Tag Archives: Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation Defense

Joseph DeDonato Selected as 2014 New York Metro Super Lawyer

Morgan Melhuish Abrutyn is happy to announce the selection of its partner, Joseph DeDonato, to the 2014 New York Metro Super Lawyers list. Not only was Joe included in the list of 2014 New York Metro Super Lawyers, but he was also included in the New Jersey Super Lawyers list from 2005-2014 and the New York Metro Super Lawyers list in 2006 and 2013.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Thomas Reuters issues the Supers Lawyers list. A description of the selection methodology is located here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

MMA Achieves Summary Judgment on Behalf of Insurer Client in Declaratory Judgment Action

Elliott Abrutyn and Thomas G. Rantas won summary judgment for their insurer client, Essex Insurance Company, in the matter of Reeves v. Peak Development Corp. In its written decision, the Trial Court dismissed the claims asserted against Essex because there was no evidence that the parties seeking coverage were named as additional insureds. In addition, the Trial Court found that there was no evidence of apparent authority to bind Essex to the actions of a retail broker that allegedly made representations regarding the provision of additional insured coverage.

Best Lawyers in America® Recognizes MMA Attorneys

MMA is pleased to announce that three MMA attorneys were recognized in the 2014 New Jersey edition of Best Lawyers in America®.

MMA would like to congratulate the following firm attorneys that were listed in the Best Lawyers 2014 New Jersey edition: Elliott Abrutyn, Personal Injury Defense; Leonard C. Leicht, Personal Injury Defense and Transportation Law and Henry G. Morgan, Insurance Law.

Woodward/White, Inc. issues the Best Lawyers® and Best Lawyers in America® lists. Best Lawyers® and Best Lawyers in America® rankings are based entirely on peer-review and designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within specific geographical areas and legal practices. The selection methodology is located here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

MMA Obtains Summary Judgment on Behalf of Insurer Client in Construction Defect Action

Elliott Abrutyn and Thomas G. Rantas successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of their insurer client, Evanston Insurance Company, in the matter of Cypress Point Condo. Ass’n, Inc. v. Adria Towers, LLC. In Cypress Point, the Cypress Point Condominium Association, Inc. sought to compel Evanston to indemnify the developer for the Association’s claims. Trial Court of Hudson County rejected the Association’s claims based on the application of Weedo v. Stone-e-Brick and its progeny and dismissed all claims against Evanston.

MMA Successfully Defends Insurer Client On Appeal Before New Jersey Supreme Court

Elliott Abrutyn successfully defended an appeal before the Supreme Court of New Jersey on behalf of his client, OneBeacon Insurance Company, in the matter of Potomac Ins. Co. v. Pennsylvania Mfrs. Ass’n Ins. Co., 425 N.J. Super. 305 (App. Div. 2012), aff’d, 215 N.J. 409 (2013). In Potomac, the Supreme Court held that a release between and insured and insurer will not prevent a co-insurer from recovering defense costs directly from the settling insurer.

James L. Melhuish assisted Elliott in the preparation of the briefs submitted to the Supreme Court.

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Meredith Kaplan Stoma Speaks Regarding “Managing Expectations in the Tripartite Relationship” at IADC Professional Liability Roundtable

The International Association of Defense Counsel selected Meredith Kaplan Stoma as one of the presenters for its 2013 Professional Liability Roundtable in New York City. At the seminar, Meredith and her co-presenter spoke about their article “Managing Expectations in the Tripartite Relationship,” which explored the difficulties encountered by clients, insurers and defense counsel involved in defending lawsuits within the tripartite relationship. Thomas G. Rantas worked with Meredith to prepare the article and presentation materials.