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New York: Contractual Indemnity Disallowed When Indemnity Agreement Signed After Worker’s Injury

New York’s workers’ compensation law prohibits a defendant from pursuing an indemnity or contribution action against the employer unless (a) the plaintiff/injured worker sustained a “grave injury” or there is a written indemnity agreement [N.Y. Work. Comp. Law § 11]. Recently...

New York: Employer of Undocumented Alien Still Enjoys Exclusivity in Third-Party Action Claiming Indemnification or Contribution

A New York appellate court recently held that an employer does not forfeit the exclusivity defense in third-party actions for indemnification or contribution filed against it on the basis that the employer hired an undocumented alien. The third-party plaintiff contended that the employer should not be...

New York: Significant Injury to Hand Does Not Constitute, However, “Grave Injury” Under § 11

In New York, a defendant sued in tort by an injured worker may seek contribution and/or indemnification from the employer if, among other things, the worker sustained a “grave injury” as defined by N.Y. Work. Comp. Law § 11. A state appellate court held that a third-party complaint should...