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In New York, Dog Bite Cases Are Rough


Created on January 14, 2020




A client retains you after they were attacked by a dog. You seem to recall from your law school days that dog bite cases impose strict liability on the dog owner. With that in mind, you assume that this new case should be a "good one" and you will be able to secure a settlement or successful verdict for your client. Unfortunately, it's not that simple – at least not here in New York. 

New York law requires that the injured person must prove two essential things: that the dog has vicious propensities, and that the owner knew or should have known that the dog had vicious propensities. This program, taught by Bruce Cheriff and Kenneth Fink, Partners at Cheriff & Fink, P.C. will explore what factors you need to identify in order to meet the "vicious propensities" requirement, defeat a summary judgment motion, and get your case before a jury.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review what factors are necessary to meet the "vicious propensities" requirement
  2. Develop your dog bite case and discover the factors needed to get your case to verdict
  3. Identify significant cases that you will need to use to either win a summary judgment motion on behalf of a Defendant, or defeat a summary judgment motion on behalf of a Plaintiff

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