N.Y. Law Proposes to Hold Alarm Companies Liable of Negligence

NEW YORK – An amended state bill preventing alarm companies from exempting themselves from liability involving negligence was likely to be reintroduced into the state senate and assembly for 2003.

At press time, the amendment to bill A3323, New York’s general obligation law, was being reviewed by an assembly committee. It was expected to be reintroduced for the 2003 schedule sometime in February, says Shelley Andrews, a spokesperson for Assemblyman Jeff Klein, who is sponsoring the bill.

Andrews says if the bill passes this year, customers would be able to sue alarm and security companies for damages related to negligence on the equipment and services they provide. The bill would apply to agreements completed after the effective date of the bill’s passing.

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