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NYC dentist accused of assaulting neighbors, damaging property

NYC dentist in an upscale Chelsea condo building is accused of assaulting his neighbors and destroying property with a baseball bat – as residents fear violent behavior will end in a ‘murder-suicide’

  • Surveillance video obtained by NBC4 shows Dr Michael Medeiros, 50, attacking one of his neighbors last week on the street near their building in Chelsea 
  • Other footage from the building shows Medeiros allegedly screaming at neighbors, banging on doors and throwing items inside the building 
  • He has been arrested multiple times and has been captured on surveillance video being taken into custody by police on at least one occasion
  • Medeiros has multiple court dates set for next month for charges including property damage, criminal trespass and illegally entering a dwelling 
  • His lawyer says Medeiros has been falsely accused. DailyMail.com’s calls seeking comment from Medeiros have gone unanswered 

A New York City dentist has been accused of terrorizing neighbors in his upscale Manhattan apartment building by allegedly assaulting people, slashing tires and damaging property with a baseball bat. 

Surveillance video obtained by NBC4 shows Dr Michael Medeiros, 50, apparently attacking one of his neighbors last week on the street near their building in Chelsea. 

Other footage taken inside and outside the building shows Medeiros allegedly screaming at neighbors, banging on doors and throwing items inside the building. 

Medeiros, who runs a nearby dental clinic, has been arrested multiple times and has been captured on surveillance video being taken into custody by police on at least one occasion.

Dr Michael Medeiros, 50, , who runs a nearby dental clinic, has been arrested multiple times and has been captured on surveillance video being taken into custody by police on at least one occasion

Dr Michael Medeiros, 50, , who runs a nearby dental clinic, has been arrested multiple times and has been captured on surveillance video being taken into custody by police on at least one occasion

Medeiros has multiple court dates set for next month for charges including property damage, criminal trespass and illegally entering a dwelling.

Medeiros runs a nearby dental clinic in Manhattan's West Village. He is pictured above in an undated photos

Medeiros runs a nearby dental clinic in Manhattan’s West Village. He is pictured above in an undated photos

His lawyer says Medeiros has been falsely accused. 

DailyMail.com’s calls seeking comment from Medeiros have gone unanswered. 

Residents, including Mary Conway-Spiegel and Bob Spiegel, say they have called police on Medeiros multiple times over his alleged aggressive behavior. 

They claim that the violence has become so bad that it will end in a ‘murder-suicide’. 

DailyMail.com has contacted the New York Police Department for comment.

Medeiros was arrested again on Monday after allegedly threatening to kill Spiegel and biting the building’s security guard on the hand. 

Surveillance video from November 21 shows Medeiros allegedly punching Spiegal as he emerged from a parking garage near their condo building. 

A passerby could be seen trying to intervene as Medeiros allegedly hit his neighbor.  

Surveillance video from November 21 shows Medeiros allegedly punching one of his neighbors as he emerged from a parking garage near their condo building

Surveillance video from November 21 shows Medeiros allegedly punching one of his neighbors as he emerged from a parking garage near their condo building

Other footage taken inside and outside the building shows Medeiros allegedly screaming at neighbors and banging on  fire escape doors

Other footage taken inside and outside the building shows Medeiros allegedly screaming at neighbors and banging on 

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Dentist Says Virus Caused Property Damage In Insurance Suit


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Law360 (November 9, 2020, 4:19 PM EST) —
A Minnesota dental office said more courts across the country have rejected insurers’ bids to dismiss COVID-19 business interruption suits for policies without a virus exclusion, telling a Texas federal judge that it has sufficiently pled physical damage.

Christie Jo Berkseth-Rojas, who runs Rojas Family Dental in Minneapolis, said Friday that a greater number of courts have axed insurers’ dismissal motions in suits involving policies that don’t contain a virus exclusion like the one her office held with Aspen American Insurance Co.

The dentist cited data from the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s virus-related litigation tracker, which listed that courts have denied the insurers’ dismissal bids in 10 cases while granting them in eight cases concerning policies that do not have a virus exclusion. There have been over 1,200 business interruption suits filed so far, according to the school.

In Friday’s response, the dentist said that the “courthouse could no longer serve the administration of justice as it had before,” because grand jury proceedings, public trials and in-person depositions are limited for cases like hers, claiming that her office incurred physical loss of use because of COVID-19 just as courts across the country have.

The Minneapolis dental office hit Aspen with a proposed class action after the carrier denied coverage for her business losses stemming from government closure orders in March. In September, Aspen urged the federal court to follow the “daily growing” number of rulings that have said insureds don’t need to show their property was tangibly altered to claim physical damage.

On Friday, the dental office said it successfully pled physical damage from its lost use of its property. The office said Aspen can’t argue that physical damage always requires structural change, because it never changed coverage requirements from “direct physical loss of or damage” to “physical alteration” or “structural alteration” in the policy.

“The insurance industry has left this language substantively unchanged for decades,” the dental practice said.

Even if direct physical damage means structural alteration, the office has sufficiently claimed it because the virus will “infest property and stick to its surfaces, alter the structure of those surfaces and the air within the property, and lead to claims of business interruption losses,” the practice added.

Additionally, courts have ruled on multiple occasions that property infiltration “by microscopic entities” like COVID-19 constitutes direct physical loss or damage, according to the suit. The practice also cited case law, saying that the Minnesota court of appeals ruled “direct physical loss can exist without actual destruction of property or structural damage to property.”

Aspen’s contention that

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