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Support Childhood Cancer Month

by Dawn Raub | September 12th, 2017

Earlier this month we introduced you to Lauryn who has not only bravely fought her way through childhood cancer, but shared the details of her journey to help us understand how cancer can affect children. Lauryn is also shining a light on the need for more funding for safe and updated treatments for childhood cancers […]

My Cancer Journey

by Dawn Raub | August 31st, 2017

Written by Lauryn Laskowski On December 24th I sat on the couch and had a sharp pain in my lower right abdomen area. I have experienced it before so I just took ibuprofen and used a heating pad and it went away. In the middle of the night, the pain came back. I told my […]

More than just a pencil…

by Dawn Raub | August 16th, 2017

Written by Dawn Raub, assistant to William Mattar I’m excited to once again be working on the William Mattar Pencils 4 Schools campaign where I’m able to interact with so many wonderful teachers. With 500,000 pencils currently being distributed, this campaign has surpassed the 1 million pencil mark in a very short amount of time. […]

WILLIAM MATTAR TO SURPASS MILLION MARK IN “PENCILS 4 SCHOOLS” CAMPAIGN

by Dawn Raub | August 1st, 2017

With school supply shortages in many inner city and suburban schools, the William Mattar Pencils 4 Schools campaign is once again ready to roll! “Seeing the program grow to this level in just a few short years shows the tremendous need for the most basic of supplies. We’re glad we can help schools in some […]

Uber & Lyft Insurance Coverage in Upstate NY

by William Mattar | July 7th, 2017

As companies such as Uber and Lyft set up shop in Upstate New York, many insurance coverage questions arise. New York State has passed legislation allowing these types of companies to operate as transportation network companies (TNC) throughout the state. “A major question is, Who will insure the TNC?” asked attorney William Mattar, who focuses […]

The Future of Self-Driving Cars

by William Mattar | July 7th, 2017

A recent article in the Philadelphia Business Journal distills five takeways from a recent Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the future of self-driving cars: Human drivers only make self-driving cars less safe. According to a Google employee who is leading the technical development of its self-driving car technology, “[d]eveloping a car that can shoulder the […]

Using a hand-held GPS device while driving

by William Mattar | June 29th, 2017

Are you allowed to use a hand-held GPS device while driving? Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1225-d generally provides that no person shall operate a motor vehicle while using  any “portable electronic device” while such vehicle is in motion. The term “portable electronic device” is broadly defined to encompass ‘any hand-held mobile telephone, as defined […]

The Future of the Self Driving Car

by William Mattar | June 12th, 2017

A recent article in the Philadelphia Business Journal distills five takeaways from a recent Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the future of self-driving cars: • Human drivers only make self-driving cars less safe. According to a Google employee who is leading the technical development of its self-driving car technology, “[d]eveloping a car that can shoulder […]

Self-Driving Cars: Autonomous Technology

by William Mattar | June 12th, 2017

A previous entry took a look at a Brookings Institute paper examining products liability and self-driving cars. That paper, observing that “[a]utonomous vehicles will complicate the . . . entanglements between insurance providers, plaintiffs, drivers/owners named as defendants, and manufacturers,” set forward a number of proposals for state lawmakers. As a follow up, this entry […]

Autonomous vehicle: Changing the landscape

by William Mattar | May 5th, 2017

Autonomous vehicles will transform the look of our roadways in more ways than one. A report from the US Department of Transportation explored whether self-driving cars would comply with existing vehicle manufacturing standards. The standards— the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards —encompassed 73 separate standards that generally focused on issues of crash avoidance, crashworthiness and […]