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Allowing Evidence of 'Uncharged Complaints' Means New Trial for Queens Teacher Convicted of Child Sex Abuse

Law news - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 18:23

Simon Watts, a former elementary school teacher who was sentenced to 35 years in prison, will get a new trial. He was convicted of various sexual crimes involving five of his third- and fourth-grade students in Queens.

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael Cooper

Law news - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 18:09

It has been a lifetime of achievement, in keeping with the name of the award, but Michael has not lost his zeal.

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Leslie Corwin

Law news - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 18:08

Les is genuinely the most competent lawyer when working with troubled firms facing a dissolution.

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Austin T. Fragomen Jr.

Law news - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 18:07

Austin invented modern immigration practice; he's introduced the industry to a number of innovations that are part of today's standard practice. He's a giant. But he's also a surprisingly soft-spoken, thoroughly engaging genius.

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Jerry Goldfeder

Law news - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 18:06

Over the course of Jerry's 40 years in practice, his name has become synonymous with New York election law.

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Carl Lobell

Law news - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 18:05

Everyone trusts and likes Carl. He is adept, brilliant and analytical and, throughout his career, he has demonstrated a capacity to solve some of the most complex legal and financial questions.

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Martha McGarry

Law news - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 18:04

Her work as a dealmaker, leader and mentor have greatly benefited the business and legal community, and her collaborative approach has greatly benefitted her law firm of nearly 40 years.

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Gary Rosenberg

Law news - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 18:03

Like other great leaders, he sees opportunity in every difficulty and creates opportunity where most people would not see that any exists.

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Charles Stillman

Law news - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 18:02

Charlie has left an indelible mark on the New York legal industry and the practice of law.

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Roger Witten

Law news - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 18:01

His unparalleled strategic judgment and negotiating skills repeatedly helped find solutions where others failed.

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How Vendor Data Breaches Are Putting Law Firms at Risk

Law news - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 17:00

Records show that law firms' relationships with third-party vendors are a frequent point of exposure to cyber breaches and accidental leaks.

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NY Among 41 States Sharing in $116M Pelvic Mesh Settlement

Law news - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 15:54

"Failing to adequately inform patients and doctors of the serious risks associated with these devices put in jeopardy the welfare of countless women," Georgia Attorney General Christopher Carr said. "That is unacceptable, and we think this settlement sends a strong message."

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Do Megaverdicts Show That Juries Have Become More Unpredictable?

Law news - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 15:36

Some former in-house counsel said they believe juries are becoming more unpredictable, and that is changing companies' risk assessment.

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Fire and Water: Fatal Mixture

Law news - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 07:50

Fires at sea are not so rare, just rarely so fatal. In his Admiralty Law column, James E. Mercante discusses some of the noteworthy fire cases litigated in admiralty.

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Fundamental and Harmless Error in Matrimonial and Family Matters

Law news - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 07:00

There is a substantial difference between fundamental error and harmless error. An attorney considering an appeal must consider this distinction when advising a client whether or not to take an appeal from an adverse order or judgment.

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Friday Newspaper

Law news - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 07:00

Click on the selected day/section to open the New York Law Journal in PDF format.

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Co-Defendants Plead Not Guilty in Alleged Campaign Finance Scheme Linked to Giuliani Associates

Law news - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 00:51

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicolas Roos said he expected the Justice Department to produce "fairly voluminous" discovery materials, including 10 search warrant applications, electronic records from more than 10 email accounts and financial records from more than 50 bank accounts.

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Trump Urges 2nd Circuit to Grant Stay for Benefit of 'Presidency Itself' in Reply Brief

Law news - Fri, 10/18/2019 - 00:31

The "Younger" doctrine does not apply when the plaintiff is the federal government, according to the reply brief signed by attorney William Consovoy of Consovoy McCarthy.

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Shawe, TransPerfect Hit With Sanctions by Del. Chancellor Over Custodian Billing Dispute

Law news - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 23:42

Thursday's ruling was the latest turn in Philip Shawe's long-running feud with the Chancery Court and its appointed custodian, even after he secured full control of TransPerfect in a 2018 court-ordered auction.

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NY Court of Appeals Eyes Homicide Charge Against Doctors Over Opioid Death

Law news - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 22:43

Li's defense counsel contested arguments by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor that the doctor didn't consider the medical history, or actual pain experienced, by his patients before he chose to prescribe them opioids.

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