New York

  • April 25, 2018

    Michael Cohen To Plead 5th In Stormy Daniels Case

    President Donald Trump’s embattled longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen said in California federal court filings Wednesday that he plans to plead the Fifth Amendment in adult film star Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit against his client, citing an ongoing criminal investigation related to the FBI’s raids on his home and office earlier this month.

  • April 25, 2018

    Thiel Reaches Pact Not To Buy Gawker Assets, Avoids Claims

    Billionaire Peter Thiel has agreed to drop his pursuit of purchasing what remains of defunct news gossip site Gawker after reaching an agreement with Gawker’s Chapter 11 plan administrator that frees Thiel from potential claims for bankrolling litigation that gutted the company.

  • April 25, 2018

    Starr Can't Pass Buck On $2.8M Barge Salvage, NY Court Says

    Starr Indemnity & Liability Co. can't put a pollution liability insurer on the hook for the $2.8 million it paid to cover shipper Genesis Marine LLC's costs to salvage two oil barges that ran aground in 2014, a New York federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying the pollution coverage doesn't apply because there was no "substantial threat" of an oil spill.

  • April 25, 2018

    Judge Won't Wait For EPA In NRDC's Advisory Committee Suit

    A Manhattan federal judge said Wednesday he wasn't convinced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needed several months to submit administrative records to the court before he reviews an environmental group's challenge to the agency's policy barring certain grant recipients from serving on advisory committees.

  • April 25, 2018

    NY AG Drops Bid-Rigging Claim Against Upstate Developer

    A real estate developer who was accused by New York’s attorney general of colluding with the president of a state university to rig a dormitory construction project has had the charge against him dropped as part of a nonprosecution deal, according to court papers and his attorney.

  • April 25, 2018

    Union Workers Can't Get Priority Ch. 11 Claim, Judge Hears

    Bankrupt construction contractor Navillus Tile Inc. told a judge Wednesday that $30 million worth of priority claims by union workers should be bumped down the priority stack, while the unions said there are clear justifications for priority status even though they did no work for Navillus.

  • April 25, 2018

    SDNY Judges Say Berman To Stay On As Manhattan US Atty

    Interim Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman will stay on as top prosecutor for the Southern District of New York unless replaced by the Trump administration, Chief Judge Colleen McMahon said Wednesday, ending speculation about the coming expiration of his temporary White House appointment.

  • April 25, 2018

    Sugar Co. Hit With 2nd Discrimination Verdict This Year

    A New York federal jury has returned a $2.35 million verdict against American Sugar Refining Inc. for racial bias against an employee in its Yonkers plant, less than two months after a separate jury hit the company with a $13.4 million verdict for sex discrimination.

  • April 25, 2018

    Cities Lack Standing In DOD Gun Database Suit, Judge Says

    A Virginia federal judge held Tuesday that New York City, Philadelphia and San Francisco lack standing for litigation seeking to compel the U.S. Department of Defense to fully comply with criminal database reporting requirements, saying they haven’t alleged a sufficient injury in their quest to prevent service members with military convictions from securing firearms.

  • April 25, 2018

    AXA Seeks 2nd Circ. Rehearing In Annuities Suit

    AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co. asked the Second Circuit on Tuesday for an en banc rehearing on its decision to revive a putative class action after finding the suit's claims of AXA’s alleged deception about variable annuities were not a federal matter, saying the ruling conflicts with U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

  • April 25, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Chicago Tower, PGGM, Florida Bank

    A residential tower in Chicago could fetch as much as $120 million in a sale, a venture that includes Dutch pension fund PGGM is said to be buying a New York rental tower for $195 million, and Florida Community Bank has reportedly loaned $19.5 million for a recent Florida casino and racetrack purchase.

  • April 25, 2018

    Hunton Steers $50M Trade Of NYC Commercial Condo Units

    Multiple commercial condo units at a New York East 8th Street apartment building have traded hands for $50 million, according to records filed in New York on Wednesday, a deal Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP worked on for the buyer.

  • April 25, 2018

    Buy Buy Baby Sued After NY Girl Killed By Fallen Chest

    Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.’s Buy Buy Baby retailer sold a 65-pound chest that was defectively designed in a way that allowed it to tip over and kill a young girl, says a suit filed Tuesday in New York court.

  • April 25, 2018

    FCC Commish Urges Use Of 911 Taxes For Emergencies Only

    The Federal Communications Commission's Michael O'Rielly doubled down in a statement released Wednesday on his call for states to stop diverting 911 emergency taxes collected on monthly telephone bills to other purposes, a practice he has called "despicable" and dishonest and deemed a threat to public safety.

  • April 25, 2018

    Cuomo Blasts ICE For 'Reckless' Raids On Immigrant Homes

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday condemned U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for its warrantless raids, warning that the state will sue the agency if such “reckless and unconstitutional” practices continue.

  • April 25, 2018

    Architecture Co.’s Error Cost $12.6M, NY Building Owner Says

    The owner of a midtown Manhattan building has launched a lawsuit in New York state court against architecture firm Goldstein Hill & West Architects LLP, seeking $12.6 million for the company’s alleged missteps on an ultimately unsuccessful plan to transform the property from commercial to residential space.

  • April 24, 2018

    Ex-Port Authority Commish Caught On Video Berating Cops

    The attorney who abruptly resigned from her Port Authority of New York and New Jersey position profanely berated the police and identified herself as an agency commissioner at the scene of a traffic stop involving her daughter, according to a video released by police Tuesday.

  • April 24, 2018

    Madonna's Breakup Letter From Tupac Up For Grabs

    Madonna lost her fight to stop a collectibles dealer from selling personal memorabilia that include a now-public letter from ex-boyfriend Tupac Shakur when a New York state judge said in a ruling filed Monday that her claims were time-barred because the alleged theft happened more than a decade ago.

  • April 24, 2018

    FCA Investigator Disputes Boss' Statements In Libor Case

    An investigator for the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority testified in a marathon hearing in Manhattan federal court Tuesday that his boss at the financial regulator seems to have made a misrepresentation in the case of two former Deutsche Bank traders accused of rigging the London Interbank Offered Rate.

  • April 24, 2018

    Justices' Arab Bank Ruling To Force Alien Tort Suit Rethink

    A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to find foreign corporations exempt from liability under the Alien Tort Statute is likely to lead to pressure on Congress to pass a law spelling out when non-U.S. companies can be sued for overseas human rights abuses, even if the prospects for such legislation appear dim.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    The Historic Legal Blunder That Enabled Our Gun Epidemic

    Robert W. Ludwig

    In a recent op-ed, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for repealing the Second Amendment to help combat our nation's gun epidemic. Actually, it is the high court's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller that is the problem. And it is only one court case away from being renounced as the historic blunder it is, says Robert W. Ludwig, counsel for the American Enlightenment Project.

  • The Carbon Tax Could Come Soon To A State Near You

    Ryan Maness

    Despite recent setbacks in state legislatures, this year's carbon tax push has been the most successful in American history and demonstrates that it is a policy which has carved a place in our political landscape, says Ryan Maness, tax counsel at government relations services firm MultiState Associates Inc.

  • Counterfeit Cosmetics: Fake Beauty, Real Danger

    Aliza Karetnick

    In the age of e-commerce, counterfeit cosmetics present a growing challenge — not only do they pose significant health risks to consumers, but they raise serious legal concerns for brand manufacturers, distributors and retailers, say Aliza Karetnick and Kelly Bonner of Duane Morris LLP.

  • Corporate Designee Practice Under NY V. Federal Rules

    Steve Kramer

    Your corporate client has been sued and it is a matter of time before a deposition notice is served. How to respond to the notice and plan for the deposition can depend upon whether the case is in federal or New York state court, with designation of subject matters being one of the greatest differences among the rules, says Steve Kramer of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Bankruptcy Venue Reform Not Likely To Happen This Year

    Mark Salzberg

    Despite a bankruptcy venue reform bill introduced earlier this year, it appears that the prime venue choices for Chapter 11 cases — Delaware and the Southern District of New York — can rest easy, at least for now, says Mark Salzberg of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • State Electric Generator Subsidies Challenge FERC Markets

    Richard Drom

    In recent weeks, regional transmission organizations have attempted to amend their Federal Energy Regulatory Commission tariffs to protect their energy and capacity markets from state subsidies for certain types of power generation. Such subsidies challenge FERC’s authority to effectively operate competitive wholesale markets, says Richard Drom of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Series

    State Tax After TCJA: Investment In Depreciable Property

    Jeremy Abrams

    In the first installment of the series, Jeremy Abrams and Sebastian Watt of Reed Smith LLP seek to provide a high-level overview of the most significant corporate state tax issues after the Tax Cut and Jobs Act and use state-specific examples to show that while determining how a state will conform to the Internal Revenue Code is not always clear, taxpayer-friendly results are possible.

  • The Puzzle Of Enforcing Class Action Bars Post-Shady Grove

    Daniel Fong

    It's been eight years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Shady Grove Orthopedic Associates v. Allstate Insurance, but courts continue to wrestle with whether state statutory class action bars are enforceable in federal court, say Daniel Fong and Robert Guite of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • How States, Federal Agencies Are Challenging Drug Prices

    Tom Bulleit

    High prescription drug prices are increasingly a focal point in the discussion of U.S. health care spending. While there is little consensus in Congress, there has been considerable recent activity in the federal executive branch and in state legislatures, say Tom Bulleit and Rebecca Williams of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.