President Donald Trump's rhetoric and actions continue to test the American Bar Association as it pursues its core goals, which include upholding the rule of law, enhancing diversity and eliminating bias.
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A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a lawsuit by owners of the natural-gas Constitution Pipeline challenging the state's decision last year not to grant water permits needed to build the pipeline.
A special litigation committee cannot be used to determine the fate or direction of derivative claims brought on behalf of a New York limited liability company, unless its use is expressly written into the operating agreement, a Manhattan appeals court has ruled in an important decision of first impression.
Steven Smith, managing partner of Bryan Cave's Colorado Springs office, talks about the streaming boom currently collapsing the NFL-media pocket.
John Nevius, who was also a shareholder in Anderson Kill's insurance recovery group, was committed to education and was a popular teacher and mentor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, his firm colleagues said.
Prosecutors said they were dismissing all charges, with prejudice, after reaching an agreement with counsel for the two defendants, Javier Martin-Artajo and Julien Grout.
A lawyer for a group of shareowners in the Midtown hotel the Manhattan Club said clients are awaiting news of restitution from the settlement after a yearslong investigation.
A Lithuanian businessman extradited to the United States to face charges that he duped Google and Facebook into sending him over $100 million was held without bail Thursday, hours after he was brought to the country.
Four decades after taking the court at what would eventually become the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, a longtime in-house lawyer at American International Group Inc. is headed to DLA Piper in New York, although he won’t be in attendance for the first serve festivities that start in the city later this month.
Calling the $1.72 trillion international stock loan market good for the banks that do the lending but "bad for virtually everyone else," a trio of pension funds filed a class action suit against six of the world's largest financial firms Thursday.
Two veteran lawyers who ran a boutique practice in the Bronx have had their licenses suspended for failing to supervising a bookkeeper—and personal friend of one of the lawyers—who stole more than $2.5 million from firm bank accounts, including escrow accounts.
Uber made it clear that users were agreeing to terms and conditions, including the waiving of a jury trial in favor of arbitration, when they downloaded and used the app, the Second Circuit ruled Thursday.
Facing pushback from the federal government, New York City officials have decided to postpone the planned enforcement date for a law requiring some establishments to post calorie counts on their menus.
Do the prominent lawyers representing President Donald Trump, his family and his administration—many of them Jewish—have a duty to object publicly to his comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia?
Two former directors of an Orthodox religious school in Brooklyn are accused of executing a $3 million school meal reimbursement scheme in a five-count indictment unsealed in Brooklyn federal court Thursday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in federal district court in Brooklyn Thursday, challenging the EPA's decision to allow dredging sediments to be dumped in the Long Island Sound.
According to a letter sent to health insurers Wednesday, it had "come to the attention" of the Department of Financial Services that some insurers may be denying claims of transgender individuals "because the gender with which the individual identifies does not match the gender of someone to whom those services are typically provided."
Health insurance rates for individuals and group plans in New York will increase next year by 14.5 and 9.3 percent respectively, less than the increases approved last year.
David Bookstaver, a longtime spokesman for New York's Office of Court Administration, has been fired after reportedly inadvertently dialing a New York Post reporter and leaving a voicemail in which he could be heard laughing about how he "barely" showed up to work.
Owners and operators of the Manhattan Club reached a settlement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for misleading timeshare participants after a probe launched in 2014.
Nothing 'Inappropriate' to See Here. CFPB Defends Going to State Regulators As Court Stalls SubpoenaBy C. Ryan Barber |
In a court filing earlier this month, pension advance provider Future Income Payments said the CFPB was demanding information from state authorities that the company provided “generally under confidentiality restrictions.”
After President Donald Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides” of the violent clashes in Charlottesville, one of his top lawyers circulated an email equating Confederate general Robert E. Lee with George Washington and saying Black Lives Matter had been “totally infiltrated” by terrorists, The New York Times reported.
A small group of tech companies are legally protected, for the most part, in their decisions to kick users off their platforms for privately and publicly espousing white supremacy.
Ricardo “Rick” Martinez, co-leader of the trade and export finance practice at Haynes and Boone, has joined Hogan Lovells as a partner in New York.
A Livingston County town and village justice under investigation for judicial misconduct—including charges he engaged in ex parte contact and threatened to tape shut a defendant's mouth—has resigned from both positions and agreed to never seek judicial office again.
Before he became U.S. ambassador to Israel, former Kasowitz Benson Torres bankruptcy partner David Friedman represented real estate heir Robert Durst, who is listed in Friedman's U.S. government ethics disclosure. The disclosure form also shows Friedman made about $2.7 million from his partnership share in 2016.
The suit filed Wednesday says that the investment bank's leadership is "devoid of color" and claims racial and religious discrimination.
A New York Times editorial that Sarah Palin said linked her to a 2011 mass shooting was intended to communicate that the incident was a product of a charged political atmosphere, not that it was caused directly by the former Alaska governor's rhetoric, the editor of the Times' editorial page said on Wednesday.
A former IT employee of an unnamed multinational bank is accused by federal authorities of running a $5 million insider trading scheme with six other defendants, according to parallel suits filed in Manhattan federal court Wednesday.
London-based Woodsford Litigation Funding Ltd. on Wednesday announced a $20 million investment deal with litigation boutique Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss—a move that comes less than a month after Woodsford opened its first U.S. outpost in Philadelphia.
Former senior vice president and deputy general counsel for AIG Nicholas Kourides has joined DLA Piper, Kathryn von Matthiessen has rejoined Katten Muchin Rosenman as a partner in its trusts and estates practice, and other announcements of hires and promotions.
New billing models are about to sweep the industry, according to one law firm leader who says alternative fees helped catapult his firm onto The Am Law 200 just 14 years after he founded it.
Less than a month after six partners left London-based legal giant Ashurst's New York office, one of those defectors, Lawrence Berkovich, has reemerged at Allen & Overy.
Augustus Sol Invictus, a retired Florida lawyer, was one of the organizers of the "Unite the Right" rally that erupted in violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
A federal judge in Manhattan ruled that Costco must cough up more than $19 million for selling rings under the luxury jewelry maker Tiffany's trademark, which is more than $5 million over the jury award—in profits and punitive damages—in the case handed up last year.
In the midst of what some see as an uptick in libel cases, five attorneys involved in major defamation and First Amendment matters moved their practice this month from Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz to Davis Wright Tremaine, including New York partners Katherine Bolger and Rachel Strom and Washington, D.C., partner Nathan Siegel.
Milton Mollen, a World War II veteran, a former presiding justice of the Appellate Division, Second Department, and chair of a historic committee that uncovered vast corruption within the New York City Police Department, has died.
In the impending trial for a man accused of planting bombs in New York City and New Jersey, prosecutors will not be able to submit evidence related to the defendant's alleged shootout with and flight from Linden, New Jersey police.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing that New York's hate crimes law be amended to add inciting to riot and rioting to the list of offenses that are punishable as a hate crime when rioting is directed at a protected class—such as a racial or ethnic group—following the protests in Charlottesville this weekend that left three dead and a score injured.
IBM Watson Legal leaders put AI into context and discussed how it is being used in the legal industry.
A Third Department panel has denied requests by a Massachusetts assistant attorney general and a private lawyer to waive the in-state office requirement of Judiciary Law §470 that would have allowed them to appear in a civil action brought against Massachusetts-based police departments.
International accounting firm KPMG agreed to a $6.2 million settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, regulators announced Tuesday.
Nonprofit animal shelters and rescue organizations in New York will now have to be licensed and inspected by the Department of Agriculture and Markets. Previously, the requirement applied only to pet stores and home-based sellers of cat and dogs.
Suspended Fox News host Eric Bolling last week filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against the Huffington Post contributing writer who broke a story that Bolling had allegedly sent lewd text messages to colleagues.
Two New York lawmakers are saying they want answers after a story from The Associated Press revealed a disabled man was infested with maggots at a state-run group home.
Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has his date in court—again.
Thousands of new students are flocking to law campuses across the country this month to kick off their legal careers. It's safe to say that most all of them can legally order a beer at the bar. Not Boca Raton's Aaron Parnas.
Wachtell, Skadden, Proskauer Rose, Foley & Lardner and Akerman are among a handful of large law firms advising on the proposed $1.2 billion sale of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins to an ownership group led by former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter and venture capitalist Bruce Sherman.
Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice said a preliminary injunction to force President Donald Trump to unblock a group of plaintiffs on Twitter would "send the First Amendment deep into uncharted waters," according to a letter filed Aug. 11 .
As legislators in Albany considered expanding ride-hailing outside of New York City, Uber Technologies Inc. spent nearly $1.8 million on lobbyists and lobbying expenses for the first six months of the year, lobbying disclosures show.
Nelson Canter, who 14 years ago walked away from his post as an office managing partner at Clausen Miller to start his own firm, is now taking that practice to McLaughlin & Stern. In October, the former town justice in Westchester County, New York, will become head of his new firm's insurance subrogation practice.
Discussion of how lawyers can help solve workplace issues for immigrants and religious minorities was the focus of two panels at the ABA Annual Meeting on Friday, while Sunday saw experts connect the dots between state restrictions on women's rights and lack of access to programs benefiting low-income women and children.
A prolific, best-selling author who writes under the pen name Fern Michaels must pay more than $700,000 to her ex-attorney and onetime business partner, a federal judge in Manhattan has ruled.
An attorney for more than 1,200 women who say they were injured by the Mirena intrauterine device argued before a federal appeals court on Monday that their dismissed suit should be revived based on Bayer’s own admissions that its device can perforate the uterus.
A report released Monday by the American Bar Association hopes to help the legal profession address addiction and depression by detailing sweeping changes that bar regulators, judges, law firms, law schools and others can make to address what the report says amounts to a crisis in lawyers’ well-being.
The naming and shaming of a number of participants in the weekend's "Unite the Right" rally has underscored some tricky questions about how discriminatory views should be treated in the workplace.
A district court order holding the Cuban government liable for a $45 million judgment under a federal terrorism law was reversed and remanded by the Second Circuit Monday.
Private lawyers seeking to represent Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in his U.S. drug-trafficking case failed to get assurances Monday that they'll get paid, leaving the Mexican drug lord's defense in limbo.
Citing a string of bomb threats called into Jewish Community Centers and recent violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Gov. Cuomo said it was vital "now, more than ever" for New York to stand against "bias and hate."
A man who hurled his dog to its death has pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty.
The American Bar Association's annual meeting, August 10-15, was held in New York for the first time in 10 years. The event was primarily conducted at the midtown Hilton hotel, but the ABA partnered with over 20 bar associations in the city to host various events and ceremonies.
Undocumented law graduates should not be denied the opportunity to join the bar and practice law based solely on their immigration status, according to the American Bar Association.
The growing market for regulation technology (regtech)—tools that help attorneys better understand and comply with various industry-specific laws—just got a new major player. Technology company IBM has entered the fold, aiming to leverage its artificial intelligence (AI) engine Watson in regulatory technology designed specifically for the financial industry.