New York

  • November 24, 2020

    NFL Retirement Plan Faces New Suit Over CBA Disability Cuts

    Three former NFL players hit the league's retirement and disability benefits plans with a proposed class action alleging the retirement plan unlawfully shifted benefits between the plans, a move that set up the league and the players union's controversial agreement to cut disability benefits for potentially hundreds of retired players in the labor agreement reached earlier this year. 

  • November 24, 2020

    Goodwin Offering Special Bonuses For Work During Pandemic

    Goodwin Procter LLP will pay its nonpartner lawyers in the U.S. a one-time bonus — up to $40,000 — in December for their work throughout the year and the pandemic, which will be in addition to their annual bonuses in January, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • November 24, 2020

    Fired Analyst Sues Manhattan DA's Office For Racial Bias

    A Dominican tech analyst slapped the Manhattan District Attorney's Office with a race bias lawsuit in a New York federal court, saying he was underpaid, called a monkey by his boss and eventually fired as punishment for complaining.

  • November 24, 2020

    Amazon Workers Turn To 2nd Circ. In COVID-19 Safety Suit

    Workers at Amazon's Staten Island warehouse are taking their suit, which seeks to make the e-commerce giant increase COVID-19 protections, to the Second Circuit with their appeal of an order tossing the case, according to a Tuesday filing.

  • November 24, 2020

    CEO Presses Removal Of Judge Who Worked At Debevoise

    The head of a memorabilia auction company has redoubled his effort to convince a New York magistrate judge to bow out from a securities fraud case, objecting to the judge's refusal to exit the litigation because he worked for Debevoise & Plimpton LLP during the 1980s.

  • November 24, 2020

    Manhattan Grocer Dean & DeLuca Gets Ch. 11 Plan Approval

    Upscale New York grocery chain Dean & DeLuca received approval Tuesday from a bankruptcy judge there for its Chapter 11 plan of reorganization arising from a global deal with its unsecured creditors and bank lenders.

  • November 24, 2020

    Purdue Pleads Guilty In NJ To Criminal Opioid Conspiracy

    OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP's top officer entered guilty pleas Tuesday on behalf of the company to a three-count felony information detailing Purdue's long conspiracy to defeat federal opioid control programs and anti-kickback statutes, part of a wider $8.3 billion criminal and civil settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • November 24, 2020

    Home Depot To Pay $17.5M To States Over 2014 Data Breach

    Home Depot Inc. has agreed to pay $17.5 million and improve its data security to resolve a multistate investigation into a 2014 breach that exposed the credit card information of 40 million of its customers nationwide.

  • November 24, 2020

    Dechert Steers $15B Tie-Up Of FS KKR Biz Development Cos.

    Business development companies FS KKR Capital Corp. and FS KKR Capital Corp. II said Tuesday they plan to merge into a single entity with about $14.9 billion in assets under management, a deal arranged with help from Dechert LLP.

  • November 24, 2020

    Soy Milk Maker Pushes To Toss Vanilla False Ad Claims

    The Hain Celestial Group Inc. is asking a New York federal judge to throw out a suit alleging that its vanilla soy milk misleads consumers into thinking it's made exclusively with vanilla extract, saying reasonable buyers understand the "vanilla" in the product's name refers to its flavoring, not a promise about ingredients.

  • November 24, 2020

    OCC Hits JPMorgan With $250M Fine Over Fiduciary Biz

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said Tuesday that it has imposed a $250 million fine on JPMorgan Chase Bank, citing deficiencies in the bank's internal controls and audit program for its massive fiduciary business.

  • November 23, 2020

    NY Courts Survey Finds Room For Gender Bias Improvement

    A recent survey of 5,300 attorneys by the New York State Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts shows that female attorneys, litigants and witnesses experience gender bias in a wide variety of ways throughout the court system — and that men and women have significantly different views of this bias, the state court system announced Monday.

  • November 23, 2020

    Publisher Says Fox Rothschild Violated Legal Ethics

    The publisher of Business Insurance has asked a New York federal judge to sanction Fox Rothschild LLP, alleging the firm violated professional legal ethics in trying to represent the publisher in one action while simultaneously suing it in another on behalf of the publication's former CEO.

  • November 23, 2020

    Rebuffed By Kaplan, Donziger Atty Calls Out Judges' 'Opacity'

    Chevron foe Steven Donziger's new lawyer questioned Monday who's in charge of given issues relating to Donziger's criminal contempt case, telling U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, the judge in Donziger's civil case, that the situation is beset by "utter opacity."

  • November 23, 2020

    Teva's Bid To Duck MDL Trials Slammed As 'Fool's Errand'

    A group of drug buyers and states asked a Pennsylvania federal judge Friday to reject Teva Pharmaceutical's bid to scrap a bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over civil price-fixing claims to await the outcome of related criminal charges, calling the drugmaker's efforts to keep witnesses from overlapping a "fool's errand."

  • November 23, 2020

    Ex-Fugitive Accused Of Medicare Fraud Gets 3 Years

    A New York federal judge sentenced the former co-owner of a medical equipment supplier to three years in prison Monday for health care fraud, after the accused was expelled from Haiti following 11 years on the lam.

  • November 23, 2020

    NY Eatery Provided Weinstein 'Hunting Grounds,' Server Says

    The owner of an exclusive Manhattan restaurant allowed his friend Harvey Weinstein to use the eatery as his "hunting grounds" to sexually harass women, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in New York federal court by one of the restaurant's former cocktail waitresses, who says she was regularly accosted by both men.

  • November 23, 2020

    AstraZeneca Finds 90% Vaccine Success, Will Seek Approval

    AstraZeneca said Monday that one of its coronavirus vaccine candidates achieved 90% effectiveness, while the average efficacy of its two dosing regimens hit only 70% — well below the rates recently reported for Pfizer and Moderna's vaccine candidates.

  • November 23, 2020

    Indicted Ex-Goldman Banker Denies Role In 1MDB Scandal

    A former Goldman Sachs banker asked a New York federal court to toss an indictment against him stemming from the 1Malaysia Development Bhd. scandal, arguing he had no involvement in the multibillion-dollar fraud scheme aside from introducing two of the alleged key players.

  • November 23, 2020

    15 Minutes With NYC Mayor De Blasio's Counsel

    Any sensitive legal issue facing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, from pandemic-related closures to police reform and concerns surrounding the presidential election, crosses the desk of his counsel, Kapil Longani. Here, Longani shares more about his responsibilities, legal considerations when advising the mayor and a lesson shared with him by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings.

  • November 23, 2020

    Forex Rigger Katz On Track For $400-Per-Hour Consult Gig

    A Manhattan federal judge showed little inclination Monday to stop convicted forex rigger Jason Katz from earning $400 per hour as consultant for investors seeking to hold 16 big banks liable for price-fixing, but the judge suggested capping the former government cooperator's pay.

  • November 23, 2020

    IAnthus, Cannabis PE Firm Want Securities Suit Tossed

    Canadian cannabis company iAnthus Capital Holdings Inc. and investor Gotham Green Partners have asked a New York federal court to toss claims brought by a shareholder over iAnthus' allegedly self-interested financing deals with Gotham Green.

  • November 23, 2020

    Retailers Accuse Pharma Cos. Of Blocking Generic Bystolic

    Walgreens, Kroger and two other retail chains have filed an antitrust suit in New York federal court against a host of drugmakers including AbbVie and Allergan, accusing them of scheming to hold off generic forms of branded blood pressure drug Bystolic to jack up profits.

  • November 23, 2020

    Honeywell Loses Bid To File Garrett Ch. 11 Plan Early

    A New York bankruptcy judge Monday denied a request by Honeywell International and a pair of investment funds to file their own reorganization plan in auto parts maker Garrett Motion's Chapter 11 case, saying it's not yet time for such a move.

  • November 23, 2020

    NY Judge Exits Sex Bias Suit Targeting Fellow School Parent

    A New York federal judge recused himself from a former First Eagle Investment Management LLC research analyst's race and sex bias lawsuit against her former employer, saying Friday that his child went to the same school as the child of one of the individual defendants.

Expert Analysis

  • Looking For Judicial Activists? Check The Footnotes

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    U.S. Supreme Court nominees typically face intense questioning over potential judicial activism, but a better way to gauge judges' activist tendencies may be to look at the footnotes in their opinions, say Christopher Collier at Hawkins Parnell and Michael Arndt at Rohan Law.

  • Best Practices For Legal Technology Adoption

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    The pandemic has accelerated the need to improve the practice of law through technology, but law firms and in-house legal departments must first ensure they have employee buy-in and well-defined processes for new digital tools, say Dan Broderick at BlackBoiler and Daryl Shetterly at Orrick.

  • State FCA Considerations For Cos. Seeking COVID-19 Relief

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    Any business seeking funding from a state or local pandemic relief program should be cognizant of the significant legal exposure it could face under a state false claims act, say attorneys at Patterson Belknap.

  • The Pandemic's Long-Term Impact On Law Firm Operations

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    Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey looks at how pandemic-era remote work has changed the way law firms operate — from shifts in secretarial functions to associate professional development — and explains why some alterations may be here to stay.

  • Opinion

    Lack Of Access To Remote Court Proceedings Is Inexcusable

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    Blanket rules that bar recording or dissemination of remote public court proceedings impede presumptive common law and First Amendment right of access, greatly expand courts' powers over nonparties, and likely run afoul of U.S. Supreme Court precedent, says Matthew Schafer at ViacomCBS.

  • Perspectives

    Countering Racial Bias In Courts Requires Bold Change

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    A recent review of the New York state court system recommends addressing pervasive racism through anti-bias trainings and better discrimination complaint protocols, but such efforts only scratch the surface of systemic racism in the law, says Jason Wu at the Legal Aid Society.

  • Opinion

    Why Attacks On Trump's Election Lawyers Are Problematic

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    The vilification of Jones Day and Porter Wright for their involvement in President Donald Trump's election lawsuits is an attack on lawyers' duty to advocate for their clients' causes fearlessly and zealously within the bounds of the law, says Pierce O'Donnell at Greenberg Glusker.

  • What Amazon's Workplace Safety Win Means For Employers

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    While a New York federal court recently dismissed Amazon employees' lawsuit alleging COVID-19-related workplace safety inadequacies, employers should not relax — there are a number of steps they can and should take to protect their workers and reputations during the pandemic, say attorneys at Greenwald Doherty.

  • Kik Ruling Is A Step Toward Securities Law Clarity For Crypto

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    A New York federal court's recent decision in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Kik Interactive, in which the SEC successfully argued an initial coin offering was fraudulent, suggests a growing consensus among courts on when securities laws apply to cryptocurrencies, say attorneys at Riley Safer.

  • Avoiding 6 Common E-Discovery Production Pitfalls

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    Vanessa Barsanti and Sarah Mahoney at Redgrave explore how attorneys can prevent collateral discovery disputes by efficiently overseeing the electronic document review process and ensuring the integrity of the information provided to opposing counsel.

  • Building Owners Face An Even Stricter NYC Climate Plan

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    New York City building owners and real estate developers should regard the city council's recent vote to expand strict greenhouse gas emissions limits to more buildings as an affirmation of the city's aggressive plans to address climate change, says Raymond Pomeroy at Stroock.

  • Series

    AGs In A Pandemic: Weiser Talks Colo. Health Orders

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    Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser explains how his office collaborated with local governments to enforce COVID-19 public health orders, and how moral suasion and education have limited the need for civil and criminal penalties against businesses.

  • Law Firm Biz Development Tips For The Pandemic Era

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    Jessica Starr and Monica Ulzheimer at Alston & Bird look at four areas where business development and other law firm administrative teams can take a leadership role in driving practice growth at a time when attorney interactions with clients and peers are limited.

  • Professor's 'Self-Defamation' Suit Unlikely To Succeed

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    Hay v. New York Media, a Harvard professor's suit asserting that a New York Magazine article defamed him, is likely dead on arrival because he was the primary source and consented to the article's publication, say Daniel Novack at Penguin Random House and Dakshïna Chetti at Columbia Law School.

  • NY Ruling Underscores Federal, State Arbitration Law Conflict

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    The New York Supreme Court recently denied a post-award arbitration jurisdiction challenge in Fava v. Morgan Stanley, offering a warning that the application of federal versus New York arbitration laws can result in a materially different outcome, say Boaz Morag and Katie Gonzalez at Cleary.

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