A group of atheists tried to convince a Second Circuit panel Thursday that if a museum commemorating the terrorist attacks displays a cross-shaped steel beam found in the wreckage of the World Trade Center, it should also be required to display a symbol recognizing atheists who were affected by 9/11.
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A day after Dewey & LeBoeuf's former leaders were indicted on grand larceny and fraud charges, criminal defense experts weighed in on the challenges and strategies in defending such cases, especially when damning emails are presented as key evidence.
Scrutinizing a law that requires insurance companies to pay claims in a timely manner, a Brooklyn appellate court has determined the law gives claimants an implied right to file suit against their insurer.
A Southern District judge refused this week to throw out part of an antitrust class action brought by television station owners against a music licensing organization that represents about 20,000 composers.
The Senate has blocked Debo Adegbile's bid to lead the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice amid questions about how he would work with the major law enforcement groups that vigorously opposed his nomination.
The Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center at Touro College is the most recent school to offer future lawyers a chance to earn a J.D. in two years instead of the traditional three.
Deciding a case of first impression in the Second Circuit, and joining the Seventh and Ninth Circuits, an appeals panel said the state-law tort claims period is not tolled by a filing with the EEOC "even for those claims arising out of the same factual circumstances alleged in the EEOC charge."
Attorneys in the Southern District soon will be required to file amended pleadings in civil cases directly to the district's Electronic Case Filing (ECF) system.
A Staten Island attorney who did not divulge his plea to misdemeanor drunken driving in his 2010 bar application has been suspended for six months.
A former Port Authority police officer claiming to suffer psychological disabilities from his work following the terrorist attacks has failed to demonstrate that he qualified for the presumption of special benefits created for emergency responders.
New York State is not liable for a security guard's punch to a bench that managed to injure a bystander, said a Brooklyn appellate court.
A portrait of Stewart Aaron, the immediate past president of the New York County Lawyers' Association, was unveiled Wednesday at a ceremony at NYCLA's.
Sulaiman Abu Ghayth literally sat at the right hand of Osama bin Laden and played a critical role in announcing al Qaida's call for jihad against the United States following the Sept. 11 terror attacks, a prosecutor told a jury Wednesday.
The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association will continue challenging a controversial anti-profiling law that was passed by the City Council over Mayor Bloomberg's veto last year, despite Mayor de Blasio's decision to drop the city's suit against the law, the organization said Thursday.
A gun dealer who successfully sued Nassau County for false arrest and malicious prosecution may have deserved significant damages, but not to the tune of $5 million, said a judge who shaved the jury award to about 20 percent of its original amount.
A condominium board can compel an owner to sell his Columbus Circle apartment to a neighbor instead of a preferred outside buyer, thanks to a common provision in condo bylaws, a state judge has ruled.
Despite the urgent plea of business advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court during Wednesday's arguments in 'Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund' appeared reluctant to completely overturn a key precedent that has made it easier for plaintiffs to sue companies for securities fraud.
Anne Swern, a longtime prosecutor who rose through the ranks to become first assistant district attorney in the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, has left the agency.
Under pressure from gun control advocates, including New York's attorney general, Facebook agreed Wednesday to delete posts from users selling illegal guns or offering weapons for sale without background checks.
The White House's proposed $27.4 billion budget for the DOJ would boost spending on the administration's criminal justice reform efforts, calling for $173 million for initiatives that include more state and local prisoner reentry programs.
The new White House budget calls for closing a long-controversial tax loophole that allows lawyers, lobbyists and other high-income professionals to avoid income and payroll taxes.
Approximately 259 candidates will be interviewed March 11 by the Committee on Character and Fitness of the Appellate Division, First Department.
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley has announced plans for its annual Equal Access to Justice Dinner, the organization's biggest fundraiser.
New York City attorney Steven Donziger corrupted and defrauded the judiciary in Ecuador on his way to securing a multi-billion dollar environmental damages judgment against Chevron, Southern District Judge Lewis Kaplan ruled Wednesday.
Manhattan appellate judges differed on just how much effort a woman made getting her troubled teenaged daughter to school, with a slim majority overturning a Family Court judge's finding of neglect.
A federal court jury got it right— and the trial judge got it wrong—in a case where a man was convicted of drug charges after jurors inferred that he was part of a conspiracy, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said yesterday in a divided opinion.
The leaders of the New York State Bar Association are raising questions about a proposal to allow non-lawyers to assist poor New Yorkers in legal matters—specifically, how these "navigators" would be monitored, supervised and evaluated.
A "dishonest acts" exclusion clause in its liability policies does not exempt insurers from covering a $250 million settlement reached between the Securities and Exchange Commission and a J.P. Morgan subsidiary, a Manhattan state judge ruled.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday acknowledged that a spectator’s outburst during an oral argument Feb. 26 was "redacted" from the audio posted on the court’s website late last week.
Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman, a 150-attorney firm headquartered in Los Angeles, has opened a New York office with six-attorneys from Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker.
A district judge has ratified the casino gambling and land claim settlement that the Oneida Indians reached in 2013 with the Cuomo administration and Oneida and Madison counties.
A company that helped produce two songs for Alecia Moore—Pink—more than a decade ago cannot collect the royalties it says it is owed, a Manhattan appeals panel ruled Tuesday.
A judge should have stuck to his initial ruling in a case where a subcontractor's employee was injured when he fell from a ladder, a state appellate court has ruled.
The Second Circuit has modified a recent decision to grant three robbery suspects a new trial because one of the defendants was apparently impaired when implicating himself and his co-defendants.
Consumers who purchased computers or other electronic gadgets containing Dynamic Random Memory Access chips between 1998 and 2002 are eligible to seek price-fixing damages under a settlement announced Tuesday.
The prosecution of alleged al Qaeda propagandist Sulaiman Abu Ghayth for being part of Osama bin Laden's murderous conspiracy began Monday as prospective jurors filed into the courtroom of Southern District Judge Lewis Kaplan.
An Australian national can stay in the United States because a federal appeals court ruled Monday that he cannot be punished for his attorney's incorrect advice about a crime not being a deportable offense.
Bogus real estate investments promoted by a Bronx man accused of bilking investors out of millions of dollars qualify as "securities," paving the way for prosecution under the state's Martin Act, a judge has ruled.
The attorney general can use evidence of a 30-year-old dismissed rape charge to bolster its case for the civil confinement of a convicted kidnapper accused of sex crimes, a judge in Dutchess County has ruled.
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared likely Monday to say that states can't rely on intelligence test scores alone in borderline cases to determine that a death row inmate is mentally able and thus eligible to be executed.
Meister Seelig & Fein, a 60-attorney firm, has added three attorneys from Ostrow Kaufman, a now-closed intellectual property boutique.
The state Department of Motor Vehicles is making more information available to prosecutors about the history of drivers who have been ticketed for driving infractions.
A skier who crashed into a novice with enough force to shatter her arm and lacerate his own kidney could be liable for damages if a trial court decides his conduct was reckless enough to overcome the assumption of risk doctrine.
The Third Department reduced the risk level classification of a sex offender after determining his victim was not a stranger to him nor a person he developed a relationship with primarily so he could sexually victimize her.
Four firms announce new additions, while two have promoted attorneys to partner.
Steven Banks, who has been attorney-in-chief of the New York City Legal Aid Society since 2004, was named commissioner of the city's Human Resources Administration by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday.
Two state Parole Board commissioners have slammed Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office for urging the panel to release a man convicted of notorious sex offenses rather than taking steps to exonerate the potentially-innocent inmate.
A shell company that sought to profit from a failed investment portfolio built on mortgage-backed securities has no standing to sue the investment manager because its motive for suing violates New York's champerty doctrine, a Manhattan state court judge ruled.
Southern District Judge Lewis Kaplan Friday rejected the last minute requests for a continuance, telling defense attorneys that time has run out on their attempts to get enough information to justify a motion to depose Guantanamo detainee Khalid Shiek Mohammed.
A man convicted of attempted rape in 2000 has been granted a new trial after DNA recovered from the victim's fingernails was analyzed nine years later and found not to match his.
A federal judge has dismissed the hostile workplace, retaliation and sexual harassment suit brought by a female firefighter who said she was sexually assaulted by a male colleague.
When litigators and longtime friends James Tyrrell Jr. and John McGahren led a 25-lawyer group from Latham & Watkins to Patton Boggs in 2006, their new firm was effusive in its praise. A lot has changed in eight years.
For years, patent litigators have complained that the Federal Circuit has set too rigid a standard for fee shifting in patent cases. On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court sounded ready to go to the other extreme and give district judges broad latitude to determine when an attorney fee award is justified.
The 24th Annual Black History Month Celebration of the state courts commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act in the rotunda of the Manhattan Supreme Court at 60 Centre St. on Feb. 27.
The New York State Trial Lawyers Association held its first annual Women's Caucus reception on Wednesday, where they honored Lenore Kramer of Kramer & Dunleavy.
After its former client sued the firm for malpractice, Proskauer Rose and four of its partners have sued the client's senior executives, claiming they solicited legal advice based on "materially false...representations" and have harmed the firm's reputation with their "meritless" claims.
A unanimous state appeals panel has dismissed a retaliation claim that is part of a discrimination suit filed by a black former contract attorney against Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, ruling that the claim is barred because a federal judge dismissed a similar claim last year.
Since the credit ratings that Standard & Poor's publishes for the general public are protected by the First Amendment, the firm should be taxed by New York City in the same way as it does other publishers, an administrative law judge for the city's Tax Appeals Tribunal has determined.
A Manhattan judge has refused to dismiss a legal malpractice suit against Cullen and Dykman which asserts the firm had a conflict of interest by representing two parties in a dispute among siblings that resulted in damages to the plaintiffs.
The former Chief Assistant District Attorney, who is moving back to private practice after formally stepping down last month, discusses the Manhattan D.A.'s office under Cyrus Vance Jr., memorable cases, changes he saw from his first stint in the office under Robert Morgenthau 20 years ago, and changes needed in the office and the law.
A hard-fought personal injury lawsuit that a woman filed after being hit by a Duane Reade truck in 2008 has settled for $22 million.
Lawyers for an accused al Qaida conspirator and Osama bin Laden-son-in-law Sulaiman Abu Ghayth say there may be a second man being held at Guantanamo Bay with a similar name and a similar background to their client.
Southern District Judge Analisa Torres has set a quick schedule to decide motions by five police unions to intervene in the stop-and-frisk litigation.
The newest tax reform plan unveiled Wednesday on Capitol Hill keeps provisions that could cause financial hardship for law firms and hit partners with years of outsized tax bills.
After failing to remove its court-appointed monitor, Apple urged the Second Circuit this week to reverse the e-books price-fixing judgment that led to the monitorship in the first place. Meanwhile, things are heating up in parallel suits brought on behalf of consumers, with Apple trying to move the cases out New York federal court.
The claims are based on a 2013 analysis that shows New York City households by tax class and property type. Blacks and Hispanics are more likely to live in rental properties that fall within a class where a high percentage of building property tax is passed along to the tenant.
Assured Guaranty Corp., a monoline insurer suing Credit Suisse affiliate DLJ Mortgage Capital for allegedly misrepresenting the safety of mortgage-backed securities it sold in 2006 and 2007 can seek damages beyond those available to the purchasers of the securities, a state appeals panel ruled Thursday.
The Nassau County Courts Black History Committee and the Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association hosted their Ninth Annual Black History Month celebration at the Supreme Court in Mineola on Feb. 26.
Five firms have announced additions, while Holland & Knight and Bracewell & Giuliani have elevated new partners.