New York

  • June 26, 2020

    Alleged Plane Parts Fraudster Extradited To NY, Feds Say

    Federal prosecutors in New York announced Friday the extradition from Italy of a Belgian man accused of using two companies to illicitly acquire and resell millions of dollars' worth of aircraft parts.

  • June 26, 2020

    Cassin & Cassin Steers $48M Brooklyn Loan

    A subsidiary of nonprofit Community Preservation has loaned $48.14 million for an apartment building in Brooklyn and Cassin & Cassin represented the lender on the matter, according to records made public in New York on Friday.

  • June 26, 2020

    NY High Court OKs Land Grab For $500M Pipeline

    The New York Court of Appeals has said a certificate from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission was enough for developers of a proposed $500 million gas pipeline to condemn land even though there are questions about whether the project is in the public interest.

  • June 26, 2020

    4 Firms Steer 2 Blank-Check Cos.' IPOs Totaling $505M

    A company focused on the financial technology sphere and run by an ex-executive from the world's third largest asset manager led two blank-check companies' initial public offerings totaling $505 million, with units beginning to trade on the stock exchange Friday.

  • June 26, 2020

    Molotov Detainee Misses Arraignment As Jail Fails To Call In

    A Brooklyn federal prison on Friday failed to produce a New York woman for her arraignment on charges of firebombing an occupied NYPD vehicle in May during protests against police violence, leaving attorneys wondering why she didn't appear.

  • June 26, 2020

    Taxation With Representation: Simpson, Cadwalader, Latham

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, private investors take a $20 billion stake in the state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co., a blank-check company breaks records going public, and Gilead takes a stake in a cancer treatment company.

  • June 26, 2020

    Vale Says Billionaire's 'Publicity Stunt' Distraction From Fraud

    Vale SA told a Manhattan federal court Friday that Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz's attempt to open a new front in the battle over a soured Guinean mining project is a "transparent publicity stunt" crafted to divert attention away from his alleged fraudulent behavior.

  • June 26, 2020

    Home Health Care Nonprofit To Pay $57M In Record FCA Deal

    Visiting Nurse Service of New York reached a $57 million deal to resolve a whistleblower's False Claims Act suit alleging the largest not-for-profit home health care agency in the United States defrauded the government by billing for services it never provided and disregarding patients' formal treatment plan.

  • June 26, 2020

    Musicians' Attys Seek $9.8M For Work On $27M ERISA Deal

    A group of musicians is asking a New York federal court for around $9.8 million in fees and costs for their attorneys' work that led to a $26.85 million settlement in a suit claiming their union pension fund's trustees took "excessive investment risks."

  • June 26, 2020

    2nd Circ. Dumps One Class, Affirms Another In Wet Wipes Suit

    The Second Circuit on Friday upheld the certification of one class and threw out another in a suit alleging Costco Wholesale Corp. and Kimberly-Clark Corp. sold so-called flushable wipes that failed to break down when flushed.

  • June 26, 2020

    Ex-BigLaw Atty, Others Want Out Of $4B OneCoin Fraud Suit

    A convicted former BigLaw attorney, his former counsel and his former business partner urged a New York federal judge to toss claims that they assisted the $4 billion OneCoin Ltd. cryptocurrency scam, arguing that the court lacks jurisdiction because they have no connection to the Empire State.

  • June 26, 2020

    IP Hires: Morgan Lewis, Latham, Weiss Serota

    Morgan Lewis has hired a nine-person intellectual property team in London, Latham nabbed two patent litigators focusing on life sciences, and Florida's Weiss Serota has added a litigator with experience in IP. Here are the details on these notable hires.

  • June 26, 2020

    Debevoise's Dinallo On Pandemic Reinsurance, Biz Aid Plans

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP partner Eric Dinallo spoke with Law360 about how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted the insurance industry and spawned proposals for a government-backed reinsurance program for pandemic coverage and a federal fund to help businesses defray losses resulting from future pandemics.

  • June 26, 2020

    Judge Says Liebowitz Might Need To Be Banned From SDNY

    Citing a "deplorable" record of misconduct and lies under oath, a Manhattan federal judge on Friday ordered copyright attorney Richard Liebowitz to pay more than $100,000 in sanctions — and referred him for a possible suspension from practicing law in the Southern District.

  • June 25, 2020

    Pelosi Holds Out Against Potential Barr Impeachment

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to resist calls for the impeachment of Attorney General William Barr on Thursday following a week filled with criticism of the head of the U.S. Department of Justice, suggesting that the coming November election is the solution instead.

  • June 25, 2020

    DA Investigates Claim NY Judge, Wife Assaulted Neighbors

    Prosecutors are investigating claims by neighbors of a New York state judge in Buffalo who say they were violently attacked by him and his wife on Monday night, drawing several police officers to the scene, Law360 confirmed on Thursday.

  • June 25, 2020

    Chief SDNY Judge Says Drug Cos. Ready For Remote IP Trial

    A top New York federal judge said Thursday that drugmakers Ferring and Serenity are ready to start a full-scale online patent trial in early July, saying that while the pioneering case will be "a little weird," it'll set an important example from a court that leads the nation in commercial litigation.

  • June 25, 2020

    Robbins Geller Will Lead Investor Suit Against Mallinckrodt

    Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP will represent a proposed class of shareholders in a suit in New York federal court accusing pharmaceutical maker Mallinckrodt PLC of misrepresenting prospects for a drug it developed, a judge said Thursday.

  • June 25, 2020

    Court Seeks US Input On Venezuela's $1.68B Oil Bonds

    A New York judge is asking the Trump administration whether she should defer to Venezuela's denunciation of some $1.68 billion in bonds issued by its state-owned oil company after Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro allegedly broke the country's laws when he put up Citgo as collateral.

  • June 25, 2020

    Zohar Funds OK'd To Examine Tilton Books In Ch. 11 Tax Tiff

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge authorized funds formerly controlled by distressed debt mogul Lynn Tilton to conduct a Chapter 11 examination of financial records held by Tilton, Patriarch Partners LLC and its affiliates on Thursday, over Tilton's objections.

  • June 25, 2020

    Windstream Gets OK For $3.1B Debt-Swap Ch. 11 Plan

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved Windstream Holdings Inc.'s Chapter 11 plan, overriding arguments that the cable company has more than $1 billion in free assets that unsecured noteholders could have staked a claim to.

  • June 25, 2020

    Coronavirus Litigation: The Week In Review

    McDonald's has been ordered to give its workers more virus protections, airlines are seeking to escape claims that they owe refunds to passengers for canceled flights, and minor league baseball teams are among the latest to say they were wrongfully denied insurance coverage for coronavirus-related losses. 

  • June 25, 2020

    Bid To Block Trump Niece's Tell-All Book Rejected

    A New York judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit by President Donald Trump's younger brother seeking to quash the publication of a forthcoming tell-all book written by the president's niece, ruling that his court doesn't have the authority to hear the dispute.

  • June 25, 2020

    Watchdog Says VA Dropped The Ball On Atty's Misconduct

    The Office of General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs did not take appropriate steps to handle an attorney who represented private practice clients while on government time and potentially engaged in criminal conflict of interest, according to a report from the VA's Office of the Inspector General.

  • June 25, 2020

    3 Firms Guide $361M Brooklyn Construction Loan

    Troutman Sanders, Milbank and Sukenik Segal worked on various pieces of a $361 million construction loan to a Clipper Equity entity for a project in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood, according to information from Troutman and Milbank and records that were made public in New York Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • How Insurers Can Prepare For Hurricanes During A Pandemic

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    Insurance companies will face unique challenges if a major hurricane strikes before the conclusion of the pandemic, so they should prepare for the possibility of depleted resources and socially distant claims investigations, say attorneys at Zelle.

  • Blunting Copyright Enforcers' Excessive Settlement Demands

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    In an online copyright landscape that creates incentives for enforcement agents to seek windfalls and for defendants to make settlement payments — as recently illustrated by a New York federal court's holding in Seidman v. Authentic Brands — there are several measures for mitigating unreasonable demands, says Jordan Feirman at Skadden.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Must Address Racial Injustice With Radical Candor

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    The legal industry is uniquely positioned, and indeed obligated, to respond to the racial disparities made clear by the recent killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, but lawyers must be willing to be uncomfortable, says Tiffani Lee at Holland & Knight.

  • How NJ Talc Case May Shift NY Courts On Expert Testimony

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    A New Jersey federal court's recent decision in litigation over Johnson & Johnson talc products may help push state courts in neighboring New York further toward using the Daubert evidentiary standard — giving courts a more active gatekeeping role over expert testimony, say attorneys at Darger Errante.

  • NY Buyers Should Beware Tainted Claims After Ch. 11 Ruling

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    A New York bankruptcy judge's recent opinion in Firestone Diamond represents a comprehensive treatment of the Bankruptcy Code Section 502(d) disallowance taint and decisively rejects, for the first time in the Southern District of New York, the long-standing and widely criticized Enron holding, say attorneys at Cadwalader.

  • 2nd Circ. Copyright Ruling Offers Relief From Late-Filed Suits

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    After the Second Circuit's recent Sohm v. Scholastic decision on late-filed copyright infringement claims, defendants may have grounds for early dismissals of monetary damages claims, say Andrea Calvaruso and Taraneh Marciano at Kelley Drye.

  • How Lawyers Can Network Better, Virtually And In Person

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    The current decrease in formality and increase in common ground due to the work-from-home environment can make it easier to have a networking conversation, says Megan Burke Roudebush at Keepwith.

  • Practical Tips For Presenting Your Case To Litigation Funders

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    One mistake that attorneys commonly make when presenting a case to a third-party funder is focusing almost exclusively on liability and giving short shrift to the damages analysis — resulting in an aspirational damages estimate that falls apart under scrutiny, say Cindy Ahn and Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Casey Grabenstein at Saul Ewing.

  • Avoiding Inadvertent Privilege Waivers In E-Communications

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.

  • Limiting Employer Liability For Secondhand Virus Exposure

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    While the law on secondhand exposure to workplace hazards like COVID-19 varies from state to state, employers can make educated guesses about the scope of liability and the steps needed to protect workers and limit claims from third parties, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • Reopening Sports Venues To Fans Poses Legal Hurdles

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    As the economy reopens, sports leagues planning to bring back games with fans in attendance will need to weigh not only important health and safety issues but also the accompanying business and legal risks, say Christopher Conniff and Nicholas Macri at Ropes & Gray.

  • Opinion

    Don't Cancel Your Summer Associate Programs

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    While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • Early Securities Litigation Trends Stemming From Recent IPOs

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale analyze Securities Act complaints against companies that went public immediately prior to and during the COVID-19-induced market volatility, providing preliminary insights into whether, when and on what basis recent issuers are facing securities litigation.

  • Top 5 Wage And Hour Risks To Avoid As Businesses Reopen

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    Employers should use extra caution to sidestep several key wage and hour mistakes as businesses prepare to reopen following the coronavirus crisis and worker classification and Fair Labor Standards Act compliance comes under increased scrutiny, say Kathleen Caminiti and Eric Baginski at Fisher Phillips.

  • Defending Remote Testimony In White Collar, Securities Cases

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    The COVID-19 shift to remote witness testimony in white collar and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigations changes how both sides handle documents, investigate and interact, and will require defense lawyers to reconsider how they present their clients, say attorneys at Richards Kibbe.

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