A Nassau County judge refused to seal court documents in the settlement of a lawsuit stemming from a gruesome murder, citing a need for transparency in what he called the first case of its kind in New York—a suit against a voluntary mental health facility for the actions of a voluntary patient.
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The Court of Appeals said the required "plain language" reading of Judiciary Law §470 can lead to no other conclusion than that the "statute requires nonresident attorneys to maintain a physical office in New York" if they wish to maintain a practice within the state.
In the run-up to the trial of former executives of Dewey & LeBoeuf, a Manhattan judge ruled Tuesday that the defense could argue that, if not for the departure of partners and publicity of the prosecutors' investigation, Dewey would have been able to "right itself and pay its debt."
The suit, brought by freelance professional photographers, claimed an exclusive arrangement between the defendants stripped them of their ability to sell higher-value commercial licenses and forced them to transfer all of their NFL photos to the AP if they wanted to continue offering commercial licenses.
The U.S. Supreme Court was caught in a web of legal arguments Tuesday over whether an inventor could keep collecting royalties on a popular Spider-Man toy even after his patent expired.
The state Court of Appeals granted a stay Tuesday to prevent New York City's "Taxi of Tomorrow" program from taking effect on April 20, as scheduled, pending the court's consideration of an appeal of the program's validity.
A judge said a divorcing wife who successfully petitioned to have her husband pay temporary child support cannot turn around and ask to have the man's access to one child revoked.
Mary Bonauto of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, a partner of Ropes & Gray, will address the U.S. Supreme Court April 28 to argue against state bans on same-sex marriage.
New York's Unified Court System has posted the first of what it plans to be an ongoing feature on its website—podcasts containing conversations with figures of importance to the courts, criminal justice and the legal system.
Applicants must be in good standing of the bar of the highest court of the state for at least five years, have practiced law actively for five years and not be related to a judge of the district court.
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley raised more than $85,000 for programs and services at its 2015 Equal Access to Justice Dinner Thursday.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left standing a lower court ruling that upheld a New York City regulation banning the use of school buildings for after-hours religious worship services. But a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said that church groups using school space for services would be allowed to stay.
A trial court has ruled for the second time that a change in state law to decrease the state's contribution to judges' health care insurance premiums was unconstitutional.
At a time of uncertainty for law schools across New York and the country, Columbia Law School seems to be weathering the storm, keeping its place among the country's premier law schools. But Gillian Lester, who is entering her third month as dean, said there's still room for improvement.
An Orthodox Jewish group has lost its suit alleging that four villages in the Town of Ramapo and their officials used zoning concerns as a pretext for discrimination in blocking a large multi-family development.
While David Ferstendig said no one can hope to duplicate the verve and humor longtime editor David Siegel brought to the New York State Law Digest, he sees new directions for its commentaries.
An expert panel's proposals for liberalizing disability accommodations for the Law School Admission Test would undermine the exam's integrity, the organization that administers the test has argued in court papers.
Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti and former Appellate Division, Second Department, Justice Barry Cozier will lead a commission created by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman to study the state's attorney discipline system and recommend improvements.
John Giuca, who could not convince Brooklyn prosecutors to undo his conviction in the high-profile 2003 killing of college student Mark Fisher, has filed a motion to set it aside, claiming a Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney's purported misconduct deprived him of a fair trial.
The unavailability of police evidence, thought to be on the first floor of a warehouse in Red Hook section of Brooklyn, which was slammed by Hurricane Sandy, is not grounds to grant a habeas corpus petition, a judge has ruled.
GNC has agreed to start using DNA barcoding to confirm the authenticity of all plants used in its herbal supplements prior to processing. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had said in February that four out of five supplements from several retailers showed no trace of the labeled herb's DNA.
Promotions and additions at Kelley Drye & Warren; Simmons Hanly Conroy; Mayer Brown; Akerman; Nixon Peabody; Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein; Duane Morris; and JAMS.
The chair of Duane Morris' corporate practice, George Nemphos, and corporate partner Jay Cohen have resigned from the partnership, effective Thursday, according to a firm spokesman.
A Family Court judge was on "sound and substantial" ground when he ordered an inmate to receive regular visits from his young son, despite objections from the child's mother that the boy believes another man is his father and that she does not want to tell him otherwise, an appellate court has ruled.
New York's 2011 Wage Parity Law, which sets minimum compensation that employers must pay home health care workers to get Medicaid reimbursement in New York City, Westchester, Suffolk and Nassau Counties, was ruled not preempted by federal law.
With specialized human trafficking intervention courts taking root, victim advocates at a City Council budget hearing Friday spoke of accomplishments in pulling some women out of what they called "the life." But they also noted the rising demand for their services and unmet needs.
Owners of a property damaged in Hurricane Sandy aren't entitled to reimbursement under the federal flood insurance program for removal of debris from elsewhere that was deposited in their yard, the Third Circuit has ruled in a case of first impression for federal appellate courts.
Fordham University School of Law and 12 other schools housed at Jesuit universities will collaborate to help unaccompanied children and immigrant families from Central America seek refuge in the United States.
A Long Island attorney was arrested and charged Friday for allegedly stealing more than $185,000 in personal injury settlement funds awarded to her client.
Frank Geraci Jr. has become chief judge for the Western District of New York after a little more than two years on the federal bench, succeeding Judge William Skretny, who assumed senior status on March 8.
The guilty plea of a drug law offender should be vacated because it was entered under the mistaken belief that he would qualify for a shock incarceration program, a divided appeals court ruled Thursday.
The City of New York has yet to determine whether it will appeal a Brooklyn jury's $25.2 million award to a man who was left paralyzed after he was shot during a 2009 arrest by a New York police sergeant.
A 4-1 ruling by a panel of the First Department refused to overturn a lower court holding that the gun leading to Stanley Hardee's conviction and 16 years-to-life sentence was the fruit of an unconstitutional search.
The Jewish Lawyers Guild honored Justices George Silver, Jeffrey Oing and David Friedman at its 39th Annual Dinner Thursday at the New York Hilton Hotel.
The court said Thursday it did not have authority to review two First Department decisions that were not "on the law alone or upon the law and such facts which, but for the determination of law, would not have led to reversal." In a separate ruling, the court addressed a question about sex offender risk assessments it had never faced before.
Although a divorcing lesbian couple couched their arguments on standing entirely in New York statutory and common law, a Family Court judge applied California law, where they had lived when their children were born, concluding that the non-biological mother has standing to seek custody and visitation.
The full interior of a rooming house—and not just a room—where a man lived when he was arrested for gun and marijuana possession should be considered his home under the Constitution, and thus a trial court correctly suppressed evidence gathered at the scene, an appellate court ruled.
The line between state and private action is at issue in the forced commitment of a Suffolk County man who is suing after being confined at a private hospital for 10 days by two private doctors who allegedly took the word of a state doctor and did not examine him themselves.
Goldman Sachs has successfully moved to transfer a suit over legal bills for Sergey Aleynikov, a former vice president who was charged with stealing computer code from the company.
Challengers who accused Alabama officials of unlawfully using race to craft political boundaries will get another chance to argue against the new districts. A divided U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday sent the case back for further review, finding lower court judges made a series of legal errors.
A federal judge has rejected a challenge to the U.S. Interior Department's decision to put more than 13,000 acres the Oneida Indian Nation had reacquired two centuries after they last possessed it in trust and exempt from state and local taxes.
An appeals court Thursday overruled the finding of a state unemployment insurance appeal board that a man fired for getting into a fistfight with a co-worker at a Christmas Party in 2011 should be allowed to collect unemployment insurance benefits.
The non-attorney justice of Mansfield Town Court in Cattaraugus County has resigned. He was accused of reducing or dropping charges against defendants without the prosecution's consent and for using "undignified" or "discourteous" language from the bench, among other charges.
The first session in Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' CLE with CuLturE program will be presented on May 6, with panelists including top in-house counsel from media, sports and entertainment companies, along with an optional performance.
The Police Athletic League presented its Robert M. Morgenthau Award Thursday to Sandra Leung of Bristol-Myers Squibb and Vincent Pitta of Pitta & Giblin.
Fed up with massive pleadings filled with irrelevance and redundancy, a federal judge has ordered the lawyers in a franchise dispute to scale their offerings way back.
Violations by Platinum Pleasures, in the absence of a finding of willfulness, did not warrant the cancellation of its liquor license, the First Department ruled over a dissent that said the "maxim that ignorance of the law is no excuse applies in the context of article 78 proceedings."
A judge rebuffed an attorney's fee application submitted more than a month after putting on the record a divorce settlement that said the husband and wife would be responsible for fees and costs.
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Albany County to redraw the lines of its county legislature to create a new district where minority voters are in the majority, finding that current lines dilute the voting strength of blacks in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act.
A working paper by Northwestern University School of Law professor James Lindgren challenges the notion that women and minorities are underrepresented in teaching the law. Those groups actually have made significant gains, he said. But viewpoint diversity did not improve.
Federal prosecutors say a Long Island man filed bogus liens against three Suffolk County judges as payback for adverse rulings in a foreclosure action against him.
Attorney Dwane Smith was sentenced Wednesday for his role in an alleged conspiracy to bribe a Criminal Justice Agency employee for referrals of low-level arrestees who could afford private counsel.
The Cuomo administration is fighting an attempt by a legal services group with federal oversight responsibility to obtain complete investigative reports about alleged abuse of the disabled and mentally ill in state care.
Albany Supreme Court Justice Patrick McGrath said that the statutes restricting increases in property taxes are not unconstitutional because of the way they provide incentives for voters to keep tax hikes within the rate of inflation.
A 3-1 appeals court upheld the denial of counsel fees to the wife in a divorce case, finding that it had to decide the issue under the Domestic Relations Law that existed at the time the divorce action was filed in August 2010 and not the amended statute that took effect in October 2010.
The New York County Lawyers Association hosted a reception Monday to honor newly elected and appointed members of the judiciary.
NYSARC Inc., a nonprofit supporting individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families, has promoted Kathryn Jerian to general counsel, along with news from law firms.