Wiechnik to Share Construction Defect Litigation Expertise

Posted on June 22nd, 2015

Mark M. Wiechnik, a partner in Ansell Grimm & Aaron, P.C.’s community association practice group, will be a featured speaker at the National Business Institute’s August 20 seminar on Construction Defect Litigation at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel. Mr. Wiechnik will be speaking about recent decisions that may affect pending and future cases.

To register for the seminar please visit the NBI website at: Construction Defect Litigation from A to Z. Attendance at the seminar satisfies state-mandated continuing legal education requirements for New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The seminar runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a 1 hour lunch break at noon. Discounted pricing is available through July 9.

AG&A Attorney Michael H. Ansell Quoted in Regional Journals

Posted on April 17th, 2015

Michael H. Ansell, Esq., an attorney with Ansell Grimm & Aaron, P.C., has recently been quoted in the New York Law Journal, New Jersey Law Journal and the Brooklyn Eagle in regard to the ongoing case of Schoenefeld v. State of New York. The lawsuit challenges New York State’s long-standing requirement that attorneys who reside outside of New York State must maintain a physical office in New York State in order to practice in New York State Courts, while attorneys who reside in New York State have no such requirement.  Mr. Ansell is a non-resident attorney who practices law in New York and joined an amicus brief filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit by the Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Public Representation. Mr. Ansell joined the amicus brief in support of the position that the distinction between resident and non-resident attorneys is unconstitutional.

For further information please visit:

Brooklyn Eagle

New Jersey Law Journal

New York Law Journal

 

The Linear Construct of a Negligence Claim

Posted on April 15th, 2015

Joshua S. Bauchner, Esq., a Member of Ansell Grimm & Aaron, P.C., recently wrote an article that was published in the New Jersey Law Journal.  The article speaks about how lawyers can recite from memory the elements of a negligence cause of action, but how many fail to appreciate that the order of the elements is critical to any claims analysis.  For full article, click here.

TOP 10 Community Association Tips Seminar
to feature David J. Byrne, Esquire

Posted on April 15th, 2015

David J. Byrne, Esq., Chair of Ansell Grimm & Aaron’s Community Association Group, will be a featured speaker at Association Help Now’s Top 10 HOA tips seminar on June 9 at Clifton Commons in Clifton N.J. Mr. Byrne’s presentation will focus on the ways associations fail to minimize risk and/or liability.

There is no charge for current community association board members and managers, and attendees will receive CEU credits provided by CAI- New Jersey. If you are interested in attending the seminar, please visit:

http://www.associationhelpnow.com or signup via the web here.

If you would like to contact Mr. Byrne directly please call 609.557.1031, or by email at djb@ansellgrimm.com

National Business Institute

Posted on March 31st, 2015

Pamela A. Mulligan, Esq., of our office will be a featured speaker at the National Business Institute CLE seminar, “Collection Law From Start to Finish” on April 21, 2015, at the Holiday Inn in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Ms. Mulligan’s presentation will include: Developing defensive strategies to filing the lawsuit and tips on collecting the judgment. If you are interested in learning more on collections and wish to increase your chances of debt recovery, please attend.  To reach Ms. Mulligan directly, please contact her via phone at 609.557.1045 or via email at pam@ansellgrimm.com.

Link to seminar registration information – Collection Law From Start to Finish

Ansell Hires New Attorney

Posted on March 30th, 2015

AGA welcomes Pamela A. Mulligan to the firm.  Ms. Mulligan is Counsel and focuses her practice in the areas of Litigation, Real Estate and Creditors’ Rights. Ms. Mulligan represents secured and unsecured lenders including corporate and banking clients, in Chapters 7, 11, and 13 bankruptcies, contested and uncontested foreclosures, collection matters, and commercial loan transactions. She also represents businesses and individuals including artists and media organizations in copyright, trademark and general litigation matters. Ms. Mulligan is working closely with our Community Association Group on business development and marketing initiatives.

Prior to joining Ansell Grimm & Aaron, Ms. Mulligan had a lengthy career as a business development executive working on national marketing programs for some of the nation’s largest entertainment, media and non-profit organizations.  Ms. Mulligan was previously with prominent New Jersey law firms where she represented national and community banks, businesses, and individuals.

 

Largest Franchise to Franchise Purchase in Domino’s History

Posted on February 26th, 2015

Jason S. Klein, Esq., a partner with the firm, represented Pizza Properties of Indianapolis, Inc., and its principal, Robert Taylor, III, in connection with the sale of 45 Domino’s stores throughout Indiana to RPM Pizza LLC, the largest U.S. Domino’s franchisee.  For Pizza Properties, headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania, the sale of the 45 stores in Indiana was reported to be the largest franchise-to-franchise purchase in Domino’s history. The sale included nearly 40 stores in the Indianapolis metro area, and stores serving South Bend and Lafayette. Pizza Properties continues to own and operate approximately 15Domino’s stores located throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.

 

Ansell Grimm & Aaron, P.C. Insurance Litigation Focus of CNN Broadcast

Posted on February 10th, 2015

Ansell, Grimm & Aaron, P.C. recently commenced two actions on behalf of auto-body shop clients who suffer allegedly unlawful conduct at the hands of multiple insurance carriers.  Our clients’ story — and that of other, similarly situated plaintiffs — were featured on Anderson Cooper 360 on February 10, 2015 on CNN (click link to view article).

The Complaints allege that the Defendants engage in an ongoing, concerted and intentional course of conduct — with State Farm acting as the spearhead — to improperly and illegally control and depress automobile damage repair costs to the detriment of Plaintiffs and the general public, and to the substantial profit of Defendants.

By example, Defendants exert control over body shops by entering into program agreements generically known as direct repair program agreements (“DRPs”).  DRPs were presented to body shops as a mutually beneficial opportunity — in exchange for providing certain concessions of price, priority and similar matters, the individual Defendants would list a body shop as a preferred provider.  However, the concessions demanded by the individual Defendants in exchange for remaining in a DRP were not balanced by the purported benefits.  Rather, the Defendants, particularly State Farm, allegedly utilized these agreements to exert control over the auto body repair industry in general including those shops, like Plaintiffs, which are not part of a DRP.  In sum, Defendants sought to dictate the price for parts, labor and material untethered to market realities.

The Complaints further allege that Defendants engage in an ongoing pattern and practice of coercion and implied threats to the pecuniary health of the Plaintiffs’ businesses in order to force compliance with unreasonable and onerous concessions.  Failure to comply results in removal from the DRP combined with improper “steering” of customers away from the Plaintiffs’ businesses.

Defendants’ alleged misconduct means that repairs are made by the cheapest bidder, using the cheapest parts, and the cheapest labor — and then placing those unsafe vehicles on the road.  We anticipate these remarkable facts being brought to light tonight night on CNN.

The nationwide impact of Defendants’ alleged misconduct resulted in the commencement of litigation in multiple jurisdictions.  As a result, the various actions were consolidated as A&E Auto Body, Inc. et al. v. 21st Century Centennial Insurance Company, et al., bearing Docket number 6-14-mdl-2257 (GAP)(TBS) in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

For additional information, please contact Joshua S. Bauchner at (973) 247-9000.