Jury trials are back in the Hudson Valley, and CMR partner Paul Ernenwein has not missed a step! After an eight day jury trial in Orange County Supreme, Paul obtained a defense verdict in favor of a local Orange County municipality.
The Plaintiff in the action alleged that she fell while running on a resurfaced roadway and that her fall was caused by a defective condition, namely loose or oversized stone. She attempted to support her claim with expert witness testimony, photographs and other documentary evidence. Paul defended the case through effective and targeted cross examination, the compelling direct testimony of his client’s employees and his own design expert. The jury, after hearing all of the testimony and summations, was ultimately convinced that the municipality neither created a defective condition nor caused Plaintiff’s fall.