New obligations have been added to the responsibilities of people appointed in New York as the legal guardians of others due to their incapacitation.
This Weeks News
A judge has dismissed an investment bank’s malpractice suit against Morrison & Foerster claiming the law firm failed to conduct due diligence that would have uncovered fraud in a public offering.
A new law in New York will require that foreclosed-on properties not be allowed to lie vacant for long and that more protections be built into the foreclosure process for consumers.
An investor and and former Worldview Entertainment executive can move forward with multimillion dollar claims for breach of contract and loss of an executive producer credit on the film "Birdman," a Manhattan appeals court has ruled.
The New York City Bar Association and a coalition of bar groups for women and minorities are calling on the state court system to create new requirement for attorneys to take courses in diversity and inclusion as part of its biennial registration.
Several major law firms handled funds stolen in a billion-dollar global money laundering scheme, according to federal prosecutors—money that was used to finance the 2013 film “The Wolf of Wall Street” and pay for real estate, art, a $35 million private jet, and other luxuries.
On Sunday, Kim Kardashian West posted a recording of a conversation on Snapchat between her husband Kanye West and Taylor Swift that was allegedly recorded without Swift’s consent — a potential violation of California state law requiring both parties to consent to the recording of communications.
Jonathan Lippman will be the first recipient of an award from a coalition of judicial groups in recognition of his work in New York while serving as chief judge and chief administrative judge.
A Manhattan Supreme Court judge has ruled that a woman convicted of theft can be given security clearance to work as a city school bus attendant because there was not enough of a tie in between her criminal record and the job she would be performing.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Utica public school officials have settled a suit in which the state claimed some immigrant children in the city were not given a fair opportunity to get diplomas.
Sheila Birnbaum, special master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, said Thursday she will step down by the end of the month.
Roger Ailes, the Fox News chairman and CEO, has resigned from his post, effective immediately, the network's parent company announced Thursday.
The work of the First Department includes many types of matters other than the disposition of appeals.
New York City officials say 16- and 17-year-old inmates will be moved off the troubled Rikers Island jail complex and into a Bronx youth facility.
A conviction of first-degree robbery in New York is not necessarily a "crime of violence" as the term is defined by federal sentencing guidelines, an appeals court said in ordering resentencing for a man deemed a career offender after he bit a federal marshal's finger.
A federal judge on July 19 kept alive several claims brought by a bus mechanic who contends he was sexually degraded by his co-workers in an incident later posted online.
Several law firms are again being sued alongside real estate development firm Bayrock and its associates in a lawsuit alleging a series of state tax frauds, according to a newly unsealed lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court.
A state appeals court has ordered a hearing in a decades-old murder case to determine whether a Bronx prosecutor wrongfully held back information that a witness had struck a deal with federal prosecutors before he testified.
Lisa Prager and Lara Covington, two white-collars defense lawyers from Schulte Roth & Zabel, joined Holland & Knight as partners this week.
Cole's career move poses recusal issues for his wife, Judge Nina Pillard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
The New York Law Journal is seeking nominations for accomplished female attorneys in New York’s legal community who represent excellence in private practice, corporate counsel work, public interest law, legal education and the judiciary.
The Second Circuit found unanswered legal questions about whether American properties, acquired with Iranian government funds, are subject to forfeiture to benefit victims of terrorist activities sponsored by Iran, reversing Southern District Judge Katherine Forrest's grant of summary judgment and remanding the two cases back to the district court.
Nearly 11,000 lawyer-hopefuls are set to take next week's New York bar exam, which will include a new twist on the traditional rite of passage.
Two partners from Shearman & Sterling and a group from Wigdor LLP have joined a pro bono effort to help officials in Kenya prosecute poachers more effectively.
Court watchers say that the Second Department has been issuing more opinions that fault prosecutors, including this month's reversal of a murder conviction.
An internal prosecution guide developed by the U.S. Department of Justice in the aftermath of the failed case against the late Sen. Ted Stevens is exempt from public records requests, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled on Tuesday.
An appellate court has modified an injunction it issued in June by allowing the sponsors of a disputed park project to drive nine piles that would support a platform of land over the Hudson River.
A defendant in a suit filed by a tenant who alleges her possessions were mistakenly cleared out of her apartment while she was away on vacation cannot add a statute of limitations defense more than four years after the action was filed, a Manhattan judge has ruled.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Gagosian Gallery's California affiliate, Pre-War Art, Inc., sold and shipped nearly $40 million of art to customers in New York without collecting or remitting state and local taxes between 2005 and 2015.
Now that it has set higher pay levels for state judges for the next three years, the New York Commission on Legislative, Judicial and Executive Compensation is working toward recommending raises for state legislators and executive branch officials.
Brian Corrigan joined Farrell Fritz as a partner in the firm's estate litigation department, Kelley Drye & Warren named two new partners, John Dellaportas and Andrew Lee, and other announcements.
Chief Judge Janet DiFiore has assembled a 15-member group that she says will study the Judiciary Article of the New York state constitution and determine whether staging a constitutional convention would benefit the courts.
A group of freelance photographers have sufficiently alleged that they were pressured into unfair contracts, Southern District Judge Robert Sweet ruled on Friday.
A divided upstate appeals court found that, while a lower court properly determined that a mother neglected her three children, the children's trial attorney failed to advocate for the wish of two of the children to remain with the mother and thus provided ineffective assistance of counsel.
New York state, Massachusetts and Maryland are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, alleging that the German automakers defrauded customers and violated state environmental laws by selling diesel vehicles equipped with software allowing them to cheat emissions testing.
The release of 28 previously classified pages from the 9/11 Commission report, says Steven Cozen, is an affirmation of what he's been arguing in court for 13 years—and it may have come at just the right time for his law firm, Cozen O'Connor.
Matthew Biben has been named by state Chief Judge Janet DiFiore as a member of the state Commission on Judicial Nomination. The next scheduled vacancy for which the commission will propose candidates will occur when Judge Eugene Pigott Jr. steps down Dec. 31 due to mandatory retirement rules.
The U.S. Justice Department on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rehear a challenge to the Obama administration's plan to delay the deportation of nearly five million undocumented immigrants.
An appeals court has refused to revive a case brought by universal bar admission advocates who wanted to make it easier for out-of-state lawyers to practice in New Jersey's federal courts.
Baker & McKenzie is representing Facebook Inc. in its dispute with the IRS over the value of assets the company transferred to its Irish holding company.
If history is a guide, the Senate won't vote on most of the 49 federal district and appeals court nominees pending at the start of the summer recess on July 15. The uncertainty can be especially difficult to navigate for nominees in private practice.
Candidates for district court seats at opposite ends of New York state are caught up in the uncertainty whether the U.S. Senate will act on President Obama's nominations to district court judgeships.
Chief among the defense counsel's errors cited by the Third Department was the failure to challenge statements by the prosecution that testing had conclusively linked the blood stains found on the sweatshirt the defendant wore on the morning his wife disappeared with her DNA.
We'll never know exactly what arguments persuaded the Second Circuit to side with Microsoft Corp. in its closely watched privacy test case against the U.S. government. But some of the strategies devised by Microsoft's legal team, led by chief legal officer Brad Smith, such as simplifying the issues and attracting broad amicus support, probably didn't hurt.
The race among Big Law firms to woo the best law school graduates continued Friday, with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe announcing that it will start helping its first-year associates pay down their student debt this year.
The state Commission on Judicial Nomination is soliciting applicants for the vacancy on the Court of Appeals that will exist due to Judge Eugene Pigott Jr. reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.
The state Court of Appeals erred when it decided a defendant was not entitled to use as Brady material the psychiatric report of a woman the defendant was accused of sexually assaulting, a federal appeals court held.
Fisher & Phillips, an Atlanta-based labor and employment firm, is opening a New York office with a five-lawyer team from Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart.
The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York invites all candidates who will be on the ballot for Civil Court in New York City to appear before its screening panel.
The Third Department said that although the trial judge failed to perform the third and final step of the process of reviewing a Batson challenge, the defense did not object properly and the matter was unpreserved for review.
An appeals court has thrown out a defendant's drug and gun convictions, saying the actions of the arresting officer "cast doubt" on his credibility.
The New York City Bar Association presented its 2016 Municipal Affairs Awards for outstanding service by assistant corporation counsels.
A federal district court presiding over a class action suit against a mortgage lender that allegedly overcharged borrowers on late fees had the power to decertify the class after a jury awarded it $32 million and prior to final judgment in the case, the Second Circuit has ruled.
Two members of the Second Circuit panel set to hear New York financier Lynn Tilton's challenge to the constitutionality of the SEC's in-house judges disqualified Theodore Olson and the team of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher attorneys Tilton hired after the panel was announced based on the third panel member's, Judge Robert Sack, former partnership at that firm.
Proponents of creating new countywide arraignment courts outside of New York City say their approach would effectively address the state’s long-standing difficulties of providing legal representation to all indigent criminal defendants. A bill approved by the state Senate and Assembly in the final hours of lawmakers’ 2016 session makes practical sense for local magistrates, prosecutors, defense attorneys and defendants by consolidating the off-hours processing of many criminal suspects, supporters say.
Albany Law School is the latest to launch a two-year juris doctor program, and more than a dozen schools around the country now offer students the option to shave a year—and in some cases a year of tuition—off their legal educations.
A federal judiciary panel last year rejected a record number of requests to coordinate multidistrict litigation, adding a new level of scrutiny for attorneys who petition to get large numbers of cases across the country combined under the pretrial procedure.
A federal judge in Atlanta has given class status to a sweeping price-fixing case that accuses two national airlines of conspiring to start charging baggage fees.
James McGuire, a former justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, has left Dechert to join litigation boutique Holwell Shuster & Goldberg as a partner focusing on civil and criminal litigation and regulatory matters.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration is paying Bart Schwartz, who once led the U.S. attorney's criminal division in Manhattan, up to $450,000 for an internal review of Cuomo's Buffalo Billion, the economic development effort now under investigation by Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
A Queens solo attorney has been convicted of charges that he engaged in sexual acts with two 16-year-old girls in exchange for money.
Tom Brady said he will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block his four-game "Deflategate" suspension, ending his fight in a scandal that tested the power of the NFL commissioner and tarnished the reputation of one of the sport's greatest players.
The Eastern District is sponsoring a week-long civics program in cooperation with the Federal Bar Association and Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center of Law staring Monday.