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Focus. Dedication. Strategy. Results.

Casualty Defense Litigation

The Ruberry Group attorneys have extensive national experience defending all varieties of corporate and institutional clients and insureds. Our team of attorneys has handled and continues to handle direct defense litigation matters throughout the country and has been able to obtain successful dispositions in diverse areas of litigation.

In addition, the Ruberry Group attorneys have extensive national experience with all manner of cases involving the transportation industry, including all types of commercial motor vehicles. We are one of the premier law firms in the country with respect to trucking liability. Our attorneys are experienced, capable litigators representing trucking companies, charter bus companies and operators of other commercial vehicles in tort claims and suits.

We also presently serve as national counsel for an insurer of long-haul trucking exposures, which present substantial questions of coverage for bodily injury and property damage liability, and which typically present MCS-90/90B issues, under Commercial Auto, Trucking, Motor Carrier and Bus coverage. We have litigated transportation and marine coverage matters in several U.S. Courts of Appeals as well as multiple state courts.

Our attorneys are admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court as well as inferior Federal courts and the bars of most states. Given our depth of experience in commercial vehicle litigation, we are able to proactively advise trucking clients regarding safety and training issues and provide the best possible defense when accidents occur. Moreover, that knowledge translates into a proactive, reasoned, aggressive defense in accident claims and cases involving severe injuries and fatalities.

In defending all of these types of cases for our insureds, our litigation team, which consists of extensive years of court room experience, excels at achieving the best results for both the insured and the insurance companies. Our attorneys are well versed and experienced in all aspects of litigation. Despite having such a large national presence, we continue to maintain a cost efficiency that is second to none and strive to offer very competitive rates with minimal costs.

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For more information on MCS-­‐90 endorsement in long-­‐haul trucking and interstate bus accident cases, please see Richard Kuntz’s article in the February 2011 edition of Risk Report, published by the International Risk Management Institute.

The Ruberry Group Handles a Wide Variety of Defense Claims Including:

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    ­‐Construction defect and injuries

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    ­‐Products liability

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    ­‐Directors officers liability

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    ­‐Wrongful death

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    ­‐Automobile accidents

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    ­‐Personal injury

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    ­‐Pharmaceutical and medical devices

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    ­‐Medical and legal malpractice

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    ­‐Nursing home and assisted living facility liability

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    ­‐Uninsured and underinsured motorist claims and no-­‐fault claims

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    ­‐OSHA related claims


. John Stalmack and Michael Barrett

were recently recognized in the November 2010 publication of The Voice, after obtaining a defense verdict in a Benzene Products Liability case. Hornback v. River Valley Coatings, Inc,. At trial, the widowed plaintiff alleged that, as a result of her husbands’ work in the painting department for 40 years, he contracted Leukemia, which ultimately led to his death. The claims against River Valley were based on allegations that the organic paints and solvents manufactured and distributed by River Valley contained benzene, a known carcinogen. Attorneys Stalmack and Barrett returned a jury verdict on behalf of River Valley, and its believed to be the first trial verdict in favor of a manufacturer/distributor involving claims of benzene-related illness in Illinois.


Ed Ruberry was recognized in the

May 2010 publication of The Voice for a landmark ruling he obtained from the Supreme Court of New York, New York County. The court found that a policy limits settlement by his client, Lincoln General Insurance Company, extinguished his client’s duty to defend its named insured and additional insureds. The court’s decision was the result of Lincoln General’s efforts to intervene and settle one of the numerous claims from a 2008 crane collapse in New York City.

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