Bill Making Clerical Dismissals Harder Could Aid Plaintiffs

Law360, New York (May 13, 2014, 6:26 PM ET) -- A measure making it tougher for New York courts to clerically dismiss civil suits for lack of action has sailed through the state Legislature, and while some lawyers say it lends credibility to such dismissals, others argue it just makes life easier for plaintiffs' lawyers seeking to keep languishing cases alive.

Legal experts weighed in after the New York State Senate unanimously approved the bill Monday. It amends New York CPLR 3216 so that courts not only must give notice before dismissing cases “for want of...
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