After a flood in a building in Mineola, the owner and several tenants in the building brought actions in federal and state court against CG&P’s client, Modern Sprinkler Corporation, which installs and inspects water-based fire protection systems. The plaintiffs sought over $1.5 million in damages for business losses and property damage arising out of the flood. CG&P first obtained an order dismissing the consolidated state court actions by establishing that the flood did not occur as a consequence of any negligence on the part of its client. Then, relying on the doctrine of collateral estoppel, CG&P obtained dismissal of the federal court action as well. The case was handled by CG&P partner Michele Levin.