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Webster Szanyi Obtains Tax Exemption for Developer

On behalf of its client, a local developer, Webster Szanyi commenced an Article 78 proceeding challenging the City of Buffalo’s refusal to provide a tax exemption under  Real Property Tax Law § 485-a for the client’s redevelopment project, which involved converting an old, non-residential structure into mixed use facility.  The Court ordered a hearing regarding […]

Thomas Lane and Andrew Miller prevail in Commercial Lease Arbitration

Partners Thomas Lane and Andrew Miller recently prevailed in a commercial arbitration arising out of lease dispute.  Webster Szanyi represented a prominent local developer and landlord, and established that the client’s tenant, a national company, had breached the terms of the parties’ lease by improperly removing fixtures from the building, causing damage to the building, […]

Webster Szanyi Defends School District in United States Supreme Court

As reported in the Buffalo News, Webster Szanyi LLP partner Jeremy Colby is defending a school district in the United States Supreme Court.  Webster Szanyi prevailed before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that the school district properly directed a teacher to remove certain religious items from display in her classroom during the […]

Michael and Susan McClaren speak at New York Insurance Reciprocal

Webster Szanyi LLP partners Michael McClaren and Susan McClaren were recently featured speakers at a seminar sponsored by the New York Insurance Reciprocal and attended by upper level management and supervisors of local police departments.  Mr. McClaren spoke on reducing and handling inmate claims of inadequate medical care in local jails, and other loss prevention […]

Dismissal of two serious personal injury claims brought against a local municipality in Niagara County Supreme Court

Ted Graney obtained a dismissal of two serious personal injury claims brought against a local municipality in Niagara County Supreme Court.  Plaintiffs sustained significant and permanent injuries when they were struck by a motor vehicle on a pathway in a municipal park.  Plaintiffs alleged the design of the pathway its connection to a nearby street […]

School district accused of constitutional violations for denying student permission to attend a class trip; Webster Szanyi obtains dismissal of action

Plaintiffs filed a federal court complaint against a school district, its superintendent and a teacher (collectively, “the District”) for denying a student permission to attend a high school class trip abroad. According to the complaint, the student was told he could not attend due to his grades and attendance, and because he “would be a […]

Susan McClaren obtains a favorable finding from the EEOC for a municipality

Webster Szanyi LLP recently represented a municipality wherein a municipal employee claimed she was the subject of discrimination based on her age and gender and that she was retaliated against. On December 27, 2016, the firm received a favorable finding from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Based on its investigation, the EEOC issued a Dismissal […]

Kevin Cope joins Webster Szanyi LLP

Webster Szanyi LLP is pleased to announce that Kevin Cope has joined the firm and will be a member of the Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Cope is a graduate of Villanova University School of Law and Ithaca College. Kevin previously was a judicial intern for Hon. Eugene M. Fahey, NYS Court of Appeals and Magistrate […]

Drew Miller and Charlie Roberts present CLE to Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association

Partners Drew Miller and Charlie Roberts recently presented a CLE concerning litigating insurance coverage to the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association’s membership at its annual meeting.  The CLE addressed numerous aspects of litigating insurance coverage including the duty to defend, reservation of rights, selection of counsel, exclusions, business interruption coverage and litigation considerations.  Both Charlie […]

Webster Szanyi LLP Obtains $200,000 Judgment for Retiree Investor Defrauded in his Investment in a Hedge Fund

On December 15, 2016, Chief Judge Carl L. Bucki of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York, granted summary judgment to Webster Szanyi LLP’s client, a retiree who lost approximately 80% of his initial investment in Prestige Wealth Management Fund, LLC (the “Fund”), against the Chief Investment Officer of the General Partner […]

Michael McClaren and Jeremy Colby obtain dismissal of false arrest claims in Federal Court

Michael McClaren and Jeremy Colby obtained a decision from the Western District of New York dismissing claims against a Town Highway Superintendent arising from an effort to rebuild Rocky Mountain Road in the Town of North Collins.  Judge Skretny adopted a Report and Recommendation from Judge McCarthy, recommending dismissal of plaintiff’s claims for false arrest […]

Appellate Court affirms dismissal of inmates’ claim

Michael McClaren and Jeremy Colby obtained a decision from the Fourth Department affirming dismissal of an action against Livingston County by a pro se former inmate.  The claims were dismissed based on plaintiff’s failure to serve a notice of claim.  Jeremy argued before the Fourth Department, which unanimously affirmed the lower court ruling. 

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