Entries by Phoebe Stonbely

Forbes – Media Beware: ‘Shakedown’ Lawyer Suing The Industry Over Videos Without Closed Captioning

LRANY’s Tom Stebbins was recently quoted in an article in Forbes focused on a new wave in ADA lawsuit abuse. An excerpt: ‘“We’ve seen restaurants, retailers and colleges hit with these website lawsuits,” said Tom Stebbins, the executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York. “Now the same lawyers are going after the […]

LRANY Annual Meeting a Great Success!

The 2017 LRANY Annual Meeting, held this week at the Renaissance Hotel in Albany, NY, was a great success. The seamless day included a morning session presented by talented Goldberg Segalla attorneys, a luncheon with a fascinating keynote speech from renowned “America’s worst mom” Lenore Skenazy, and an afternoon mini-sessions on ‘Litigation in Everyday Life.’ […]

Crain’s New York — Frivolous Suits Not Funny to Eateries

Read this Op-Ed from LRANY’s Adam Morey: “Before opening Union Square Café in 1985, Danny Meyer planned to attend law school. Instead, he decided to skip the entrance exam and pursue a career in hospitality. Thirty years later, his empire boasts the Shake Shack burger chain as well as some of the finest restaurants in […]

The Washington Post: Tear Down N.Y.’S ‘Scaffold Law’ To Rebuild Infrastructure

“A battle to repeal an obscure New York law protecting construction workers appears to be gaining momentum, with backers saying the 19th-century measure is typical of the reasons it’s so difficult and costly to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. … Tom Stebbins, executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, cites a Cornell University […]

New York Daily News: Building Up Costs

LRANY’s Adam Morey recently had a letter published in the New York Daily News in response to a piece opposing changes to the Scaffold Law. An excerpt: “The Scaffold Law has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with enriching trial lawyers, no matter what Voicer Gary La Barbera says. A Cornell study […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Gov. Cuomo Signs Legislation to Relieve Farms of Burdensome Liability

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 24, 2017** Contact: Adam Morey amorey@lrany.org 518-512-5265 Gov. Cuomo Signs Legislation to Relieve Farms of Burdensome Liability Bill Aims to Lower Sky-high Insurance Premiums by Applying ‘Inherent Risk’ Principles to Agricultural Tourism ALBANY, NY – Governor Andrew Cuomo today signed A559, legislation that has been a longtime priority for New York’s […]

Forbes: Industry Upset With Risk of Higher Verdicts in New York’s Asbestos Court

LRANY’s Tom Stebbins was quoted in a Forbes article focused on the recent case management order changes in the NYCAL: “Tom Stebbins, executive director of the Albany-based Lawsuit Reform Alliance, said the brief is a “critical step” in restoring balance to NYCAL. “The court has been dubbed a ‘judicial hellhole’ and the recent case management […]

The Legislative Gazette — Report Blames Scaffold Law for High Costs and Slow Progress on Infrastructure Improvements

Following the release of a report from Common Good on the detrimental effects of the Scaffold Law, the Legislative Gazette covered this and quoted LRANY’s Executive Director: “New York’s 130-year old Scaffold Law has been a road-block to rebuilding New York’s infrastructure and economy for far too long,” said Tom Stebbins, executive director of the […]