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Featured Verdicts

New and noteworthy verdicts and settlements from around the country, selected by VerdictSearch editors.  Find out about the case most relevant to your practice, with complete details on awards and settlements; injuries claimed; experts, attorneys, insurers and judges involved; and more.

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New York Verdicts

Find out about the most important recent New York cases, selected by VerdictSearch editors. Coverage includes Bronx, Kings, Queens, New York, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties.

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Building’s operators must pay $6M for elevator accident

A jury awarded more than $6 million to a man who claimed that he injured his spine when an elevator malfunctioned. The matter dates to May 31, 2007, when James Greene worked at a high-rise building in Manhattan. An elevator stopped abruptly twice while transporting Greene, and Greene claimed that he suffered injuries that necessitated fusion of portions of his spine’s cervical and lumbar regions. Greene sued the building’s owner and manager, alleging that the elevator’s malfunction was a result of a recurrent condition: debris having clogged its door’s track. The jury agreed and awarded damages of $6.06 million. The elevator’s maintenance provider, American Elevator & Machine Corp., was also sued but was ultimately dismissed.
Greene v. American Elevator & Machine Corp.
Bronx County

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Woman recovers $900,000 for injury suffered during surgery

The state of New York agreed to pay $900,000 to a woman who suffered damage of a nerve while undergoing surgical removal of a tumor at a state-operated hospital. The payment settled a lawsuit filed by the injured patient, Bridgette Ruiz, whose right arm’s radial nerve was severed during the surgery. She alleged that the surgeon had not adequately inspected and protected the operative field. Ruiz claimed that she suffers ongoing numbness of her right arm, its hand and its fingers. The state contended that Ruiz’s tumor was located in an unexpectedly deep area of the arm, that it had become attached to surrounding tissue, and that those circumstances complicated the surgery. However, it ultimately agreed to a settlement to avoid a trial.
Ruiz v. State of New York
Court of Claims

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Roslyn resident wins suit alleging malicious prosecution

The village of Roslyn must pay $550,000 to a woman who claimed that she and her late husband were unjustly blamed and prosecuted for property damage that occurred during a storm in 2005. The village initially believed that the damage was a result of storm-generated runoff from a drain that Judith and Harry Wilner were thought to have installed on their Roslyn property. Criminal charges were filed against the couple, but the charges were dismissed after the village identified another cause of the property damage. The Wilners sued, alleging that the village continued its prosecution despite uncovering the other cause. A jury found malicious prosecution and ruled for Ms. Wilner and the estate of her husband, who died earlier in the litigation.
Wilner v. Roslyn Village of
Nassau County

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Largest New York Settlements

(2017 only; based on cases reported by VerdictSearch)
SETTLEMENT CASE VENUE DATE
$13,500,000 Williams v. Connors Suffolk Co. Apr 20
$5,900,000 Alessio v. Amsterdam 78, LLC Bronx Co. Jan 11
$5,750,000 Wagner v. MPCC Corp. Suffolk Co. Jan 3
$4,625,000 Joseph v. City of New York Kings Co. Jan 6
$4,500,000 Estate of Kassim v. New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. Kings Co. Jan 9
$4,000,000 Chevez v. Stratford at North Hills Associates Nassau Co. Apr 4
$4,000,000 Torres v. New York City Police Department Queens Co. Jan 9
$3,625,000 Gil v. 120 Park Avenue Associates, LLC. Queens Co. Feb 13
$3,300,000 Hulick v. Caja Ulster Co. Jan 10
$3,100,000 Xu v. New York Supermarket East Broadway Inc. New York Co. Jan 12