In their final appeal to the jury Tuesday, Brooklyn prosecutors clashed with the defense on whether rookie police officer Peter Liang's single fatal shot in a dark public housing stairwell veered into criminal recklessness.
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A client's assertion that his attorney's "eagerness to get his name in the papers" caused him to lose a $1.3 million case states a claim for legal malpractice, a Manhattan appeals court ruled Thursday.
Second Circuit Judges Rosemary Pooler and Peter Hall sent the case of Raheem Bert back to a lower court judge who acknowledged that an 11-month delay in bringing Bert to trial on gun charges, without excluding time under the act, was her fault.
Two related hedge funds won a $22.1 million judgment against Deutsche Bank AG in a dispute tied to contract rights in credit default swap agreements.
For the first time since last summer, the Court of Appeals has a full complement of seven judges.
Over the objections of the New York State Bar Association and other groups, the ABA's House of Delegates on Monday adopted a resolution giving states a regulatory framework for allowing nonlawyers to provide simple legal services.
A prominent media law firm has been appointed to represent a man trying to unseal a confidential bank monitor report on HSBC Bank's compliance in a money laundering deferred prosecution.
An appeals court has ruled that two western New York officeholders cannot invoke environmental review laws to defeat a planned community college expansion that they opposed politically.
A Manhattan judge ruled that two New York City police officers lawfully detained a non-English speaking public school student who left school and went home without permission after his teacher told him that he could not take part in a class field trip.
Speaking in Albany on Monday, Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said corruption has degraded the state's democracy, laying some blame at the feet of otherwise innocent lawmakers who allowed that culture to fester. "You think no one knew Sheldon Silver was corrupt before he was put in handcuffs? Not a chance," he said.
Dechert, Cadwalader, Phillips Nizer and Hughes Hubbard & Reed each announce a new addition.
Brooksley Born, a retired partner at Arnold & Porter and former chairwoman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, delivered the New York City Bar Association's Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture on Women and the Law Monday evening.
After Janet DiFiore was ceremonially installed Monday as chief judge of New York, she said reducing case backlogs in the court system will be her first priority.
A police officer on trial for recklessly disregarding his training and risk of death in an East New York public housing patrol that left an innocent man dead testified emotionally Monday but said officers could pull out their guns when feeling unsafe.
Michael Garcia was confirmed to the Court of Appeals Monday by the New York state Senate in a unanimous voice vote, becoming the first Hispanic man to sit on the state's highest court.
New York Law School and other segments of the legal community were back in business Monday after they were displaced by a plummeting construction crane Friday in the TriBeCa section of Manhattan.
Tributes poured in Monday from friends and colleagues of Southern District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, who died Friday at age 86. She was remembered as a woman who carved a unique path in the law and on the bench.
In a novel and lengthy opinion, a New Jersey family court judge has awarded joint custody of a child to three people—the biological father, his same-sex spouse, and the mother.
Evan Greebel, the Kaye Scholer partner who was arrested alongside former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli, has added Gibson Dunn & Crutcher to his defense team.
Two off-duty, unarmed court officers who had just finished their shifts at the Bronx Criminal Court tackled a murder suspect Friday night near Yankee Stadium and held him until police arrived, a court official confirmed.
The Fourth Department has vacated a man's convictions on 20 counts related to the repeated sexual abuse of two girls, ruling unanimously that he may have been convicted on theories different from those set forth in the indictment, as limited by the bill of particulars.
In an order on Thursday, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation found that the more than 80 class actions against online daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc., which included claims of consumer fraud and insider trading, should be coordinated for pretrial purposes before U.S. District Judge George O’Toole in Boston, where DraftKings is based.
The disciplining of a state prison inmate for harassment for sending a note to a female guard warning her of the dangers of smoking has been upheld by the Third Department.
Among other announcements, Quinn Emanuel has added as a partner Chad Johnson, most recently chief of investor protection in the New York Attorney General's Office, and Simpson Thacher has appointed partner Jonathan Youngwood as co-head of its litigation practice.
The construction crane that fell in Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood Friday morning, killing one and injuring three, damaged a portion of New York Law School and shuttered two Legal Aid NYC offices, the Innocence Project office and the New York County Supreme Court building.
A real estate buyer cannot recoup a $4 million deposit because the sellers were relieved of any obligation to show they were ready to close when the buyer filed a rescission action before the closing date, an appellate court held.
A former state lawyer's disability discrimination claim against the New York Attorney General's Office should be heard in a courtroom rather than in an administrative proceeding, the Second Circuit has ruled.
Justice W. Gerard Asher rejected some of suspended matrimonial attorney Dominic Barbara's defenses in an action to establish a bank's mortgage rights to his multimillion-dollar Long Island house.
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation last week appeared persuaded by Uber's arguments that classifications of independent contractors varied too much state-to-state to make coordination of lawsuits brought by its drivers over their employment status feasible.
The state District Attorneys Association has revised its handbook on the ethical obligations of DAs and distributed it to each of the approximately 2,800 prosecutors in New York state.
Harlan Levy, a partner in Boies, Schiller & Flexner and former chief deputy attorney general, has received the Fund for Modern Courts' 2016 John J. McCloy Memorial Award, which recognizes lawyers who have made outstanding contributions to improving the administration of justice in New York state.
Two former Southern District prosecutors are launching a firm that will provide monitorships and claims administration to government agencies and corporations.
An appeals court has set aside a jury verdict to award more than $2.1 million to a brokerage firm claiming to have an oral agreement to receive a commission for the sale of land to a home improvement chain and that it was left out of the final negotiations for the sale.
Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Marsha Steinhardt received the Lenore Kramer Award Thursday night from the Women's Caucus of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.
Southern District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum has died, her chambers confirmed on Friday afternoon. She was 86.
State Senate Republicans said Thursday they would rather fund pay raises for state judges than provide an extra $15 million for civil legal services in the next state budget. But Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks told legislators that they should fund both.
A double murder as revenge for a spilled drink was enough to tie a Gambino crime family boss to a racketeering enterprise, the Second Circuit has ruled.
Over the vehement opposition of the victim's family, New York's parole board has decided to release Terry Losicco, who was convicted of the brutal 1980 murder of 67-year-old Eleanor Prouty and the beating of her bedridden husband, Norman.
Manhattan prosecutors are seeking to crush efforts by two former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives to avoid a second trial, arguing in new court papers that ample evidence shows the executives intended to deprive lenders and investors of millions of dollars.
More than a third of practicing attorneys in the United States are problem drinkers and 28 percent struggle with depression, according to a new study.
Martin Shkreli, the former Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC chief executive, on Thursday repeatedly refused to answer questions from U.S. House members about his overnight triple-digit price hike of an AIDS drug his company bought last year.
Each workday, thousands of state workers commute from their suburban neighborhoods to the many state buildings scattered throughout New York's capital city. Based on Albany's remarkable penchant for corruption, odds are that a few of them have a story the federal government would like to hear.
Nearly seven years since the botched prosecution of the late Alaska senator Ted Stevens, federal judges in Washington are considering a rule that describes in detail for the first time the government's obligation to turn over evidence to defense lawyers.
Janet DiFiore, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Judge Eugene Pigott Jr., who is the senior associate judge on the court, will speak during Monday's ceremony at the Court of Appeals in Albany.
A New York City police officer who accused fellow officers of beating him has been awarded more than $15 million in damages by a federal court jury.
The parents of the 6-year-old who disappeared 36 years ago while on his first solo walk to his school bus have petitioned a Manhattan court to vacate its 2004 default wrongful death judgment against a man they had believed killed their son. Stanley and Julia Patz said they now believe Pedro Hernandez, whose retrial for the murder is set for March 7, is the real killer.
The New York Legal Assistance Group, a growing nonprofit that provides legal services to low-income New Yorkers, has created two new executive positions and reorganized its general legal services unit.
A New York City Bar Association committee is asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make changes it says would enhance his ethics-in-government proposal in the 2016-17 state budget.
Esmeralda Simmons, the founder and executive director of the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College-City University of New York, received the 2016 Ida B. Wells-Barnett Justice Award from the New York County Lawyers Association and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association.
The Second Circuit has clarified the law on sovereign immunity for actions by a foreign nation's commercial entity that take place outside of the United States but harm investors within the United States.
A portion of an internal police report on a fatal domestic violence incident which has been a source of litigation for years must be turned over to an attorney arguing in a separate matter that Nassau County police are deliberately indifferent to intimate partner violence.
As court officials prepare to make their case Thursday to the state Legislature for a 2.4 percent spending increase—a plan Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called too high—the New York City Bar Association and New York State Bar Association are urging lawmakers to give the judiciary all the money it is seeking.
An appellate panel has upheld a 2012 decision by Nassau County to put the power to discipline police officers back solely in hands of the police commissioner.
McKool Smith, a 175-lawyer firm, is bringing on a team of lawyers from Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman led by insurance recovery leader Robin Cohen.
The state Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on Michael Garcia's nomination to the Court of Appeals on Monday.
Benjamin Brafman, the newly retained attorney for indicted ex-pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli, on Wednesday told a federal judge that he might seek to challenge prosecutors' use of some emails between Shkreli and a Kaye Scholer attorney.
HSBC Bank plans to fight a judge's order to publicly file a redacted compliance monitor's report in a deferred prosecution case, according to court filings.
A Family Court judge in Orange County erred in dismissing a mother's allegations that the father of her child violated an order of protection by writing offensive comments on her support checks, a Brooklyn appeals court ruled Wednesday.
Howard Seidler's plea before Acting Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun makes his case the first conviction under the immigrant assistance services fraud law.
A judge signed off Tuesday on a consent decree that resolves claims that the Sullivan County Board of Elections illegally challenged the registration or qualification of Hasidic voters.
A federal judge has disqualified an attorney from representing a city worker in an employment discrimination suit because the attorney previously had worked as an administrator in the same department as her client.