Entries by Phoebe Stonbely

LRANY Annual Meeting a Great Success!

The 2016 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.’ […]

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 […]

SCAFFOLD LAW REFORM RELEASE: Common Good Releases Paper on New York’s “Obsolete, Inequitable” Scaffold Law

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2017** Contact: Adam Morey amorey@lrany.org 518-512-5265 Common Good Releases Paper on New York’s “Obsolete, Inequitable” Scaffold Law Law Could Add $300 Million to the Cost of the Gateway Rail Tunnel Project “classic example of obsolete law, and is indicative of a problem with American law generally” NEW YORK, NY – […]

Stebbins in The New York Times – “lawyers taking advantage of a good-intentioned law to make money.”

LRANY’s Tom Stebbins was quoted in The New York Times in an article focusing on the growing trend of ADA lawsuits for website accessibility – most recently against a string of colleges. “The result of these conflicting rulings is a legal gray area ripe for, depending on your viewpoint, either significant civil rights advances or […]