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Court Upholds Arbitration Clause on MSSSV’S Pre-Answer Motion to Dismiss

Supreme Court Justice Manuel J. Mendez in New York County granted our motion to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint against our client, The Dwight School. The plaintiff, a former teacher at the school, claimed that she was discriminated against based on her national origin pursuant to the broad provisions of the New York City Human Rights Law. …

Defense Verdict for Partner Maurice Savoiardo

MSSSV started 2017 with a defense verdict in a Federal Court discrimination suit. Plaintiff, a former teacher in the City School District of New Rochelle, asserted claims for national origin discrimination pursuant to Title VII, alleging that she was fired from her positon due to her Chinese national origin. …

MSSSV Wins Summary Judgment in Westchester County

Judge Linda Jamieson of the Supreme Court, Westchester County, granted our motion for summary judgment on the ground that the plaintiff did not sustain a “serious injury” as a result of the subject accident. The plaintiff, in her 20s at the time of the accident, claimed injuries to her cervical, thoracic and lumbar spines, including herniated and bulging discs. …

Another Discrimination Defense Verdict for Steven Verveniotis

MSSSV (partner Steven Verveniotis) obtained a defense verdict – in a federal jury trial where ten witnesses testified – in the case of Karen Crowley v. Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District et al, where the plaintiff, a teacher, sued her employer claiming discrimination based upon age in violation of federal and state law, hostile work environment, and unconstitutional retaliation in response to protected speech. …

MSSSV Defense Verdict

MSSSV (partner Steven Verveniotis) obtained a defense verdict at the jury trial of the case Browne v. Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District et al, where the dispositive question: “Has Plaintiff proved by a preponderance of the evidence that the Board of Education of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District discriminated against Plaintiff on the basis of Plaintiff’s gender” was answered with a resounding “No.” The plaintiff, teacher Robert Browne, had claimed that charges leveled against him by the Board as to improprieties with respect to grading a 2006 Regents exam were motivated by his gender, but the jury was convinced otherwise by proof that the School District did not make decisions based upon anyone’s gender but upon the information available to the Superintendent and the Board as to the conduct of each individual involved in the grading of the 2006 Regents exam. …