The fundamental right to marriage is not implicated by an immigration law that allows authorities to block convicted sex offenders from obtaining visas for their spouses, a federal judge has ruled.
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The high-profile challenge brought against the collection of public-sector union fees from non-union members in California ended Tuesday as the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to rehear the dispute.
Working as a criminal defense solo practitioner can be challenging work. But Mahmoud Rabah has had the additional challenge this month of handling a full caseload while fasting for more than 15 hours a day and catching a few hours of broken sleep as he honors the traditions of Ramadan.
The president of the New York State Bar Association is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to prepare the state for a possible constitutional convention.
Owners of a recently opened restaurant shut down when the collapse of construction crane heavily damaged its building have won almost $2.5 million in settlements.
Wrestling with expert testimony on eyewitness identification, the state's top court in a 4-3 opinion said a Rochester judge did not abuse his discretion when he precluded an expert during a murder trial.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to review a piece of U.S. citizenship law that treats men and women differently.
The ruling reflected an underlying, broader debate that attracted amicus briefs from gun rights groups, gun-control groups and organizations advocating for victims of domestic violence.
A law enacted as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's initiative to eliminate pedestrian deaths that created a criminal penalty for motorists who strike and cause injury to pedestrians and cyclists is unconstitutional, a Queens judge has ruled.
The former district judge asks, "Why do the women get it? Is there a lurking gender issue here?"
Kris Fischer, the New York Law Journal's longtime editor-in-chief, is retiring July 1. Fischer has been with ALM, the Law Journal's parent company, for 31 years in several different roles, spending the last 15 as the Law Journal's top editor.
Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos may think they have fresh ammunition for their appeals on political corruption charges following a major U.S. Supreme Court decision today, but prosecutors beg to differ.
The office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman received the "best brief award" from the National Association of Attorneys General for an amicus brief joined by 20 other states in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Evenwel v Abbott.
The United Kingdom's historic vote to leave the European Union came among one of the busiest lateral hiring sprees by U.S. law firms in London, but that growth may be put to the test as clients themselves ponder exiting the market.
A Manhattan appeals court has reinstated a wrongful termination claim filed by a probationary corrections officer on Rikers Island who says he was fired after he unsuccessfully attempted to assist an inmate who had swallowed a toxic ball of detergent.
Beginning Friday, Commercial Division litigants no longer will have the option of using a work-around for filing confidential documents in which papers are submitted to judges' chambers but not filed with county clerks.
Departing U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. said Friday it was “not ideal” for the U.S. Supreme Court to leave unresolved in a “provisional” tie the dispute over President Barack Obama’s immigration policy.
Volkswagen AG has agreed to pay up to $14.7 billion to resolve consumer class actions filed over last year’s emissions scandal.
A former Manhattan real estate lawyer who was convicted of stealing a combined $4.5 million from seven clients was sentenced Monday to four to 12 years in prison.
What was once unthinkable became reality early Friday, when the U.K. voted by a healthy margin to leave the European Union. For U.S. and global law firms and their clients, the reverberations from Britain's exit will be felt immediately and will continue for years. Some will take advantage of opportunities in the transition, while other consequences of Brexit for the industry may be dire.
The U.S. Supreme Court Monday ruled 5-3 in favor of abortion rights, striking down restrictions imposed by Texas on abortion clinics that the court said posed an “undue burden” on a woman’s access to abortion.
A group of persons convicted of sex offenses has filed a class action suit against both New York City and New York State, alleging the state is continuing to hold them behind bars beyond their release dates and that the city has not been providing them with shelter beds.
It pays to check the menu before ordering from a restaurant—or suing one. A federal judge has ordered sanctions in a Fair Labor Standards Act case where plaintiffs attorneys claimed, but did not verify, that a restaurant satisfied the $500,000 annual revenue threshold required for a suit under the act.
One of Manhattan's most prominent commercial landlords was under no obligation to help a law firm defray 15 months' worth of rental costs when the firm vacated its offices before its lease expired, the state Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Thursday.
Thursday's verdict for Led Zeppelin in the copyright trial over the 1971 hit song "Stairway to Heaven" reaffirms the creative rights of songwriters while demonstrating the difficulties in pursuing infringement over sheet music, according to legal experts following the case.
Cullen and Dykman, one of largest law firms based in Long Island, is absorbing 14 attorneys from New Jersey firm Sokol Behot, creating a 151-attorney regional firm.
After 20 years behind bars for a murder he says he didn't commit, Richard Rosario was about to get the charges dropped Friday. Until he said no.
Barbara Maleno, a Nassau County solo practitioner, was arrested Friday for allegedly stealing more than $120,000 from a client in a matrimonial action between 2011 and 2015.
Despite a delay by Suffolk County's child support unit in calculating interest on a father's account, which resulted in the father receiving statements that neglected to report that he owed more than $246,000, the unit may collect on the debt, an appeals court ruled.
A portrait of Louis Freeh, a former Southern District judge and a former director of the FBI, was unveiled Thursday at the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse on Foley Square.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday deadlocked in a challenge to an Obama administration program that would defer deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, issuing a 4-4 ruling that keeps in place an injunction blocking the immigration directives.
State law does not pre-empt a New York City law prohibiting discriminatory policing that was enacted in 2013 amid concerns about the NYPD's increased reliance on stop-and-frisk tactics, a Manhattan appeals court ruled.
A disbarred lawyer directed attorneys affiliated with a small firm in Queens to appear in an employment case and then paid them, according to a decision by a New York federal judge who has directed the matter to federal prosecutors.
Gambling with customer money that was supposed to be set aside for its own rainy day cost Bank of America's Merrill Lynch $415 million in a settlement Thursday and prompted a stepped-up enforcement and monitoring effort by the SEC.
The U.S. Supreme Court's surprise ruling on Thursday upholding the affirmative action program at the University of Texas may bring a pause—but not an end—to decades of attacks on race-conscious admissions policies nationwide.
Two national airlines are fighting to persuade a federal judge in Atlanta to stop ongoing antitrust litigation over baggage fees from proceeding as a class action on behalf of an estimated 28 million passengers.
The report from the inspector general for the NYPD took pains to make clear it was not commenting on the overall "broken windows" policing approach, but critics of the policy said the findings were proof that going after low-level crimes as a way of deterring larger ones doesn't work.
Because a robbery victim suffered only minor injuries during the offense and did not seek medical treatment nor testify about his pain, there was insufficient evidence to convict his assailant of second-degree robbery, a divided Manhattan appeals court ruled.
New York is imposing new requirements on mortgage lenders to maintain abandoned houses before foreclosure.
Edward Gersowitz, who specializes in personal injury and medical malpractice at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, will take over July 1 as the new president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.
Joseph M. Mattone Sr., a St. John's University School of Law alumnus, has donated $3.5 million to establish The Mattone Family Institute for Real Estate Law.
New York is limiting opioid drug prescriptions to seven days of painkillers following a patient's initial visit to a doctor.
The accommodations service said a bill that would bar residents from advertising apartments available for short-term occupancy in violation of rental laws would deter New Yorkers from making money on units that are eligible for temporary rental.
One day after the U.S. Supreme Court decided a key question on the global application of federal laws, Microsoft Corp. seized on the decision to bolster its argument that the United States cannot enforce a search warrant for emails stored on a foreign computer.
Uber Technologies Inc. is revving up efforts to push a New York antitrust case into arbitration. Attorneys for the ride-hailing company say the law requires that an arbitrator, and not Southern District Judge Jed Rakoff, must decide a customer's price-fixing claim—and that Rakoff shouldn't even decide the "gateway" issue of arbitrability.
After more than four years of litigation in both federal court in New York and bankruptcy court in New Jersey, a group of immigrants who formerly worked at car washes in both states received on Tuesday the final portion of a $1.65 million settlement for unpaid wages.
A federal court of appeals in Washington ruled on Tuesday that the Council on American-Islamic Relations Action Network must face claims for damages from former clients duped by an ex-employee who falsely identified himself as an attorney and collected legal fees.
Latham & Watkins is on a lateral hiring spree, with prime partners at lockstep firms proving to be favored targets.
Prosecutors failed to prove that a Haitian immigrant with a low IQ score and limited language skills understood Miranda warnings after he was arrested on suspicion of robbing two stores in Brooklyn, an appeals court said in a ruling to give the man a new trial.
A federal judge has ordered the New York Police Department to pay salary and benefits to a Muslim officer who was suspended for violating the department's beard policy.
"While the court is well aware of the importance of the post-conviction review process, especially in light of the power of DNA evidence to exonerate a defendant, this defendant has had more than an ample opportunity to litigate any and all issues with respect to this case," Justice Steven Barrett wrote.
A committee of the American Bar Association on Tuesday ranked U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland as "well qualified" for the high court—its highest rating for judicial nominees.
Among other honors and awards, Albany Law School has named three professors to endowed and distinguished professorships.
Legal Hand Brownsville Center, part of a network of walk-in sites to assist low-income New Yorkers with civil legal needs, held an open house on Wednesday to welcome area residents.