"Empire" television show creator Lee Daniels agreed to settle a defamation lawsuit filed by Sean Penn, issue a written apology and donate to Penn's Haitian relief organization.
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Lisa F. Smith's book, "Girl Walks Out of a Bar," to be published by SelectBooks on June 7, is the story of her long and spiraling addiction to alcohol and drugs while working at prominent New York law firms—and her journey toward sobriety.
The U.S. Department of Justice has submitted a statement of interest urging a federal judge to deny the City of Newark's motion to dismiss a federal suit claiming a deaf municipal court litigant was denied a sign language interpreter.
Several former Am Law 100 associates are at the center of an effort to position New York City as an alternative to Silicon Valley for technology startups. The city's robust legal scene, meanwhile, is anxious to get involved.
New York's solicitor general insisted this week that the state's civil fraud case against Maurice "Hank" Greenberg and another former American International Group executive remains viable, despite settlements reached in federal court with AIG and its shareholders in 2013.
Making a criminal case for investment adviser fraud does not require proof of intent to harm clients, the Second Circuit held Wednesday.
Prosecutors seeking to speak with a patient's doctors at a psychiatric facility were rebuffed by a judge who said they failed to show that access to the man's treating staff outweighed his right to confidentiality.
A man prohibited under an order of protection from contacting his ex-girlfriend may be charged with contempt for asking to follow her Instagram page, a judge ruled.
Southern District Chief Judge Loretta Preska led a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday celebrating the opening of the new security pavilion at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse, which has seen several major terrorism trials since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday to decide what appellate courts have described as one of the most vexing issues in copyright law: whether pictorial, sculptural or graphic designs are conceptually separate from otherwise functional articles—such as clothing or furniture—and therefore copyrightable.
Xavier Riccobono, a former administrative judge for the Civil Term of Manhattan Supreme Court, died on April 29.
A disbarred attorney and two other men conspired and stole approximately $5 million from attorney escrow accounts, according to charges announced earlier this week by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.
The New York State Federal Judicial Council will hold a memorial service for former Chief Judge Judith Kaye at 4 p.m. today.
City University of New York School of Law Dean Michelle Anderson will begin a new job as president of Brooklyn College on Aug. 1, while CUNY Law has announced four candidates for Anderson's successor.
The Advisory Council of the Civil Court's Housing Part is seeking comments to help evaluate New York City Housing Court judges who are up for reappointment.
In an effort to fill out its product liability and class action defense ranks, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison has hired David Bernick, a former general counsel at Philip Morris International Inc., as a partner from Dechert in New York.
State Supreme Court Justice Molly Reynolds Fitzgerald has been designated as the new administrative judge for the state's Sixth Judicial District, succeeding Justice Robert Mulvey, who was recently appointed to the Third Department.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has moved to confirm an arbitrator's award of $2.3 million in legal fees in a case where its client prevailed against the long-running Off-Broadway musical "Stomp."
Judge Gerard Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit received the Learned Hand Medal for excellence in federal jurisprudence from Federal Bar Council at the group's Annual Law Day Dinner Tuesday.
New York City Human Resources Administration commissioner Steven Banks was one of seven speakers at the New York City Bar Association Monday evening discussing the impact of expanding civil legal services for low-income New Yorkers.
Sheldon Silver's rapid slide from Albany power broker to federal prisoner was nearly completed yesterday as Southern District Judge Valerie Caproni ordered the former New York State Assembly Speaker to serve 12 years behind bars.
Advocates of "aid-in-dying" lost a bid to exempt the practice from state laws banning assisted suicide when the First Department unanimously rejected their claims Tuesday.
A formula used by General Motors to determine if dealers are selling enough GM vehicles in local franchise areas violates a 2008 statute designed to prohibit abusive business practices by auto manufacturers against their franchisees, the state Court of Appeals determined Tuesday, responding to a question certified to it by the Second Circuit.
Martin Shkreli, the former pharmaceutical executive who was arrested alongside his company's corporate attorney, Evan Greebel, may use a "reliance of counsel" defense and is exploring whether to sever his case from Greebel's.
Uber Technologies Inc. will deactivate drivers who don't accept ride requests from service animal-assisted blind passengers as part of a settlement resolving federal and state discrimination law claims.
Justice Schack, who attracted attention during his tenure for taking a hard line against banks seeking to evict New Yorkers from their homes through foreclosure, died on Monday after a lengthy battle with anemia. He was 71.
Robert Giuffra Sr., an attorney who practiced for almost 60 years, died on Saturday. "My father was someone who really loved the law, but who really loved his family," Robert Giuffra Jr., a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, said, adding that his father often brought him to court when he was a child. Giuffra Jr. and two of his siblings went on to become attorneys.
The state Court of Appeals upheld a driver's conviction for illegal possession of a gravity knife Tuesday, ruling that the defendant's argument that he did not know of the knife's illegal features did not invalidate his conviction.
A criminal defendant is entitled to a new trial because the trial judge granted jurors' request to have the prosecution's closing statement read back to them, but denied the defense's request that the defense summation also be read back, an appeals court said.
The New York City Bar Association announced its 2016 Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award recipients. They are: Dennis Hopkins, a partner at Perkins Coie; Rosalyn Richter, an Appellate Division, First Department, justice; and Conway Ekpo and Joseph Tillman, founding members of the group 1844.
New York state has redesigned the domestic violence incident report form used by police officers in an effort to aid investigations and help victims.
Seven firms announce new additions, the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office has appointed Taryn Merkl as acting deputy chief of its criminal division, and attorneys Jennifer Keough, Neil Zola and David Isaac have formed JND Legal Administration to administer large-scale class actions, bankruptcy and mass tort cases.
A recent decision by the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law to accept GRE scores in lieu of LSAT scores could cost it its membership in the Law School Admission Council—the organization that administers the law school exam.
In the course of her 50-year legal career, Malvina Nathanson could not let go of the case of Paul Gatling, an 81-year-old retiree convicted of second-degree murder decades ago whom Nathanson was "morally convinced" was truly innocent.
Insurers have been ordered to pay the legal fees of a FIFA official arrested in a wide-ranging criminal corruption case, likely opening the door for other FIFA officers and their attorneys to tap the $50 million policy for legal fees.
The annual Law Day celebration at the state Court of Appeals Monday served as a stage to commemorate the late Judith Kaye and her forward-looking work as chief judge.
A defendant is entitled to a new trial because his assigned counsel asked to be relieved from the case at an ex parte conference with the presiding judge, a Manhattan appeals panel has ruled.
James Hurlock, a former chairman and partner at White & Case who oversaw a massive expansion of the firm during the last two decades of the 20th century, died on April 27. He was 82.
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said Friday "I am not ashamed" to have returned to private practice after resigning last year, asserting he will continue to advance the justice reform issues he espoused in office as a private attorney. "You can be a public interest lawyer wherever you are," he said at a public discussion at Georgetown University Law Center.
A copyright suit over a "Star Trek" spinoff has ignited a legal battle over whether made-up languages—and specifically Klingon—are copyrightable.
Days after a divided panel for a federal appeals court restored the suspension of Tom Brady, the New England Patriots' quarterback and the NFL Players Association have added prominent litigator Theodore Olson to their legal team.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday his office is proceeding with its investigation into the fatal April 17 shooting of a motorist by a Troy police officer, even though a grand jury convened by the Rensselaer County district attorney has cleared the officer of criminal charges.
Manhattan attorney Joseph Belluck has been elected as the new chairman of the state Commission on Judicial Conduct, which investigates allegations of misconduct against state and local judges in New York and recommends sanctions up to removal from office.
David Loftis has been named attorney-in-charge of post-conviction and forensic litigation for the Legal Aid Society after spending a decade as managing attorney for the Innocence Project.
The Fourth Department said that a Steuben County Court judge erred by making the defendant appear at his 2005 trial for assault, attempted assault, burglary and other charges with the stun belt without stating for the record why he was wearing the device.
A warrant forgiveness program sponsored by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the Legal Aid Society on Saturday attracted about 460 New Yorkers with outstanding summonses for nonviolent offenses
The New York Law Journal is looking for Lawyers Who Lead by Example, attorneys who have made an outstanding contribution to their community by devoting their time to public service by working toward improving the courts, the laws or the profession, and/or by providing free legal services to low- and moderate-income New Yorkers.
A matter that began as a fraudulent inducement claim on insuring mortgage-backed securities has mushroomed into what litigants and observers say could be a defining moment for attorney-client privilege in New York and the "common interest" rule.
A man who was 16 years old when he fatally strangled his girlfriend almost 40 years ago is entitled to a new parole board review that takes into consideration his age at the time of his crime, a divided upstate court has ruled.
Shira Scheindlin, a Southern District judge who shaped e-discovery standards and became well known for her rulings in stop-and-frisk policy, will become an arbitrator and mediator for JAMS and of counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.
While Jackson K. and Parisa G. did not obtain a marriage license before the wedding nor a civil certificate of marriage at the conclusion of their Iranian Islamic wedding ceremony, they signed a marriage contract written in Farsi, in the presence of witnesses.
A federal judge in Newark is weighing motions to throw out the indictments of Bridget Anne Kelly and William Baroni in the Bridgegate scandal after defense lawyers for the two pitched an assortment of theories to support dismissing the charges—including that the closures did not constitute a crime.
Opposition is mounting to George Mason University's plans to rename its law school. The university's Faculty Senate on Wednesday adopted a resolution expressing "deep concern" with both the decision to honor Scalia in the new name and the terms of the $30 million donation that led to the name change, while a a Virginia legislator has sent a letter asking the state’s Council of Higher Education to reject the change.
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, a firm that has spent the last 150 years in downtown Manhattan, will relocate its headquarters to the Hudson Yards development in 2018.
A Manhattan attorney whose federal felony conviction was discovered only after he was suspended for not reregistering was disbarred Thursday.
The landlord did not dispute failing to provide a written 90-day notice after the previous building owner had been foreclosed upon, but argued that the tenant's failure to appear and submit an answer before she found representation through Queens Legal Services made it too late for her to assert a notice defense.
An appeals court has affirmed the dismissal of a second-degree manslaughter charge filed against a nurse who allegedly dropped an elderly woman while transferring her from her wheelchair to her bed, though a charge of criminally negligent homicide is pending.
Among other honors and appointments, Fund for Modern Courts has elected new directors, Robert Giuffra was elected board chairman of the American Swiss Foundation and Sarah Baird and Stavros Karageorgiou of Farrell Fritz were recognized for their pro bono service at the second annual Access to Justice event hosted by the Nassau County Bar Association, Nassau/Suffolk Law Services and The Safe Center LI.
More than 200 court officers lined the steps of the 60 Centre St. Thursday to honor Jewel McCollin, the chief of the New York Department of Public Safety who is retiring after more than 30 years in the state court system.
A slim majority of the state Court of Appeals judges ruled Thursday that prosecutors must produce forensic experts with "requisite personal knowledge" of how DNA samples are handled when that evidence is used against a criminal defendant.
The public corruption conviction of former New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran for trying to rig the city's 2013 mayoral race was affirmed Thursday by the Second Circuit.
The landlord of a Lower East Side walk-up cannot escape liability for a student's fall from a fire escape on grounds that a 1929 law outlawing the type of fire escape from which she fell had been grandfathered under the statute.
The First Department said that a forum selection clause in the earlier of four agreements between a Kazakh oligarch and his former financial advisor designating New York courts for the resolution of disputes controlled the matter, notwithstanding the fact that later agreements cancelled the earlier one.
In 2011, when he was president of the ABA, Bill Robinson III sent a letter to the Department of Labor expressing "serious concerns" that a proposal to require more disclosure of companies' union-busting activities would compromise attorney-client confidentiality. On Wednesday, Robinson appeared before a congressional panel to say that his objections still stand.
Thirty-three years after the 1983 Beirut barracks attack, and 15 years after hundreds of victims' family members sued the government of Iran for directing the powerful car bombing by Hezbollah extremists that killed 241 U.S. Marines, the victims are closing in on an unprecedented multibillion-dollar recovery.
Bancroft partner Paul Clement has argued more than 80 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, and dozens of cases in federal appeals court across the country. But on Wednesday he found himself on new turf: the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on Monday reminisced about the "legendary" collegiality of his late colleague Antonin Scalia, while also recounting their sharp disagreements over the right to bear arms and other issues.
Mayor Bill de Blasio's $82.2 billion executive budget for New York City's 2016-17 fiscal year does not contain the increases requested by the city's district attorneys, though the chair of the City Council's Public Safety said she will work to get additional funds.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has created a seven-member committee to search for the next New York State Police superintendent to replace Joseph D'Amico, who announced his retirement earlier this month.
The Second Circuit found no major errors in the trial and conviction of a former New York City jail guard who was found to have ignored the pleas of a dying inmate in 2012 was upheld Thursday.
Although a defense contractor's computer and executive offices were in Brooklyn, a Brooklyn judge has declined to hear the company's case against a Tennessee ex-employee who allegedly misused proprietary information.
Manhattan prosecutors, the New York City Police Department and the Legal Aid Society are teaming up with the state court system to hold a "Clean Slate" event Saturday, where New Yorkers will be able to clear a variety of open summons warrants.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced the return of a Second Century Buddhist sculpture to Pakistan Wednesday. The sculpture, worth $1.1 million, had been missing since 1982 when it was stolen from an archeological dig.