Lewis Johs Attorneys Obtain Favorable Judgment in Case Involving the Use of a Taser

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Marcy D. Sheinwold and Christina L. Geraci of Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles were successful in having summary judgment granted in favor of their ambulance clients in a medical malpractice and civil rights case, which involved the use of a taser stun-gun.

Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP Partner Marcy D. Sheinwold (http://www.lewisjohs.com/attorney_detail.asp?aid=44) and Associate Christina L. Geraci (http://www.lewisjohs.com/attorney_detail.asp?aid=84) were successful in having summary judgment granted in favor of Lewis Johs' ambulance clients in a case (Docket No.: CV-04-405, United States District Court Eastern District of New York) that received widespread publicity involving the use of a taser stun-gun on a former psychiatric patient in Southampton Village. The case involved civil rights claims as well as claims of medical malpractice.

On May 20, 2010, Long Island’s Newsday printed an article entitled “Judge Allows Lawsuits vs. Police in a Man’s Death.” The article explained that, “A pair of lawsuits charging Southampton Village police using stun-guns killed a man in 2004 will go to trial after a federal judge refused to throw out the suits.”

The article further declared that, “U.S. Magistrate William Wall in Central lslip last week declined to issue summary judgments requested by attorneys for Southampton and stun-gun manufacturer Taser International, Inc., of Scottsdale, Ariz., who were named in separate multimillion-dollar suits filed by the family of David Glowczenski of Southampton.”

Glowczenski, 35, died February 4, 2004, during a confrontation with Southampton police after his family called 911 and said he was acting irrationally. Four officers shocked Glowczenski nine times with stun-guns, shot him with pepper spray, ‘hogtied’ him and choked him.”

The article concluded by saying, “Southampton Mayor Mark Epley said the Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance Corp. and several volunteers who treated Glowczenski were removed from the suit by the judge.”

Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP (http://www.lewisjohs.com/practice.asp ) is a full service law firm with offices in New York City and Long Island. Founded in 1993, Lewis Johs has grown from four to over fifty five attorneys. From its inception, Lewis Johs has steadily gained a reputation as a skilled and dynamic law firm capable of managing the most complex litigation, trial, transactional, trusts and estates, real estate, property tax certiorari, land use, corporate and appellate work.

Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP (http://www.primerus.com/firms/Lewis_Johs_Avallone_Aviles.htm) is also a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms (http://www.primerus.com/about.htm). Primerus is an international alliance of top-rated, independent, small and mid-sized law firms that have earned the right to display the Primerus seal of quality (http://www.primerus.com/six_pillars.htm). As one of the most respected law firm alliances, Primerus currently has 150 member firms in nearly 110 cities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom, and is expanding around the globe. With over 2,000 lawyers in the alliance, Primerus members, collectively, offer the breadth of expertise and jurisdictional coverage that only the world’s largest law firms can offer to clients.


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