Thanks for Making our Annual Meeting a Success!

  On November 19th, LRANY hosted our first Annual Meeting and Key Issues Summit focused on Scaffold Law reform. The day included an overview of recent Court of Appeals rulings, a luncheon, keynote address by singer Collette McLafferty, and panel discussions on the legal, insurance, and political dimensions of the Scaffold Law. Thanks to all […]

Letter: Schools Suffer Under State’s Scaffold Law

In today’s Times Union, LRANY Executive Director Tom Stebbins writes that the Scaffold Law is siphoning critical dollars from our educational system. New York voters approved the $2 billion “Smart Schools Bond Act” for school construction and technology upgrades. Sadly, much of that money will be wasted due to a law that only exists in […]

Photos: Annual Meeting and Scaffold Law Reform Summit

On November 19th, LRANY hosted our first Annual Meeting and Key Issues Summit focused on Scaffold Law reform. The day included an overview of recent Court of Appeals rulings, a luncheon, keynote address by singer Collette McLafferty, and panel discussions on the legal, insurance, and political dimensions of the Scaffold Law. Thanks to all who […]

Letter: Trespasser Liability Reform Needed

Today, the Brooklyn Eagle published a letter by LRANY Executive Director Tom Stebbins calling for common-sense reform to New York’s trespasser liability laws. “We applaud Senator Squadron, Assemblyman Lentol, and Borough President Adams on their call for steeper penalties for trespassing at New York’s landmarks and infrastructure projects (NYC pols seek increased penalties for bridge, […]

Frivolous Lawsuit Leaves Singer Numb, Traumatized, But Determined to Change the System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Albany, NY (November 20, 2014)- Earlier this year, Collette McLafferty’s life was turned upside down. Without warning, the successful Manhattan singer and songwriter was served with a $10 million lawsuit by a P!nk cover band co-creator  and personal injury lawyer Charles Bonfonte. The lawsuit alleges that McLafferty and her fellow bandmates’ lack […]

LRANY Executive Director Statement in Response to Brooklyn Elected Officials

“We applaud Senator Squadron, Assemblyman Lentol, and Borough President Adams on their call for steeper penalties for trespassing at New York’s landmarks and infrastructure projects. However, the greater problem is that those criminals can sue the City if they are injured while trespassing. Only in New York and California can a trespasser sue a property […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lawyers Association Committee Latest to Call for Scaffold Law Reform

Lawyers Association Committee Latest to Call for Scaffold Law Reform  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Albany, NY (November 13, 2014)–  The New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) Construction Committee has issued a 65-page report titled “New York’s Scaffold Law and Pending Reforms,” which concludes that the Scaffold Law is a failed public policy and should be reformed […]

LRANY Video Series: Ridiculous Lawsuit of the Month October 2014 – Red Bull Wings Lawsuit Settled

This week, Phoebe Stonbely will discuss the recent settlement from Red Bull following a lawsuit claiming false advertising for the energy drinks slogan that “Red Bull gives you wings”. This ridiculous lawsuit was settled by Red Bull to avoid the cost and distraction of litigation – for $13.5 MILLION DOLLARS Now experts now predict that […]