The Commercial Transportation Group is dedicated to litigation involving intrastate and interstate commercial transportation in the Federal and State Courts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. On an intrastate basis, we represent local trucking companies and private bus lines and on the interstate basis, our clients include large trucking companies as well as national bus companies.
The litigation ranges from minor motor vehicle accidents to catastrophic occurrences. We are regularly requested to render opinions regarding coverage on interstate transport of goods issues. Through the aggressive use of summary judgment motions on the issue of No-Fault under New York Law as well as on liability grounds, we have been successful in having cases dismissed in the early stages of litigation.
Where appropriate, particularly in significant exposure cases venued in some of the counties within New York City, there has been extensive use of ADR, which has proven very successful. Because of our geographic diversity, we are able to economically and efficiently represent clients in geographic areas outside the Metropolitan New York area for losses that occur in these venues.
Members of the Group have coordinated the response of transportation clients to catastrophic accidents by overseeing the flow of information between the client, law enforcement, the media, and experts retained on behalf of the client. The attorneys in the Firm's transportation unit are available 24/7 and have responded immediately to remote accident scenes to coordinate the client's response. Mr. Donnelly, Mr. Cooney and Ms. Casey are members of the Firm's USLAW Network, Inc. Transportation Rapid Response Team.
Ms. Casey and Mr. Fitzpatrick have coauthored the New York Section of the US LAW Network, Inc. Trucking Compendium and the New York Section of the DRI Trucking Compendium entitled "Trucking Policy Disclaimer and the Policyholder Obligations to Preserve Coverage".