The First Department said invoking New York's whistleblower statute, which prohibits retaliation against an employee for reporting unlawful corporate conduct that threatens public safety, does not preclude workplace discrimination claims that are "separate and independent" from a retaliation claim.
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Judge Lawrence Marks will assume the post of chief administrative judge on Friday, succeeding A. Gail Prudenti as the lead day-to-day manager of New York's court system.
A former structured finance partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf said he left the firm in late 2010 with a group of other attorneys because he was not paid what he was promised and only learned of Dewey's 2010 debt offering to investors through a client.
An Eastern District judge failed to explain in open court why she sentenced a sex offender who violated his parole to a prison term greater than the recommended sentencing guidelines, an appellate court ruled in an order for resentencing.
A bank's law firm has been sanctioned for failing to mention it was negotiating a mortgage modification with a borrower while pressing a foreclosure action against the borrower in the courts.
After absorbing defeat in the U.S. Supreme Court lethal-injection case in June, lawyers for three death row inmates decided to take advantage of what they saw as the decision's silver lining: an unusual dissent that declared the time had come for the court to take a full re-examination of capital punishment, rather than a piecemeal approach.
Retailers filed objections Tuesday to a preliminary settlement of an antitrust class action suit against American Express based on disclosed communications between a lawyer for the plaintiffs and an ex-Willkie Farr & Gallagher partner.
The founder of civil litigation boutique Susman Godfrey has given $2 million to the New York University School of Law to study the decline of the civil jury trial in American jurisprudence.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and other New York City elected officials are urging Washington to aid Puerto Rico during its fiscal crisis. Puerto Rico's governor said last month that the island's $72 billion public debt is unpayable given the current level of economic growth.
Southern District Judge George Daniels has indicated he doesn't see a compelling need to raise a $654 million lawsuit award to victims of terror attacks in Israel to more than $1 billion, especially since he allowed lawyers to ask the jury to fully compensate the victims at a February civil trial.
Luigi Rosabianca, who was described in 2014 New York magazine article as a leading lawyer representing wealthy foreigners buying real estate, was disbarred Tuesday by the Appellate Division, First Department.
A former accounting manager testified Monday that she and others in Dewey & LeBoeuf's finance department falsified the firm's financial statements by making illegitimate entries at the end of each fiscal year between 2008 and 2011.
A Southern District judge on Monday denied Citizens United's request for a preliminary injunction against New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's attempt to have the group disclose to his office a list of its contributors.
An effort to sue Ford Motor and IBM for alleged complicity in South Africa's apartheid regime was dismissed by the Second Circuit Monday, which said said the U.S. parent companies could not be held liable for aiding and abetting their South Africa subsidiaries.
It may still be illegal for most U.S. and European businesses to do business in Iran, but it’s not premature for their lawyers to begin dissecting the nuclear deal that was announced earlier this month.
Following a general decline in law school admissions, the number of aspiring attorneys expected to take the New York's July bar examination on Tuesday and Wednesday is slightly smaller than in 2014.
A Brooklyn judge found a lineup identification of an attempted murder suspect was "unduly suggestive" because the defendant appeared with five others who were too dissimilar in appearance from him.
A Northern District judge said that although Chenango County Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dowd had recused himself from Moshe Shtrauch's divorce case, the judge was still protected by judicial immunity when he ordered court personnel to remove Shtrauch from the courthouse.
The New York State Bar Association has announced the makeup of a 25-member committee that will study whether New Yorkers should authorize a statewide convention in 2017 to consider changing the state Constitution.
Chief Administrative Judge A. Gail Prudenti announced Monday she will retire after 23 years on the bench, the past 3 1/2 of them as the top lieutenant to Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, to be an administrator and adviser at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.
A federal judge has refused to dismiss charges against former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, noting defendants face "a high hurdle" when trying to challenge an indictment's sufficiency in a dismissal motion.
A Surrogate's Court judge has determined that an inmate validly renounced his deceased mother's inheritance before claims for a share of her estate were filed by the Office of Victim Services and the father of the inmate's victim.
Judge Colleen McMahon denied Morgan Stanley's motion for summary judgment on the grounds that "there is plenty of evidence—most of it out of the mouths of Morgan Stanley's own personnel—from which a jury could conclude" that Morgan Stanley traded on insider information for the benefit of its own account.
Legal professors, civil rights advocates and other groups this week urged a federal appeals court in Washington to force the U.S. Department of Justice to publicly disclose a prosecution playbook that was written and distributed after the government botched the case against the late Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.
In a scenario reminiscent of same-sex marriage challenges last fall, the U.S. Supreme Court now has five petitions for review from religious nonprofits challenging the government's means of accommodating their objections to contraceptive health insurance. And some heavy-hitting lawyers are on board.
A once-powerful New York politician was convicted Friday on charges he lied to the FBI in an attempt to obstruct a corruption investigation targeting him for embezzlement.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Oing rejected a request by an oil tanker company to decide a legal question early on in its legal malpractice suit against Proskauer Rose.
New York City and the attorneys for the Central Park Five have reached an agreement to release a large cache of discovery documents from the criminal case against five men originally convicted of beating and sexually assaulting Patricia Meili in 1989 and their subsequent civil suit against the city.
A physical therapist's statement about a doctor's purported use of a power drill during a medical procedure was prepared for the malpractice case against the doctor and is shielded from claims of defamation, a judge decided.
The voicing and filing of grievances by members of inmate liaison committees in New York state prisons are constitutionally protected activities, a Second Circuit panel has ruled, reinstating an inmate's claim that he faced retaliation for his activities as a committee member at Fishkill Correctional Facility.
Holding that a contract lawyer doing document review work for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom "provided services that a machine could have provided," the Second Circuit overruled a lower court Thursday and said the lawyer could proceed with his claim for overtime pay.
A judge has granted the Legal Aid Society's petition for a summary indicating the number of substantiated complaints brought against Officer Daniel Pantaleo before his fatal confrontation with Eric Garner, as well as any recommendations made to the police department based on those complaints.
After Holland & Knight moved to preserve its share of $500,000 in fees awarded to former partner Charles Gibbs in two trust and estate matters, Gibbs shot back with a claim that the firm still owes him more than $1 million in compensation.
When Dewey & LeBoeuf solicited $150 million from insurance companies in a private placement in 2010, it assured investors that it was financially stable, Robert Mills, who handled private placements for The Hartford group, testified Thursday.
Lawsuits claiming that gender, age or disability discrimination caused an employee's demotion cannot circumvent statutes of limitation by invoking a 2009 law that triggers a new claim each time a paycheck is issued, the Second Circuit ruled Tuesday.
Court administrators have circulated for public comment two amended rules it says are needed to extend protections against the release of confidential personal information in matrimonial actions.
Brooklyn prosecutors say Arthur Fisch tried to steal more than $450,000 from Masonic Medical Research Laboratory, where he had been vice president of the board.
The state's denial of three transitional housing locations for a convicted killer who is eligible for release after serving 30 years in prison was upheld Thursday by a state appeals court.
A Long Island attorney has been suspended for one year for trying to circumvent a restraining order filed by the New York State Crime Victims Board intended to halt her incarcerated client from accessing settlement funds, an appellate court ruled.
Paul Keller, an intellectual property litigation practitioner, has joined Norton Rose Fulbright as a partner; Greenberg Traurig has added John Kaufmann as of counsel in its tax practice; and more.
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced Wednesday that he has made permanent the task force he created in 2010 to highlight the unmet legal needs of low-income New Yorkers and to push for higher spending on civil legal services.
A Manhattan Commercial Division judge on Monday dismissed a claim by embattled casino operator Caesars Entertainment that a group of its creditors defamed the company in statements to the media and in regulatory hearings.
After seven days of testifying against his former bosses at Dewey & LeBoeuf—which included heated questioning from both the prosecution and defense and at one point led to tears on the witness stand—former finance director Francis Canellas concluded his role as the prosecution's key witness in the fraud trial of the collapsed firm's top leaders.
Southern District Judge Ronnie Abrams has ordered resentencing for a Chinese immigrant, saying he was deprived of effective legal assistance because his attorney should have informed the court that mandatory deportation would accompany any prison sentence of more than a year.
The Archdiocese of Newark has filed a suit against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over a new law that bars it from selling headstones to parishioners intending to be buried in its Catholic cemeteries, which the suit says was a response to lobbying on behalf of secular companies that sell monuments.
The latest indictment against a former state Senate leader says he pressured an insurance company that wanted to discuss legislation with him into hiring his son, and then supported his son after he bragged to his new boss that he didn't have to show up for work because of his father's powerful post.
The No. 2 Republican in the state Senate was convicted by a federal jury Wednesday of making false statements to the FBI about arranging a high-paying job for his son.
An ex-partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed has been sentenced to a three-month jail sentence and five years of probation after pleading guilty to tax fraud.
The state's $8.75-an-hour minimum wage would go up to $15 an hour by the end of 2018 for some fast-food workers in New York City and in the rest of the state by July 1, 2021, under a proposal approved Wednesday by a state wage board.
A town court judge has been censured for engaging in "impermissible advocacy" with police officers who were investigating his son for animal cruelty in 2013, the state Commission on Judicial Conduct announced Wednesday.
Sandi Toll has become first assistant counsel to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. She was an attorney with Jenner & Block in Manhattan for 11 years, and a partner for four years, before joining Cuomo's office as assistant counsel in 2013.