Articles by Samuel Maull

Manslaughter Charges Filed in NYC Crane Collapse

A contractor was charged with manslaughter Monday for allegedly using worn, fraying safety straps that broke apart and caused a crane to crash down on a Manhattan neighborhood, killing seven people in one of the city’s worst construction accidents in …

Custody Suit Targets Insurance Money for Rapper’s Burned-Down House

A New York judge has ordered rapper 50 Cent to hold on to the property where a $2.4 million house at the center of a bitter dispute with his ex-girlfriend burned to the ground last month. State Supreme Court Justice …

N.Y. Judge Dismisses Suit over Gauguin Painting Appraisal

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit over a small landscape painting by Paul Gauguin which a buyer said was appraised at millions of dollars above its value by a well-known dealer who had “an ownership interest” in the canvas. State …

N.Y. City, State Join Suit Over Vioxx

New York State and City have sued Merck & Co. Inc., joining thousands of others who say the drug maker cheated government insurance programs by hiding the dangers of heart problems associated with its pain medication Vioxx. The lawsuit, filed …

Insurers Expect Claims from N.Y City Steam Pipe Explosion

Consolidated Edison in New York has agreed to let two insurance companies anticipating millions of dollars in claims monitor the cleanup of last week’s steam pipe explosion in midtown Manhattan, the utility’s spokesman said. The agreement between Con Ed, Travelers …

N.Y. Restaurant Exec Served Prison Term for Disability Insurance Fraud

A reputed mob money adviser who was vice president of the restaurant company that runs the Rainbow Room in New York City has been sentenced to prison for cheating Social Security and three insurance companies out of more than $1 …

Standard & Poor’s Hit with $5 Million Employee Bias Suit

A former employee of Standard & Poor’s has filed a $5 million discrimination lawsuit that accuses the financial information company of allowing other employees to harass and humiliate him because of his Hispanic ancestry and then fire him because he …

Resident Sues N.Y. Yankee Cory Lidle’s Estate Over Plane Crash

Stephane Sparta was at home in his 31st floor apartment when New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle’s small plane crashed into the floor below. The plane didn’t hit Sparta, “but it gave him quite a shock,” said his lawyer, David …

Trial Starts for Two Former Marsh Execs Accused of Bid Rigging

Two former executives of Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc., the largest insurance brokerage in the world, went on trial this week for what prosecutors said were their roles in a lucrative bid rigging scheme. William Gilman, who was executive marketing …

Insurer Must Pay for Boy’s Breast Reduction Surgery, N.Y. Court Rules

An insurer that refused to pay for a teenage boy’s breast reduction on the grounds that it was cosmetic surgery must reimburse his father for the operation, an appeals court in New York has ruled. The Supreme Court’s Appellate Division …