Colligan Law Assists Property Owner in Defeating Adverse Possession Claim

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By A. Nicholas Falkides

Colligan Law recently assisted a local property owner in defeating a claim that a neighbor acquired title to a vital strip of the client’s land through adverse possession. The client owned an apartment building and was required to maintain two separate exit paths under the fire code. A hostile neighbor filed suit claiming title to a five foot strip of the client’s property, with the strip constituting one of the client’s required fire egress paths. Colligan Law defeated this claim, as well as a second claim that the neighbor had acquired an exclusive easement over the disputed strip of land. Colligan Law also defeated the neighbor’s claim for money damages as well as claims for nuisance and trespass.

For a copy of the Court’s Decision, or more information about how Colligan Law can assist your business with real property claims, please contact us at: 716.885.1150

Colligan Law Successfully Defends Employer Against Discrimination Claim

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By A. Nicholas Falkides

Colligan Law recently obtained the dismissal of a discrimination and retaliation claim against a local employer. The former employee alleged discrimination on the basis of race and national origin. He also alleged that he was terminated in retaliation for complaining about the alleged discrimination. In a detailed decision, the Federal Court found that the former employee failed to establish a prima facie case of retaliation because he did not suffer an adverse employment action as a result of participating in a protected activity. The Court also found that the former employee was not terminated, and that even if he was, there was no causal connection between his discrimination complaint and his alleged termination. Finally, the Court found that there was no evidence of retaliatory animus, and no temporal proximity between the filing of his discrimination complaint and his alleged termination. For a copy of the Court’s Decision, or more information about how Colligan Law can assist your business with employee claims, please contact us at: 716.885.1150.

Fred Gawronski Receives Award at St. Francis High School

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Fred Award

Fr. Michael Sajda, OFM Conv. President of St. Francis High School congratulates Fred Gawronski ’83 this year’s recipient of the Fr. Leon Krop Alumni Recognition Award. This award is presented annually at the Baccalaureate Liturgy to an individual who has distinguished himself through his service and contribution to St. Francis High School. Fred’s son Conrad is a member of the graduating class of 2014.

15th Annual Autism Awareness Walk Sponsor

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Colligan Law is a proud sponsor of the Autism Awareness Walk. The event will be held Saturday, April 26th at 10:00am. The 2014 Autism Awareness Walk is a family-friendly event benefiting Summit Educational Resources. The Walk is centered around a 2.2-mile or a 0.9-mile walk from Summit Central (150 Stahl Road) along the Amherst Bike Path, and back to Summit. The post-walk picnic will feature food, beverages, children’s activities, a basket raffle, and live entertainment. Please join us for this fun-filled day and help us to raise awareness about autism. Click here for more information.

Colligan Heads to Houston for Lawyers Associated Worldwide Americas Meeting

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David Colligan will be in Houston, Texas for the LAW Americas Regional Meeting, March 6 – 8, 2014. Colligan Law is a proud member of Lawyers Associated Worldwide, a global organization comprised of 100 independent law firms located in over 180 commercial centers throughout the world. As a member we are able to provide our corporate clients legal services from well known, pre-vetted and respected law firms in other states or other countries while maintaining accountability over a legal matter. Colligan Law can also provide referrals at no cost for other area attorneys.   Whether you’re a Western New York company doing business internationally or a fellow attorney who needs an easy connection to an out of state or foreign firm Colligan Law can help.