A Dutchess County man was injured when visiting a private home. It was later learned that the tree had died the season before and should have been removed. The homeowner settled for $500,000 to compensate the plaintiff for spinal injuries. A separate suit was initiated against the general contractor of the home, and several subcontractors, who dug a trench to the house several years prior to the accident, injuring the tree roots which ultimately caused the tree to die. The contractors settled for $235,000. This case was featured in the Poughkeepsie Journal.