Lauren S. Suss joined Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP in 2015. Her practice includes complex commercial, insurance, and employment litigation.
Before joining Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, Ms. Suss was an attorney at OHL USA, Inc., a global construction contractor, where she assisted the general counsel with legal and commercial matters regarding the construction of large public infrastructure projects.
Ms. Suss graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University in 2009 and received a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, cum laude, in 2013, where she was a member of the International Law Journal and recipient of the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award. During law school, Ms. Suss interned with the Fordham Law Consumer Litigation Clinic and served as legal intern to the Honorable Martin Shulman, New York State Supreme Court Judge for the Appellate Term. She also worked with volunteer lawyers to provide advice and assistance to unrepresented consumer defendants at CLARO (Consumer Legal Assistance and Referral Office).
Ms. Suss is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of New York and New Jersey.
As set forth in a March 6, 2017 court decision, we defeated a summary judgment motion by over 20 insurance companies that sought to prevent our client from putting its case to the jury for insurance for alleged “property damage” over 26 years of insurance policies. The insurance claims are for defense and settlement costs in excess of $100 million incurred by our client in a nationwide class action product liability litigation (which was settled without any finding of liability), brought by community water systems alleging that our client’s herbicide product, applied for more than 60 years to neighboring cropland, contaminated their water systems. The insurers argued that our client could not prove that “property damage,” as defined in the policies, had occurred in all of the policy periods. We successfully persuaded the court that our client was entitled to present to the jury the expert scientific testimony of its chemical fate and transport expert for its determination whether the alleged “property damage” more likely than not occurred during the policy periods at issue. The court agreed, finding that there were issues of fact as to whether the herbicide product “could/did reach” the community water systems’ water supplies during the policy periods and whether it “could/did contribute to the detections” reported by the community water systems in connection with the settlement, and denied the insurers’ summary judgment motion.
Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney recently won summary judgment in lieu of a complaint in litigation arising from the sale of valuable artwork. The defendant, a gallery owner, entered into a promissory note to resolve a dispute with Hoguet Newman’s client over the proceeds from a consignment sale of several pieces of art (the gallery sold the art but did not send our client his share of the purchase price). After the defendant failed to make the payments required by the note, we moved for summary judgment in lieu of a complaint. The Court found in favor of our client and rejected the defendant’s arguments that the note was not enforceable.