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This blog by the six-time published author Jonathan Cooper, is intended to educate the general public about issues of interest, particularly innovations and changes in the law, in the areas of non-compete agreements, breach of contract matters, school negligence (and/or negligent supervision), construction accidentsslip and/or trip and fall accidentsauto accidents, and, of course, defective or dangerous products

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2/8/2016
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Why Suing Teen's Cyberbullies & Their Parents Was a Bad Idea

A few years back, a 16 y.o.'s parents sued her cyberbullies - & their parents - directly. Jonathan Cooper explains why this was probably a bad idea

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11/12/2014
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Another Hot Coffee Case Survives Dismissal in New York Court

Yet another hot coffee case has survived dismissal, this time in New York - but not because the coffee was too hot, explains Jonathan Cooper.

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7/9/2009
Jonathan Cooper
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NY Appeals Court Whittles Down Claims in Construction Site Accident Lawsuit

In this article, Long Island, NY construction site accident attorney Jonathan Cooper discusses how a New York appeals court dismissed most, but not all, of a worker's personal injury claims because the plaintiff did not prove sufficiently that the defendants had violated specific safety statutes. For additional information on what a plaintiff must prove to win his construction site accident lawsuit under New York law, please visit www.JonathanCooperLaw.com.

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6/18/2009
Jonathan Cooper
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Zicam Recall Highlights Difficulties in Pursuing Defective Products Claims in New York

In this article, New York consumer product recall and defective product lawyer Jonathan Cooper discusses why the mere fact that a product was recalled does NOT mean that the company issuing the recall concedes that the product was, or is, defective, or that their product was responsible for causing damage or harm to any particular consumer. For additional information on this important topic, and how it may affect your potential products liability case under New York law, please order or download a copy of Jonathan Cooper's FREE guide to New York products liability claims at www.ProductsLiabilityBook.com.

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5/20/2009
Jonathan Cooper
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In the May 20 edition of the New York Daily News, it was reported that one of Britney Spears's former bodyguards has sued her for personal injuries that he allegedly sustained due to her negligence. In reading the article's description of this man's background, I was amazed that my gut almost instinctively rejected the merits of this man's claims - even though very little detail about the actual claims is given. And you know what? I imagine that most people reading that article felt the same way.

So, you ask, what was so troubling about the man's past that it turned me, a Long Island, New York personal injury lawyer into a hardened skeptic? He is clearly a very litigious guy, with two other lawsuits that are still pending, and a third work injury-related claim that was resolved some time ago. While it is questionable to what degree an attorney would be permitted to introduce evidence of the other claims at trial, there is a serious risk that a jury will take this new claim - no matter how legitimate - with more than a few grains of salt.

In addition, if you sue over a relatively minor injury to one part of your body, and then subsequently injure that same part of your body more severly later on, you may have unwittingly provided an important defense to the latter claim: that your injury was caused by the first incident rather than the second one. To summarize: before rushing head-first into litigation, you should strongly consider whether this case is really worthwhile; if you don't, it could compromise a more meaningful claim down the road.



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4/29/2009
Jonathan Cooper
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In an opinion that was published on April 21, New York's Appellate Division, Second Department upheld a lower court's decision dismissing the personal injury lawsuit of a construction worker who was hurt when the tree stump he was leaning on to maintain his balance broke off, causing him to fall down a slope. While I, like anyone who's been litigating accident cases for a sufficient period of time, have lost some close cases, I find this particular case troubling because I don't see any legitimate reason why the defendants could be deemed liable for this construction site accident. Stated differently, and given the Appellate court's clear and convincing affirmance of the dismissal, I don't think this case should have been brought in the first instance.

As noted in my articles Construction Site Injuries and New York's Labor Laws and Construction Site Accidents: Why the Number of Successful Cases Are Dwindling, in order for a defendant to be held liable under the Labor Laws for a construction worker's personal injuries that were sustained while on the site, the injury must have resulted from an elevation-related risk or safety hazard. That certainly was not the case here. And the plaintiff could not demonstrate that the remaining defendant, Staten Island Railroad Transit Operating Authority (SIRTOA), a subset of the New York City Transit Authority, exercised any ownership or control over the area or tree stump where he fell, as a result of which the plaintiff's negligence claim fell by the wayside as well.

Given that the plaintiff's attorneys went to the time and expense of appealing the lower court's decision, I suspect that the plaintiff's injuries in this case were quite serious, and that they were therefore seduced by the prospect of a big fee. But if you can't conjure up a cogent theory of liability to make it stick, you still shouldn't bring the case.



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3/29/2009
Jonathan Cooper
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How Videotapes Can Dramatically Impact Upon Your NY Personal Injury Lawsuit

In this article, Long Island, NY personal injury and trial lawyer Jonathan Cooper discusses how a videotape can have a dramatic impact upon how both liability and damages are perceived by a trial jury in New York. For additional FREE information on accident cases generally under New York law, please visit www.JonathanCooperLaw.com.

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2/16/2009
Jonathan Cooper
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Earlier today, it was reported that when shopping in a Florida Wal-Mart's gardening section, a customer was suddenly attacked by a rattlesnake, biting his hand. Although the customer was able to shake off the snake, and ultimately killed it, he was hospitalized due to his personal injuries, and later had to return to the hospital so they could drain fluid that had built up in his lungs.

This was not the first snake attack incident that occurred at that particular Wal-Mart; there were two prior incidents that occurred in 2006. According to the customer, despite these two incidents, the store had no warning signs, and apparently did not undertake any other safety precautions. Consequently, the customer has claimed in his lawsuit that Wal-Mart should be held liable in negligence.

Interestingly, although it certainly sounds like the plaintiff in that case has enough proof to support a negligence claim, a quick search failed to find any snake bite or attack lawsuits in New York. Strange as it may sound, there are apparently some cases that New York's trial lawyers have failed to sue for - so far (though they have sued over rat and other animal bites).

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