New York

  • May 29, 2020

    Delta Escapes Flight Attendants' Anti-Semitism Claims

    A New York federal judge on Friday tossed flight attendants' lawsuit accusing Delta Air Lines of discriminating against Jewish and Israeli employees, non-Jewish employees who associate with them and passengers traveling to Israel, finding the suit doesn't allege facts to plausibly infer discrimination occurred.

  • May 29, 2020

    NY Court Won't Reconsider Sanctions For 'Notorious' Atty

    A New York federal judge on Friday denied a bid to reconsider an award of attorney fees and sanctions against Richard Liebowitz and his law firm for not verifying that a photograph was registered before filing a copyright suit, saying the request improperly tried to relitigate issues and advance new arguments.

  • May 29, 2020

    U.S. Bank Fights Commerzbank's Redo Bid In RMBS Suit

    U.S. Bank NA shot back at Commerzbank's bid to reconsider a court order trimming the German bank's suit over U.S. Bank's stewardship of pre-crisis residential mortgage-backed securitization trusts, telling a New York federal court that its ruling resolved several issues and needs "no epilogue."

  • May 29, 2020

    Trade Court Finds US Customs Rightly Labeled Pants Fibers

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Friday rejected a New York-based importer's challenge to the tariff classification of its polyester women's pants that were hit with a 28.2% duty, finding that the government properly labeled the apparel.

  • May 29, 2020

    Columbia Care Accused Of Plot To Steal Fla. Pot License

    Cannabis industry juggernaut Columbia Care is facing a lawsuit in New York state court over claims it conspired to steal a Florida medical marijuana license from the company that applied for it.

  • May 29, 2020

    Report Slams Manhattan Prison As Inmates Seek Virus Relief

    A New York federal judge prepared Friday to decide what to do about COVID-19-related concerns at the Metropolitan Correctional Center after a doctor tasked with inspecting the Manhattan prison issued a scathing report proclaiming basic sanitation and virus screening failures.

  • May 29, 2020

    Godiva Can't Slip Suit Over Using 'Belgium 1926' On Labels

    A New York federal judge ruled Friday that Godiva Chocolatier Inc. must face some claims in a potential class action over its use of "Belgium 1926" on its U.S. packaging, saying it creates a "plausible inference" that the chocolates are of European origin when they are produced in Pennsylvania.

  • May 29, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: CIM Group, IBM, Lone Pine Capital

    CIM Group is reportedly on the hunt for $396 million in financing for a New York City office property, IBM is said to be leaving its 70,000 square feet of space at a Manhattan WeWork property, and Lone Pine Capital has reportedly inked a deal to lease 8,102 square feet on Madison Avenue.

  • May 29, 2020

    Uber Drivers Seek Green Light On NY Unemployment Benefits

    Drivers for Uber and other app-based car services are asking a New York federal judge to order the Empire State to immediately pay them unemployment benefits, saying they'll likely prevail in their suit claiming the state delayed relief by treating them as independent contractors.

  • May 29, 2020

    Kirkland, Sidley Steer Starwood's $325M Lifeline To TPG Unit

    Starwood Capital has agreed to inject up to $325 million into a troubled TPG real estate finance unit, a deal guided by Sidley Austin LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP that's intended to help keep the unit afloat in the current market conditions.

  • May 29, 2020

    Investors' Forex-Rigging Claims Against Banks Narrowed

    Hundreds of investors accusing banks of plotting to manipulate foreign exchange rates can move ahead with the bulk of their antitrust suit, a New York federal judge has ruled, while also limiting the claims they are allowed to pursue.

  • May 29, 2020

    Lye Makers Want Out Of National Consolidated Antitrust Suit

    Lye makers who stand accused of working together to inflate the price of their caustic product have a laundry list of reasons they think the freshly consolidated antitrust suit against them dissolves under scrutiny.

  • May 29, 2020

    Judge Calls Brooklyn Housing Court Reopening A Challenge

    The Kings County Housing Court in downtown Brooklyn, New York, is so cramped, a New York City administrative judge said, that he wouldn't blame anyone for not wanting to enter the building anytime soon. 

  • May 28, 2020

    Harvey Weinstein Hit With New Rape Allegations In New York

    Four more women on Thursday accused convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein of using his power in the entertainment industry, threats and physical force to rape, sexually abuse, assault, batter and falsely imprison them, according to a lengthy complaint filed in New York state court.

  • May 28, 2020

    Constellation Revises Gallo $1B Deal Again To Placate FTC

    Constellation Brands said Thursday it has removed yet another alcohol brand from the menu of its partial portfolio sale to E. & J. Gallo Winery to address Federal Trade Commission antitrust concerns, revising a deal that was once valued at $1.7 billion down to just over $1 billion.

  • May 28, 2020

    NY Landlords Sue Over Cuomo's Order Restricting Evictions

    A group of landlords filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over his executive order limiting evictions during the COVID-19 crisis, arguing that the move violated their due process rights and their "constitutionally protected right against takings."

  • May 28, 2020

    House Dems Ask FTC To Probe TikTok Over Kids' Privacy Deal

    More than a dozen U.S. House Democrats are pushing the Federal Trade Commission to look into allegations that TikTok blatantly disregarded a deal with the agency that required it to bolster its privacy protections for children, joining a chorus of advocacy groups and other lawmakers who have raised questions about the popular video-sharing app's collection and use of personal data. 

  • May 28, 2020

    NYU Workers Point To 8th Circ. Decision In ERISA Appeal

    New York University workers urged the Second Circuit on Thursday to follow the Eighth Circuit's lead when deciding whether to resurrect their ERISA class action against the school, pointing to the Midwestern appellate court's recent revival of a similar suit against Washington University in St. Louis.

  • May 28, 2020

    Basketball League Calls Quinn A Qatar 'Spy' In Commish Case

    Heading into a fight over a seven-figure legal bill, a three-on-three basketball league co-led by entertainer Ice Cube filed a New York lawsuit Thursday accusing Quinn Emmanuel of being a "spy" for Qatar when it represented the organization known as Big3.

  • May 28, 2020

    2 Accused PED Suppliers Deny Horse Doping Charges

    Attorneys for a mother and daughter pair on Thursday denied accusations that their clients perpetrated a scheme to supply misbranded and adulterated performance-enhancing drugs for racehorses.

  • May 28, 2020

    Ex-GE Engineer Cops To Stealing Trade Secrets

    A research engineer who worked for General Electric Co. for more than eight years admitted Thursday to swiping trade secrets from his previous employer in hopes of using the information to start his own venture.

  • May 28, 2020

    Coronavirus Litigation: The Week In Review

    A BigLaw firm and the NBA face lawsuits over allegedly delinquent rent payments, House Republicans are suing Speaker Nancy Pelosi over proxy voting amid the ongoing pandemic and Enterprise Rent-A-Car employees say the company should have warned them that mass layoffs were on the horizon. 

  • May 28, 2020

    Damages Analysis Tossed From BNY Mellon RBMS Action

    A federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday decided that a damages analysis is no longer admissible in a suit accusing Bank of New York Mellon of failing to protect investors in residential mortgage-backed securities.

  • May 28, 2020

    Tech Marketing Co. Raises $50M In Funding Round

    Bluecore, a technology company that helps retailers send personalized marketing emails to consumers, said Thursday it raised $50 million in funding with help from a Canadian growth equity firm.

  • May 28, 2020

    Investor Sues Qiagen To Block $11.5B Thermo Fisher Deal

    An investor for genetic testing company Qiagen filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the company’s board members and accused them of allegedly failing to provide essential information about Qiagen’s $11.5 billion merger with laboratory supplies provider Thermo Fisher.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Post-Pandemic Legal Malpractice Exposure

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    History suggests that legal malpractice claims will rise following the current economic downturn, and while a certain percentage of the claims will be unavoidable, there are prophylactic steps that law firms can take, says John Johnson at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Risk Management Concepts For Public-Private Crisis Projects

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    As businesses new to public-private partnerships consider coronavirus-related disaster relief contracts, there are a number of issues general counsel and chief risk officers for these companies should consider that need not be a serious burden on operations, says Jordan Strauss at Kroll.

  • NY Order Kicks Power Grid Modernization Into High Gear

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    The New York Public Service Commission's recent order directing investor-owned utilities to rapidly review their distribution and local transmission infrastructure represents a turning point in the state's efforts to update its electric grid for green energy — so interested stakeholders must weigh in soon, says Kevin Blake at Phillips Lytle.

  • NYC COVID-19 Lease Guarantee Law May Be Unconstitutional

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    A New York City law signed into law Tuesday cancels personal guarantees executed in conjunction with commercial leases when tenants default on rent due to COVID-19, setting up a potential clash between the city's police powers and the U.S. Constitution's contracts clause, says Massimo D'Angelo at Adam Leitman.

  • Preparing For A Deluge Of COVID-19 Whistleblower Claims

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    Attorneys at Proskauer break down the kinds of COVID-19 whistleblower retaliation claims employers should anticipate, and explain key steps to minimize risks under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, National Labor Relations Act, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and state laws.

  • Opinion

    Credibility Concerns About Virtual Arbitration Are Unfounded

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    Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.

  • 2 New Accounting Fraud Cases Offer Lessons For Boards

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    Luckin Coffee and TAL Education Group — two high-profile Chinese companies listed in the U.S. — recently announced suspected cases of colossal revenue fraud, and these case studies may help companies recognize the germinating seeds of accounting fraud, say Fabian Roday at Fangda Partners and William Fotherby at Meredith Connell.

  • Opinion

    COVID-19 Relief Should Include Federal Infrastructure Bill

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    To create jobs and address the country's $4.5 trillion infrastructure backlog, the federal government should enact coronavirus relief directed at infrastructure investment, leveraged by the allocation of funds for public-private partnerships, say Andrej Micovic and Eric Singer at Bilzin Sumberg.

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