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VT and COVID-19

By Kaija Wilkinson | September 1, 2020

Your author (KW) speaks with attorney Guy Gruppie (GG) about pandemic-related vertical-transportation (VT) litigation. by Kaija Wilkinson In early June, Guy Gruppie was closing in on his third month working from home (rather than in his office on the ninth floor of a 12-story mixed-use tower in downtown Los Angeles) when he spoke with your…

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Potential Pitfalls in Public Procurement

By Stuart Weinstein | June 1, 2019

What to watch for when securing that big deal with the government Contracting with local, state or federal governmental entities can be an exciting prospect on the one hand but pose daunting obligations on the other. In many locales, governmental entities are the single largest owners and consumers of vertical-transportation equipment and services; consequently, government…

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Overseeing Insurance Defense: When Does It Make Sense?

By Elevator World | September 1, 2018

Examining when VT companies might want to invest in independent counsel Many claims against companies involved in the vertical-transportation (VT) industry are covered by insurance policies and, typically, any such claims are forwarded to the appropriate insurer for handling. Whether a claim falls under general liability coverage, directors/officers liability coverage, errors and omissions coverage, a…

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You’ve Been Served: How to Respond to a Subpoena

By Elevator World | March 1, 2018

In this Readers Platform, your author answers some key questions. Avoiding litigation these days is not easy. Sometimes the net is cast wide enough in civil litigation, particularly in the vertical-transportation (VT) industry, that even individuals and companies not part of a litigated dispute often find themselves having to respond to subpoenas for records or…

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The Best Option: A Lawyer With VT Industry Experience

By Elevator World | August 1, 2017

In this Readers Platform, your author talks about how choosing the right counsel can make all the difference. While seemingly narrowly focused, the vertical-transportation (VT) industry is, indeed, multifaceted and affects, or is affected by, a substantial cross-section of the corporate community. Industry participants include equipment manufacturers; service companies; component part suppliers and integrators; developers;…

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Hazard Assessments – Assume Nothing

By Elevator World | December 1, 2016

Examining how an elevator service company can comply with OSHA’s requirement to “assess the workplace to determine if hazards are present” OSHA has long had a regulation that requires employers to “assess the workplace to determine if hazards are present, or are likely to be present, which necessitate the use of personal protective equipment” (29…

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