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One Bad Apple: Navigating through Sexual Battery and other Intentional Torts

Individual providers and healthcare organizations are dealing with the challenges of egregious intentional torts such as sexual assault by providers and other bad acts. It can be difficult to navigate the coverage issues, reservation of rights, need for medical board counsel, criminal counsel, and cumis counsel. WSHB Partner Constance Endelicato will explore all of these topics and more at a Southern California Association for Healthcare Risk Management (SCAHRM) in-person breakfast program on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at The California Club in Downtown Los Angeles. Included in this lively discussion, Ms. Endelicato will also address the potential PR damage control for the facility and negligent hiring and supervision claims against the facility which can result in cross claim for indemnity. This presentation will prepare you to navigate these issues as well as discuss claims that seem to be false accusations.

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Leading Construction Litigator Cynthia Tari Joins WSHB’s Dallas Office

(Dallas, TX) – WSHB is proud to announce the arrival of one of Texas's leading construction litigators, Cynthia A. Tari, to the firm's Dallas office. With over 25 years of experience litigating and arbitrating construction disputes, Ms. Tari's case handling includes breach of contract, negligence, professional malpractice, and lien/bond claims on both public and private projects.

WSHB’s Philadelphia Partner Secures Summary Judgment in Catastrophic Premises Liability Matter

Andy Kessler, WSHB’s newest partner in our Philadelphia office, has secured summary judgment in favor of his clients in a case in Monroe County, Pennsylvania involving the assault of a tenant’s guest at a party. Plaintiff, a social guest of the tenants, brought suit against Mr. Kessler’s clients, out of possession Landlords, after being viciously assaulted by trespassers at a party that the tenants were hosting. The trespassers, members of a local gang, “crashed” the party and then without provocation began to randomly assault other guests. During the assault, the gang members repeatedly kicked and punched Plaintiff in the head.

WSHB Welcomes New Partner Andrew Kessler

(Philadelphia, PA) – WSHB is pleased to announce that Andrew S. Kessler has joined the firm as partner in our Philadelphia, PA office. A skilled and talented litigator, Andy's practice focuses on medical malpractice, premises liability, construction, transportation, products liability, employment and professional liability, including financial institutions and credit unions. With an extensive background in medicine through his medical malpractice experience, Mr. Kessler is particularly adept in defending matters involving catastrophic injuries.

New Bill In New York Proposed for Signature by Governor Andrew Cuomo is Set To Make Employers “SWEAT”

The New York State Assembly and Senate recently passed the Securing Wages Earned Against Theft ("SWEAT") bill to enable alleged employee-victims of wage theft to recoup unpaid wages by placing a temporary lien on the real or personal property of their employer(s). The union-backed bill is currently awaiting Governor Andrew Cuomo's signature in order to become law. SWEAT amends five sections of New York State law for the purpose of increasing the likelihood that victims of wage theft can secure payment of unpaid wages for work already performed. The justification for the bill is to eliminate exploitative employers from dissipating their assets or dissolving their businesses in a systematic effort to avoid paying wages they owe to their employees during a pending court action. Thus, SWEAT was passed to provide wage theft victims with a legal remedy – a lien to freeze an employer's assets – lest being unable to enforce and collect on a judgment for unpaid wages.

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