Friday, May 04, 2007

Gavel to Gavel

A case currently being litigated by our office was reported on by Tom Tracy in Courier Life Publications' Gavel to Gavel column on April 21, 2007:

"A Bath Beach woman is digging her heels into a negligence suit against one of the city’s most elegant restaurants – Tavern on the Green on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In her lawsuit filed April 9 by her attorney Bruce Cheriff, the woman claimed that she was at the swanky eatery at 10:15 p.m. on August 12, 2006 when she tripped and fell on the dance floor. Her fall was caused when one of her heels got caught into a small gap on the dance floor and she lost her balance, the suit claims. “As a result of this accident, the plaintiff suffered serious personal injuries, some of which may be permanent,” the suit asserted without indicating the extent of the woman’s injuries. The discovery of the “hazardous” gaps in the dance floor did not come as a surprise to restaurant employees, the lawsuit states. “The defendant had actual knowledge and notice of the defective, dangerous and/or trap-like condition,” the suit states. “The condition existed for a sufficient length of time prior to the accident,” the plaintiff’s lawyer’s alleged. “The defendants in the exercise of reasonable care and upon proper inspection could have and should have had such notice [about the condition.]” Officials at Tavern on the Green had no comment as this paper went to press."

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