New York

  • August 3, 2016

    Insurance Co. Seeks To Limit Wrongful Cremation Coverage

    Hanover Insurance Co. on Wednesday asked a New York federal judge to place a limit on the amount of coverage it might owe its policyholder, a funeral home that was accused in an underlying suit of confusing two dead bodies and then cremating the wrong person.

  • August 2, 2016

    IBM Loan Unit Bilked Fannie Out Of $13M, FCA Suit Says

    IBM Corp. and loan servicing subsidiary Seterus Inc. defrauded the government out of nearly $13 million by collecting bonuses for incomplete work helping defaulting home mortgage holders complete pre-foreclosure documents, according to a whistleblower's 2012 False Claims Act suit unsealed Thursday.

  • August 2, 2016

    Spain's Isolux Corsan Seeks $954M Ch. 15 Protection

    Spanish engineering firm Grupo Isolux Corsan SA has filed for Chapter 15 protection in New York bankruptcy court, seeking recognition of its restructuring proceedings in Spain and the Netherlands over €850 million ($954 million) in unsecured notes.

  • August 2, 2016

    Ex-Crowell & Moring Secretary Seeks $4.5M In Bias Suit

    Crowell & Moring LLP has been smacked with a $4.5 million discrimination suit in New York state court by a former legal secretary claiming she was treated differently than other employees because of her Hispanic ethnicity and was terminated when she became ill.

  • August 1, 2016

    Design Execs Mocked Worker's ADHD, Fired Her, Suit Says

    A recently fired employee of Manhattan brand design firm Slover & Co. accused her bosses of mocking her attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in emails that were accidentally made public, then firing her for it, according to a suit filed in New York state court.

  • August 1, 2016

    International Shipholding, Subsidiaries File For Ch. 11

    The International Shipholding Corp. on Monday asked a New York bankruptcy court for protection while it and several of its subsidiaries reorganize under Chapter 11, according to court documents.

  • July 29, 2016

    Support Co. Says Troutman Stiffed It In Commerzbank Case

    Troutman Sanders LLP was slapped with a lawsuit Thursday in New York state court over $420,000 in litigation support bills that U.S. Legal Support Inc. says it racked up defending Commerzbank from a Texas suit brought by an energy company seeking to recover payments against equipment loans.

  • July 28, 2016

    Level 3, Others Sue NYC Over Taxes On Backup Generators

    Level 3 and other telecoms filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging millions of dollars in tax assessments issued by New York City for backup generators used to support telecom and data infrastructure, claiming the city is illegally “singling out” the installations from other building features for tax purposes.

  • July 28, 2016

    Glassmaker Opens 2nd Front In $490M Venezuela Award Row

    With efforts to quickly confirm arbitral awards against foreign countries in New York federal courts facing legal headwinds, an affiliate of glassmaker Owens-Illinois Inc. filed a suit in D.C. federal court Wednesday to confirm a $490 million award against Venezuela.

  • July 27, 2016

    Ex-Mintz Levin Patent Atty Sues Divorce Judge

    A patent attorney who lost his job at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo after he was sanctioned for “bullying” opponents in a custody battle accused the judge overseeing his divorce of destroying his life, filing claims of defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress in New York federal court on Wednesday.

  • July 27, 2016

    Candy Maker Topps Accuses Rival Of Infringing Lollipop IP

    The Topps Co., a high-profile maker of gum and other candy, hit Koko's Confectionery & Novelty Inc. with a suit Tuesday in New York federal court accusing its competitor of stealing patents and trade dress infringement of the Juicy Drop lollipop advertised on Nickelodeon and elsewhere.

  • July 27, 2016

    Soccer Star Pele’s Rights Owners Hit By $2M Contract Suit

    Merchant bank Raine Securities LLC filed suit in New York federal court Tuesday, accusing a company it says owns international soccer star Pele’s intellectual property rights of refusing to pay for Raine's work searching to find a buyer for the marketing business.

  • July 27, 2016

    Reynolds Sues Goldman Sachs, Others Over Aluminum Prices

    Reynolds Consumer Products LLC and Southwire Co. LLC sued Goldman Sachs & Co., Glencore Ltd., JPMorgan Chase Bank NA and others in New York federal court on Tuesday on claims they conspired to raise the price of aluminum in violation of federal and state antitrust law.

  • July 25, 2016

    Eaton’s Lies About Tax-Free Spinoff Cost $3B, Suit Says

    A proposed class of Eaton Corp. PLC shareholders launched a lawsuit in New York federal court on Friday, saying that their shares lost $3 billion in value when the company revealed it couldn’t spin off its vehicle component business tax-free after a 2012 merger with Cooper Industries PLC.

  • July 21, 2016

    Insurer Says It Needn't Cover $17M Hydrofracturing Claims

    American Home Assurance Co. filed suit in Pennsylvania federal court Thursday arguing that its policies don't cover litigation claiming Superior Well Services Inc. cost a natural-gas well operator more than $17 million by using allegedly defective materials to provide hydrofracturing services.

  • July 21, 2016

    DOJ Challenges Health Insurance Megamergers

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday it has filed a lawsuit along with attorneys general from several states to challenge two planned megamergers between Aetna and Humana and Anthem and Cigna over concerns that the tie-ups would stifle competition and innovation in the health insurance marketplace.

  • July 20, 2016

    NYC Bistro Stole Tips To Pay Immigrant, Ex-Worker Says

    New York City restaurant Le Gigot was hit with a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court on Tuesday alleging the French bistro violated state labor laws when the owners repeatedly took cash from a waiter's tips to pay an unauthorized immigrant busser working at the restaurant.

  • July 19, 2016

    Fox Sues Charter Over Post-Merger Carriage Rate Fight

    Fox News hit Charter Communications with a breach-of-contract lawsuit in New York state court Tuesday alleging the television provider is unfairly trying to get away with lower carriage rates following its merger with Time Warner Cable.

  • July 19, 2016

    Bebe Wrongly Broke World Trade Center Lease, Suit Says

    Women’s clothing retailer Bebe Stores Inc. should have to pay $2.5 million for breaching the terms of the 11-year lease it signed in the World Trade Center, the site’s retail landlord told a New York state judge Monday.

  • July 15, 2016

    'Mini-Madoff' Associate Gets 6.5 Years For Ponzi Scheme

    A former New York investment broker was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison by a New York federal judge Friday for her role in a $370 million Ponzi scheme that led to $150 million in losses for 3,800 investors, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Expert Analysis

  • Questioning 2nd Circ. Analysis In Aluminum Antitrust Case

    James Robertson Martin

    The Second Circuit recently held in Aluminum Warehousing that consumers that are used as tools to manipulate a defendant’s market can pursue damage claims suffered from manipulation in that market. However, the court went on to hold, consumers that suffered the consequences of a defendant’s unlawful conduct in another market cannot. This seems a bridge too far, says James Robertson Martin of Zelle LLP.

  • Beyond Daubert: How To Exclude An Expert Witness

    Helene Hetchkopf

    While the Daubert standard is a helpful mechanism for excluding experts in scientific fields, it is not very practical for experts in fields that are not scientific. Helene Hechtkopf of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP reviews the alternatives for excluding experts who may not rely upon a particular “methodology.”

  • E-Textiles: Regulating The Future Of Fashion

    Lois F. Herzeca

    While smart textiles promise to make our lives easier, more connected and healthier, they inevitably raise concerns about efficacy, safety and security. Sizing up the future of fashion is Lois Herzeca, co-chair of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's fashion, retail and consumer products practice group.

  • 4 Reasons Law Firm Business Development Initiatives Fail

    Adam Donovan

    By understanding four common reasons why law firm business development initiatives fail, we can more accurately define success, avoid pitfalls, and improve return on investment, says Adam Donovan, senior manager of patent business strategy at Fish & Richardson PC.

  • What Happens When A State Runs Out Of Money?

    Joseph V. Kennedy

    A number of states, including Illinois, New Jersey and Ohio, could become insolvent in the next two decades. It is not too early for Congress and the next president to start planning. Both the Detroit and Puerto Rico bankruptcies were preceded by years of denial in the face of increasingly inevitable facts, says Joseph Kennedy, former chief economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

  • Conflicting Courts On Neutral Canons

    Ashley Johnson

    Although the "last-antecedent canon" and the "series-qualifier canon" may sound like neutral grammatical principles, they carry different weights and are applied differently depending on the court. Ashley Johnson and Will Thompson of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP explore two fundamentally different approaches by the Texas Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Enforcing Oral Settlements: New York's Open Court Exception

    James C. Ng

    New York law's open court exception allows for the enforcement of oral settlement agreement, provided that those agreements satisfy certain conditions. James Ng of Samuel Goldman & Associates explains the process behind the open court exception and the criteria for determining which agreements can be enforced.

  • Looking For Balance In Principle-Based Reserving

    Frederick J. Pomerantz

    Life insurers need to be competitive and profitable in the 21st century. But they also need to remain solvent and be able to meet their financial obligations. Principle-based reserving — which is being implemented in many states — may strike the balance that the industry and regulators are striving for, say Frederick Pomerantz and Aaron Aisen of Goldberg Segalla LLP.

  • From BigLaw To Your Own Firm: 4 Tips For Legal Startups

    Russell Shinsky

    Highly successful attorneys who are thinking about leaving the safe haven of a large law firm to go out on their own face a number of issues specific to the legal profession. Russell Shinsky, chairman of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP's law firms industry group, shares four pillars of a successful startup law firm.

  • 2nd Circ. Stresses Low Standard For Discrimination Claims

    Brian Lehman

    In its recent decision in Doe v. Columbia University, the Second Circuit repeatedly emphasized that plaintiffs only need to allege facts giving rise to a “minimal plausible inference” of intent when alleging illegal discrimination. As a result, district courts will be more likely to deny motions to dismiss complaints of discrimination and allow discovery on the claims to move forward, says Brian Lehman at The Lehman Law Group LLC.