Segal McCambridge Slashes Award by 95% in New York Labor Law Trial


January 23, 2014

On January 23, 2014, Segal McCambridge succeeded in lowering the award in a damages-only jury trial by 95 percent for firm clients The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and Tishman Construction. Plaintiff's counsel requested $6.8 million during closing arguments.  The jury awarded $310,000 as a total recovery.  The Segal McCambridge trial team was led by shareholder Christian H. Gannon (New York) and associate Dinesh U. Dadlani (New Jersey).

The suit, Sean Segota v. Tishman Construction Corporation of New York and The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (108039/2010), involved a carpenter who alleged he was unable to work because of an injury he sustained from a 14 foot fall while employed at The World Trade Center in January 2010. The Court previously granted summary judgment in favor of the plaintiff on the issue of liability. The plaintiff sought damages for past and future lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses. However, the jury found that the plaintiff’s current symptoms were not caused by the accident and were instead the result of a pre-existing condition, which negated the right to future pain and suffering, lost earnings or medical care costs.