FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 6, 2014, (Albany, NY): The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (LRANY), a non-partisan nonprofit association committed to reducing lawsuit abuse, has released a their “Victims of the Scaffold Law” video series highlighting the impact of New York’s “Scaffold Law” on small businesses, taxpayers, and, specifically New York’s Minority and Woman Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs). A one-minute preview of the series is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-lvWWSfg78.
The Scaffold Law, which exists only in New York, imposes total liability on contractors and property owners in lawsuits for gravity-related construction accidents, regardless of any contributing negligence by the worker. The Scaffold Law is responsible for over half of the largest settlements in the state and dramatically increases the cost of liability insurance and construction in New York.
The video series features interviews with several M/WBE leaders who discuss the impact of the Scaffold Law on their business. Advocates in the video argue that insurance cost increases due to the Scaffold Law are threatening the future of M/WBE firms in New York.