New York

  • April 3, 2015

    McElroy Deutsch Faces Gender Bias, Sexual Harassment Suit

    A former McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP associate has sued the New Jersey-based firm for gender discrimination and sexual harassment, saying that despite her eagerness to work, she struggled to find it while her male peers were given preferential treatment.

  • April 3, 2015

    Vehicle Heater Co. Faces Price-Fixing Suit After Guilty Plea

    A commercial truck dealership filed a putative class action against the maker of a removable vehicle heater in New York federal court Thursday, saying the manufacturer must compensate consumers for their losses incurred from the price rigging it copped to last month in a criminal case.

  • April 2, 2015

    IBM Hit With Investor Suit Over Shedding Hardware Business

    IBM Corp. was sued Wednesday by a putative class of investors over a stock drop they say was caused by miscues in the sale of the company's ailing $2.4 billion microchip business.

  • April 2, 2015

    Trans Worker At Forever 21 Called 'Disgusting,' Suit Says

    A transgender worker slapped clothing retailer Forever 21 Inc. with a discrimination suit in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday, claiming her transition from male to female triggered mistreatment from a manager who told her she was “disgusting” and “still a male” and that she was fired after complaining.

  • April 2, 2015

    Friedman Slammed With $72M Suit Over Accounting Errors

    Leading Insurance Group Insurance Company Ltd. and its parent have hit Friedman LLP with a $72 million lawsuit for alleged deficiencies in its audit of the insurance agency that caused the New York Department of Financial Services to launch an investigation.

  • April 1, 2015

    NY Times Sues NSA For Access To IG Reports On Surveillance

    The New York Times Co. has demanded access to the National Security Agency’s inspector general reports on its Internet and phone collection activities, according to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York federal court.

  • April 1, 2015

    PE Adviser Tilton Lobs Latest Suit Over SEC In-House Courts

    Private equity adviser Lynn Tilton on Wednesday became the latest respondent to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement action to challenge the constitutionality of its in-house court, when she sued the agency just two days after it accused her of defrauding investors in her distressed-debt funds.

  • March 30, 2015

    Blind Customers Sue McDonald's Over New Soda Fountains

    McDonald's USA LLC was recently served an Americans with Disabilities Act class action in New York federal court that alleges the restaurant's new touch-screen soda fountains discriminate against the visually impaired.

  • March 27, 2015

    Ex-JetBlue Pilot Wants $15M After In-Flight Meltown

    The former JetBlue Airways Corp. pilot whose in-flight meltdown diverted the Las Vegas-bound plane to Texas in early 2012 hit the airline with a nearly $15 million suit in New York federal court on Friday, alleging JetBlue missed early signs he had a medical problem.

  • March 27, 2015

    NY Brokerage To Pay SEC $15M For Offering Fraud

    A New York-based brokerage firm agreed Friday to pay $15 million to settle the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s charges it underwrote a public offering for a purported Chinese coal firm despite knowing the company’s offering materials contained false information, according to the SEC.

  • March 25, 2015

    Trump SoHo Hotel Owners Hit With Suit Over Pay For Services

    The owners of the Trump SoHo Condominium New York were hit with a breach of contract suit in a New York state court on Tuesday alleging they failed to pay one of the hotel’s original developers for continuing services provided and revoked the firm’s office space and other perks in breach of their prior agreement.

  • March 24, 2015

    Ambit Energy Accused Of Bait And Switch With Variable Rates

    Ambit Energy Holdings LLC didn't deliver on guaranteed energy cost savings, then jacked up prices by automatically enrolling customers in a more expensive plan without their knowledge, according to a proposed class action filed Monday in New York state court.

  • March 20, 2015

    NCUA Sues HSBC For Alleged $2B RMBS Trustee Failures

    The U.S. credit union regulator on Friday said it was suing HSBC Bank USA NA in New York federal court, alleging it failed as trustee of about $2 billion worth of residential mortgage-backed securities trusts and contributed to the downfall of five credit unions.

  • March 20, 2015

    Winthrop Shareholders Sue Over Fee-Shifting Bylaw

    A group of Winthrop Realty Trust’s preferred shareholders filed suit Thursday in New York state court accusing the real estate investment trust of improperly tweaking its bylaws to discourage a breach of contract action.

  • March 18, 2015

    BCBS Groups Hit With Antitrust Suits Across Country

    The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and several member plans were hit with antitrust class action lawsuits in New York, Pennsylvania and elsewhere Tuesday alleging a nationwide price-fixing conspiracy.

  • March 18, 2015

    ACLU Sues Gov't For Info On Targeted Killing Program

    The American Civil Liberties Union said in a suit filed this week in New York federal court that the federal government is violating the Freedom of Information Act by refusing to release basic information on its targeted killing program.

  • March 17, 2015

    Ex-Employees Accuse Novartis Unit Of Sex Discrimination

    A unit of Swiss drug giant Novartis AG was hit with a $110 million sex discrimination collective action in New York federal court Tuesday, nearly five years after a jury tagged another division of the company with a multimillion-dollar verdict on similar claims.

  • March 16, 2015

    Espar Faces Class Action After Price-Fixing Guilty Plea

    Auto parts maker Espar Inc. on Monday was hit with a proposed antitrust class action in a New York federal court just days after it pled guilty to its role in a scheme to fix the prices of automobile parking heaters.

  • March 12, 2015

    NY Coffee Shop Co-Owner Says Brother 'Looted' Company

    A dispute between two brothers behind a local chain of coffee shops spilled over into New York state court on Wednesday, with 1668 Kaffe Inc. co-owner Tomas Tjarnberg alleging his brother Mikael Tjarnberg “looted” $800,000 in corporate funds.

  • March 12, 2015

    Puerto Rico's Doral Hits Ch. 11 Following Bank Seizure

    Puerto Rico’s Doral Financial Corp. entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York on Thursday to liquidate what remains of its operations after the loss of a $229 million tax dispute with the commonwealth forced its retail banking unit into receivership.

Expert Analysis

  • A New Paradigm For Industrial Hemp Farming On Tribal Lands

    Timothy Purdon

    Although the past two decades have seen 22 states and many tribal governments pass laws permitting industrial hemp cultivation, pushback from the federal government and a persistent association of hemp to marijuana has prevented American Indian farmers from pursuing this cash crop. However, a recent U.S. Department of Justice memo could usher in a new area for industrial hemp farming on tribal lands, say attorneys with Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • REBUTTAL: Donziger’s Lies Cannot Excuse His Fraud

    Stephen W. Green

    Steven Donziger’s recent “op-ed” in this publication is his latest deception — repeating on the eve of appeal the lies he has told a thousand times before. Far from a never-before-detailed account, his article is nothing more than a recycling of discredited misrepresentations and outright falsehoods, says Stephen Green, vice president for policy, government and public affairs, Chevron Corp.

  • A Trend Toward More State Focus On Lawyer Mobility?

    Allison Martin Rhodes

    The efforts of state bar regulators in three large legal markets — Florida, New York and now Virginia — are almost certainly an indication of increased regulation to come in the area of lawyer mobility, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Virginia's ‘Rocket Docket' Continues To Roar

    Robert M. Tata

    The Eastern District of Virginia ― known as the “Rocket Docket” ― had the fastest trial docket in the country in 2014, for the seventh year in a row. The median time interval to trial was 12.5 months. That’s compared to a nationwide average of 24.9 months to try a case, says Robert Tata, managing partner of Hunton & Williams LLP's Norfolk, Virginia, office.

  • Bank Of New York Mellon Decision A Win For Trustees

    Andrew I. Silfen

    A New York state appellate court decision approving a settlement agreement involving a large group of certificate holders for mortgage-backed securities, for which Bank of New York Mellon serves as trustee, reinforces that a trustee’s discretionary acts should not be second-guessed provided that the trustee acted in good faith, reasonably and prudently, say attorneys with Arent Fox LLP.

  • OPINION: Donziger's Case Against Chevron, In His Own Words

    Steven R. Donziger

    With all eyes on the Second Circuit this Monday when oral arguments begin in the appeal of Judge Lewis Kaplan's decision in Chevron Corp.'s RICO case against Steven Donziger and two of his clients from the Ecuadorian rainforest, the plaintiffs attorney for the first time offers his view, in detail, of the decades-long, multibillion-dollar Lago Agrio oil field pollution case.

  • A 'Winning' Strategy: Redefine The Term

    Noah Hanft

    When I first came to MasterCard in the mid-80s, I brought with me both a litigator’s skill set and mindset. However, over my 13 years as general counsel, my mindset evolved. Often, the results we achieved by utilizing dispute resolution were more finely nuanced and tailored to our needs than any a judge could have handed us, says Noah Hanft, former general counsel of MasterCard Inc. now with the Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution Inc.

  • Using The New York FCA To Combat Offshore Tax Evasion

    Adam Pollock

    For every sophisticated and illegal tax shelter, there is someone, in addition to the tax dodger, who knows about the scheme. Under the New York False Claims Act, those in the know — accountants, bankers, information technology staff, colleagues, competitors — can do the right thing, step forward and blow the whistle, say Adam Pollock and Teige Carroll of the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York.

  • Inside CMS Proposed Mental Health Parity Rules

    Caroline Brown

    Although much of the content of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' long-awaited proposed rules for mental health parity in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program was expected, there are several provisions that may be challenging for states and Medicaid managed care entities to comply with, if they are finalized in their current form, say Caroline Brown and Phil Peisch of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Choking Off Native American Economic Development

    William M. Isaac

    I wanted to see firsthand what might be wrong with the Native American e-commerce businesses that Operation Choke Point found threatening and offensive, so I traveled across the country to meet with tribal and business leaders and observe their business practices and policies. What I found wasn’t some hidden conspiracy, terrible scheme or secret criminal enterprise, says William M. Isaac, head of financial institutions at FTI Consu... (continued)