Joel Stashenko

NY High Court To Decide if NY Doctors May Legally Assist Suicide

Joel Stashenko

New York's highest court will hear arguments later this month over whether state statutes and its constitution provide room for physicians to legally prescribe medications to help terminally ill, mentally competent people kill themselves, if the patients choose.

Verbal 'Agreement' Ruled Not to Be a Binding Contract

Joel Stashenko

A verbal offer made by a woman to sell her share in valuable family property in the Adirondacks to her sister as the two bickered was not a legally enforceable contract, an appeals court decided.

NY Begins Accepting Applications for Self-Driving Vehicle Tests

Joel Stashenko

The state is soliciting applications for companies who want to test autonomous vehicles or technology developed for use on self-driving cars in New York.

4 Blocks Away, Drug Bust Was Close Enough to Trigger Eviction Law, Judge Says

Joel Stashenko

Four New York City blocks—the distance between a drug arrest and the publicly supported apartment the offender lives in—is "near" enough to trigger an anti-drug-use provision in the man's lease to trigger an eviction proceeding, a judge ruled.

Suits Challenge State's Deal to Close Indian Point Nuclear Plants

Joel Stashenko

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has filed two suits challenging the agreement Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Astorino's opponent in the 2014 race for governor, made with Entergy to close the Indian Point nuclear reactors.

Court Upholds Stringent NY Regulations on Relicensing of Repeat DWI Offenders

Joel Stashenko

The Cuomo administration's 2012 regulations imposing stringent new suspension periods on licenses of drivers with repeat driving-while-impaired offenses on their records are legal, the state's highest court ruled unanimously Tuesday.

Winning Plaintiffs in Sex Discrimination Cases Against NYS Are Eligible for Attorney Fees, Court Rules

Joel Stashenko

Plaintiffs prevailing against their state-agency employers in sex discrimination actions can be awarded attorney fees, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in a civil rights action dating back more than two decades.

Triable Issues Found in Bridge Crash Between Lawyer-Cyclist and Pedestrian

Joel Stashenko

State Supreme Court Justice Reginald Boddie denied the city's motion for summary dismissal of the personal injury lawsuit brought against the city by attorney-cyclist Donald Olenick over a crash between him and a pedestrian on the Brooklyn Bridge in July 2010.

Judge Rules Title VII Action Not Appropriate in Hostile Hospital Workplace Case

Joel Stashenko

A nurse who claimed her hospital workplace turned hostile after she told a supervisor she suspected a prison inmate's injuries were inflicted by a guard cannot sue her former employees for sex discrimination under Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act, a judge ruled.

Cuomo Seeks Faster Process to Fill Abdus-Salaam's Seat

Joel Stashenko

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he wants the process of selecting a replacement for the late state Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam completed nearly three months sooner than the timetable provided for in state Judiciary Law.

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