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New York

  • October 12, 2018

    Ex-NY Senate Boss Asks For Light Sentence After Conviction

    Former New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos asked a New York federal judge on Friday to give him a sentence of less than two years in light of his life of public service, the needs of his two autistic grandchildren, and the consequences he’s already suffered as a result of his two convictions.

  • October 12, 2018

    Citi Says The Law Backs Arbitration Of Ex-Adviser's Bias Suit

    Citigroup Inc. urged the Second Circuit not to pull from arbitration an ex-financial adviser’s suit claiming she was demoted because she’s a woman and canned for calling out insider trading, saying it’s “beyond dispute” she agreed to arbitrate employment-related claims.

  • October 12, 2018

    Broadcom Says EU OK'd $18.9B CA Inc. Deal

    Broadcom Inc.'s $18.9 billion buy of New York-based software company CA Inc. got the green light under the European Union's antitrust laws, clearing the way for the deal's closure by Nov. 5., Broadcom told the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.

  • October 12, 2018

    AmEx Wants Narrow Market Claims Tossed In Card Fee Fight

    American Express told a New York federal judge Friday that since it competes on a playing field for both merchants and cardholders, claims from retailers that it unfairly blocks rivals in a narrower market should be dropped from an antitrust suit.

  • October 12, 2018

    Ex-UBS Forex Trader Says 'Cartel' Used Chats To Collude

    A former foreign currency exchange trader for Barclays PLC and UBS Group AG on Friday told a Manhattan federal jury that he and three other forex traders at rival banks used a chatroom dubbed “the cartel” to coordinate their euro-U.S. dollar deals, including those tied to benchmark fix rates.

  • October 12, 2018

    Blind Customer Says NYC Car Service Violates Disability Law

    Dial 7 Car & Limousine Service Inc. was hit with a proposed class action in New York federal court on Friday accusing it of violating federal disability law and state human rights laws by failing to maintain a website accessible for blind and visually impaired people.

  • October 12, 2018

    O'Reilly Can Arbitrate Ex-Fox Anchor's Defamation Suit

    A New York federal judge has sent to arbitration a defamation suit accusing former Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly of launching a smear campaign against a former anchor after it was reported that she was one of numerous women who reached settlements stemming from his alleged sexual harassment.

  • October 12, 2018

    Health Hires: Insys, Ex-US Atty, Katten, Kasowitz, Dechert

    This week's health and life sciences laterals roundup features new attorneys at Insys Therapeutics Inc., Electrum Partners LLC, Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, Dechert LLP, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Sidley Austin LLP, Gunster, and Buchalter PC.

  • October 12, 2018

    Class Attys Defend 'Boss, Give Money' Notice On WeChat

    Attorneys bringing a proposed class action accusing a New York City car service of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act have argued that they should not be sanctioned for posting a notice of the case on the Chinese social media site WeChat in a post titled “Boss, Give Money.”

  • October 12, 2018

    Percoco Seeks To Remain Bailed During 2nd Circ. Appeal

    Joseph Percoco, the former top aide of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who was sentenced last month to six years in prison for bribery, has asked a Manhattan federal judge to let him stay out on bail while he appeals his conviction, arguing he will "likely" prevail.

  • October 12, 2018

    Ex-NY Legislator Awaits Fate As Judge Delays Prison Decision

    Conflicting accounts of the supposed good deeds of former New York State Assemblywoman Pamela Harris led Brooklyn U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein to hold off Friday on a decision to impose a prison term on the once-homeless woman who prosecutors say spent years defrauding the government.

  • October 12, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Vanbarton, Mill Creek, Cornell Realty

    Vanbarton Group has reportedly paid $148 million for an apartment complex in Hollywood, Mill Creek Residential is said to be buying a Miami church property and hopes to build apartments and retail at the site, and Cornell Realty Management has reportedly leased 40,500 square feet of interior space in Brooklyn.

  • October 12, 2018

    Kaleida Health Hit With ERISA Suit Over Mutual Funds

    A health care provider in Western New York flouted its duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by choosing more expensive investment options for its retirement plans instead of their cheaper counterparts, plan participants allege in a proposed class action filed in New York federal court Thursday.

  • October 12, 2018

    REIT New Senior Investment Group Refinances $720M Loan

    Real estate investment trust New Senior Investment Group Inc. has reached a deal to refinance a $720 million Freddie Mac loan, according to an announcement on Friday.

  • October 11, 2018

    Senate OKs 15 Judges As Dems Vow Fight On 9th Circ. Noms

    Over the “blue slip” objections of a senator from Pennsylvania, the U.S. Senate confirmed 15 federal judges Thursday, including in the Second, Third and Ninth circuits, as senators from California vowed to oppose Ninth Circuit nominees named Wednesday.

  • October 11, 2018

    NY Judge Stays Deposition In Madoff Victims' Law Firm Suit

    A New York federal magistrate judge on Thursday granted Chaitman LLP and Becker & Poliakoff LLP's motion for a stay on deposition discovery in a suit by victims of Bernie Madoff against their former attorney, saying it is appropriate given the costs of the deposition and the firms' pending motions to dismiss.

  • October 11, 2018

    Sexual Assaults Occurred At WeWork Events, Ex-Worker Says

    WeWork sponsors booze-fueled social events for employees where it’s “only a matter of time until someone gets raped,” according to a lawsuit filed in New York state court Thursday by a former employee who claims she was sexually assaulted twice by colleagues at such gatherings.

  • October 11, 2018

    Cornell Can't Take Jury Fight To 2nd Circ. In ERISA Suit

    Cornell University can’t appeal mid-case a decision granting a group of current and former university employees the right to a jury trial on part of their proposed Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action, a New York federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • October 11, 2018

    Jay-Z's Win In Logo Copyright Suit Upheld By 2nd Circuit

    The Second Circuit on Thursday tossed a long, bitter lawsuit against rapper Jay-Z and his Roc-A-Fella Records by a man claiming he was owed royalties for designing the label’s logo, affirming a lower court’s ruling and after remarking last week that the case “has a real stench to it.” 

  • October 11, 2018

    GE Cos. Must Arbitrate $500M LNG Dispute, Court Hears

    Luxembourg-based International Engineering & Construction SA and a Nigerian subsidiary have asked a New York federal court to force a pair of General Electric units to arbitrate a $500 million dispute stemming from several contracts relating to the sale and operations of two liquefied natural gas plants.

Expert Analysis

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • Defamation In Litigation: A Primer On Privileges In NY

    Jonathan Bloom

    Under New York law, statements made in court and other litigation-related communications are, in most cases, privileged. But these privileges have limits, and it behooves litigants — particularly those inclined to speak publicly about their cases — to be aware of them, says Jonathan Bloom of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Opinion

    Trump Family Tax History: A Professional Evaluation

    Steve Moskowitz

    From his perspective as a tax defense attorney for the past 30 years, Steve Moskowitz of Moskowitz LLP weighs in on the allegations of past tax impropriety by the Trump family.

  • Fighting ADA Website Suits, Without Federal Guidance

    Stephanie Sheridan

    Despite the large number of digital accessibility lawsuits — thousands in the last few years alone — brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are still no bright-line rules that retailers can follow in order to avoid being targeted, say attorneys with Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Inside New Guidelines For NY's Anti-Sexual Harassment Law

    Tara Daub

    New York recently published final guidance for new state legislation that expands protections against sexual harassment in the workplace. Most notably, it provides employers with more time to ensure all New York employees receive sexual harassment prevention training under the law, say Tara Daub and Tony Dulgerian of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • The DOJ's Current White Collar Priorities

    Melissa Jampol

    In a speech last week, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Matthew Miner acknowledged numerous changes over the past year in the U.S. Department of Justice's approach to corporate white collar enforcement, and clearly set forth current prosecutorial initiatives, say attorneys with Epstein Becker & Green PC.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.