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Studies and Research

NYCJI research and studies

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Groundbreaking Study Highlights Prejudicial Consolidation Practices in State’s Asbestos Litigation Court

Researchers find jury awards triple the national average, little commonality among consolidated cases

  • May 27, 2015 - Press Release: The New York Civil Justice Institute (NYCJI), a non-partisan nonprofit research organization, has released a groundbreaking study on the controversial case consolidation practices of the New York City Asbestos Litigation court (NYCAL). The NYCAL, recently named the #1 Judicial Hellhole by the American Tort Reform Association, frequently consolidates cases in the name of “judicial efficiency. (Press Release and Final Report)

The Costs of Labor Law 240 on New York’s Economy and Public Infrastructure

  • February 19, 2014 - Press Release: A three-part, joint study released today by researchers at the University at Albany and Cornell University sharply counters the claim that the Scaffold Law improves workplace safety. According to the study, New York incurs an additional 677 workplace accidents per year  because the Scaffold Law. Researchers concluded that, “analysis indicates that Labor Law 240 [Scaffold Law] increases the construction injury rate in the occupations to which it is applied with a very high degree of confidence.” For over thirty years, Labor Law 240, also known as the “Scaffold Law,” has been a frequent target of debate in Albany. (full pdf)
  • December 31, 2013 - Final Report to New York Civil Justice Institute: The Costs of Labor Law 240 on New York’s Economy and Public Infrastructure (full pdf)

Review of New York Bill S4006: Proposed Expansion of New York's Wrongful Death Act

  • Property Casualty Insurers and Policyholders (Commercial Insurance Market): Focusing on the three main lines of insurance with the greatest exposure to wrongful death claims, medical professional liability, automobile liability, and general liability the report estimates an overall $1.9 billion or 12.8% increase to annual loss and loss adjustment expenses in New York. This could translate to a corresponding $2.2 billion or 12.6% increase to the annual premiums paid by New York residents and businesses for insurance.
  • Self-Insureds – Based on the projected changes to the commercial insured losses as a result of S4006, the report estimates that annual liability losses paid by self-insureds in New York could increase by 15.9% or $1.6 billion. (full pdf)
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