This Weeks News

Thousands of protesters objected to the detention of travelers with entry visas at JFK airport on Jan. 28.

Trump Administration Hands Over Names of Detainees in Travel Ban Challenge

By Andrew Denney |

The Trump administration has turned over a list of the names of 746 people who were detained at airports following its executive order to restrict travel, but attorneys for plaintiffs challenging the order in a New York federal court say the list may not be complete.

Mediation Fails in MF Global Case, Setting Stage for Trial

By Mark Hamblett |

Mediation talks have failed in the lawsuit alleging PricewaterhouseCoopers committed accounting advice malpractice that contributed to the 2011 collapse of MF Global from bad bets on sovereign debt.

Terry Wolfe

State Moves to Buy Ex-Judge's Court Software for $4.5M

By Jeff Storey |

Tucked within the judiciary's $15 million capital budget request for 2017-18 is what the Office of Court Administration deemed a fair price for a former town justice's company, Service Education Inc., which makes The CourtRoom Program, already used by about 95 percent of the state's local courts.

Onondaga County Justice Center in Syracuse

Judge Halts Solitary Confinement for Juveniles in Upstate Jail

By Steve Viuker |

Minors who are housed in New York adult prisons may not be held in solitary confinement, a Northern District U.S. judge has ruled.

Chandran Nathan

Inmate Pleads Guilty to Plotting Attack on Ex-ADA Who Prosecuted Him

By Joel Stashenko |

A state prison inmate pleaded guilty Friday to trying to arrange to have a person attack the former Long Island assistant district attorney who prosecuted him for murder in the 1990s.

More Than $5M Recovered for Victims of Bias in 2016

By Joel Stashenko |

The state's Division of Human Rights said it secured $5.2 million in compensation for 923 victims of discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation in New York state in 2016.

Disc golfer and basket

Liability Rules for Disc Golf Injuries No Different Than for Regular Golf, Judge Decides

By Joel Stashenko |

The assumption of risk inherent in the relatively modern game of disc golf are the same as for the more traditional form of the game, a state judge ruled in throwing out the claim of an injured player.

Medal of Excellence Awards

Columbia Law School recognized U.S. District Judge Anita Blumstein Brody of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and David J. Stern, NBA commissioner emeritus and CEO of DJS Global Advisors, at its Medal of Excellence ceremony Friday.

Benjamin Razi and Bruce Baird of Covington

Covington Team Takes Fight to the Feds to Make Clients Whole

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Lawyers from Covington & Burling faced a formidable opponent and carried the burden of proof. But the team overcame those challenges to persuade a jury that the federal government should return assets seized from a Chinese couple running an import-export business.

Protestors opposed to deportation policies demonstrated in front of the Homeland Security office in lower Manhattan on Feb. 16th.

Stepped-Up Immigration Enforcement May Strain Court System, Lawyers

By Andrew Denney |

The new immigration enforcement guidelines issued this week by the Trump administration may impose a heavier burden on the country's immigration courts, which are already overwhelmed by growing case backlogs and, in some locales, face a dearth of attorneys.


After a Decade of Self-Exile in Africa, Former CEO to Serve Prison Term

By Mark Hamblett |

Ten years on the run in Namibia to avoid charges for his role in a stock options backdating scheme will cost Jacob "Kobi" Alexander 30 months in prison.

ExxonMobil's refinery in Billings, Montana

State, Investors Team Up to Force Exxon to Report Climate Change Risk

By Joel Stashenko |

New York state's comptroller said Thursday he has lined up support from 47 other investors in the Exxon Mobil Corp. for a proposed shareholder resolution requiring the energy company to report on how its business will be affected by climate change mitigation efforts.

Bill Voge of Latham & Watkins

Latham Has Another Outstanding Year, With Revenue Surpassing $2.8B

By Chris Johnson |

Latham & Watkins increased its gross revenue in 2016 for a seventh consecutive year.

Lynn Tilton, CEO of Patriarch Partners, LLC

Panel Allows Fraud Case Against Tilton to Proceed

By Mark Hamblett |

The case by private investors alleging fraud against Lynn Tilton and Patriarch Partners to the tune of tens of millions of dollars can go forward following a decision Thursday by the Appellate Division, First Department.

Bronx DA Darcel Clark

DA Persuades Panel to Toss Judge's Evidentiary Ruling

By Andrew Denney |

In an unusual move, a state appeals court granted Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark's motion for a writ of prohibition on a trial judge's order in an armed robbery case to preclude presentation of evidence about a gun that the defendant allegedly used in the robbery.

Matt Barr appeared as Christopher Porco in the 2013 TV movie.

Civil Rights Claim Against Lifetime TV Network Is Revived

By Joel Stashenko |

An appeals court Thursday reinstated an action by a convict who claims a made-for-TV movie about his murder case was in violation of a state law barring fictionalized portrayals for "purposes of trade."

Lawyer Dennis Kelly, left, and his client, attorney John O'Hara, at Brooklyn Supreme Court on Thursday

Lawyer Files Notice to Sue Ex-DA Over Vote Prosecution

By Andrew Denney |

A Brooklyn attorney who was cleared in January of a 1999 voting fraud conviction has filed notice that he plans to sue former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and several other prosecutors seeking at least $25 million in damages.


Thousands of protestors decended on SFO in response to President Trumps executive order denying refugees and foreign citizens from predominantly Muslim countries entry into the U.S

Order to Reveal Detainee Names May Grow List of Plaintiffs Challenging Travel Ban

By Andrew Denney |

A Brooklyn judge's ruling for the Trump administration to produce a list of travelers who were detained under a controversial travel ban it issued in January may help plaintiffs' attorneys in the New York case challenging the ban to grow their clients' ranks.

Allen & Overy’s Washington, D.C. offices.

Allen & Overy Continues US Hiring Spree With 3-Partner Paul Hastings Finance Team

By Chris Johnson |

Allen & Overy has continued its U.S. hiring spree with the recruitment of a three-partner finance and securities team from Paul Hastings, including former leveraged finance head Bill Schwitter.

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore delivers the State of the Judiciary address in the Bronx Wednesday, joined by Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks.

'Excellence Initiative' Slashes Case Backlogs, Delays in State Courts

By Jeff Storey |

New York state courts have been "performing better as a whole" during the first year of Chief Judge Janet DiFiore's Excellence Initiative, according to a report issued Wednesday.

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore delivers the State of the Judiciary address.

DiFiore Looks Inward to Extol Court Improvements in Annual Address

By Joel Stashenko |

Janet DiFiore kept the focus of her first State of the Judiciary address Wednesday almost entirely on the internal workings of the state courts and her efforts so far as chief judge to improve their efficiency.

Martin Shkreli

Shkreli's Ex-Lawyer Will 'Prosecute' Him at Fraud Trial, Attorneys Say

By Christine Simmons |

Former Katten partner Evan Greebel and ex-pharma CEO Martin Shkreli are continuing to square off before their upcoming fraud trial.

State's Financial Cybersecurity Regulation Reaches Beyond Borders, Industries

By Rhys Dipshan |

The regulation requires any company doing business with a "covered entity" to have robust information security processes and procedures.

One of the Share Better anti-Airbnb ads

Airbnb and Its Critics in New York City Are Back in the Ring

By Joel Stashenko |

Airbnb and its critics in New York City are back in conflict over 2016 state rental law, with the company's supporters now charging that a state law penalizing those who advertise units illegally discriminates against minorities.

8/08- Creighton Condon, Shearman & Sterling's senior partner

Shearman & Sterling Sees Revenue Rise and Partner Profits Spike

By Christine Simmons |

Equity partner profits jumped by nearly 20 percent last year, as the firm posted revenue growth across several practices while also cutting back its equity partner ranks.

Weil Snags Gibson Dunn Private Equity Pro

By Nell Gluckman |

Weil, Gotshal & Manges has beefed up its private equity team in New York after a number of departures in recent years with the hire of partner Brian Gingold.

Ex-Dutchess Lawmaker Disbarred in Wake of Sexual Abuse Conviction

By Andrew Denney |

A former Dutchess County legislator who was convicted last year of sexually abusing two Boy Scouts during a camping trip and sentenced to up to seven years in prison has been disbarred.

FIFA flags at the entrance to the head office in Zurich

Judge Clears Path for FIFA Prosecutors

By Steve Viuker |

Applying a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on extraterritoriality, U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen rejected bids to dismiss charges against two South American world soccer officials.

Nassau Bar Hosts Children's Party

The Nassau County Bar Association hosted a party for more than 250 children from 21 organizations at the group's Mineola headquarters Wednesday.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Supreme Court Limits Patent Liability for Component Makers in Global Supply Chain

By Scott Graham |

A unanimous court reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, ruling that shipping a single component cannot trigger a provision of the Patent Act that applies extraterritorially.

Andrew Olmem.

Two Venable Partners, Including Outspoken Dodd-Frank Critic, Join Trump Team

By C. Ryan Barber |

Two Venable partners, including a former lead Republican negotiator on the post-crisis Dodd-Frank financial reforms who has called the Obama-era regulations "heavy-handed," have joined President Donald Trump's administration. Andrew Olmem, who worked on the Dodd-Frank reforms, will serve at the White House National Economic Council, and Daris Meeks was named director of domestic policy for Vice President Mike Pence.

Brooklyn Central Booking at 120 Schermerhorn St.

Civil Rights Suit Over Brooklyn Central Booking Conditions Clears Hurdle

By Andrew Denney |

A federal appeals court has reinstated a civil rights lawsuit filed against New York City by a group of plaintiffs who say they were exposed to unsafe and unsanitary conditions while detained at Brooklyn Central Booking.

Judge Finds Laptop User Agreed to Arbitrate by Clicking 'Accept'

By Joel Stashenko |

Clicking the "accept" button on the terms and conditions page generated by his new Dell computer means a New York consumer's grievance that the laptop lacks battery life must be settled in arbitration and not a proposed class-action suit, a federal judge ruled on Feb. 17.

Covecastles Resort

Owners of Caribbean Resort Found Not Liable for Child's Assault

By Joel Stashenko |

The owners and operators of a luxury resort on the Caribbean island of Anguilla cannot be held liable for an attack on a guest family's 12-year-old child for which a gardener at the resort was arrested, a state judge has ruled.

NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Schneiderman Maneuvers to Become Trump's No. 1 Enemy

By Steve Peoples |

Backed by one of the nation's largest public law firms, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is positioned to challenge Trump's agenda in ways his Democratic allies in Washington cannot—even as critics question whether he has the fortitude to effectively challenge the brash billionaire's aggressive agenda.

Dan Halloran

High Court Rejects Appeal From Ex-NYC Councilman

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to disturb the conviction of former New York City councilman Daniel Halloran on bribery and fraud charges.

Clockwise from top left: Theodore Wells, Jr., Stephen Younger, Kenneth Feinberg and Donald Fehr

Top Attorneys to Lead Discussion on Arbitration

By Mark Hamblett |

Leading litigators will tackle the topic of arbitration on March 7 at a panel discussion hosted by the Southern District and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Mayor Bill de Blasio

GOP Mayoral Hopeful Seeks Probe Into de Blasio's Legal Bills

By Andrew Denney |

A Republican rival of Mayor Bill de Blasio has asked for prosecutors to investigate how the mayor is paying law firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, which is representing him as a probe into his fundraising activities is underway.

Panel Affirms $1M Verdict for Subway Platform Injury

By Steve Viuker |

A Manhattan appellate court has upheld a $1 million jury verdict against the New York City Transit Authority in favor of a man who was injured on a subway platform.

State Agrees to Pay $3M to Family of Abused Boy

New York state is paying $3 million to the family of a developmentally disabled boy repeatedly molested by a staffer at a state-run group home who later wrote that lax supervision at the facility made it "a predator's dream."

MBBA Celebrates Black History Month

Former New York Congressman Charles Rangel was recognized by the Metropolitan Black Bar Association Thursday as its 2017 Black History Month honoree.

(l-r) Daryl Lansdale, Peter Martyr and Andrew Giaccia.

It’s Official: Norton Rose Fulbright, Chadbourne & Parke Catch Merger Fever

By James Booth and Christine Simmons |

The year is already shaping up to be a busy one for Big Law combinations.

Teena Ann Sankoorikal

NY Litigation Boutique Picks Up Cravath Partner

By Christine Simmons |

In a rare loss for Cravath, Swaine & Moore, a partner is leaving the firm to join Levine Lee, a prominent litigation boutique formed six years ago by former Cravath lawyers.