Webster Szanyi Obtains Jury Verdict of $2,500,000 in Fire Loss Case.

Thomas Lane and Andrew Miller, partners at the firm, obtained a jury verdict of $2,500,000 after a two-week trial.  Webster Szanyi represented the North Tonawanda Elks Lodge 860 after its historic fraternal lodge was destroyed by a fire.  The Lodge was custom built for the Elks in 1921.  Webster Szanyi previously prevailed on a summary judgment motion, where the Court found the building was a specialty property and the measure of damages was reproduction/replacement cost new, less depreciation.   The jury awarded $3,200,000 for the building, depreciated by 35%, $150,000 for the contents of the building, and $302,000 for the post-fire demolition costs. The Buffalo News reported on the verdict, and the article can be found here:
https://buffalonews.com/2019/04/05/jury-awards-nt-elks-2-2-million-in-lawsuit-over-fire/