that an arbitration agreement between sophisticated parties does not need to expressly waive the right to trial in order to bind the parties to arbitration. This ruling clarifies that while arbitration obligations contained in consumer and employment agreements continue to require express waivers, agreements between sophisticated parties do not require the same protections.(more…)