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Sidewalk sheds could be pleasant social hubs for New York City

As contractors continue to lobby lawmakers in Albany to revise New York's 128-year-old scaffold law, two designers from Brooklyn are discovering just how limiting the law is. Their focus is not safety; rather, these two and their company work to redefine the public spaces in sidewalk sheds, the sidewalk area protected by exterior scaffolding.

A fight breaks out in a Denny's. Is the restaurant liable? p4

We are finishing up our discussion of a premises liability lawsuit from Western New York. In our last few posts, we have discussed the duty a business owes to different types of visitors. In this case, the restaurant, Denny's, owed the plaintiff, an invitee, a duty of reasonable care.

A fight breaks out in a Denny's. Is the restaurant liable? P3

Now that we have established some ground rules for the case, we can talk about the particulars of the fracas at a Western New York Denny's restaurant. The case has not been decided, but the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in September that the case can move forward. The plaintiff claims Denny's is liable for the injuries she suffered at the hands of other customers.

A fight breaks out in a Denny's. Is the restaurant liable? p2

We are discussing a premises liability lawsuit involving an incident at a Denny's in Western New York. Before we get to the particulars of the case and the various legal arguments, we wanted to go through some premises liability law basics.

A fight breaks out in a Denny's. Is the restaurant liable?

The International Franchise Association released a report recently that got us to thinking about premises liability. We won't retrace the thought, but suffice it to say that the IFA's research shows that by the end of 2013 franchise businesses will have added jobs and units -- that is, new stores or restaurants -- at a faster rate than the general economy.

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