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In a case alleging professional malpractice against a real estate appraiser, a Nassau County judge has granted summary judgment in favor of a real estate company which asserted that a faulty assessment caused it to overpay taxes because the property was valued too high. State Supreme Court Justice Peter B. Skelos in Early v. Rossback, 9281-97, noted a lack of case law dealing with real estate appraiser malpractice and held that Rossback Appraisal Services was negligent in its inspection and valuation of Lakemed Realty Corp.’s property in Floral Park. Evidence showed that the appraiser overstated the property’s size by more than 1,600 square feet and continued to rely on the wrong measurement in subsequent appraisals. Justice Skelos called for a trial to determine issues of proximate cause and damages. (The decision will be published Thursday.)
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A Suffolk County judge has ruled that a question of fact remains as to whether the Huntington Union Free School District took appropriate security measures before a knife fight that occurred following a football game with Amityville in 1999. State Supreme Court Justice Paul J. Baisley Jr. considered evidence indicating that the school had received notice of an incident involving a feud between former Huntington and Amityville students a week earlier. The judge in Jerideau v. Huntington Union Free School District, 2374-00, also considered evidence that Huntington officials allowed cheerleaders and spectators from both teams to enter the football practice field, where the stabbing occurred, after the game. The judge therefore denied the Huntington district’s motion for summary judgment in the suit brought by three former football players from Huntington High School. (The decision will be published Friday.)
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Rivkin Radler attorney Alan Rutkin has been named vice chair of the American Bar Association’s emerging issues committee of its tort and litigation practice section. The committee addresses current legal issues pertaining to the insurance industry. Mr. Rutkin, a partner in the firm’s insurance litigation practice group, also is a member of its executive committee.
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Allan H. Cohen, lead partner with Nixon Peabody’s business litigation practice on Long Island, has been named pro-bono counsel for the Route 110 Redevelopment Corp. The nonprofit corporation, formed jointly by the Town of Huntington and the Town of Babylon, was created to direct long-term development of the 110 Corridor, a hub for technology companies. Mr. Cohen will act as general counsel for the group and provide legal services including business organization, filings and Internet-related matters.

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