Welcome to Gennet, Kallmann, Antin, Sweetman & Nichols, P.C.

Since 1936, when it was founded by Samuel A. Gennet, the lawyers of Gennet, Kallmann, Antin, Sweetman and Nichols (GKASN) have devoted their professional energies to representing insurers, overseas underwriters, and commercial and residential property owners in property, liability and recovery matters. More than 80 years later, we continue to serve these clients by providing professional, trustworthy, knowledgeable, aggressive and effective legal representation of matters in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and the surrounding jurisdictions.

Our Partners

The firm has a stable core of highly experienced senior partners who have overseen GKASN’s work for more than 25 years. It also has a professional staff who are equipped by education, experience and disposition to expertly handle the firm’s work. The senior partners remain fully active as counselors and litigators while providing input and guidance to the staff. This has helped us assure a high and consistent quality of work, and has allowed the firm to remain true to our founding principles.

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Cases & Trends

2900 Stillwell Avenue LLC v. U.S. Underwriters Insurance Co.

New York Appellate Division (2019) In a case just decided by the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, the court upheld a summary judgment secured by this firm on behalf of U.S. Underwriters in a lawsuit brought by an insured following a fire which destroyed its multi-story building. Investigation after the loss disclosed… Read more “2900 Stillwell Avenue LLC v. U.S. Underwriters Insurance Co.”

In re: Accutane, New Jersey Supreme Court (2018)

The New Jersey Supreme Court has recently brought the State nearly in line with the federal courts and 39 other states which apply guidance for trial judges called upon to consider the admissibility of expert testimony. In In re: Accutane, the Supreme Court dismissed consolidated cases involving that product, and in doing so, took the… Read more “In re: Accutane, New Jersey Supreme Court (2018)”

KA Together Inc. v. Aspen Specialty Insurance Company

United States District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2019) On January 25, 2019, Gennet, Kallmann, Antin, Sweetman & Nichols, P.C. successfully obtained Summary Judgment on behalf of Aspen Specialty Insurance Company in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The insured, KA Together, Inc., leased certain residential property in… Read more “KA Together Inc. v. Aspen Specialty Insurance Company”

Villamil v. Sentinel Insurance Company

United States District Court, District of New Jersey (2018) This was a case involving a typical “water” exclusion, though part of the exclusion, for water backing up from sewers or drains, was replaced by an endorsement granting coverage for backup of sewers or drains if not caused by flood. The insured, indeed, incurred a loss… Read more “Villamil v. Sentinel Insurance Company”

Read Property Group LLC. v. Hamilton Insurance Co.

United States District Court, Eastern District New York (2018) This was a dispute over a Protective Safeguard Endorsement, requiring that the insured “maintain” heat of not less than 50 degrees in the building. Of course, certain pipes froze and the insurer invoked the Endorsement to deny coverage. The insured produced evidence from its property manager… Read more “Read Property Group LLC. v. Hamilton Insurance Co.”

Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Project Tri-Force LLC (2019)

This was an action by Liberty Mutual against its insured for breach of its subrogation receipt, wherein the insured agreed to subrogate all rights it may have against a third party. When the insurer tried to recover from the third party, the third party demonstrated that the insured had separately reached agreement with it, which… Read more “Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Project Tri-Force LLC (2019)”

Burden of Proof in Comparative Negligence SJ Motions

Rodriguez v. City of New York, 2018 N.Y. Slip. Op. 02287 (2018) An important New York Court of Appeals decision has a bearing upon plaintiffs seeking partial summary judgment in a comparative negligence case. Rodriguez upends the playing field and puts the burden back (rightfully) where it belongs.  The holding of the case is simply… Read more “Burden of Proof in Comparative Negligence SJ Motions”

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