New York

  • October 28, 2016

    Insurer Wants Out Of $20M Sewer Construction Suit Coverage

    Zurich American Insurance Co. sued a construction company in New York state court on Thursday, saying that it is not obligated to cover a $20 million lawsuit over bad repairs carried out by the contractor at a sewage plant.

  • October 28, 2016

    Colgate, Tom's Face Suit Over 'Natural' Product Claims

    Tom’s of Maine Inc. touts products such as deodorants and toothpastes as natural when they actually contain a number of synthetic ingredients, two consumers alleged on Thursday in a proposed class action in New York federal court that also names parent company Colgate-Palmolive Co.

  • October 25, 2016

    Snapchat Sued For TM Infringement By Snap Interactive

    The company behind Snapchat, which recently changed its name to Snap Inc., was hit Tuesday with a trademark lawsuit in New York federal court by another social media company named Snap Interactive.

  • October 24, 2016

    Amazon Hit With Suit Over $1.5M Hoverboard Order

    Amazon vendor JC Berg Inc. sued the retailer in New York court on Thursday over $1.5 million worth of self-balancing hoverboards that were delivered to Amazon right before last year's holiday season but allegedly never paid for.

  • October 21, 2016

    SunEdison Creditors Sue Lenders, Accuse Company Of Fraud

    SunEdison creditors on Thursday sued the energy giant’s bank lenders and other financiers in New York to recover at least $200 million they allege was used to mask the company’s deteriorating finances and improprieties months before filing for bankruptcy.

  • October 20, 2016

    PE Halifax Group Affiliate In Del. Ch. 7 Over $65M Debt

    An affiliate of private equity firm Halifax Group LLC that has been battling in court over the disputed price it paid for a Gulf Coast environmental remediation company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Delaware late Wednesday, listing no clear assets and $64.8 million in secured claims.

  • October 20, 2016

    NYC 'Golden Girls' Puppet Show A Ripoff, Alleges Aussie

    An Off-Broadway puppet parody of popular 1980s sitcom "The Golden Girls" has spurred a New York state lawsuit by the creator of a near-identical show that debuted in Australia in 2013, who is alleging the New York production is a ripoff.

  • October 20, 2016

    Talent Agent's Insurer Looks To Duck Hogan Sex Tape Suit

    The insurance company for a talent agency accused of a scheme to expose Hulk Hogan’s sex tape has filed suit in New York state court in an effort to escape coverage of the wrestler’s latest lawsuit.

  • October 19, 2016

    Tervita Seeks US Protection To Finalize Canadian Restructure

    Tervita Corp., a midstream services provider that treats waste produced from oil and gas production, on Tuesday sought bankruptcy protection in New York to protect itself from U.S. creditors while it completes a court-monitored restructuring in Canada intended to slash approximately $1.5 billion in debt.

  • October 19, 2016

    Platinum Fund Liquidators Seek Shield From US Creditors

    Liquidators for two Cayman Islands-based funds of Platinum Partners sought bankruptcy protection from U.S. creditors in New York on Tuesday, saying they recently become aware of new liabilities and need a legal shield to preserve the funds’ assets.

  • October 19, 2016

    Ex-Bed Bath Managers Say Classification Cost Them OT

    Bed Bath & Beyond is facing a proposed collective and class action filed in New York federal court Tuesday from former department and assistant managers who say the retailer improperly denied them overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act with a “fluctuating work week” model.

  • October 18, 2016

    Spirit Air Sues Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney Over Explosion

    Spirit Airlines Inc. took aim Monday against United Technologies Corp. unit Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce Corp. and others in New York state court, accusing them of negligence in the design, manufacturing and repair of an engine that failed during an Atlanta-bound October 2013 flight out of Dallas.

  • October 18, 2016

    Real Estate Co. Accused Of Illegally Inflating NYC Rents

    A proposed class of New York City tenants on Tuesday accused multibillion-dollar real estate portfolio manager A&E Real Estate Holdings LLC of illegally jacking up rents on apartments without doing any improvements to the units, sometimes more than tripling the price to live in their homes.

  • October 18, 2016

    NY Blood Center Smacks 'Be The Match' With Contract Suit

    Be The Match is close to breaching its contract over a blood database with New York Blood Center Inc., the Empire State-based charity told a New York federal court Tuesday in a suit to prevent the alleged contract breach.

  • October 17, 2016

    Ace Hotel Exec Tried To Steal Late Founder’s Stake: Suit

    The estate of the late founder of the boutique hotel chain Ace Group International LLC lodged a $14.5 million breach-of-contract suit Monday in New York state court accusing the company’s president of hiding its true financial condition in order to cheaply acquire the estate's majority interest.

  • October 17, 2016

    NJ Energy Provider Settles SEC's $20M Accounting Fraud Row

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission revealed Monday that an energy services provider and four of its former executives have agreed to settle accounting fraud claims that they booked $20 million in revenue before they should have.

  • October 13, 2016

    Sandoz, Taro, Others Hit With Antitrust Suit Over Skin Cream

    Sandoz, Taro and other pharmaceutical companies violated federal and various state antitrust laws by conspiring to artificially raise and fix prices for generic variations of the topical skin cream Desonide, according to a putative class action filed on Wednesday by an employee health fund.

  • October 12, 2016

    Barnes & Thornburg Faces $1M Suit Over TM Advice

    Reserve Media Inc., a restaurant reservations and services company, sued Barnes & Thornburg LLP for at least $1 million on Tuesday, claiming the law firm botched a determination of whether it could use the “Reserve” trademark without infringing others’ rights, according to a filing in New York state court.

  • October 11, 2016

    Kardashian Sues Gossip Site Over 'Staged' Robbery Reports

    Kim Kardashian West sued celebrity news site MediaTakeOut.com LLC in New York federal court on Tuesday, accusing the website and its founder of committing libel with “reckless” and “baseless” stories saying she faked an armed robbery in Paris.

  • October 7, 2016

    'Hamilton' Musical Starts Duel Over Counterfeiting

    The production company for the blockbuster musical "Hamilton" accused a popular online T-shirt retailer of selling shirts with the "Hamilton" logo that weren’t authorized by the musical or its merchandise affiliates, according to a suit filed Thursday in New York.

Expert Analysis

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 7, Never Saw The Sign

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    In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist.

  • Right-Of-Publicity Lessons From 'Grand Theft Auto' Suits

    Nicholas A. Plassaras

    The recent lawsuits brought by actress Lindsay Lohan and ex-“Mob Wives” star Karen Gravano over the "Grand Theft Auto V" video game offer a cautionary tale on the importance of jurisdiction and highlight the complex nature of right-of-publicity jurisprudence in the U.S., say Nicholas Plassaras and Jennifer Stanley of Fenwick & West LLP.

  • What History Tells Us About Obama's Antiquities Act Legacy

    John Freemuth

    As the end of the Obama administration approaches there is renewed attention on President Barack Obama's use of the Antiquities Act of 1906. While almost every U.S. president has used his authority under this act to create new national monuments, its use has fueled tensions between the federal government and states over land control, say John Freemuth and Mackenzie Case of Boise State University.

  • Avoiding Law Firm BYOD Risks: Tips For Securing Devices

    Everett Monroe

    Many believe that the solutions to the security problems created by using smartphones for work are primarily technological, but a much larger piece of the puzzle involves the human factor. To achieve reasonable security around mobile devices, law firms must go back to basics — clear policies, effective training and thoughtful oversight, says Everett Monroe of Hanson Bridgett LLP.

  • 4 Ways Lawyers Can Improve Their Marketing

    Mike Mellor

    Attorneys may not realize the breadth of services that their marketing, design and library teams offer. One of the things I like to do when attorneys start at our firm is give them a download of the kinds of problems we can solve for them so they know how to work with us most effectively, says Mike Mellor, director of marketing at Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • Recipe For Primary Jurisdiction Goes 'Natural'

    James P. Muehlberger

    Last year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a formal request for comments to determine if “natural” should be formally defined and, if so, what that definition should be. This change in the FDA’s position has led at least 11 courts to stay litigation involving the term until the agency completes its regulatory proceeding, and the trend is likely to continue, say James Muehlberger and Elizabeth Fessler of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.

  • Health Republic’s Curious Liquidation: Part 6

    James Veach

    James Veach of Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP continues his discussion of Health Republic's complicated liquidation process. This part focuses on the conference held last month to obtain approval for a claims settlement process.

  • Beyond Bean Counting: How Legal Can Add True Value

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    For legal departments to stay in front of the crowd, cost-cutting alone is not enough. Neither is claims-driven revenue generation, nor running endless analytics of outside legal spend. This is short-term, passive, scarcity-based thinking that keeps legal departments from offering their corporate clients the greatest possible value — competitive advantage, says David Wallace of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • Best Practices For Executing Pay Equity Audits

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Jeffrey M. Landes

    Although the Equal Pay Act has been in effect for 50 years, it recently gained renewed momentum with White House backing and an active task force, which has aggressively pursued employers who have violated its requirements. Jeffrey Landes of Epstein Becker Green PC guides practitioners in providing advice and counsel to employers regarding how to ensure compliance with all equal pay laws.

  • OPINION: The US Supreme Court In 2017

    James Brosnahan

    The ideologue’s main problem is believing in conformity of thought. They will now search for true believers, but fortunately very few judges harbor the dark, conservative uniformity desired. If they do find one, the Senate will not confirm, says James Brosnahan, a senior trial counsel with Morrison & Foerster LLP.