A New York bank may not be compelled to garnish the funds of a debtor that are being held in accounts of the bank's own foreign branches, a divided Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
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The Court of Appeals ruled that while changes in the music industry over the past 53 years have tended to make the copyright renewal Duke Ellington signed in 1961 and similar contracts more favorable to music publishers, "clear and unambiguous" provisions govern EMI's obligations to Ellington's grandson and the composer's other survivors.
The Second Circuit said the U.S. Supreme Court decision in 'Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum' leaves the plaintiffs, victims of torture under the regime of Saddam Hussein, without redress in U.S. courts against companies who allegedly undermined the U.N.'s Oil-for-Food program.
Southern District Chief Judge Loretta Preska, in her first annual State of the Southern District address Thursday, commended members of the bar for rallying to the cause of adequate funding at a time when the courts came "shockingly close to being unable to fulfill our constitutional responsibilities to resolve the cases before us."
NBA player Larry Sanders is known for his shot blocking skills, but now it's his former agent getting blocked, as Justice Eileen Bransten dismissed tort and unjust enrichment claims he brought against Sanders' new agent.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent in a Texas voter ID case last week contained an error that has now been deleted, the U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday.
The New York City Bar Tuesday dedicated its new library lounge which allows members and guests to talk and make phone calls without disturbing other users of the library.
The Southern District of New York has announced a series of events to mark its 225th anniversary that will kick off Nov. 4 and run through October 2015. Events include a special session Nov. 4 to commemorate the first session of any court under the U.S. Constitution, a reenactment of the Pentagon Papers case in January, and yearlong courtroom sketch exhibitions.
After a trial in which the defense pushed claims of abusive interrogation tactics by an investigator with the Putnam County Sheriff's office, Jeffrey Deskovic has won a $41.65 million verdict against the county for his wrongful conviction for the rape and murder of a high school classmate that cost him 16 years behind bars.
Ruling that lifeguards who attempted to rescue 10-year-old Akira Johnson at a Coney Island beach in July 2008 were sufficient in number and "adequately trained," the Second Department overruled Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Carl J. Landicino, who had let the case go forward.
Fidel Del Valle has been appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio as the new commissioner of the city's Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, which hears challenges to city sanctions for regulatory breaches, such as littering and illegal vending or procuring city contracts by fraud.
William Scher acknowledged he was the subject of a disciplinary investigation into allegations he used client escrow funds for personal expenses, and Eric Valley resigned after the disciplinary committee sought to impose reciprocal discipline for misconduct in Washington state.
A client's failure to appeal in an underlying action bars a legal malpractice suit only where it is determined that the client was likely to have prevailed in the appeal, the state Court of Appeals had decided.
A ruling that permitted evidence that three men accused of extortion against business owners had ties to organized crime did not taint the trial that ended in their convictions, the Second Circuit has ruled.
The New York City Department of Correction does not have the authority, without a court order or probable cause, to hold people beyond the end of their sentences based on detention requests issued by federal immigration authorities, a Brooklyn judge has ruled.
Two investment funds have sued 20-attorney Gilbride, Tusa, Last & Spellane, claiming the firm failed to perfect the funds' security interest in life insurance policies, leading to more than $84 million in damages.
Victory is sweet—or, more appropriately, savory—for Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chao, which prevailed on Tuesday in a dispute with federal immigration officials, who had refused to consider "culturally acquired knowledge" in deciding whether to grant a work visa for one of the company's chefs.
Southern District Judge Lewis Kaplan Wednedsay told prosecutors and lawyers for Anas Al Liby and Khaled Al Fawwaz that the Nov. 3 date set for jury selection in their case is now Jan. 12.
Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who took over the files of New York's Moreland anti-corruption commission, said Wednesday that investigations into Albany's pay-to-play politics are continuing.
The Appellate Term, First Department, noted that the statute required only that the applicant, a transgender woman, state her "'residence', not legal residence, and considerations of citizenship immigration should not be lightly imported" into the statute.
A judge has imposed a temporary restraining order blocking prosecutors from obtaining, without a court order, recordings of telephone calls from inmates at the local jail.
The state's Unified Court System has released its voters guide for the judicial offices being decided this year.
The City Bar Justice Center presented its sixth annual Jeremy G. Epstein Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service on Monday.
The Cuomo administration and the NYCLU Tuesday announced the settlement of a suit challenging New York's system of providing legal services to indigent criminal defendants. The agreement applies to representation of the poor in the five counties named as defendants in the seven-year-old litigation.
The state Court of Appeals reinstated a defamation suit Tuesday against Syracuse University and basketball coach Jim Boeheim for criticisms he leveled at two former Syracuse ballboys who accused his friend and top assistant Bernie Fine of molesting them.
An attorney accused by a judge of ignoring his instructions not to mention punitive damages and of acting strangely during closing argument in the products liability litigation over the bone-density drug Fosamax has had sanctions against him lifted by a federal appeals court.
A historic bar and restaurant near Gramercy Park will be allowed to operate its sidewalk cafe through the end of its lease despite its landlord's refusal to give approvals required by New York City's sidewalk cafe license renewal process, a First Department panel has ruled.
A building owner's sole reliance on temperature records, without expert testimony or other evidence, was not enough to rebut the claim of a woman that the sidewalk where she fell was covered with ice, a state judge has concluded.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that Saturday morning's unheard-of predawn order allowing new voter identification rules to take effect in Texas was the result of last-minute filings from parties on Friday, in addition to a mid-afternoon memo about the case circulated by Justice Antonin Scalia, the court member who handles emergency appeals from Texas.
Acting Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Melissa Jackson has been named administrative judge of New York City Criminal Court. Acting Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Alexander Jeong will serve as deputy administrative judge.
Haroun Aswat, a citizen of the United Kingdom accused of providing material support to al Qaida, pleaded not guilty to four charges yesterday in the Southern District.
Southern District Chief Judge Loretta Preska will deliver her first annual State of the Southern District report on Thursday, Oct. 23 at the New York County Lawyers' Association.
Criminal defense firm Raiser & Kenniff is suing the Nassau County district attorney's office and the sheriff, alleging prosecutors are listening to inmates' recorded jail calls and reviewing privileged conversations.
Brooklyn prosecutors are accusing Kenneth Gellerman of Bellmore of stealing more than $100,000 from clients he represented in personal injury cases, failing to pay them some or all of their settlement money.
More than 20 lawyers and law student members of the Muslim Bar Association of New York prepared and served 200 meals to the homeless in Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park at their first annual "MuBANY Fights Hunger" event.
Kramer Levin, White & Case, Borah Goldstein and Bracewell & Giuliani have each added attorneys, while White & Case has promoted four attorneys to partner.
Plaintiffs attempting to win sanctions and gain an advantage at an upcoming trial over terror attacks in Jerusalem have been rebuffed by Southern District Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis, who said there was no proof to support allegations the PLO and the Palestinian Authority intentionally withheld documents.
Documents related to Syracuse University's 2005 investigation into molestation allegations against former basketball coach Bernie Fine are not shielded from disclosure in a lawsuit filed by Fine's wife as attorney work-product, a federal magistrate judge decided.
An appellate court has rebuffed a state prison inmate's claim that a damage award of $80,000 he received was inadequate to compensate him for injuries he suffered in an altercation with guards—in the process ruling that he was entitled to no money at all.
For the second time this year, a shareholder derivative case against Citigroup's directors that alleged they should be held personally liable for losses stemming from the bank's misstatement of LIBOR has been rejected by the Commercial Division.
Samuel Pryor III, a retired corporate partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell, died Oct. 17 of an infection following a long bout with pulmonary hypertension, said his son, Joseph Pryor. He was 86.
Facebook on Monday sued DLA Piper and three other law firms alleging they "knew or should have known" that the claim made by their client, Paul Ceglia, that he owned half of Facebook was a fraud.
A state judge has ordered New York City's Department of Finance to comply with a city Comptroller's subpoena seeking tax information from 2008 to 2012.
A former upstate town court clerk was sentenced to 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison Monday for stealing $198,397 in court funds in 2011 and 2012.
Almost two years after the Court of Appeals said Bronx prosecutors incorrectly invoked anti-terrorism laws in a gang member's case, another jury has found the man guilty on retrial.
Acting Justice Gerard Connolly is expected to open the bench trial in 'Hurrell-Harring v. State of New York' by indicating his decision on whether the proceedings will be bifurcated or the issues of liability and a remedy decided at the same time.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he is nominating Appellate Division, Third Department, Justice Leslie Stein to replace Victoria Graffeo on the Court of Appeals.
New York State's Division of Human Rights has been ordered to pay legal fees to a New York City co-op for botching a disability discrimination claim brought by a tenant threatened with eviction over her pit bull, "Rosie".
The First Department, reinstating a case that underlines the role wintry weather often plays in litigation in northeastern courts, has held that New York City had enough time after a snowfall to clear a sidewalk on which a woman slipped four days later.
A man who ended up on a collection agency's call list after discontinuing the electricity at his deceased mother-in-law's apartment convinced a federal appeals court that the calls were prohibited by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
Eastern District Magistrate Judge Viktor Pohorelsky has issued a report and recommendation certifying a class of tens of thousands of direct purchasers of air freight shipping services suing more than two dozen airlines in an alleged global price-fixing conspiracy.
The First Department on Thursday unanimously affirmed a lower court decision dismissing breach of contract claims by monoline insurer Ambac against a Bear Stearns mortgage unit acquired by JPMorgan Chase & Co.
The First Department accepted the resignation of real estate attorney Bernard Weintraub, who "without his clients' consent...'borrowed' $600,000 'to meet certain obligations in the face of the economic downturn and [his] consequent inability to borrow the money from regular institutional sources.'"
A Connecticut resident is attempting to bring a class action suit against a New York law firm for allegedly violating a consumer protection law by sending out unsolicited text message advertisements.
Hodgson Russ has appointed Gary Schober, former firm president and CEO, as managing partner of its New York City office; Kirkland & Ellis and Goodwin Procter announce several promotions; and four other firms have added partners.
An illiterate young man confused about his right to counsel and unfamiliar with the criminal justice system did not make a knowing and intelligent waiver of his rights against self-incrimination, a Manhattan appeals court ruled Thursday.
A 1994 law did not relieve towns and cities from paying a share of the schooling for local residents attending public community colleges outside of their counties, the Court of Appeals held Thursday.
Asked why she was stepping down, Appellate Division, First Department, Justice Helen Freedman quipped that she was following another longtime player into retirement. "When Derek Jeter said he was ready to move on to something new, I had to consider whether I was too," she said.
A woman bitten by a dog can proceed with her suit against the shelter from which she adopted the animal, on claims that it failed to tell her the dog had been adopted and returned twice before.
Frank Grad, a longtime professor at Columbia Law School and an expert in environmental and public health law, died Tuesday at age 90.
A report released Thursday by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that many of the listings on short-term rental service Airbnb are placed by commercial operators running illegal hotels, not by New Yorkers renting out a spare room.
As rehearsals continued for the opening of the new season at the Metropolitan Opera, contract talks with the unions representing approximately 2,400 workers sounded some sour notes. Observers increasingly wondered if there would be a Met season at all. Playing a central role in the contentious process was Howard Robbins, a Proskauer Rose partner who counseled the Met's general manager.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared torn on a contentious patent litigation issue: whether a trial court's factual findings about a patent claim deserve deference from the federal court that reviews such disputes on appeal.
Legal Services Corp. honored six New York lawyers and three firms for their commitment to equal justice at an Oct. 6 ceremony at the New York State Bar Association in Albany.
Fifteen counties outside New York City are calling on the state to take over administration and funding of a system that provides legal representation to indigent criminal defendants.
Plaintiffs lawyers leading the fight against General Motors Co. over its ignition-switch recalls have filed two consolidated class actions on behalf of 30 million consumers across the country.
Marc Dreier, imprisoned since 2009 for a series of frauds that led to his law firm's collapse, was expected to be brought from a Sandstone, Minn., prison in late October to appear as a witness in the bankruptcy case of his firm.
Abraham George, formerly a deputy bureau chief in the Brooklyn D.A.'s Office's Major Narcotics Investigation Bureau, has become general counsel at The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation For Justice, and other moves.
The call of the calendars required by Section 600.12(c) of the Rules of Practice of the Appellate Division, First Department, will be held on Oct. 23, beginning at 10 a.m.