• Muha v. Fast Signs, et al.

Michael C. Salvo of our New Jersey office successfully moved for summary judgment dismissing the Plaintiff's case and all cross claims in this multi-million dollar personal injury matter.  The case involved a work site accident wherein the Plaintiff fell approximately 25 feet from a ladder while installing graphic lettering on the building facade of the STEM Building at Kean University.  As a result of the accident, the Plaintiff was rendered a paraplegic and was seeking $10 Million in damages.  Plaintiff alleged that Fast Signs, as general contractor, failed to ensure that the work was done safely and with the appropriate safety equipment.   The co-defendant property owner, Kean University, asserted cross claims for contractual indemnification against Fast Signs.  This office filed a motion for summary judgment to dismiss both the Plaintiff's complaint and the cross claims  We argued that the plaintiff was an independent contractor and that Fast Signs had no control over the worksite or the means and methods for the performance of the Plaintiff's work.  We also argued that there was no basis upon which Fast Signs was obligated to contractually indemnify Kean.  The Honorable Mark P. Ciarrocca, J.S.C, granted our motion in its entirety.  (June, 2015).