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Marc Kasowitz reads a statement to members of the media on June 8, 2017, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

White House Sours on Kasowitz, But What About Other Clients?

By Christine Simmons |

While Marc Kasowitz's role on President Donald Trump's legal team has been diminished, the "uberlitigator" still has a bevy of commercial cases on his plate back in New York.

Bond Trader's Fees Found Recoverable by Circuit

By B. Colby Hamilton |
The Asian American Bar Association of New York, as part of the celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, held a panel discussion on

SDNY Drops Charges in 'London Whale' Case

By B. Colby Hamilton |

The Southern District U.S. Attorney's Office has moved to drop charges against two former JPMorgan Chase & Co. traders in the "London Whale" over concerns about testimony from the whale himself, Bruno Iksil.

Bronx Housing Court

City Bar, Others Laud Passage of Civil 'Gideon' Bill

By Shibani Gokhale |

The New York City Council's decision to offer free counsel to low-income tenants facing eviction is being applauded by legal service providers and the New York City Bar Association, which praised passage of the "historic legislation."

Acting Brooklyn D.A. Eric Gonzalez

Attacks on Gonzalez Mark Latest Brooklyn DA Forum

By Andrew Denney |

As the primary election nears, the gloves came off Thursday evening at a forum for the race for Brooklyn district attorney.

'Joyce in Court': James Joyce and the Law

By Reviewed by Stephen J. Fearon |

The overall theme of the book is Joyce's fascination with the law, lawyers, judges, and important contemporary civil and criminal cases.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

Holder Meeting With NY Minority Lawmakers for Airbnb Postponed

By Josefa Velasquez |

A meeting between former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, now outside counsel for home-sharing service Airbnb, and members of the state Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, scheduled for Friday, to discuss the company's anti-discrimination efforts was postponed amid threats of picketing by the state's powerful hotel workers' union.

London Commercial Court at 7 Rolls Buildings in London, left, and Manhattan Commercial Division at 60 Centre St.

NY Seeks to Take On UK for High-Stakes Commercial Cases

By Jeff Storey |

Casting a wary eye on the competition for big-money business cases posed by the United Kingdom, an advisory panel to New York's Commercial Division has developed a proposal it says would drive home that "the London Commercial Court is not entitled to a monopoly on large lawsuits."

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Amid Delays, Politics Leave US Attorney Prospects in Limbo

By Miriam Rozen |

It's been six months since shortlists for U.S. attorney started circulating in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Judge May Vacate Previously Granted Arbitration Award, Panel Rules

By Andrew Denney |

A federal judge in New York had the discretion to vacate a previously approved confirmation of a $57 million arbitration award against the government of Laos after the award was tossed out by a foreign court, an appeals court ruled.

New York State Capitol in Albany

Tort-Reform Group Champions Bill to Regulate Certain Litigation Funders

By Josefa Velasquez |

A tort-reform business group is pushing for a bill that would regulate the third-party consumer litigation funding industry in New York state, despite the end of the legislative session for the year.

Judge Cogan

Judge Tosses 'Unreasonable' Copyright Suit Over African Cookbook

By Jason Grant |

"No reasonable copyright attorney, or even an attorney who had devoted 20 minutes to legal research, would have filed this complaint," Eastern District Judge Brian Cogan wrote in awarding attorney fees and costs to the defendant.

From left: Amy Barasch, Executive Director of Her Justice, honoree Bárbara Santisteban, and Susanna Saul, Managing Attorney of Her Justice.

Attorney's Pro Bono Immigration Work Lauded

Jones Day associate Bárbara Santisteban received the 2017 Champion for Justice Award from Her Justice, a legal organization that helps impoverished and abused women and children.

Types of College Grads Nailing the LSAT Aren't Keen on Law School

By Karen Sloan |

Call it the LSAT disconnect. Although college grads with majors in science, technology, engineering and math tend to score high on the law school entrance exam, those taking the test and applying most often have majors in the social sciences and "helping" professions that typically score lower, according to recent studies.

Linklaters Associate Denies Wrongdoing in Insider Trading Case

By Roy Strom |

A pristine start to a Big Law career has been derailed for a former editor-in-chief of Harvard Law School’s International Law Review who joined Linklaters in 2015.

Jack Quinn, left, and Steve Israel

Ex-Congressmen Join Barclay Damon, Meltzer

By Christine Simmons |

Two New York law firms have brought on former U.S. congressmen for new adviser roles.

LI Lawyer Accused of Aiding Securities Fraud Scheme

By B. Colby Hamilton |

A West Hempstead-based lawyer was charged in a securities fraud case that has led the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida to convict six other alleged co-conspirators.

Workers harvesting crops in Orange County

Court Hears Arguments on Unionizing Farmworkers

By Josefa Velasquez |

The Farm Bureau argued before Albany Supreme Court Justice Richard McNally on Thursday that allowing roughly 60,000 farm workers to unionize would devastate New York farms, where work days are dictated largely by weather conditions, while a NYCLU attorney argued that the state constitution permits all workers to organize.

Recognition for Lawyers

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution has added new board members George A. Bermann, Janet Langford Carrig and Richard S. Krumholz; Thomas J. Foley has been elected dean of the Nassau Academy of Law, the educational arm of the Nassau County Bar Association; and more.

Paul Singh Grewal, deputy general counsel at Facebook.

Facebook Lawyer Details 'Fake News' Fight

By Ross Todd |

The social media platform is working to curb the influence of fake news articles shared by its users without shutting down speech.

Ashley Madison website

Ashley Madison Class Accord Raises Question: How Do You Find Claimants Who Don't Want to Be Found?

By Amanda Bronstad |

The settlement over Ashley Madison's data breach presents a unique conundrum: How do you send out notices to class members who don't exactly want to be found?


Circuit Puts Fifth Amendment Front and Center in Libor Conviction Reversal

By B. Colby Hamilton |

Two former U.K.-based traders convicted for their involvement in the London Interbank Offered Rate exchange scandal saw the Second Circuit toss their entire case Wednesday, including indictments.

Joel Sanders, former CFO of Dewey & LeBoeuf, speaks to an unidentified woman outside the courtroom after he was found guilty Monday.

Dewey Exec, SEC in Talks to Settle Suit Tied to Firm's Collapse

By Christine Simmons |

The SEC wrote to Southern District Judge Valerie Caproni on Tuesday, indicating a possible deal with Dewey & LeBoeuf executive Joel Sanders, who was convicted in May of scheming to defraud investors in his former firm.

The towers of the Detroit Renaissance Center, the world headquarters of the General Motors Corporation in Detroit, Michigan.

GM Gains Defense Verdict in NY Ignition Switch Case

By Andrew Denney |

The latest bellwether trial in the General Motors ignition switch litigation has gone in the automaker's favor, after a verdict was handed up in a Manhattan federal courtroom.

hands on keyboard

Bill Seeks Criminal, Civil Liability for Posting Judges' Info

By Michael Booth |

A trio of New Jersey lawyer-lawmakers are sponsoring legislation that would prohibit anyone from publishing or posting certain contact information for judges, both active and retired, or prosecutors.

Eric Holder, Covington & Burling

Holder Will Meet With NY Minority Lawmakers for Airbnb

By Josefa Velasquez |

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to meet with members of the state Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus Friday to discuss the controversial home-sharing service's anti-discrimination efforts.

The Appellate Division, First Department, at 27 Madison Ave.

Asbestos Case Management Rules Delayed by Court

By Andrew Denney |

Implementation of the vast majority of provisions in a new case management order for the New York City Asbestos Litigation docket have been stayed pending a review by a Manhattan appeals court.

Charles Miller

Kasowitz Partner Leaves to Run Practice Group at Tarter Krinsky

By Christine Simmons |

Charles Miller, who practiced for 11 years at Kasowitz Benson Torres, has moved to Tarter Krinsky & Drogin, where he will lead the midsize firm's new securities and financial services litigation group.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan offices in Washington, D.C. September 14, 2016. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Ex-Secretary Accuses Quinn Emanuel of Racial Discrimination

By Roy Strom |

A former floating secretary who left the elite trial firm in 2015 claims he was subjected to racial slurs by a trial logistics director during the high-profile 2014 patent trial of Apple v. Samsung.

Attorney Disbarred for Role in Immigration Scheme

By Jason Grant |

A New York lawyer who supervised and participated in drafting false asylum applications for Chinese immigrants has been disbarred by the Appellate Division, First Department.

Lawsuit Claims Uber Biased Against Wheelchair Riders

The suit filed by by Disability Rights Advocates said that although Uber offers wheelchair-accessible vehicles through its UberWAV service, they account for fewer than 100 of the 58,000 Uber vehicles dispatched in New York City.

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) at a Senate Banking Committee hearing addressing the scandal relating to Wells Fargo's opening of fake bank accounts without customer knowledge, on Sept. 20, 2016. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

Menendez Hopes Silver Ruling Will Bring Him Good Fortune

By Charles Toutant |

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez has filed a new motion to dismiss his corruption charges, finding hope in last week's appellate ruling reversing the bribery conviction of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

UK Regulator Hits White & Case With Record Fine

By James Booth |

White & Case has been fined a record £250,000 ($325,700) by the U.K.'s Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for failing to identify a conflict of interest and protect confidential financial information in a $2.6 billion dispute involving Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk.

Law Schools Are Losing Smart Applicants. How Do They Lure Them Back?

By Karen Sloan |

Law school has lost its allure. Enrollment at American Bar Association-accredited law schools has plummeted 25 percent since 2010 and several law schools have or soon will close up shop for lack of demand.

Asbestos fibers

NY Judge Rejects Delay in Implementation of New Asbestos Docket Rules

By Andrew Denney |

A state judge in Manhattan denied a motion on Tuesday by attorneys from the asbestos defense bar to block implementation of a new case management order for the New York City Asbestos Litigation docket set to take effect on Thursday.

Greenberg Traurig sign

Greenberg Traurig Faces Bankruptcy Client's Wrath in Malpractice Fight

By Christine Simmons |

A lawsuit against the firm by ex-client NextEra Energy is the latest in what appears to be a growing wave of bankruptcy-related malpractice cases facing law firms.

New York Life Building at 51 Madison Ave.

Panel Weighs In on Contractual Arbitration Before SCOTUS Ruling

By Jason Grant |

A Manhattan appeals court on Tuesday decided that a former insurance company agent cannot be forced to arbitrate with her employer despite her contract's arbitration provision, an issue the U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide in in a matter of months, leaving some lawyers wondering why the First Department weighed in at all.

Steven Molo

Steven Molo Reflects on Silver Reversal in Wake of 'McDonnell'

By B. Colby Hamilton |

In the wake of the circuit's reversal in 'Silver', MoloLamken name attorney Steven Molo and his team were praised by the bar for having the foresight to anticipate 'McDonnell', which the Supreme Court agreed to review during, but not before the end of, Silver's trial.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly

Judge Declines to Open Up Trump Voting Commission Meeting

By Cogan Schneier |

The commission will hold its first meeting, via livestream, Wednesday.

Protesters gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day of <i>King v. Burwell</i> arguments.

Protect the Justices From 'Drama-Filled' Speeches, DOJ Asserts in Protesters' Case

By Tony Mauro |

Five protesters who disrupted a U.S. Supreme Court session with shouts and songs in 2015 should be sentenced to prison time and barred from the grounds of the court for a year, government lawyers said in court filings Monday.

Orrick Develops New Role in Bet on Hot Field of Impact Finance

By McKenna Moore |

The firm says it is the first to create a dedicated impact finance attorney position.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Officials Urge State Panel on Wrongful Convictions

A top Brooklyn politician pressed the state Tuesday to set up a special commission to investigate wrongful convictions and pinpoint the problems—and people—to blame.

Brooklyn Housing Court

Applicants for Housing Court Judgeships Sought

The Advisory Council for the Housing Part of New York City's Civil Court is soliciting applications for Housing Court judges.

Infringement Suit Over 'Rastafarian' Photo Clears Hurdle

By Andrew Denney |

A Manhattan judge has extinguished a motion by a well-known "appropriation artist" to dismiss an infringement lawsuit filed against him by a photographer who says his photo “Rastafarian Smoking a Joint” was bogarted for one of the artist’s works without permission.

Carolyn Reers

JPMorgan Lawyer Joins Norton Rose Fulbright Partnership After Chadbourne Deal

By Miriam Rozen |

Carolyn Reers picked an eventful time to move from her in-house position at J.P. Morgan Private Bank to Norton Rose Fulbright.

Circuit Opens Door to Gun Recovery After Order Expires

By Andrew Denney |

A federal appeals court said there is "no clear reason" why a Nassau County woman whose rifles and shotguns were taken away as part of a now-expired order of protection should not receive a hearing to determine if her weapons should be returned.

Nancy Mertzel of Herrick, Feinstein. HANDOUT.

Ex-Herrick IP Leader Launches Own Boutique

By Meghan Tribe |

Nancy Mertzel, chair of the IP group at Herrick, Feinstein since coming aboard in late 2015, has left the firm to start her own New York-based shop called Mertzel Law.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Book Publishers Defeat Antitrust Appeals at Circuit

By B. Colby Hamilton |

The suits were filed by independent publishers in response to the Second Circuit's earlier ruling that Apple and five publishing companies, all of whom were party to the current suit, had conspired when they simultaneously switched from a wholesale business model to an agency pricing model, but the court agreed that neither company could attribute its demise to the unlawful conspiracy.

Airbnb Files Ethics Complaint Over Hotel-Backed Lobbying in NY

By Josefa Velasquez |

Airbnb filed a formal complaint Monday with New York state's ethics panel against a hotel industry-backed group for allegedly failing to register as a lobbyist, to disclose how it is funded and to report lobbying expenses or file the necessary lobbying reports.

King & Spalding Picks Up IP Partner Pair From Stroock

By Christine Simmons |

An IP litigation duo is the latest to break away from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in New York.

Damon Vocke of Vocke Law Group

New Boutique Makes Its First Lateral Hires

By Meghan Tribe |

The Vocke Law Group, a small financial services and insurance firm founded late last year by former General Re Corp. general counsel Damon Vocke, has made its first new additions by bringing on two lawyers for its office in Stamford, Connecticut.

Arminta Jeffryes

Protesters Object to Prosecution by NYPD Attorneys

By Jennifer Peltz and Colleen Long |

Arminta Jeffryes was arrested while protesting police brutality. Then an NYPD lawyer stepped in to prosecute the jaywalking charge against her, in a low-level court that usually has no prosecutors at all. While many similar cases get dismissed without any admission of guilt, Jeffryes' lawyer says the police attorney wouldn't agree to a dismissal unless Jeffryes said her arrest was legitimate, which she contests.

Former Traders Arraigned on FX Conspiracy Charges

By B. Colby Hamilton |

Three indicted former traders, all U.K. nationals who worked for major international banks, surrendered Monday to U.S. officials.

Low-Cost CLEs Offered at ABA Meeting in NYC

By Rebecca Baker |

When the American Bar Association convenes in New York City next month for its annual meeting, it will offer a series of low-cost continuing legal education programs geared toward attorneys who may never have attended an ABA event before.

Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY

Panel Reinstates Student Accused of Sex Misconduct

By Jason Grant |

A state appeals court has reinstated an expelled male student to Skidmore College, finding the college failed to comply with its own sexual- and gender-based misconduct procedures when it investigated and sanctioned the student.

Southern District of New York Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse at 500 Pearl Street

Investors Allege Co-Working Space Is a Ponzi Scheme

By B. Colby Hamilton |

An international assortment of investors in the co-working startup Bar Works filed a securities fraud suit in the Southern District on Monday over allegations the company co-founder, Renwick Haddow, was operating a Ponzi scheme.

Albany, NY

EPA to Hold Second Meeting on Cleanup of Hudson River

The Environmental Protection Agency will hold a second public meeting this week about a $1.7 billion cleanup of the Hudson River.