New York

  • September 24, 2020

    Judge Transfers Ex-Prosecutor's Netflix Defamation Suit

    A Florida federal judge ruled Thursday that a former Manhattan district attorney's defamation suit against Netflix over its docudrama on the Central Park jogger rape case belongs in New York, where most of the potential witnesses are located.

  • September 24, 2020

    Panama Papers Accountant Sentenced To 39 Months

    A Manhattan federal judge Thursday sentenced a Massachusetts accountant brought down by the Panama Papers investigation to 39 months in prison for tax evasion, wire fraud, money laundering and other charges for helping law firm Mossack Fonseca's clients avoid taxes.

  • September 24, 2020

    Coronavirus Litigation: The Week In Review

    Disney faces claims that it wrongfully barred a maskless autistic boy from one of its stores, a racing group says Coca-Cola used the pandemic to ditch a $34 million sponsorship agreement, and an ex-UPS worker says she was wrongfully fired for taking time off work to quarantine.

  • September 24, 2020

    AGs Defend Ky. Over Amazon Seller Price-Gouging Probes

    Over 30 attorneys general urged the Sixth Circuit on Wednesday to unblock Kentucky's investigations into Amazon merchants, arguing state price-gouging rules are a vital consumer protection tool amid the COVID-19 pandemic that do not unconstitutionally interfere with a retailer's right to set prices across state lines.

  • September 24, 2020

    'LOVE' Artist's Estate Says Deal 'Completely Blindsided' It

    The estate of the late sculptor Robert Indiana, best known for his "LOVE" piece, told a New York federal court on Wednesday that it was "completely blindsided" by a deal between the estate's sole beneficiary and an art foundation suing the estate over Indiana's work.

  • September 24, 2020

    2nd Circ. Says Madoff Trustee Entitled To $41M Ponzi Profits

    The Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court decision Thursday that ordered clients of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme to return $41 million in fraudulent profits to the trustee overseeing the funds' bankruptcy estate, saying they were not entitled to keep anything more than their principal investment in the fund.

  • September 24, 2020

    Media Reports On Trump Can't Back Subpoena, 2nd Circ. Told

    Public reports accusing President Donald Trump and his businesses of wrongdoing did not justify the scope of the grand jury subpoena by the Manhattan district attorney for tax returns and financial records, Trump's attorneys told a federal appeals court Thursday.

  • September 24, 2020

    Trump's Niece Says He Cheated Her Out Of Family Inheritance

    President Donald Trump and two of his siblings tricked, bullied and swindled their niece, Mary L. Trump, out of her inherited share of the family business, fleecing her out of tens of millions of dollars, according to a lawsuit she filed in New York state court on Thursday.

  • September 24, 2020

    Supermarket Firm Says Ch. 11 Buyer Wants To Ax Union Deals

    The parent of the Kings Food and Balducci's supermarket chains Thursday asked a New York bankruptcy judge to allow the company to reject union contracts and pension obligations, saying they are standing in the way of the $75 million bid it has for the company.

  • September 24, 2020

    SEC Wins Fraud Trial Against Ex-Apollo Exec

    Following a nine-day bench trial, a New York federal judge Wednesday ordered a former Apollo Management LP executive to pay a $240,000 penalty for spending his clients' funds on swanky vacations, salon trips, high-end clothing and other personal expenses, ending the almost three-year U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission case.

  • September 24, 2020

    MTA Workers Say Allianz 'Decimated' Their Retirement Funds

    Pension and benefit plans for the employees of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority have hit Allianz Global Investors with a lawsuit claiming the investment manager torpedoed the workers' savings by making risky bets when the coronavirus pandemic hit.

  • September 24, 2020

    PokerStars Founder Avoids More Jail Time After Plea

    A Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday fined PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg $30,000 but declined to give him more time behind bars for running an illegal gambling business, long after prosecutors forced the Isle of Man website to forfeit $547 million in 2012.

  • September 24, 2020

    Con Man Jason Galanis Sees 6 Months Shaved From Sentence

    A Manhattan federal judge sentenced fraudster Jason Galanis Thursday to under 16 years in prison for a shareholder rip-off and a tribal bond swindle that cost investors $81 million, shaving six months from his previously announced punishment because he was ineffectively served by former counsel.

  • September 24, 2020

    Bard Strikes $60M Multistate Deal Over Pelvic Mesh Marketing

    Medical device maker C.R. Bard Inc. said Thursday it has agreed to a $60 million settlement with the attorneys general of 48 states and Washington, D.C., to end claims the company deceptively marketed its transvaginal surgical mesh devices to patients by downplaying serious risks.

  • September 24, 2020

    Fox News Beats Slander Suit Over Carlson 'Extortion' Remark

    A Manhattan federal judge ruled Thursday that Fox News host Tucker Carlson didn't defame an ex-Playboy model when he likened her involvement with President Donald Trump to "extortion," declaring that most viewers would not expect "actual facts" from Carlson.

  • September 23, 2020

    Nixon Peabody Rebuts Attys Suing Over Move To DLA Piper

    Nixon Peabody LLP this week pushed back at five former partners accusing the firm of "punishing" them for leaving for DLA Piper last year, telling a New York state court that the partners' dispute must be determined by an arbitrator, not the courts.

  • September 23, 2020

    NY Drivers Say Lyft Can't Dodge Pay Practices Suit

    New York drivers said Wednesday Lyft improperly deducted ride-hailing taxes and surcharges from drivers' portion of fares instead of charging customers, and the company is blatantly mischaracterizing their lawsuit as a tax collection dispute when it's really about wage theft.

  • September 23, 2020

    Judge Questions Garrett's Intercompany, Overseas Payments

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved auto parts maker Garrett Motion's request to make millions of dollars in what it said were vital internal transfers and overseas payments, but not without questioning the size and scope of the requests.

  • September 23, 2020

    AGs Denied Early Win In ACA Civil Rights Rollback Suit

    A New York federal judge has rejected a bid from several attorneys general for an early win in their suit challenging a Trump administration rollback of civil rights protections for women, LGBTQ people and non-English speakers under the Affordable Care Act, finding that the states' move was premature.

  • September 23, 2020

    NY AG Loses Lysol Price-Gouging Case Against Wholesaler

    A New York state court judge on Wednesday highlighted some of the limits enforcers face in pursuing accusations of pandemic-related price-gouging when she threw out a case over a wholesaler's alleged doubling of the price for Lysol Disinfectant Spray.

  • September 23, 2020

    Former Pharma Exec Settles SEC Insider Trading Claim

    The former controller of a now-shuttered pharmaceutical company agreed Wednesday to pay $170,228 to settle insider trading claims from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which said he relied on material nonpublic information to sell his shares and profit $85,000 before the company's stock tanked.

  • September 23, 2020

    3 Law Firms Guide $27M Manhattan Property Deal

    Pillsbury and Kramer Levin helped a GDS Development-Klovern AB joint venture with its purchase of a property on 10th Avenue in Manhattan as well as development rights at a location nearby for $26.7 million, Herrick Feinstein, counsel to seller the Wainland family, exclusively told Law360 on Wednesday.

  • September 23, 2020

    Seinfeld Demands $1M After Beating 'Comedians In Cars' Case

    Attorneys for Jerry Seinfeld squared off before a Manhattan federal judge Wednesday with lawyers representing a former creative partner who accused him of stealing "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," battling over whether the accuser must now repay the superstar's nearly million-dollar legal bill.

  • September 23, 2020

    Citi Rolls Out $1B In Funding To Close US Racial Wealth Gap

    Citigroup Inc. and its Citi Foundation unveiled over $1 billion in initiatives and investments Wednesday that aim to decrease the racial wealth gap in the United States by targeting issues including access to traditional banking services for communities of color and barriers that Black-owned businesses face.

  • September 23, 2020

    Tesla Joins Tsunami Of Suits Against Trump's China Tariffs

    Tesla Inc. has joined thousands of other businesses suing the Trump administration over tariffs on Chinese imports, demanding the U.S. government end the tariff policy and issue the electric car manufacturer a full refund, with interest, for tariffs paid on U.S. imports of car parts made in China.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    BigLaw Cannot Reap Diversity Rewards Without Inclusion

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    BigLaw firms often focus on increasing their diversity numbers, but without much attention to equity and inclusion, minority lawyers face substantial barriers after they get their foot in the door, says Patricia Brown Holmes, managing partner at Riley Safer.

  • Series

    Advancing Racial Justice In The Legal Industry And Beyond

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    In addition to building and nurturing a diverse talent pipeline, law firms should collaborate with general counsel, academics and others to focus on injustices within the broader legal system, says Jonathan Harmon, chairman at McGuireWoods.

  • Series

    How Law Firms Can Hire And Retain More Black Attorneys

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    The pipeline of Black lawyers is limited, so BigLaw firms must invest in Black high school students, ensure Black attorneys receive origination credit and take other bold steps to increase Black representation in the industry, says Benjamin Wilson, chairman at Beveridge & Diamond.

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    Ideas For Closing BigLaw's Diversity Gap

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    If enough law firms undertake some universal diversity best practices, such as connecting minority lawyers to key client relationships and establishing accountability for those charged with spearheading progress, the legal industry could look a lot different in the foreseeable future, says Frederick Nance, global managing partner at Squire Patton.

  • How Supreme Court May Resolve Int'l Discovery Circuit Split

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    Three factors signal that when the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the use of international discovery statute Section 1782 in private commercial arbitration, it will likely side with the Sixth Circuit's textualist approach, say Donald Hayden and Ibrahim Amir at Mark Migdal.

  • Employer Best Practices For Monitoring Remote Devices

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    As remote work creates new employee monitoring obstacles, especially for investment firms with higher regulatory compliance obligations, employers must clearly and repeatedly communicate the scope of oversight for both company and personal devices, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics and Yoav Griver at Zeichner Ellman.

  • How NY Businesses Should Approach COVID-19 Waivers

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    Until New York or the federal government passes legislation expressly addressing COVID-19 waivers, New York businesses and institutions should require signed liability waivers from patrons, while understanding the numerous limitations on enforceability, say Russell Yankwitt and Dina Hamerman at Yankwitt.

  • Guest Feature

    Diversity Work Doesn't Have To Be Reserved For Partners

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    Serving on my firm's diversity committee as an associate has allowed me to improve access, support and opportunity for minority attorneys at the firm, while building leadership skills and fostering meaningful relationships with firm management and industry professionals, says Camille Bent at BakerHostetler.

  • The Progression Of COVID-19 Force Majeure Litigation

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    Recent cases showcase the force majeure questions that courts are tackling in relation to COVID-19, ranging from ambiguous definitions of key contract terms to landlord arguments against application of force majeure, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • Rebuttal

    Health Workers Need Better COVID-19 Liability Protections

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    Contrary to a recent Law360 guest article arguing that COVID-19 liability protections for health care workers endanger patients, providers treating patients with the virus urgently need additional legal safeguards, given the constantly changing medical guidance during the pandemic, says Michael Feeney at Matis Baum.

  • Cannabis Cos. Can't Ignore TCPA Compliance

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    A recent nationwide uptick in Telephone Consumer Protection Act class actions against cannabis companies clearly indicates that the budding industry is particularly vulnerable to potential TCPA liability and cannot afford to ignore the cost of noncompliance, say Rosa Tumialán and Peter Grace of Dykema.

  • Anti-SLAPP Circuit Split Makes State Protections Uncertain

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    Despite recent model legislation and state action to strengthen anti-SLAPP protections, a conflict among federal circuit courts has created uncertainty over whether such laws provide merely procedural protections that cannot be applied in federal court, says Laura Prather at Haynes and Boone.

  • 4 Opportunities For Mediators To Settle Big-Dollar Cases

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    A few specific stages of complicated, multimillion-dollar matters — ranging from prefiling to the beginning of trial — present unique opportunities for mediators to persuade the parties to compromise and lay the foundation for settlement, say Robert Fairbank and Kimberly West at Fairbank ADR.

  • The Growing Challenges To Drug Cos.' Preemption Defense

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    Recent cases show that while pharmaceutical manufacturers can still argue that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's authority over drug labeling preempts their ability to revise labels unilaterally, companies increasingly face liability for inadequate warnings, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.

  • Opinion

    Time To Streamline E-Sign Act's Consumer Consent Process

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    Congress should pass the E-Sign Modernization Act as a first step toward removing the E-Sign Act's burdensome consumer consent requirement for electronic disclosures, but similar state legislation might be needed to ameliorate uncertainty surrounding electronic records, say Brian Casey and Patrick Hatfield at Locke Lord.

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