A former Graubard Miller partner has sued the 20-attorney firm, claiming it was unfair to him in its distribution of a $72 million contingency fee and forced him to "sign away his rights" as a condition of getting paid.
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Change may be in the offing for Bronx residents and their prosecutors if Democrat Darcel Clark is elected district attorney.
Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman analyze three decisions: 'Faison v. Lewis,' where the Court of Appeals eliminated the statute of limitations from one entire category of cases; 'Flushing Savings Bank v. Bitar,' where the court explained the rules for determining the proper deficiency judgment amount and appraisal requirements; and 'Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans,' a unanimous decision from the the U.S. Supreme Court that the authors believe will also negatively affect the stability of residential real estate transfers and lending.
The jury deliberating in the trial of the leaders of failed law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf threw out more falsifying business records counts against the former executives but remained deadlocked on a majority of the charges.
While the axiom that a man's home is his castle is ingrained in the Anglo-American legal tradition, a state judge says the question of where the castle's gate begins is not so well defined.
New rules that seek to encourage business and government agencies to produce deponents who can most effectively address inquiries about an entity's practices with respect to the issues in the case were announced Thursday and will take effect Dec. 1.
A town ordinance that limits political signs on private property to 21 days before an election and five days after violates the First Amendment, a federal judge found.
Two children are entitled to the Social Security benefits of the man identified as their father even though they might not be his biological children, a federal magistrate judge has concluded.
You'd better watch out: "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" is comin' back into the hands of the daughter and grandchildren of John Frederick Coots, who co-wrote the song in 1933 with James Lamont "Haven" Gillespie.
Bikram yoga aficionados can stretch and sweat with impunity following a Ninth Circuit ruling that the practice's signature sequence of poses is not copyrightable.
Two days after delivering a partial verdict that acquitted three Dewey & LeBoeuf executives of a number of charges, the jury continued to deliberate the remaining charges and asked on Friday to hear testimony from a key witness about accounting adjustments.
The estate of a woman who had the mental capacity of an infant has been awarded $2.5 million by a judge for the repeated sexual assaults she suffered in 2009 at a state group home in Orange County.
Nine firms announce new additions, including Morvillo Abramowitz, Willkie Farr, and WilmerHale.
Ignition interlock devices were installed in only about 5 percent of the DWI cases in which New York City courts ordered their use, the state comptroller's office said in an audit of Department of Probation records from August 2010 to December 2014.
State court administrators are circulating for public comment a proposal that would allow the Appellate Division departments to register as in-house counsel attorneys who are lawyers in good standing in foreign jurisdictions.
Members of New York's legal community gathered at a cocktail party following the end of a two-day summit conference on how state courts can combat human trafficking.
An appeals court has upheld a state Workers' Compensation Board's finding that a former nurse lost almost all of her wage-earning capacity when she developed a severe allergy to hand sanitizer.
Judge Jeanette Ruiz was named new administrative judge of New York City Family Court Thursday, succeeding Edwina Richardson-Mendelson, who served nearly six and a half years in the post.
The Appellate Division, First Department, has adopted the "Garner test" for determining whether an attorney-client privilege claimed by a corporation and its lawyers may be overcome by the "fiduciary exception."
Southern District Judge Colleen McMahon said the First Amendment right of free speech requires the MTA to permit advertisements for a documentary about Muslim comedians on buses and in subway cars, regardless of its new policy to avoid controversy and litigation over political ads.
While awareness of human trafficking by the courts and the public has grown in recent years, panelists and guests at a two-day national summit held in Manhattan Thursday agreed there is work to be done to change the way the justice system treats sex trafficking victims.
In a suit alleging the unsafe handling of chemical contamination that dates back to the infamous Love Canal landfill discovered in the 1970s, a Fourth Department panel has found that plaintiffs were not blocked by judicial estoppel from bringing their action in state court, despite a related federal ruling on the same project.
Cynthia Arato and Alexandra Shapiro left partnerships at Gibson Dunn and Latham & Watkins respectively to launch their own litigation boutique in January 2009, a seemingly "risky proposition" in the best of times and particularly daunting during the financial crisis. But "for us, the time was right," they say.
No questions were asked and no decisions were made Thursday by the jury deliberating the case against Dewey & LeBoeuf's former leaders—a stark contrast from Wednesday when the panel of seven women and five men threw out more than a dozen charges against each of the three defendants.
Robert Capers, a senior federal prosecutor in the Eastern District U.S. Attorney's Office, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to head that office.
Brooklyn Law School Dean and President Nicholas Allard has taken a new second job as senior counsel at Dentons for the global law firm's public policy and regulation practice. He has resigned his position as a partner at Squire Patton Boggs.
Brooklyn prosecutors have accused a disbarred attorney of stealing more than $1 million in real estate scams on two homes facing foreclosure.
A Bronx Housing Court judge ruled that an email exchange between two attorneys constituted a binding settlement agreement, even though one client disowned it prior to a stipulation of settlement being signed.
A Manhattan jury found Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steven Davis, executive director Stephen DiCarmine and chief financial officer Joel Sanders not guilty Wednesday on some of the felony charges facing the firm's former leaders, but the jury was ordered to keep deliberating on the remaining counts.
Reactions among several longtime New York-based white-collar counsel was unanimous: Wednesday's partial verdict acquitting three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives on multiple counts of falsifying business records is very good news for the defense.
Faced with a slew of consumer class action suits over supposedly flushable wipes but no consensus on the meaning of the word "flushable," a judge has decided to pause one of the cases to get a definition of the term from federal regulators.
A state judge has denied the request by a small college in the Adirondacks that it be released from the conditions of the will of a 20th century benefactor so that it can add the name of a 21st century benefactor.
While noting that the majority of state prison systems and the Federal Bureau of Prisons allow motorized wheelchairs, Northern District Judge Mae D'Agostino found that the New York state's policy was not discriminatory as applied in the case of Nathaniel Wright, who was provided with alternative means of helping him cope with his disability.
A Brooklyn appeals court has upheld a conviction of conspiracy and official misconduct for a former police chief who took part in a scheme to shield a high school student whose father gave money to a police nonprofit from being arrested for stealing electronics.
New York and national experts are gathering in Manhattan this week for a "summit" on human trafficking and effective ways that state-level courts can respond.
Attorneys have an ethical obligation to tell their clients if documents such as wills, deeds and negotiable instruments or active case files are destroyed, according to an advisory opinion issued by a committee of the New York City Bar Association.
A former public defender in Monroe County has admitted to a federal charge of possessing a handgun in furtherance of a marijuana-growing operation at his home.
The Feerick Center for Social Justice held its 2015 awards & benefit reception at Bank of America on Monday.
New York Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam recently presided at the installation of officers of the Judicial Friends Association, an organization established in 1976 by African-American judges.
One of the 12 jurors weighing the criminal charges against three Dewey & LeBoeuf executives reported Wednesday she was in the emergency room, delaying discussions among the attorneys on how to respond to the jury's note that they were deadlocked.
A man who maintains he was wrongly convicted in a notorious 1990 tourist killing deserves a new trial, a judge said Tuesday, throwing out a verdict in a case that helped crystallize an era of crime and fear in New York City.
The jury deliberating in the trial of the former top executives of the now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf said in a note Tuesday that they could not agree on most of the charges against the defendants. Acting Supreme Court Justice Robert Stolz told them just after 4 p.m. to continue working and that he would respond in greater detail Wednesday morning.
Environmental groups trying to stop the unintentional transfer of invasive species from foreign bodies of water into U.S. waterways have won a shot at tougher regulations with a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
A software inventor had his claims for misappropriation of confidential ideas and breach of fiduciary duty revived Tuesday against an early investor who allegedly provided the inventor's trade secrets to the founders of Pinterest.
A former president of the United Nations General Assembly accepted over $1 million in bribes and a trip to New Orleans from a billionaire Chinese real estate mogul and other businesspeople to pave the way for lucrative investments, Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara charged Tuesday.
In the final fundraising push before the Nov. 3 vote in Staten Island's hotly contested district attorney race, Democrat Michael McMahon garnered more than eight times the contributions Republican Joan Illuzzi did in September, according to campaign finance records filed Monday.
The Office of the Appellate Defender presented its 22nd annual "First Monday in October," a mock Supreme Court argument at New York University School of Law on Oct. 5.
Proskauer Rose has tapped William Silverman to head the firm's pro bono efforts. Silverman, who is leaving Greenberg Traurig, will be the first partner-level lawyer to lead Proskauer's pro bono practice on a full-time basis.
A Bronx judge has set an Oct. 15 filing deadline for New York City's request that he set aside or reduce a $28.2 million jury verdict against the city for injuries a man suffered when hit by a car that was being followed by a police van.
The New York State Attorney General's Office is taking the lead among 12 states in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to grant certiorari in a case involving a Texas law it says restricts access to abortion clinics in Texas.
The nonprofit Empire Mock Trial is seeking attorneys to volunteer to judge a competition at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District in Brooklyn on Oct. 24-26.
Four firms have announced new additions, and Tracey Cushing Gilliam has joined MetLife Inc. as senior vice president and chief counsel in litigation.