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After months of searching and, some would argue, delay, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced the appointments of seven new interim Civil Court judges for New York City, along with two new appointments to the city's Criminal Court.
Hundreds of members of the legal community, government officials and others who knew the late Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam gathered on Friday at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine to pay their respects.
A program launched seven years ago by then Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman as "a permanent piece of the puzzle" to close the justice gap for low-income New Yorkers has "grown steadily," with more than 200 senior attorneys currently volunteering with one of 64 approved host agencies.
A federal judge in Manhattan has awarded a combined $247 million in penalties and damages in favor of New York City and New York State against the United Parcel Service in a dispute over shipments of untaxed cigarettes into the state.
Brooklyn attorney John O'Hara, the first person charged with illegal voting since Susan B. Anthony, has over the past several years been reinstated to the bar and had his name cleared. Now he is setting his sights on a new challenge: He wants to lead a slate of insurgent candidates to run this year in the Democratic primary for open seats on the bench in Brooklyn Civil Court.
Harris Beach has elected former New York State Senator Mike Nozzolio as a partner; Michael R. Gordon, formerly a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, will be establishing GordonLaw LLP; and more announcements.
Nola Heller, chief of the violent and organized crime unit at the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York, is leaving in June to become a partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel.
Preet Bharara encouraged New York Law School graduates during a commencement address on Thursday to question others—even their superiors—when the time is right. "Justice cannot tolerate fake news, or alternative facts or abuse of power," said Bharara.
A federal jury has awarded a mentally disabled Long Island man and his parents $8.32 million after police used a stun gun on the man four times inside his home in 2010.
Matthew Parrott, head of the New York real estate and distressed debt litigation group at Katten Muchin Rosenman, has joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson as a partner in Manhattan. Fried Frank, riding high from a successful financial year in 2016, has been busy on the lateral recruitment front in 2017.
Be happy about the prospect of regulatory upheaval in Washington, D.C. Don't worry. That was the sentiment shared by former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chairwoman Mary Jo White and JPMorgan Chase & Co. vice chairman Stephen Cutler at a legal summit.
Thursday’s opinion keeps in place a Maryland district court’s nationwide injunction against the order, issued March 6.
The Second Circuit agreed Thursday to hear en banc a case that could overturn circuit precedent that Title VII does not cover employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.
A gold trader charged with violating U.S. sanctions on Iran will keep former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey on his defense team despite the fact that their firms represent banks that allegedly fell victim to the violations.
Alcoholics Anonymous is demanding the return of its 1939 original manuscript describing the "Twelve Step" program of recovery from alcoholism, which is to be sold June 8 at auction.
New York lawmakers have voted to let Uber and Lyft begin picking up passengers in upstate New York a little early.
The New York City Bar Association presented its annual Kathryn A. McDonald Awards on Wednesday to Lesley Friedland, the Executive Director of FamilyKind, and Chris Gottlieb and Martin Guggenheim of the NYU Family Defense Clinic.
A New York lawmaker wants to make it a felony to remove a condom during intercourse without the permission of a sexual partner, a practice known as "stealthing."
In contrast to the double-digit growth enjoyed by many top Wall Street firms, most New York firms in the bottom half of the Am Law 200 saw little to no expansion last year, according to financial rankings released Wednesday by The American Lawyer.
Fox News fired back at Andrea Tantaros on Wednesday, claiming that her allegations against the network were an "outright hoax," and requesting sanctions that include a dismissal of the case and a disciplinary referral for Judd Burstein, Tantaros' Manhattan-based lawyer.
The SEC says information from a former colleague about Medicare rate reductions was passed along to two hedge fund analysts who made millions off insider trading.
McCarthy Tétrault has opened an office in New York after recruiting corporate partner Mark Adkins from Canadian rival Blake, Cassels & Graydon. Adkins will serve as his new firm's New York managing partner.
Though the U.S. Department of Justice took a small hit in President Donald Trump's 2018 budget request, the Criminal Division actually saw its budget increase slightly. By comparison, however, the Civil Division did not fare quite as well.
While her death remains under investigation, Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, who was found floating in the Hudson River on April 12, will be honored on Friday at a public memorial in Manhattan.
A federal appeals court has denied a bid by Jonathan Pollard, who served prison time for leaking U.S. intelligence to Israel more than 30 years ago, to alter the terms of his parole.
Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil PPC has agreed to pay 42 states a total of $33 million to settle claims that it distributed contaminated over-the-counter drugs and unlawfully promoted those products.
A Manhattan appeals court has struck the answer of New York City and the MTA in a worker-injury case after the defendants failed to produce witnesses and then produced an unprepared witness.
The charges have not yet been made public, but Richard Rojas, who did not appear, was previously arrested on charges of murder and attempted murder. An arraignment was set for July 13, and he doesn't have to enter a plea until then.
A former aide to the president of the North American professional soccer federation pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single charge—money laundering conspiracy—in a worldwide soccer scandal.
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, which performs all legal work for Red Nose Day's U.S. operations, prepare to celebrate the occasion, which raises millions of dollars each year for children's causes.
In a characteristically unorthodox move, the president is reportedly poised to tap commercial litigator Marc Kasowitz to lead his personal legal team amid probes into his campaign's alleged contacts with Russia.
Katten Muchin Rosenman's Doron Goldstein discusses how Facebook's recent $122 million fine by EU regulators could affect future expansion efforts in the region.
A day after being named presiding justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, Rolando Acosta said he was honored to have the chance to "implement changes that will be impacting" the court.
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said in court papers filed Monday that he had no hand in crafting controversial executive orders from the Trump administration banning travel from Muslim-majority countries and that he has not served on a commission related to such orders.
New York City's district attorneys say that to attract and retain legal talent they need additional funding to be able to offer prosecutors more competitive salaries.
A change in the occupant of the White House means a change in the portraits displayed across the country in federal agency offices. But four months into Donald Trump's presidency, there's just empty wall space in several New York law enforcement offices.
An overloaded power strip was to blame for the May 10 fire at the Brooklyn Criminal Court building that injured several firefighters and others on site, according to the Office of Court Administration.
Retail giant Target has agreed to pay $18.5 million in a settlement with 47 states, including New York, over a 2013 consumer data breach that resulted in over 100 million pieces of credit card or personal information being stolen by hackers.
ExxonMobil's claim that Texas law protecting accountant-client privileges should be able to block a subpoena by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office took another step back Tuesday when the First Department refused to quash Schneiderman's request for documents from PriceWaterhouseCooper.
The Fund for Modern Courts held its annual awards dinner on Monday, where it honored Alan Levine with the John J. McCloy Memorial Award and Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick with the Career Public Service Award.
Legal consultancy Altman Weil Inc.'s ninth annual Law Firms in Transition Survey shows that managing partners are increasingly frustrated from facing off against internal resistance to change.
"A smart firm would be reaching out to their clients and getting ahead of the story," said one former GC.
Companies in the U.S. spend 166 percent more on legal services per dollar of revenue compared to companies in other parts of the world, findings from U.K.-based market research company Acritas Research Ltd. show.
Rachel Lindsay, a trial lawyer in Dallas who is starring on "The Bachelorette" reality TV show, gave her "first impression" rose to a chiropractor from Miami who impressed her by complimenting her in Spanish.
The White House is ready to nominate Greenberg Traurig lawyer Geoffrey Berman as the next U.S. attorney from New Jersey, but supporters of Alston & Bird's Craig Carpenito are making a push for their candidate, according to several people familiar with the search process.
The Appellate Division bench is at capacity now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed nine state Supreme Court judges and promoted First Department Justice Rolando Acosta to fill that court's presiding justice role.
Regardless of their political leanings, many law firm leaders were cautiously optimistic after Donald Trump's election. They hoped he might boost business—and demand for legal services—with his agenda of tax reform, looser bank regulations and infrastructure investment. But with the fledgling administration already mired in investigations, the enthusiasm is waning amid some firm leaders.
Douglas Wigdor says he now represents 23 current and former Fox employees, including a black IT worker whose complaints led to last week's firing of host Bob Beckel.
Just as the case was set to go to trial, New York City and Citibike have settled a negligence lawsuit against the city government and the bike-sharing service filed by a cyclist who was not wearing a helmet and who suffered brain damage in an accident.
After a swing and a miss at both the trial court and appellate level, a copyright infringement lawsuit over the use of comedy duo Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's "Who's on First" routine has struck out, with the U.S. Supreme Court declining to review the case.
An investor class action case transferred into the Southern District Friday, alleging a fishing operation that produces food and supplement ingredients misled investors over multiple federal investigations over environmental law violations and whistleblower intimidation.
New York's Assembly minority leader, Republican Brian Kolb, says he hopes the Assembly will quickly consider legislation that will permit ride-hailing apps to begin services north of New York City in time for the busy July Fourth weekend.
Seven firms announce new additions and Debevoise has named four to partner.
The Metropolitan Black Bar Association celebrated "Building the Legal Diversity Pipeline" at its 33rd anniversary awards gala Friday night at Chelsea Piers.
The New York City Police Department's changing excuses for not turning over an accounting of the amount of property seized from arrestees "just do not make sense," a Manhattan judge said in denying the department's motion to dismiss an open records suit.
Last year a spokeswoman said the court's budget hearing did not take place because of "a compressed Supreme Court and congressional schedule."
Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for an 8-0 court in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, said “a domestic corporation ‘resides’ only in its state of incorporation for purposes of the patent venue statute.”