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Murchison & Cumming Senior Partner Guy R. Gruppie Featured in Elevator World Magazine

September 21, 2020

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Guy R. Gruppie was the subject of an interview/profile for the September issue of Elevator World, an edition focusing on pandemic-related issues affecting tort litigation in general and elevator and escalator accident cases in particular. The profile and related Q&A addressed vertical transportation claims and lawsuits in the COVID-19 era and related topics such as case trends, court backlog and staffing issues, statute of limitation extensions and COVID-19 immunity/claim limitations being debated in Congress and legislative bodies in several states.

Gruppie has handled more than 500 escalator/passenger elevator/freight elevator cases in his career on behalf of product manufacturers, service and maintenance companies, property owners and public entities. He has authored numerous legal papers addressing issues arising in such cases, including the widely cited: “Uncommon Perception: The Common Carrier Duty Does Not Rule Out Defense Verdicts in Elevator and Escalator Accident Trials,” first published in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Law Review in conjunction with Marquette University Law School.

Elevator World is considered the leading publication in the world of vertical transportation news and information, commerce, product development and innovation, and claims/litigation. It is the most credible source of industry news because its reporters, editors, readers and advertisers encompass all parts of the “elevator world.”

Gruppie is a Senior Partner who is resident in the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices of Murchison & Cumming, LLP, serves as Chair of the Firm’s Emerging Risks and Specialty Tort Practice Group, and is a senior member of the Firm’s Product Liability and General Liability practice groups. His first elevator matter was in 1993 in a case where several college students were allegedly injured in the free fall of an apartment elevator that suffered a sudden hydraulic failure.

 

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