By early June, attorney Roger Bennet Adler should know whether he'll be prosecuting Staten Island's lingering criminal probe into suspected political shenanigans, or whether the case will revert back to the elected district attorney.
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In the latest in a series of cases addressing the extraterritorial application of U.S. laws, the Second Circuit has held that the European Community can pursue claims against RJR Nabisco for laundering drug money through the exchange of discounted euros and cigarettes.
A federal judge has dismissed a defamation suit against real estate attorney Adam Leitman Bailey for accusing opponents of a proposed Islamic center in lower Manhattan of bigotry in court filings.
A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, overturning a $3.4 million award to a victim known by the pseudonym "Amy," held that the amount of restitution must be tied to the role the convicted offender played in causing the victim's injury.
"We sit in the financial capital of the world, and the amorphous theory that you have, that you tried this case on, gives precious little guidance to all these institutions ... trying to come up with some bright line rules about what can and what cannot be done," Second Circuit Judge Barrington Parker said during arguments in the appeals of two former portfolio managers' convictions.
Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said he plans to enact a new policy under which the office would not prosecute low-level marijuana possession cases for people with no criminal record or a "very minimal" one, according to an office memo.
Gillian Lester, an employment law and policy expert who is the interim dean at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, has been named the next dean of Columbia Law School.
Harold Gruber has agreed to pay a $60,000 fine and accepted a permanent ban from selling securities to resolve allegations he submitted at least nine fraudulent filings to the attorney general's real estate finance bureau.
William Rapfogel, the politically connected former CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, admitted Wednesday he helped steal more than $9 million from the organization in an insurance scheme that authorities linked to campaign contributions.
James McGovern, the division's deputy chief, will replace Marshall Miller, who was promoted to be second-in-command at the U.S. Justice Department's criminal division.
Jabbar Collins is seeking to depose retired Brooklyn detective Louis Scarcella in a civil rights suit alleging that systemic police and prosecutorial misconduct led to Collins' vacated 1995 murder conviction.
A judge declined to grant a Jewish former prison inmate summary judgment in his negligence suit against the state for not preventing another prisoner from attacking him in the synagogue of an upstate prison.
Attorneys for the online lodging service argued Tuesday that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has insufficient evidence to force Airbnb to turn over information about nearly 16,000 apartment owners who rented out units in New York through Airbnb since 2010.
The upstart technology company Aereo Inc. forced the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday into a wide-ranging debate not just about the future of television but also the fate of cloud computing and other innovations.
A court officer's inappropriate comment to a deliberating juror requires reversing a drug conviction, a judge has held, even though a Queens defense attorney, in a strategic dice roll, had refused an offer of a mistrial.
Addressing an "unsettled" question of law in the Second Circuit, Southern District Judge Jesse Furman said police violated the Fourth Amendment's prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures in a 2012 sweep of a Bronx apartment.
A husband who strategically delayed accepting a divorce settlement—but not to the point where his conduct was obstructionist or abusive—is liable for the extra legal fees incurred by his former wife, a judge in Rochester has held.
The U.S. Supreme Court, delivering its second major blow in less than a year to civil rights organizations, on Tuesday upheld Michigan's voter-approved ban on the use of race preferences in admissions at the state's public universities.
Computer servers handling immigration court case information and databases went down April 12, making scheduling more difficult, forcing postponements and disabling a 1-800 phone line that applicants use to find out their case status.
A federal judge in Buffalo has dismissed an apparently novel claim that attempted to link consumption of high fructose corn syrup to a 14-year-old girl's diabetic condition.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is "potentially vulnerable" at the polls, according to a poll released Tuesday by Siena College, although a pollster said it's way too early to say the incumbent Democrat is in trouble.
Marshall Miller, the criminal division chief of the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office, has been tapped as the top deputy for the U.S. Department of Justice's criminal division.
New York authorities have reached an agreement with a national home goods retailer to end its policy of disqualifying job seekers who have a felony record.
The Second Circuit said a redacted document on legal guidance for the targeted killing of American citizens by drones must be released because of public statements acknowledging lethal force in counterterrorism operations, and because the DOJ opted to release part of a White Paper on the subject that had been leaked to the media.
A Manhattan state judge has extended a 2003 settlement requiring New York City for two more years to help mentally ill inmates of city jails re-enter society.
The government said it expects the trial of Dewey & LeBoeuf's former leaders to take more than four months, and that one likely witness is John Altorelli, a former Dewey executive committee member who is now a partner at DLA Piper.
Four years after attorney Jane Posner pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny, the Second Department disciplined Martin Posner for for not safeguarding escrow funds—even though he said he was not involved in the firm's dealings when his now-disbarred wife's theft took place.
The U.S. Supreme Court on April 22 will sort through what some observers have called the most important copyright challenge to reach the high court in a decade.
The Gigi Jordan defense team, which already includes such well-known attorneys as Alan Dershowitz and Ronald Kuby, has brought in veteran civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel as part of a trial team in a long-lingering case that finally could go before a jury by June.
Judge Victoria Graffeo said Monday that she will seek reappointment to the state's highest court when her term expires this year. If selected, Graffeo, a Republican, would be able to remain on the bench another eight years.
The high court made no comment in denying Exxon Mobil's petition for a writ of certiorari in its challenge to a 2009 verdict requiring the company to pay $105 million for contaminating New York City groundwater with a toxic gasoline additive.
The see-through yoga pants controversy and similar missteps by executives at Lululemon Athletica Inc. can’t serve as the basis for a securities fraud class action against the company, a judge in Manhattan confirmed Friday.
Olympic skier Bode Miller and former U.S. Marine Sara McKenna have reached a temporary truce in their New York custody fight over their 14-month-old son.
Facing a June 17 trial date on claims that he engaged in insider trading alongside his older brother Raj Rajaratnam, Rengam Rajaratnam may have caught a minor break on Friday with a ruling that could help narrow the indictment against him.
After a federal appellate court all but instructed her to dismiss the case, Southern District Judge Shira Scheindlin has kept alive a lawsuit accusing Ford, IBM and other companies of abusing human rights by doing business with South Africa's apartheid regime.
Duval & Stachenfeld, a 66-attorney real estate firm, is more than doubling its salary for starting associates to $175,000—above the large law firm standard—to compete with its rivals in attracting and retaining top talent.
In the criminal case against Dewey & LeBoeuf's former leaders, the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is seeking an order to prohibit all parties from unnecessarily disclosing witness names or other identifiable information to third parties.
An Eastern District judge held that the intellectually disabled couple and their parents failed to establish disability-based discrimination claims, saying that the "alleged discrimination is based not on the couple's disabilities, but rather on their status as a married couple."
The incarceration of a financial analyst accused of stealing company trade secrets—and what that arrest means for future cases of its kind—has prompted one state Supreme Court judge to question whether the Manhattan District Attorney's actions have been "over the top."
For close to a decade, U.S. lawyers have pressed price-fixing claims against Chinese companies that produce most of the world's vitamin C, finally winning a $157 million verdict last year.
The pavilion, constructed on the elevated walkway running along the west side of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse, is intended to streamline security screening and ease congestion inside the doors on the building's Worth Street side.
A Buffalo civil rights attorney who obtained a $750,000 settlement in a racial discrimination case may be denied compensation because of a dispute over whether she had an improper retainer agreement with her client.
An appellate court in Albany has upheld a gun-related robbery conviction in a case where the defendant did not reveal the weapon to the victim but did point it at a man pursuing him.
New Jersey-based Lowenstein Sandler, which has a Manhattan office, soon will open up shop in a section of Brooklyn that is becoming densely populated by technology startups.
The New York County Lawyers Association's fundraising arm, the NYCLA Foundation, is hosting a musical comedy show April 24 to honor the life and career of Betty Weinberg Ellerin, the first female justice of the Appellate Division, First Department.
Three firms announce new additions, while Eckert Seamans and the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District announce promotions.
After accused al Qaida conspirator Mustafa Kamel Mustafa's request to deliver his own opening statement was rebuffed, Joshua Dratel opened for the defense, telling the jury that the leader at a radical mosque in London never lifted a finger to help al Qaida. Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Kim presented a dramatically different view.
A man accused of stealing a $30,000 diamond ring is entitled to a new trial because a judge allowed testimony from a woman who said that he stole rings from her as well under similar circumstances, a divided state appeals panel has ruled.
A man convicted at retrial of a grisly double murder is not entitled to a third trial even though the judge told prospective jurors that he was "stuck" retrying the case after the first conviction was tossed on a "technicality," a state appeals panel has held.
A unanimous Second Department panel found that a man's statements implying his business partner stole money were absolutely privileged "because they were pertinent to the ongoing judicial proceeding and were allegedly made to parties, counsel, or possible witnesses."
Members of the Class of 2013 from New York's 15 law schools are faring slightly better than their predecessors in finding jobs, and also better than their counterparts nationwide, according to entry-level employment data released last week by the American Bar Association.
Is now the ideal time to enroll in law school? Steven Freedman, assistant dean for admissions at the University of Kansas School of Law, has been making the counterintuitive case that it is. In short, he says, the supply of new lawyers will be much more closely aligned with the demand for their services in 2017 than for the Class of 2013.
After a failed effort to head off civil fraud claims leveled by Chevron Corporation, Patton Boggs has turned for help to prominent criminal defense attorney Elkan Abramowitz of Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello.
Leonard Rosen, a founding partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and a renowned bankruptcy attorney who represented the City of New York during its 1975 financial crisis and stood up for lenders in the Chrysler bailout in the early 1980s, died Wednesday at the age of 83.
John Restivo and Dennis Halstead were convicted for the 1984 rape and murder of a teenage girl but sued the county and ex-detectives after being freed in 2003 when DNA from the victim's body did not match that of the defendants.
Among the five defendants in the SEC suit against former Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders, three have been indicted and have pleaded not guilty, including former chairman Steven Davis, former executive director Stephen DiCarmine and former chief financial officer Joel Sanders.
A trial judge's order barring Lifetime Entertainment from airing a dramatized movie on the murder of a beloved Appellate Division, Third Department, clerk was an "unconstitutional prior restraint on speech," the Appellate Division, Third Department, held Thursday in a unanimous opinion.
Two women who claim they were sexually harassed by former Assemblyman Vito Lopez have filed a new complaint against the state, alleging that the former Brooklyn pol would not have been able to abuse the plaintiffs without the acquiescence of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Nadine Parkes of Middletown, who pleaded guilty to a theft charge last year, has been disbarred by a Brooklyn appellate panel.
The philanthropic arm of the New York State Bar Association is aiming to double its grantmaking over the next three years to meet New Yorkers' growing legal needs.
Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson has tapped the New York Attorney General's office and the Bronx District Attorney's office for prosecutors to lead a newly-formed frauds bureau and forensic science unit.
The Irish American Bar Association of New York presented the Fourth Annual Thomas Jefferson Memorial "Wine Geese" Wine Tasting Wednesday at the residence of Noel Kilkenny, the Consul General of Ireland.
With a shot-across-the-bow warning that "drinking and driving offenses almost always should and will result in disciplinary action," the Commission on Judicial Conduct in its annual report is cautioning judges to confront alcohol-related problems before they result in embarrassing or career-ending punishment.
A state prison inmate who has been waiting more than a year for the First Department to decide whether the parole board rightly rescinded her release has been granted parole again in a decision that may make her Article 78 petition irrelevant.
A doctor should have been allowed to testify that the impact of a Greyhound bus could have caused a limousine driver's stroke minutes after the two vehicles collided, a divided state appeals panel ruled Tuesday, reversing a trial judge who found the testimony relied on a novel theory.
A proposed expert in a dryer fire case won't be able to testify about the value of damaged and destroyed sketches, drawings and other artwork by the late fashion designer Oleg Cassini.
Since the start of the year, seven prominent firms—six of them members of The Am Law 200—have cut their nonlawyer payrolls; at least three have let associates go.
Supreme Court Justice Joseph Teresi of Albany said Wednesday that he will retire on June 26 after nearly 21 years on the bench.
A Southern District judge has reinstated claims against one of Bernard Madoff's so-called feeder funds, holding that the fraud claims aren't preempted by SLUSA.
More than 1,000 people attended 2014 annual photography and auction benefit for Her Justice on Thursday, which raised more than $2.2 million.
The state attorney general is being honored by Staten Island Legal Services for his office's work to prevent foreclosures. SILS has seen an increase in foreclosure cases in recent years due to the combination of Hurricane Sandy and the nationwide housing crisis, said director Nancy Goldhill.
Approximately 257 applicants will be interviewed April 22 by the Character and Fitness Committee of the Appellate Division, First Department.