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Russ Vignali is a tenacious advocate who focuses his litigation practice on the defense of products liability matters and related commercial disputes in New York state and federal courts. He also handles a variety of claims in the general liability area and has experience with related insurance coverage matters. Russ joined Wilson Elser in 1982 out of law school and developed his service approach within a firm culture that values a high level of responsiveness and open communication with clients.

Acting within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic’s unique opportunity for permanent reform, the Administrative Board of Courts in New York, through the state’s Chief Administrative Judge Larry Marks and his Order of December 29, 2020, enacted new Uniform Rules in the Supreme and County courts that will permanently change discovery, motion practice, pre-trial procedures and other aspects of civil litigation in the state. Effective February 1, 2021, some of these changes will impact personal injury litigation in general, and products liability cases in particular.
Continue Reading New Rules Bring Big Changes to New York Practice

Back in January, we reported New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s veto of legislation that would have amended the state’s Vehicle and Traffic Law to define and legalize the statewide use of electric scooters and electric bicycles.
Continue Reading New York Finally Passes Legislation Regulating the Use of E-Bicycles and E-Scooters

In a flurry of year-end activity, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a series of legislative vetoes – at least three of which should be of interest to our readers.

Continue Reading New York’s Governor Ends Year with Three Important Legislative Vetoes

Under the title “New York May Soon Increase Recoverable Wrongful Death Damages,” we wrote recently about efforts within the New York State Legislature to significantly add to the types of damages that could be awarded in wrongful death litigation.

Continue Reading New York Legislature Declines to Expand Wrongful Death Damages

Two bills currently wending their way through the New York State Assembly and Senate, if enacted, would significantly increase the nature and amount of damages that could be awarded to plaintiffs in wrongful death actions filed in New York.

Continue Reading NY State May Soon Increase Recoverable Wrongful Death Damages