Lessons You Should Learn From The Sig P320 “Voluntary Upgrade”

Over the past several weeks, a series of incidents and reports have surfaced indicating that not only can Sig Sauer, Inc.’s (Sig Sauer) P320 pistol fire when dropped, but that Sig Sauer may have been aware of the defect for a substantial period of time prior to these recent incidents and reports. For example, in early August, the Dallas Police Department suspended use of P320 pistols due to drop f...
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California Muddles State “Assault Weapon” Prohibition

The California Office of Administrative Law recently approved proposed regulations submitted by the California Department of Justice that expand the definition and registration requirements for "assault weapons" under California law. In 2016, the California Legislature altered the definition of “assault weapon” for pistols and rifles to eliminate the “bullet button” exception to California’s “assa...
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Renzulli Law Firm Achieves Substantial Settlement For Injury Victim

As reported in the New York Daily News, Renzulli Law Firm, led by its Founder John Renzulli, secured a $3.85 million settlement on behalf of its client, Jesus Santiago, who had been severely injured when a tree fell on him in Brooklyn. The tree fell on Mr. Santiago as he was on his way home from work inflicting Mr. Santiago with more than two dozen fractures and crushing his internal organs.  The ...
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Steyr Arms Files New Patent Infringement Action Against Sig Sauer, Inc.

Steyr Arms, Inc. (“Steyr”) has filed a patent infringement action against Sig Sauer, Inc. (“Sig”) alleging that several of Sig’s pistol models – including the P250 and P320 – infringe one of its patents.  In the lawsuit, which was filed in May in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Steyr alleges that Sig’s pistols infringe Patent No. 6,260,301 (“the ‘301 Patent”) entitled...
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Supreme Court Nixes Law Against Disparaging Trademarks

In a significant ruling this week, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Lanham Act that permitted the U.S. Government to bar the registration of “offensive” trademarks.  The provision, often referred to as the “disparagement clause” of the Lanham Act, prohibited the registration of trademarks “which may disparage … persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols,...
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New Jersey State Police Sues Sig Sauer, Inc.

The State of New Jersey filed a lawsuit against Sig Sauer, Inc. (“Sig”) in New Jersey Superior Court in Mercer County on April 27, 2017. The complaint, a copy of which can be read here, alleges that the New Jersey State Police (“NJSP”) selected the Sig P229 as its duty weapon in 2014.  The complaint alleges that when first used during a firearms qualification session in September 2014, the P229 ha...
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Renzulli Law Firm Achieves Substantial Victory in the Indiana Supreme Court

On April 24 2017, the Indiana Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in favor of Renzulli Law Firm, LLP’s clients KS&E Sports and Edward J. Ellis in a case that had been brought against them by Dwayne H. Runnels.  KS&E Sports had sold a handgun to Tarus Blackburn, who was alleged to have straw purchased it on behalf of a convicted felon, Demetrious Martin.  Two months after Blackburn so...
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SHOT Show 2017 Wrap-Up

Renzulli Law Firm led two lively and informative seminars this year at SHOT Show 2017, one called “Ask a Firearms Attorney” and one on “Intellectual Property”.  During our “Ask a Firearms Attorney” seminar we highlighted a range of hot topics facing the Industry, including political issues, legislative trends, prominent Industry litigation and the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA)....
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RLF Victory: “Privately” Maintained Social Media Information Found Discoverable

Renzulli Law Firm, LLP, on behalf of a Pennsylvania indoor shooting range, recently prevailed on a motion to compel the production of information that a personal injury plaintiff posted privately on Facebook. Plaintiff’s lawsuit alleges that he suffered hearing loss from gunshot noise he was exposed to while discharging firearms in defendant’s shooting range. We successfully argued that informatio...
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RLF Victory: Summary Judgment Granted on Injury Claims

RLF recently obtained summary judgment in a personal injury case on the basis that the plaintiff did not sustain “serious injury” as defined by Insurance Law § 5102(d).  In granting the motion for summary judgment and dismissing the case, the Supreme Court of Nassau County held that defendants established their burden by proving plaintiff’s miscarriage was not causally related to the accident, and...
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Seventh Circuit Invalidates Chicago Regulation Effectively Prohibiting Firing Ranges

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Ezell v. City of Chicago, Nos. 14-3312 & 14-3322, recently invalidated three Chicago regulations that drastically limited where firing ranges could be located within city limits and who could enter those ranges. The location-related regulations limited the operation of firing ranges to manufacturing districts in Chicago and prohibit...
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Suicide Prevention Resources for Shooting Ranges and Retailers

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (“NSSF”) and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (“AFSP”) recently announced at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas a partnership to educate the public and industry members about suicide prevention as it relates to firearms. The partnership aims to educate firearm owners about suicide, its warning signs, risk factors and the importance of securely storing fire...
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4 Absolutely Critical Legal Issues For Mobile App Developers

With the “app economy” predicted to double by 2020 to an incredible $101 billion, and the number of new apps quickly rising, app developers (and, frankly, anyone else involved in app development from owners to investors) need to focus on critical legal issues to protect themselves and their apps. An article published by VentureBeat touts a report from App Annie that the app economy is steadily on...
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BREAKING NEWS: Renzulli Law Firm Achieves Major Victory In Sandy Hook Case

Connecticut Judge Barbara Bellis just granted the defendants’ motion to strike all of the plaintiffs’ claims in Soto v. Bushmaster Firearms International, LLC, et al. A copy of the decision can be found here. The Soto case arose from the December 14, 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the Bushmaster XM-1...
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Another Victory For the Second Amendment: Federal Court Strikes Down Firearm Restrictions

On September 28, 2016, in Murphey v. Guerrero, Chief Judge Ramona Manglona of the U.S. District Court for the District of the Northern Mariana Islands declared several key aspects of the Weapons Control Act and Special Act for Firearms Enforcement of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (“CNMI”) to be unconstitutional on the basis that they violate the right to keep and bear arms prote...
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Federal Appeals Court Hears Challenge To Hotly Contested D.C. Conceal Carry Law

This week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral arguments in two closely-watched cases challenging Washington D.C.’s strict concealed carry laws, Wrenn et al. v. District of Columbia et al., and Grace et al. v. District of Columbia et al. Both cases involve challenges to the District of Columbia's “may-issue” concealed carry law found at D.C. Code § 22...
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Renzulli Law Firm, LLP in the News

Christopher Renzulli appeared before Indiana’s highest court -- the Supreme Court of Indiana – on Wednesday on behalf of an Indiana firearms retailer and its owner concerning the application of an Indiana Statute, I.C. 34-12-3-3, that prohibits civil lawsuits for claims against a firearms seller for “recovery of damages resulting from the criminal or unlawful misuse of a firearm or ammunition for ...
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Keeping The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act In Focus

As the 15th Annual Firearms Import/Export Conference confirmed, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) remains dedicated to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement.  The FCPA is complex and nuanced but, in a nutshell, prohibits bribes to foreign officials. In April, DOJ announced that it was in the process of dedicating significantly greater resources to the FCPA by adding 10 new prosecutor...
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Protecting Your Federal Firearms License and Minimizing Violations During a Compliance Conference

Renzulli Law Firm, LLP regularly represents federal firearms licensees who receive a report of violations from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) based on a compliance inspection. We recently represented federally licensed firearms dealers in the ATF’s Dallas and Houston Field Divisions with regard to reports of violations they had received at the conclusion of compli...
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Federal Law Opens Door To “Ex Parte” Seizures Under Trade Secrets Act

There is a new and potentially powerful tool available to protect trade secrets – ex parte seizures. The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), enacted May 11, 2016, implements a federal civil cause of action for trade secret misappropriation.  Among its remedies, the DTSA permits injunctive relief, the recovery of damages for misappropriation, attorney’s fees for willful conduct and ex parte seizures u...
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U.S. Supreme Court Vacates Decision Upholding Stun Gun Ban

On March 21, 2016 the United States Supreme Court issued a per curiam (“by the Court”) opinion, without full written or oral arguments, in Caetano v. Massachusetts vacating a decision by the Supreme Court of Massachusetts that upheld the conviction of Jaime Caetano for possession of a stun gun. Ms. Caetano had possessed the stun gun in order protect herself from an abusive boyfriend. The Massachus...
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Christopher Renzulli Featured In Global News & Media

On February 22, Christopher Renzulli appeared before Judge Barbara Bellis in the Fairfield Judicial District Superior Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut to argue a motion to dismiss a major firearms distributor from litigation that arises out of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 12, 2012. The manufacturer, distributor and retailer of the AR-15 rifle used by Adam Lanza are defenda...
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SHOT Show 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada

It was another successful SHOT Show for the firearms industry this year.  The NSSF reports that it was the second highest attendance total ever – more than 64,000 industry professionals attended the Show.  The industry sent a message to its detractors through its robust attendance that it is alive and well and flourishing and will not back down to them during this crucial election year. Renzulli ...
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Supreme Court Denies Review of Assault Weapons Ban

Supreme Court Denies Review of Assault Weapons Ban On Monday, December 7, 2015, the United States Supreme Court denied review of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit€™s ruling in Friedman v. City of Highland Park. The case arose out of the City of Highland Parks ordinance prohibiting possession of €œassault weapons€ and €œlarge-capacity magazines, defined as a magazin...
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Recent Claims in Sandy Hook Shooting Should Be Barred By Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

January 2, 2015:  On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza murdered twenty-six people and injured an additional six people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Representatives of the estates of eight of the people he killed, and one person who was injured, filed a lawsuit in the Connecticut Superior Court on December 13, 2014.  Rather than suing Adam Lanza’s estate, however, they filed suit against the m...
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Renzulli Law Firm, LLP Successful on Appeal in New York Labor Law Case

January 2, 2015: Renzulli Law Firm, LLP recently obtained a complete dismissal of all claims against a premises owner and large contractor on an appeal to the New York Appellate Division, First Department.  In a lawsuit titled Brown v. New York Hospital Medical Center, a case previously pending in the New York Supreme Court, County of New York, our firm represented the defendant general contractor...
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Renzulli Law Firm Obtains PLCAA Dismissal for Large Nationwide Firearms Dealer

March 18, 2014: Renzulli Law Firm, LLP recently obtained a complete defense judgment for a large, nationwide firearms dealer through a motion to dismiss pursuant to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (“PLCAA”).  In a case brought in the Supreme Court of Ulster County New York, plaintiff’s decedent, a twenty-three year old woman, lawfully purchased a shotgun after completing a 4473 for...
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Renzulli Law Firm Victory in Commercial Arbitration

December 4, 2013: Renzulli Law Firm, LLP recently obtained a complete defense verdict from the American Arbitration Association in a case it arbitrated for one of its firearm industry clients.  In Sabre Defence Industries LLC v. Steyr Arms, Inc., et al. the bankruptcy trustee for the company that had previously manufactured AUG rifles in the United States commenced an arbitration proceeding agains...
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RLF Addresses Nation’s Best Sports

October 17, 2013: Christopher Renzulli was recently asked to speak at the Nation’s Best Sports Fall Semi-Annual Show in Fort Worth, Texas.  Nation’s Best Sports, the largest sporting goods volume buying group in North America, has over 300 members which operate more than 800 retail stores, including many firearms and ammunition retailers.  This recent presentation focused on the new a...
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Renzulli Law Firm Victory in CT

August 9, 2013 : Attached is a short summary of a ruling we recently received for one of our firearms retailer clients in Connecticut granting summary judgment and dismissing the lawsuit against the retailer.  It was a creative (yet unsuccessful) attempt by the Brady Center to revive their original case – which we were previously successful in getting dismissed on PLCAA grounds.   A copy of the r...
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Federal District Court Grants Renzulli Law Firm’s Summary Judgment Motion & Awards Sanctions

The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania recently granted the summary judgment motion that RLF (“RLF”) filed on behalf of its clients, a major firearms manufacturer and a firearms distributor.  In addition, the Court granted RLF’s motion for monetary sanctions against the plaintiffs’ counsel and his firm pursuant to Rule 11 of the Federal R...
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John Renzulli and Christopher Renzulli Featured by Defense Research Institute (DRI)

The Defense Research Institute (DRI) featured Renzulli Law Firm’s complete dismissal of a wrongful death and negligence case in the May 2 edition of The Voice in the notable column And The Defense Wins. Renzulli Law Firm obtained a complete dismissal of the case based on the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.  Plaintiff’s motion to reargue and subsequent appeal were dismissed...
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John Renzulli and Christopher Renzulli Featured by DRI

The Defense Research Institute (DRI) featured Renzulli Law Firm’s recent appellate victory in the Massachusetts Appeals Court in the March edition of The Voice in its notable column And The Defense Wins. Renzulli Law Firm obtained summary judgment on behalf of its client in this very interesting litigation involving claims of product defect. For more information or media inquiries please ...
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Renzulli Law Firm Praised for Participation in WCBA 2012 Summer Intern Program

The Westchester County Bar Association Newsletter recently published an article concerning the continued success of the WCBA Diversity Committee's Summer Intern Program.  This year Renzulli Law Firm hosted Yonkers High School Senior Gabriela Tavarez.  The complete article is available here.
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RENZULLI LAW FIRM VICTORY LAUDED BY FFLGUARD

Renzulli Law Firm and Partner Christopher Renzulli were again in the spotlight for the widely-watched Gilland v. Sportsmen's Outpost, Inc. case in Hartford, Connecticut. On July 1, 2011 FFLGuard lauded Renzulli Law Firm and Christopher Renzulli for obtaining a complete dismissal on behalf of defendants in the case. Below is an excerpt from FFLGuard's publication: (more…)
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Renzulli Law Firm Wins Complete Dismissals For Firearms Retailer And Manufacturer

Renzulli Law Firm recently posted victories in two separate widely-watched cases, Gilland v. Sportsmen's Outpost, Inc. and Williams v. Beemiller. (more…)
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CBS NEWS QUOTES CHRISTOPHER RENZULLI ON THE PLCAA

CBS News quoted Renzulli Law Firm's Christopher Renzulli in an article addressing the Mexican Government's retention of an American law firm to explore civil lawsuits against firearm manufacturers. In the article, Christopher Renzulli states his opinion that civil lawsuits against firearm manufacturers would be difficult for the Mexican government to win because the "Protection of Lawful Commerce...
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Michael Patrick Quoted In NBC Chicago’s “How to Learn From Groupon’s Legal Scrapes”

NBC's popular how-to blog, Inc. Well, recently quoted Renzulli Law Firm's Michael Patrick in an article, How to Learn From Groupon's Legal Scrapes. The article addresses the relationship between outside counsel and small businesses in light of recent headlines involving several of Groupon's deals. While Inc. Well is dedicated to serving the Chicago business community, many of its articles and pos...
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Press Quotes Christopher Renzulli in Another PLCAA Case

Renzulli Law Firm Partner Christopher Renzulli was again quoted in the news in connection with  litigation involving the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) in Connecticut. In the case, Christopher Renzulli leads the defense of a Connecticut  firearms retailer. Renzulli Law Firm moved to dismiss the case against the retailer on PLCAA grounds. An oral argument on the motion to ...
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Christopher Renzulli and John Tait Featured in the New York Law Journal

Christopher Renzulli and John Tait's Court's Struggle to Corral Scaffold Law's 'Runner' was prominently featured in the December 10, 2010 issue of the New York Law Journal. Renzulli and Tait's article has attracted attention in the legal community, and was discussed in a February 10, 2011 article in the New York Law Journal (subscription required). Click READ MORE to access Renzulli and Tait's ar...
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Defense Research Institute (DRI) Lauds Another Major Renzulli Law Firm Victory

 AND THE DEFENSE WINS! The Defense Research Institute (DRI) featured Renzulli Law Firm's recent summary judgment victory in Los Angeles Superior Court in the November edition of The Voice in its notable column And the Defense Wins.  The victory has been covered by major media outlets across the country and specifically in California. Summary judgement was obtained on behalf of Glock, Inc. and L...
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Renzulli Law Firm Joins The Defense Association of New York

Renzulli Law Firm is pleased to announce that it has joined the ranks of the prestigious Defense Association of New York (“DANY”). For decades, DANY has been committed to improving legal services for the defense by promoting education, cooperation and the exchange of information amongst defense attorneys practicing throughout the State of New York.  DANY also serves defense attorneys...
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Renzulli Law Firm Featured in IPFrontline Magazine

An article co-authored by John Renzulli, Sellers Beware: New Breed of Aggressive Plaintiffs Hunt Expired Patent Numbers on Products and Product Literature; Demand Billions, was featured at the leading on-line intellectual property publication IPFrontline Magazine. IPFrontline Magazine is widely considered the premiere on-line magazine for intellectual property and technology in the United States....
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$10 Million Defamation Action Brought by Pet Cemetery Against Pet Owner Successfully Dismissed by Renzulli Law Firm

This matter was commenced by a well-known pet cemetery in Westchester County which had removed and disposed of the remains of a dog belonging to our client, without her knowledge. In early January of 2000, arrangements were made for the interment of our client’s pet at a pet cemetery located in Hartsdale, New York. Unbeknownst to our client, however, in 2007, her pet was disinterred and di...
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Renzulli Law Firm Obtains Summary Judgment In Highly Publicized California Products Liability Case

Renzulli Law Firm recently obtained summary judgment on behalf of Glock, Inc. and Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club (LAPRAC) in a significant products liability action in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles.  This action was based on an incident that occurred on July 11, 2006 in Anaheim, California as the plaintiff, a former Los Angeles Police Departme...
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Renzulli Law Firm Obtains Summary Judgment for Product Manufacturer in New York

Renzulli Law Firm recently obtained summary judgment for a major firearms manufacturer.  The plaintiff, a Westchester County (NY) police officer, was injured when he was shot in the leg by a fellow officer.  Reports following the incident indicated that the fellow officer attempted to activate an accessory tactical light mounted underneath the barrel of his pistol and accidentally pulled the trig...
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Renzulli Law Firm Represents Purchaser in Acquisition of Magnum Research, Inc.’s Assets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  WHITE PLAINS, NY – Renzulli Law Firm has announced that it represented a purchaser in the acquisition of Magnum Research, Inc.'s assets. Magnum Research, Inc., which is based in Minnesota, was the owner and manufacturer of the well-known DESERT EAGLE pistol.   Saeilo Enterprises, Inc. is the parent corporation of the purchaser and will retain the name Magnum Res...
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National Shooting Sports Foundation Spotlights Victory at the U.S. Supreme Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE INDUSTRY LAUDS DENIAL OF CERTIORARI BY THE U.S. SUPREME COURT IN ILETO v. GLOCK, INC.; RENZULLI LAW FIRM CITED FOR VICTORY The National Shooting Sports Foundation today highlighted the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to hear an appeal of Ileto v. Glock, Inc. as a featured item in its well-known Bullet Points publication. The feature quotes Renzulli Law Firm's Christopher Re...
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Supreme Court Denies Plaintiff’s Petition for Certiorari in Ileto v. Glock, Inc.

On May 24, 2010, the United States Supreme Court denied plaintiff Lilian S. Ileto’s petition for a writ of certiorari, bringing this decade-long case to a close. The Ileto case arose from Bufford Furrow’s shooting of several children at the North Valley Jewish Community Center and subsequent murder of U.S. postal worker Joseph S. Ileto in Los Angeles on August 10, 1999. Mr. Furrow wa...
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New York Courts Apply the Expanded Fireman’s Rule

On April 13, 2010, the Appellate Division, First Department, vacated an earlier decision it had issued in Ferriolo v. City of New York, and upon reconsideration, found that the Fireman’s Rule bars a negligence action brought by a police officer who was shot by a fellow officer while he was changing into his uniform in the police station locker room. Ferriolo is the first Appellate Division ...
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New York Court of Appeals Expands Scope of Scaffold Law

The New York Court of Appeals recently extended the scope of New York labor law in an interesting decision titled Runner v. New York Stock Exchange. This action was commenced in Federal Court by an electrician, Victor Runner, to recover damages for injuries he sustained while engaged in a major rehabilitation project at the New York Stock Exchange. The accident occurred as plaintiff and his co-w...
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Recent Supreme Court Decision on Political Speech by Corporations

On January 21, 2010, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. This decision struck down the prohibition contained in the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (also known as the McCain-Feingold Act) that barred corporations from using general treasury funds to engage in an “electioneering communication,” which was bro...
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Oral Argument Before the Supreme Court in Historic Second Amendment Case of McDonald v. Chicago

On March 2, 2010, oral argument was held before the United States Supreme Court in the McDonald v. Chicago case. A transcript of the argument is here. On June 26, 2008, the Supreme Court issued its decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, holding that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms and, on that basis, striking down the District of Columbia’s ban ...
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Press Quotes Christopher Renzulli In Major Firearms Case

Renzulli Law Firm's victory in Ileto v. Glock, Inc. was one of the major defense victories of 2009. Ileto v. Glock, Inc., et al., 565 F.3d 1126 (2009) was a significant test of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case itself was highly publicized in media outlets around the Country following Bufford Furrow’s shooting of several ch...
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Renzulli Law Firm Wins Another Complete Dismissal

Renzulli Law Firm successfully won a complete dismissal in Werner v. Pars & Strikes, a case previously pending in the New York Supreme Court, County of Richmond.  Our firm represented the defendant in the litigation.This matter was commenced by Stephanie Werner, a teenager, and her mother against a recreational facility.  Among the many attractions at the recreational facility were a series of ba...
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Firm Saves Retail Dealer’s Federal Firearms License From Revocation by Federal Authorities

Renzulli Law Firm, LLP recently represented a retail firearms dealer in New York in connection with a proceeding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) had commenced to revoke its federal firearms license because of various record keeping discrepancies.  By working with the ATF, we were able to prevent the revocation of the dealer's license and it was only req...
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Firm Defeats Wrongful Termination Claim in Mississippi

NEW YORK-NY---On December 17, 2009, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi granted a motion for summary judgment filed by Renzulli Law Firm, LLP and dismissed the complaint against its client in its entirety. Plaintiff was terminated for poor performance in August 2006.  He responded by suing his former employer claiming that he had been discharged in violati...
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John Renzulli Leads High Profile Defense

John Renzulli leads the defense team in a high profile case covered by news outlets throughout the United States. (John Renzulli at trial)
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New York Law Journal Features John Renzulli in “Top Cases”

John Renzulli represented several high profile defendants, including GLOCK, Inc., in one of the most publicized and contentious cases waging war against the firearms industry as a whole. A copy of the article from New York Law Journal Magazine is available below.
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Defense Research Institute Lauds Renzulli Law Firm for Major Victory

In October 2009, Defense Research Institute (DRI) selected Renzulli Law Firm's victory in Ileto v. Glock, Inc. as one of the major defense victories of the month. Ileto v. Glock, Inc., et al., 565 F.3d 1126 (2009) was a significant test of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case itself was highly publicized in media outlets around the ...
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Renzulli Law Firm Wins Complete Dismissal for Shotgun Manufacturer

On June 22, 2009, the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Appellate District in Portage County, Ohio issued a decision affirming an order granting summary judgment in favor of O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. and Maverick Arms, Inc. and dismissing the complaint against them in its entirety. On December 26, 2002, Plaintiff, Nathan Gay, then sixteen years old, was shot by his friend, Billy Clayton, Jr....
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Preventative Product Liability: Warnings and Instructions

Manufacturers have a duty to provide consumers with reasonable warnings and instructions regarding the risks associated with their products. Courts examine several factors in determining whether a manufacturer has a duty to warn consumers of a particular risk. Included amongst these factors are the gravity of the risks posed by the product, the likelihood that it will cause injury to an uninformed...
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Sports Law: Assumption of Risk and Judicial Review of Torts in Athletics

The majority of U.S. jurisdictions hold that voluntary participants in athletic contests owe no duty of care to each other to reduce or eliminate the risks of harm that are inherent in the sport itself.  Knight v. Jewett, 3 Cal. 4th 296, 316-20 (1992); Gauvin v. Clark, 537 N.E.2d 94, 97 (Mass. 1989).  The rationale often given is that the plaintiff has assumed such risks because he has consented t...
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RENZULLI LAW FIRM WINS COMPLETE DISMISSAL

Renzulli Law Firm successful won a complete dismissal in Werner v. Pars & Strikes, a case previously pending in the New York Supreme Court, County of Richmond.  Our firm represented the defendant in the litigation. This matter was commenced by Stephanie Werner, a teenager, and her mother against a recreational facility.  Among the many attractions at the recreational facility were a series ...
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John Renzulli Speaks at Major Seminar on Selecting a Jury in a Hostile Environment

John Renzulli presented a lecture to guests at the Damages Seminar presented by the Defense Research Institute (DRI) in Las Vegas in March 2009. Mr. Renzulli's lecture focused on one of the most difficult variables in litigation -- where defense counsel is litigating far from home in an unfamiliar jurisdiction, often in the plaintiff's backyard.  Mr. Renzulli's lecture was borne from experience in...
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On Gun Suits Against Out-of Towners, Mayor Finds an Opponent in the City

As mayors across the nation link arms with Mayor Bloomberg in his campaign against illegal guns, another battle is just heating up in Brooklyn Federal Court. Seven of the 15 out-of-state gun dealers targeted by a lawsuit filed by the city in May have pledged to fight City Hall's charges that they were a nuisance to the city due to negligent sales. Experts said the case contains several unpreced...
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DOJ Reinforces Focus On Financial Fraud

The Department of Justice has hired a 'rock star' to lead the Department's Criminal Fraud section. Denis McInerney, a former partner at Davis Polk, has a long history of litigating white collar cases, including assisting in the Whitewater investigation and defending Arthur Andersen during the Enron meltdown. It had long been rumored that DOJ was seeking a 'rock star' to lead the section and that D...
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General Contractor Obtains Summary Judgment in New York Labor Law Case

We recently obtained a dismissal of an interesting lawsuit that was pending in the New York Supreme Court, County of Queens.  Our firm represented the defendant general contractor in the litigation. This case was brought by an electrician who fell off a ladder during the construction of a restaurant in the food court of the Manhattan Mall in New York City.  Plaintiff alleged that as he was stan...
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U.S. District Court Judge Dismisses Entire Case Against Firearms Manufacturer

In August we successfully obtained a complete dismissal of all causes of action alleged against a well-recognized domestic firearm manufacturer in a complaint brought in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. The plaintiffs alleged that the manufacturer’s pistol unexpectedly discharged causing severe injuries. Plaintiffs claimed substantial damages under theories o...
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Supreme Court to Review Business Method Patents

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide whether business method patents, such as many software patents, are valid. The high court will answer two questions: (1) whether the Federal Circuit erred in its holding that a process must be tied to a particular machine or apparatus, or that it must transform a particular article into a different state or thing to be eligible for patent protection (also kn...
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