Deciding when the clock started running on the statute of limitations for a legal malpractice action, a Brooklyn appellate court said an attorney's representation effectively ended sooner than the filing of a document formally switching counsel.
This Weeks News
Weeks before President Barack Obama announced sweeping changes to the nation's immigration system Thursday, New York's legal services providers began pulling together a plan to help tens of thousands of New Yorkers now eligible for legal status.
Southern District Judge Denise Cote on Friday gave final approval to the unusual settlement reached between Apple, 33 states and class action counsel in the e-book price-fixing litigation. The settlement calls for Apple to pay $450 million should Cote's 2013 liability ruling be upheld in the computer giant's appeal to the Second Circuit.
Employment discrimination lawyer Douglas Wigdor sued SoulCycle on Thursday for banning him, claiming the New York fitness club was retaliating against him for representing a former club employee in a minimum wage case.
More than 420,000 cases are pending in U.S. immigration courts, a steadily growing backlog that immigration lawyers say they hope will be eased by the executive actions President Barack Obama announced Thursday.
Supreme Court Justice Robert Stolz has adjourned the trial of indicted Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders for a month after defense attorneys told him a Bermuda-based insurer has refused to advance defense costs.
A judge has denied a lawyer's request to postpone a trial until next fall because she is in the sixth month of a high-risk pregnancy.
The Historical Society of the New York Courts will sponsor a presentation titled "Asian-Americans & the Law: New York Pioneers in the Judiciary" on Dec. 15.
Online streaming service Aereo says that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying an unfavorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court was too difficult to overcome.
Criminal charges against a former state attorney have been dismissed and his parole supervision terminated because the harassment statute he admitted to violating was later ruled unconstitutional by the state Court of Appeals.
The New York Lawyers for the Public Interest presented the 2014 Felix A. Fishman Awards Thursday at the New York City Bar Association.
The New York City Bar Association on Thursday hosted "Lawyers Without Rights," an exhibit sponsored by the German Federal Bar and the American Bar Association that covers the persecution and murder of Jewish lawyers and judges under the Nazi regime.
An elderly woman's rent-stabilized lease is protected from the reach of her bankruptcy trustee, a divided state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in declaring the lease a "local public assistance benefit" under state law.
Wary of extending the jurisdiction of New York courts over out-of-state providers in medical malpractice actions, the state Court of Appeals barred a suit Thursday filed by a New York resident against a Florida surgical practice.
Southern District Judge Deborah Batts took the witness stand Wednesday in a hearing to determine whether her courtroom was closed to the public during jury selection for the public corruption trial of former New York City Councilman Larry Seabrook in violation of the Sixth Amendment.
The decks have been cleared for a billion-dollar trial where American terrorism victims are trying to hold the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority liable for several attacks in Israel.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday approved rules to address the technological vulnerabilities of stock market exchanges and other key securities market participants.
Noah Hanft retired in April from MasterCard, where he was general counsel and chief franchise officer, to become the new president and CEO for the International Institution of Conflict Prevention & Resolution, which promotes techniques for more effective alternatives to increasingly costly and burdensome litgation.
The U.S. Department of Justice in fiscal 2014 secured $24.7 billion from its cases, more than tripling the amount from fiscal 2013, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. announced Wednesday. The money flows mostly from deals JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc. reached to settle financial fraud claims stemming from the 2008 financial crisis.
The Fund for Modern Courts is urging the New York State Senate to hold confirmation hearings before January for Leslie Stein, the Appellate Division, Third Department, justice who has been nominated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fill a opening on the state Court of Appeals.
A federal judge handed a suspended New York attorney a nine-year prison term on Wednesday for running a debt collection relief scheme as a manager of the now-shuttered Mission Settlement Agency.
Though an imitation gun stored at a Brooklyn evidence facility could not be produced for trial after flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy, a Second Department panel said the defendant had "ample opportunity" to question witnesses about the pistol and was not prejudiced by its unavailability.
An inmate's claim against a prosecutor failed because the assistant district attorney's conduct, such as work on the inmate's extradition, fell squarely in the scope of absolute immunity, ruled a judge.
A man's failure to include a trial transcript in his attempt to set aside a jury verdict should not have doomed his effort, a Brooklyn appellate court said as it ordered a new trial on damages.
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White accepted the annual Fordham-Stein Prize Tuesday at Fordham Law School.
Former Appellate Division, Second Department, Justice Milton Mollen joined the 2014 recipients of the annual Milton Mollen Commitment to Excellence Awards Wednesday at the Second Department in Brooklyn.
Though the NYPD denied a Muslim student's request for surveillance records by refusing to acknowledge their existence, a state judge said he would not adopt the federal legal doctrine allowing such a response.
"Rosie," a pit bull/boxer mix that her owner claims is an "emotional support dog" needed to remediate mental illness, has won a reprieve in the Southern District, as Judge Edgardo Ramos issued a temporary restraining order barring their eviction.
A trial judge erred when he failed to instruct jurors in a check fraud case to find that the conduct they were weighing took place in New York State, a First Department panel has found.
Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez has denied the state's motion to dismiss "potentially meritorious" claims that New York has reneged on its promise to significantly improve public school funding, rejecting the argument that the litigation must include plaintiffs from each of the 690 districts in the state.
A federal jury in Newark has ordered Robert Fusari, a record producer credited with launching the career of Lady Gaga, to pay $7.3 million to a songwriter who claimed she brought the two together.
New York's legal services providers are mobilizing to help undocumented New Yorkers who may be protected from deportation by an executive order President Barack Obama is expected to unveil at 8 p.m. Thursday.
The indicted ex-leaders of Dewey & LeBoeuf said the trial of junior manager Zachary Warren should be held first because he is a "crucial exculpatory witness" for their own trial.
Actor Robert De Niro said he will reimburse a town nearly $130,000 in legal fees it spent defending its assessment of the actor's upstate New York property.
The official New York state court website devoted to assisting unrepresented litigants has undergone a redesign, with new sections as debt-related matters and foreclosures, as well as more links to free legal resources.
The refusal by a Monroe County judge to give jurors a missing witness charge has led a Fourth Department panel to reverse a second-degree murder conviction, saying prosecutors' statements about a witness' intention to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights if called were insufficient to establish his unavailability.
The Appellate Division, Second Department, has published a list of attorneys who are facing suspension for failing to re-register.
Eastern District U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch presented New York City Corporation Counsel Zachary Carter, who preceded her as Eastern District U.S. Attorney, with the Brennan Legacy Award at an annual benefit and awards dinner Tuesday.
Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik, a well-known personal injury firm, is facing implosion and a court-appointed receiver has been designated to oversee firm finances.
An outbreak of juror tweeting was not enough to derail the convictions of two lawyers in a sweeping immigration scheme to submit thousands of fraudulent asylum applications.
The state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that two very different different organizations—a theater group and a pagan religious order—qualify for local tax exemptions under the same law. In another ruling, the court said a woman may be prosecuted again without violating double jeopardy after determining that a mistrial was declared at her behest.
After acquiring a treasure trove of rare books and documents, the New York City Bar Association is turning back the clock and selling off much of the material in auction.
Supreme Court Justice Louis York, who spent 28 years on the bench in New York City, died Sunday.
The majority of a divided Brooklyn appellate court has found that the police had reasonable suspicion to chase a juvenile after hearing gunshots anywhere from minutes earlier to more than an hour before the chase.
In a decision that upsets the status quo for the music and copyright worlds, Southern District Judge Colleen McMahon ruled Friday that the owners of pre-1972 sound recordings have performance rights to their songs, and that Sirius XM therefore infringed copyrights held by the two founding members of the 1960s rock band The Turtles.
The New York State Senate will not take up Gov. Andrew Cuomo's nomination of Third Department Justice Leslie Stein to the state Court of Appeals until after the first of the year.
All state courts in Buffalo were to be closed Wednesday due to snow off Lake Erie which totaled several feet in parts of Erie County as of Tuesday evening.
Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ agreed to pay $315 million and sanction some employees to resolve allegations it misled state regulators about transactions that violated U.S. economic sanctions against several countries, including Iran, Sudan and Myanmar.
Lamenting the absence of an adversarial process when determining legal fees in fair wage class actions, a federal judge slashed the award to plaintiffs lawyers who settled a lawsuit against a prominent sushi restaurant in Manhattan.
A judge says three extreme-skydiving enthusiasts displayed "inexcusable self-indulgence" by parachuting off the 1 World Trade Center tower, and he will not dismiss the felony charges against them.
A Brooklyn art teacher arrested for making a terrorist threat by mentioning the infamous Columbine High School shootings had her case against the city tossed by Eastern District Judge Jack Weinstein, who ruled the teacher went too far.
Saying he had "misapprehended the facts," Justice Manuel Mendez reversed an earlier discovery ruling and held for the plaintiff in an insurance coverage dispute.
The Erie County Sheriff's Department is not obligated to create a position for an epileptic deputy sheriff whose illness prevents her from safely guarding inmates at the county's jail, a Fourth Department panel has decided.
A Manhattan judge, in a case of first impression, has reversed the State Liquor Authority's decision to revoke of the liquor license of a Long Island farm winery that had permitted "a dance party type atmosphere," according to the Liquor Authority.
A criminal suspect with an IQ of 68 could not have understood the Miranda warnings given to him in a "relatively rapid" way, so the statements he gave police were inadmissible, an upstate appeals court has ruled.
The Second Circuit ruled that judges calculating a defendant's prior convictions under the Armed Career Criminal Act are limited to the same sources when determining whether crimes took place on "occasions different" from one another as they are when determining the "character of the offense."
Calling the parole board's last determination "so irrational as to border on gross impropriety and illegal action," Sullivan County Acting Supreme Court Justice Frank LaBuda has ordered, for the second time in less than a year, a new hearing for an inmate who has served 28 years of a 15-years-to-life sentence for killing his wife.
More than 46,000 federal prisoners could be eligible for early release under new sentencing guidelines that took effect this month, putting a new burden on already strained resources in the judiciary and in public defender offices.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partners voted early Friday afternoon to admit 227 Bingham McCutchen partners into the firm and hire additional lawyers and staff from the firm in the future. Morgan Lewis confirmed the mass lateral move in a press release, which explicitly omitted mention of a merger. Five sources briefed on the matter say that the deal is indeed not a merger but an acquisition of assets by Morgan Lewis.
Two law school deans are among eight members of a committee named by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman to review his proposal to adopt the Uniform Bar Examination as the basis of New York state's test.
The trustee recovering money for thousands of Bernard Madoff's victims reached a $497 million settlement with two financial funds that invested with the Ponzi schemer, lifting the total raised for cheated investors to over $10 billion.
An appeals court ordered a new trial for a former police detective who was found guilty of falsely reporting a burglary in progress after finding the trial judge improperly denied a defense request to define what constitutes burglary for the jury.
A city housing program may not evict a man from his bunk without first holding a proceeding that follows city and state protections for tenants, a Brooklyn Housing Court judge has ruled in restoring the man's tenancy.