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Important Time Periods for New York Business Owners Contemplating Litigation

Perhaps you have seen commercials from personal injury law firms trying to convince you to call them immediately if you have been injured because your claim may be time-sensitive. While these firms are obviously trying to get your business, there is some truth in this type of statement. Virtually any claim you may have against an individual or entity has a “Statute of Limitations” attached to it, meaning the amount of time you have to commence a lawsuit before your claim is deemed time-barred.

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The 411 on Construction Contract Insurance Provisions

Are you a business owner who is considering a physical expansion which may involve a construction project? If so, you will likely enter into a contract with the General Contractor (GC) or Construction Manager (CM) which you may believe provides you certain protections from potential personal injury claims from workers hurt on the project. You should be warned, however, that you may not have the protection you think you do. Below are some hazards you should be aware of when signing such a contract.

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Hotel Syracuse Litigation Illustrates the Requirement that Lenders Must File Building Loan Contracts

The historic Hotel Syracuse in downtown Syracuse was recently the subject of a mortgage foreclosure action which led to litigation involving the priority of the liens against the property. The New York State Court of Appeals case of Altshuler Shaham Provident Funds, Ltd. v. GML Tower LLC (21 N.Y.3d 352), decided in June 2013, illustrates the requirement that lenders must file building loan contracts when the loan proceeds are advanced over time to pay for real estate construction purposes.

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Protecting Your Business from Construction Injury Claims

The owners of small businesses that provide general contracting or construction trade services know that workers’ compensation and commercial general liability insurance is expensive. Unless your company has also taken the steps discussed below, all the money spent for those policies may not fully protect your company in the event of a worksite personal injury claim.

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