A federal judge cannot delegate to probation officers a decision on whether a convict on supervised release should get drug treatment in an outpatient or inpatient program, the Second Circuit ruled Monday.
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Three major New York bar groups Monday weighed in with the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee to support Loretta Lynch's nomination by President Barack Obama as the next U.S. attorney general, all stressing her professional credentials and her personal integrity.
Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan held the New York City Housing Authority's attempt to evict a mentally ill senior citizen was "disproportionate to the offense of failing to appear at the scheduled hearing and, in light of all the circumstances, shocking to one's sense of fairness."
The blizzard in the New York metropolitan area closed all state courts today in New York City, on Long Island and in the suburbs of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties.
Individuals who were injured or had loved ones killed allegedly because of a defect in the ignition switch of General Motors Co. vehicles must file claims through a victim-compensation fund before they can learn whether they have the option to sue.
History-making arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage are still more than three months away, but the strategizing among lawyers has already begun.
The New York State Bar Association has cancelled all events planned on Tuesday at its annual meeting due to the blizzard forecasted in the metropolitan New York region.
A senior Democratic member of the state Assembly called for Speaker Sheldon Silver to step down Monday as the longtime leader fought to maintain his grip on power in the wake of federal corruption charges.
Federal authorities said they busted a Russian spy ring Monday, arresting a man who allegedly used his cover as a Russian bank employee in New York to try to obtain economic and political intelligence about the United States.
A driver who was distracted as she texted on her cellphone was suitably blameworthy for criminally negligent homicide when she fatally ran over a woman who was mowing her lawn, an appeals court decided.
Northern District of New York U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian has been appointed as vice chair of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys by Attorney General Eric Holder.Northern District of New York U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian has been appointed as vice chair of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys by Attorney General Eric Holder. John Walsh, U.S. attorney for the District of Colorado, has been selected as chairman.
Eight firms announce promotions, while Fried Frank and Troutman Sanders have added attorneys.
Southern District Judge Andrew Carter asked the government for more information before he dismisses an indictment against insider trading defendants based on the Second Circuit's imposing a heightened standard for proof that a tipper received a personal benefit.
The Appellate Division, Third Department, granted damages to an ex-husband in a divorce proceeding who claimed his former wife violated an agreement to share control and profits from any books or movies "dealing with" their artistically talented autistic son.
First Department Justice David Saxe in dissent said the defendant's request for new counsel "had all the hallmarks of a disruptive, dilatory tactic," but the majority said that was "based on assumptions, rather than the actual record."
Wrongful convictions and examinations of violent police-community interactions will be among the featured topics at the annual meeting of the New York State Bar Association, which begins Monday at the New York Hilton Midtown.
In a speech at New York Law School just one day after the FBI charged state Assembly speaker and political powerhouse Sheldon Silver with making millions through bribes, kickbacks and extortion, Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara criticized how power in Albany has resided with "three men in a room."
When hundreds of pages of previously classified documents about the CIA's detention and interrogation program were released late last year, certain sections were blacked out. The U.S. Department of Justice wants to keep the redactions in place—and block the disclosure of thousands of pages that were not published.
DLA Piper has hired four New York partners from Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman, including the chair of its employment and litigation practices, Eric Wallach.
Eastern District prosecutors insisted Friday that a warrantless surveillance program that intercepted a terrorism defendant's communications was valid under the Fourth Amendment.
A state appeals court upheld a preliminary injunction in a dispute over a distributorship agreement that the defendant terminated, claiming the plaintiff had not used "commercially reasonable" efforts to sell pigment products, an assertion with which Acting Justice Melvin Schweitzer disagreed.
The First Department clarified the "manifest intent" standard for determining whether an insurance policy must cover losses resulting from the fraudulent acts of a bank employee.
Despite an attorney's 2012 disbarment in New Jersey, the Second Department refused the same punishment in New York, saying Robert DePalma's "profound remorse" and "full acceptance of responsibility" were among the reasons why reciprocal disbarment for a single incident was not appropriate.
New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, used to wielding power for more than two decades in Albany, was forced to turn himself in for arrest and appear before a federal judge Thursday on charges he made millions through bribes, kickbacks and extortion.
The criminal complaint alleging public corruption charges against Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver features two law firms: the prominent personal injury firm of Weitz & Luxenberg and a little-known two-person tax certiorari firm, Goldberg & Iryami.
As state lawmakers and other leaders absorbed Thursday's news of public corruption charges against Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, critics said they hoped his legal difficulties would lead to changes to the state's scaffold law and other statutes he has resisted altering during his long tenure.
Khalid al Fawwaz was a critical, top-level conspirator in Osama bin Laden's war against America, spreading the al Qaida leader's declarations of hate, training terrorists and leading the terror cell that bombed U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, a federal prosecutor told a jury Thursday.
After a defense attorney assured a judge that he would vigorously defend his client, despite earlier comments, the judge nonetheless warned the lawyer of his professional responsibilities.
A Commercial Division judge has rejected a motion to disqualify a law firm from representing parties in a joint defense because "virtually all conflict waivers would be unenforceable" if the court did so.
A woman's request to proceed anonymously in a lawsuit alleging negligent and fraudulent transmission of genital herpes by a former boyfriend was rejected Tuesday by a Manhattan appellate court.
Oral arguments in a major housing discrimination case before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday left some advocates more optimistic than they expected to be that a broad interpretation of the Fair Housing Act will survive.
Alicia Ouellette, who has been acting dean of Albany Law School for the past three months, officially became the school's dean on Thursday.
Southern District Judge Andrew Carter Thursday threw out the guilty pleas of four men who admitted to insider trading prior to an opinion by the Second Circuit that clarified the law.
A Manhattan Commercial Division judge has granted summary judgment in favor of a leasing company whose cargo handling equipment was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
A court security officer has died after apparently shooting himself at the Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse in Manhattan, according to authorities.
Peter Zimroth, senior counsel at Arnold & Porter and a former New York City Corporation Counsel, will be fêted by the New York City Bar Association in an original musical comedy produced and performed by attorneys and judges.
Ten firms announce promotions, while four more have added attorneys.
The Second Circuit held that it did not matter that neither GM, nor its counsel at Mayer Brown, nor JP Morgan or its counsel at Simpson Thacher, intended a filing mistake that rendered a secured loan unsecured, the error will allow a group of creditors to pursue a clawback of some $1.5 billion in the GM bankruptcy case.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave a generally favorable assessment Wednesday to the Judiciary's spending plan for the next fiscal year, saying he thinks court administrators can keep increases within the targets he has set for the executive branch and the Legislature.
Law school educators, practitioners and even a student expressed concerns Tuesday about scrapping the state's current bar exam and adopting a test used in more than a dozen other states.
A movie set dresser who was injured during production of the 2011 film "New Year's Eve" in Brooklyn made a prima facie showing that a warehouse owner violated state law by not providing him with better protection from falling, a judge determined.
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft announced Tuesday that James Woolery, poised to become chair of the firm this month after nearly two years as chairman-elect, is leaving to co-found a new investment venture. Patrick Quinn, Cadwalader's managing partner-elect for the past year, is now sole leader of the storied Wall Street firm that made Woolery its highest-paid partner in early 2013.
David Denenberg, a former attorney at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron, resigned from his Nassau County legislative seat and pleaded guilty Wednesday to eight counts of mail fraud for bilking a former client of more than $2 million.
The state Legislature will hear testimony about the Judiciary budget and other spending issues related to the courts in the 2015-16 state budget on Feb. 26 in Albany.
Hofstra Law School and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz are teaming up to re-launch the New York Professional Responsibility Report. Renamed "NYLER," the website's monthly articles will be free.
A former upstate police officer is entitled to special workers' compensation benefits related to the six days he spent at the site of the World Trade Center towers immediately following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a state appeals court has ruled.
An upstate appeals court upheld a $35,000 award to a man who spent 23 days wrongfully imprisoned in what the judges compared to a scene from a Franz Kafka novel.
In a 3-2 ruling, the First Department found there were triable issues of fact as to whether a landlord "improperly interfered" with a law firm's efforts to find a replacement tenant and avoid $716,000 in rent when it moved out of the Helmsley Building 16 months before its lease expired.
A divorcing husband, who is an attorney and town justice, failed to convince a judge that his wife's attorney was conflicted after the judge found the husband had contacted a number of divorce lawyers in order to disqualify them from representing his wife.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is preparing to deliver a 2015 State of the State address that sources say will touch on the proper response to incidents such as the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. But in the wake of the murders of two NYPD officers last month, the head of the state's district attorneys group said he is hopeful for a balanced approach from Albany.
Car buyers accused by the U.S. government of violating a sale-in-the-United-States-only rule have lost their argument against the seizure for forfeiture of dozens of cars and money used to fund the operation.
An insurance company no longer is required to cover an upstate New York utility company for the cleanup of hazardous waste at seven plants that provided gas lamps during the 1800s and early 1900s, an appellate court has ruled.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson is pulling out of Asia. Firm chair David Greenwald informed partners in Hong Kong and Shanghai Thursday that the offices, which a source with knowledge of the situation said are operating at a loss, would be wound down by June 30 due to a lack of confidence in the long-term prospects for international legal business in Asia.
Barry Kamins, a former state Supreme Court justice whose meteoric rise into the upper tier of the court administration ended in the midst of a judicial ethics investigation, will join a criminal defense firm that will become Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins, P.C.
In search of money to fund his upcoming trial, former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steven Davis has been allowed a refund of his $200,000 bail.
The state Court of Appeals said Tuesday it will have to hold reargument in two cases after the five judges realized they were unlikely to reach a four judge majority.
After absorbing some partners from Bingham McCutchen, Morgan Lewis & Bockius has reshuffled its New York leadership while the former head of Bingham's Manhattan office has left the firm.
In a report released on Martin Luther King Day, Gov. Cuomo's Commission on Youth, Public Safety & Justice said that allowing more 16- and 17-year-olds to be treated as juveniles will help more youths avoid prison and a life of crime and incarceration.
A New Yorker who sent $67,000 to al-Qaida and pledged his support to the terror group was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison by a judge who cited the defendant's remorse and medical problems that make his incarceration more difficult.