Suit Proceeds Over Placement of Special Needs Children

, New York Law Journal


Three children in silhouette

The plaintiffs are also represented by Thomas Moore of Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore; Theodore Babbitt, Stephan Le Clainche and Ami Romanelli of Babbitt, Johnson, Osborne & Le Clainche in West Palm Beach, Fla.; Howard Talenfeld of Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate in Fort Lauderdale and John Walsh, also of Fort Lauderdale.

Steven Ahmuty, Jr., Marc Citrin and William Spratt of Shaub, Ahmuty, Citrin & Spratt represent the agency defendants. The firm did not respond to a request for comment.

At Shaub Ahmuty, the agency defendants are also represented by Jeremy Rosof, Judd Cohen, Timothy Robert Capowski, Adam Covitt, Craig Garrett Bienstock, John Paterniti, Juan Gonzalez, Ralph Vincent Morales, Robert Boccio, Robert Ortiz and Steven Rubin.

A court conference is scheduled for Feb. 7, with the topics including settlement.

The litigation has sparked two third-party actions, where both the city and the agencies are suing Leekin and others. The third-party actions are pending and unaffected by Vitaliano's ruling.

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