Rosario M. Vignali Partner





  • Overview: CPLR Amendments to §3101(f) and New §3122-b Insurance Disclosure Laws

    CPLR Amendments to §3101(f) and New §3122-b

    March 1, 2022

    New York’s Comprehensive Insurance Disclosure Act (CIDA), which is now in effect, significantly amends CPLR §3101(f) and adds CPLR §3122-b, and requires defendants in civil litigation to disclose extensive information regarding their insurance coverage within 90 days of filing an Answer in all cases commenced after December 31, 2021.

  • ILO Features Article by Vignali on NY e-Bicycle & e-Scooter Legislation

    International Law Office, Shipping & Transportation Newsletter

    March 16, 2021

  • New York Finally Passes Legislation Regulating the Use of E-Bicycles and E-Scooters

    Westlaw: Practitioner Insights on Energy & Environment and Product Liability pages; Westlaw Journal/Automotive

    July 2020

  • Law360 Publishes Vignali Article on Successor Firm’s Warranty Obligations


    October 18, 2016

  • 3D-Printed Prescription Drugs a Huge Stride Forward for Personalized Medicine

    3D-Printed Prescription Drugs

    September 16, 2015

    In addition to tailoring prescription drugs to the needs of particular classes of patients, 3D printing opens the possibility of tailoring each tablet to the needs of one specific patient, regardless of the physical location of the printer. Until now, this has not been financially feasible with mass-produced medications.

  • A Picture Paints a Thousand Words: Video Recording an Accident Demonstration

    Litigation Management

    Spring 2015

  • Fourth Circuit Rules a Global Insurer’s Worldwide Coverage Exposes It to U.S. Jurisdiction in Coverage Litigation

    Worldwide Coverage

    August 7, 2012

    Although requiring a party to defend itself in another country’s legal system imposes “unique burdens” that call for special scrutiny, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals concluded on July 9, 2012, in ESAB Group v. Zurich Insurance that a non-U.S. domiciled insurer had signaled that the burden of appearing in a forum such as South Carolina was “not exceedingly onerous” when it contracted to defend its insured on a worldwide basis.
  • Product Liability Newsletter

    Circumstantial Evidence & Jurisdictional Defense

    October 2011

    The October issue of the Product Liability Newsletter highlights a California case in which the Court of Appeal overturned a decision that would require corporations to bring witnesses from other states or abroad for depositions or trials. Two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court dealt with jurisdictional defenses. Other articles cover the influence of circumstantial evidence on product defect and causation in a Connecticut case and the defense of “inherently dangerous products” in New York.

  • Chartis’s Legal Insights Publishes Vignali Article on Product Liability

    October 14, 2011

    Legal Insight, the Chartis Insurance Company’s internal newsletter, has published an article written by Russ Vignali (Partner-White Plains) entitled, “Defending an ‘Inherently Dangerous Product’ Has Become More Difficult in New York.”
  • Defending an “Inherently Dangerous Product” Has Become More Difficult in New York

    August 2011

    A recent decision issued by New York’s Court of Appeals strips manufacturers of inherently dangerous products of the defense that everyone knows the product is dangerous and it is labeled as such. Going forward they may need to defend the reasonableness of marketing such a product for use by lay persons.
  • Product Liability Newsletter

    April 2011

    This issue of the Wilson Elser Product Liability Newsletter presents a variety of important topics that may have an impact on your business: The CPSC's new public database that allows consumers to research and report on product safety issues and manufacturers and retailers to swiftly respond; the viability of the federal preemption defense for generic drug manufacturers in product liability cases; Wisconsin's new tort reform measures. and the recently-signed Food Safety Modernization Act.
  • Product Liability Newsletter

    December 2009

    "Comparative responsibility is not admissible to apportion liability for enhanced injury." "Bartkowiak v. Regeneration Technologies, Inc.: Fourth Department affirms dismissal of plaintiff’s complaint in bone implantation case." "CPSC finds 'a strong association with imported Chinese drywall and toxic fumes." "The Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Bill S. 1606 of 2009." "Hot liquid liability: decision on Starbucks Corporation’s motion for summary judgment in Moltner v. Starbucks."

Additional Publications

“Defending an ‘Inherently Dangerous’ Product,” Chartis Insurance Company Legal Insight newsletter, Fall 2011.
“The Vendor’s Endorsement,” For the Defense, February 1999.
“Foreign Language Warnings and the Duty to Warn,” Risk Management, April 1995.
“The Vendor’s Endorsement – A Legal Analysis of Its Terms and Conditions” (co-author), New York Law Journal, December 20, 1993.
“Product Liability for Woodworking Machinery,” 1992.
“Product Liability for the Packaging Machine Manufacturer,” 1989.
“Manufacturers – Meeting the U.S. Product Liability Challenge”