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Dooling Wins Premises Liability Jury Trial in Berkshire County

William M. Mandell - Thursday, February 02, 2017

Curt Dooling recently obtained a defense verdict on behalf of his clients in a jury trial in the Pittsfield District Court in Berkshire County.

The plaintiff sustained multiple leg fractures after tripping over an entrance rug in a convenience store in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Dooling represented the owner and operator of the convenience store. The plaintiff alleged that the entrance rug on which he tripped was defective because it failed to comply with American National Standard B101.6, the Standard Guide for Commercial Entrance Matting. The plaintiff also claimed that the store failed to properly secure the mat to the floor, which created a tripping hazard.

Before the trial began, Dooling filed a motion in limine to exclude any evidence regarding the size and type of the entrance rug on which the plaintiff tripped and whether the rug complied with any industry standard or regulation. The trial judge allowed Dooling’s motion in limine, and as a result, the plaintiff was foreclosed from presenting evidence in support of key elements of his theory of liability.

The jury deliberated for less than one hour and returned a defense verdict, determining that Pierce & Mandell’s clients were not negligent.

Pierce & Mandell Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2012

William M. Mandell - Thursday, December 27, 2012

Pierce & Mandell, P.C. is proud to announce that partners Bob Pierce, Bill Mandell, Michael Fee and Bob Kirby, have been selected for inclusion in the 2012 Massachusetts Super Lawyers.  Partner Dennis Lindgren and Associate Curtis Dooling have been designated 2012 Massachusetts Rising Stars.  

Bob Pierce was recognized as a Super Lawyer in the practice of Civil Litigation Defense, Bill Mandell in Health Care Law, and Michael Fee and Bob Kirby in Business Litigation.  Dennis Lindgren was recognized as a Rising Star in the practice of Personal Injury Law Plaintiff and Curtis Dooling in Land Use/Zoning Law.  

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.  Rising Stars are those attorneys under the age of 40 who have been nominated by peers for excellence in their chosen practice area.  Candidates are then evaluated utilizing twelve indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.  No more than 3 percent of eligible lawyers in Massachusetts are named to the Rising Star list each year.  

The Super Lawyers supplement will be published in the November, 2012 issue of Boston Magazine and is widely distributed in regional publications and across the country.

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