NY Courthouses To Check Body Temps: 100° Or Less To Enter
New York state court officials on Tuesday announced that attorneys and other visitors will soon be required to submit to a body temperature check by officers at courthouse doors — if the thermometer reads over 100 degrees, no entry will be permitted.
2nd Circ. Frees Attorneys Accused Of Molotov Attack
The Second Circuit on Tuesday freed a pair of attorneys accused of torching a New York Police Department car during recent protests sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police, finding no clear error in the lower courts.
NY Judge Blocks Trump's Niece From Releasing Tell-All Book
A New York state judge on Tuesday temporarily barred President Donald Trump's niece and her publisher Simon & Schuster from releasing her purportedly damning tell-all book "Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man."
2nd Circ. OKs $20M Award For Madoff Investor Class Attys
The Second Circuit on Tuesday rejected the last objection to a nearly $20 million fee award for counsel of an investor class that received a $1 billion settlement for money lost through Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme.
Ex-King & Spalding Atty Says Benefits Cutoff Violated Law
A former King & Spalding LLP global finance partner says the Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company violated federal law and ignored medical evidence when it cut off his benefits after he suffered blood and lung complications stemming from a gene mutation.
Key Senators Want To Add New Federal Judgeships This Year
The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee was joined by the panel's Democrats on Tuesday in calling to create new federal judgeships for the first time in nearly 20 years, but the idea needs broader GOP support to move forward.
'Shitty Media Men' List Creator Can't Ditch Defamation Suit
A New York federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a defamation lawsuit against the creator of a "Shitty Media Men" list that documented sexual misconduct accusations, ruling that a writer named on the list wasn't a public figure whose ability to sue for libel was restricted.
Halkbank Case May Be A Slog In The COVID-19 Age
An attorney for Turkey's state-owned Halkbank on Tuesday told a New York federal judge it didn't envision being ready for trial over an alleged multibillion-dollar scheme to evade American sanctions targeting Iran until the spring of 2022, citing the difficulties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Discovery Paused In Pol's $435M Defamation Beef With CNN
A Manhattan federal judge said Tuesday that California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes must wait to take discovery of CNN in his $435 million suit alleging the news network defamed him with an allegedly false report that said he traveled to Ukraine to "dig up dirt" on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
State AGs Slam Trump Order To Skirt Environmental Reviews
Attorneys general for 15 states and the District of Columbia warned the Trump administration that an executive order to bypass vigorous environmental reviews for infrastructure projects would run afoul of emergency provisions in federal law, even considering the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cuomo Signs Partial Eviction Moratorium Bill
New York legislation signed Tuesday night by Gov. Andrew Cuomo extends the protections of an eviction moratorium for some tenants, the latest twist in the gradual reopening of New York's housing courts.
Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review
As COVID-19 cases surged in multiple regions amid noncompliance with wearing face masks over the past week, governors of newly dubbed hot-spot states and their neighbors, even ones with declining cases and deaths, rushed to pause reopening activities such as indoor dining.
Wind Farm Owner Says Texas Co.'s Deception Cost It Millions
A unit of Spanish energy conglomerate Acciona alleged on Tuesday that a Texas wind farm developer lied about securing land needed for a project to make it seem as if the venture was on track when it was actually falling way behind schedule, which cost $7 million to correct.
States Criticize EPA Push To Maintain Particulate Matter Regs
A coalition of states including Maryland and New York told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that fine and coarse particulate matter pollution kills thousands of people each year and the agency is wrong not to tighten its rules to better protect public health.
NY Law Firm Hits Hartford With COVID-19 Coverage Suit
New York law firm Siegel & Siegel PC has hit Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. with a proposed class action alleging the insurer has wrongfully denied coverage of losses incurred thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, joining the ever-growing number of businesses across the country making similar claims.
2nd Circ. Sinks Airport Hotel Challenge To Chef's $1M OT Win
The operator of a hotel near New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport can't escape paying an ex-chef more than $1 million in his suit claiming he was shorted on overtime, after the Second Circuit refused Tuesday to "second-guess" the lower court's finding that he qualified for the pay.
Legal Teams Vie To Lead COVID Test Supply Stock Drop Suit
Four legal teams are competing to represent a proposed class of investors in Manhattan federal court suit accusing health care analytics company SCWorx Corp. of securities fraud after the firm landed on a list of public companies subject to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission trading suspensions linked to claims about combating coronavirus.
Loeb, Shumaker Loop Cook Up $100M BurgerFi Merger
American restaurant chain BurgerFi agreed to a $100 million merger with private equity affiliated blank check company OPES Acquisition Corp., the companies said Tuesday, in a deal guided by Loeb & Loeb and Shumaker Loop & Kendrick.
Mexican Retailer Grupo Famsa Seeks To Exit Ch. 11 In August
Mexican retail chain Grupo Famsa told a New York bankruptcy judge Tuesday it already has a nearly 99% vote in favor of its prepackaged plan to swap out $59 million in notes for longer-term ones, and that it hopes to emerge from Chapter 11 by the middle of August.
Sea Tow Says Ex-Franchise Used Ch. 11 For Fraud Scheme
Marine salvager Sea Tow Services on Tuesday told a New York federal judge that a pair of former franchisees and their son engaged in a fraudulent scheme to try to reclaim their terminated franchise agreement through an "orchestrated bankruptcy."
Gov't Can't Hold Detainee Indefinitely Without Security Risk
A New York federal judge has ordered the federal government to release a Palestinian man indefinitely held in immigration detention after completing a terrorism-related prison sentence, ruling he poses no security risk and there is no legal basis to hold him.
Skadden Steers $700M IPO For Goldman Sachs SPAC
A special purpose acquisition company sponsored by Goldman Sachs started trading Tuesday after raising $700 million in an initial public offering steered by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
MSG Entertainment Hires First GC After April Spinoff
Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. has handed the job of general counsel to an attorney with years of experience in the entertainment industry, including at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., the company said Monday, about two months after it became a standalone business.
Key Defense Approaches To 'Other Similar Incident' Evidence
A New York state court's recent ruling in Marshall v. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey shows that, while product liability plaintiffs seek to use so-called other similar incident evidence to argue that manufacturers know their products are unsafe, defense counsel can successfully challenge such evidence, says Timothy Freeman at Tanenbaum Keale.
Reinsurance Implications Of COVID-19 Biz Interruption Laws
In light of legislative and public pressure in the U.S. and U.K. on insurers to cover business interruption losses related to COVID-19, reinsurers will face new questions regarding their obligation to cover claim payments, say Robin Dusek at Saul Ewing and Susie Wakefield at Shoosmiths.
Arbitration Pact Rulings Show Signature Snags For Employers
Two recent appellate opinions highlight the challenges in proving specific employees signed arbitration agreements, but employers can take certain steps to defend such claims and ensure enforcement, say Ryan Glasgow and Tyler Laughinghouse at Hunton.
What You Say In Online Mediation May Be Discoverable
Mediation conducted online with participants in different states makes it harder to determine where communications were made, increasing the risk that courts will apply laws of a state that does not protect mediation confidentiality, say mediators Jeff Kichaven and Teresa Frisbie and law student Tyler Codina.
Kasowitz Faces 3rd Suit Alleging Partner Was Wrongly Fired
A former "rainmaker" for Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP followed two ex-partners in suing the firm over an allegedly wrongful firing, claiming Kasowitz brought him on with promises of lucrative business opportunities only to ditch him when he began suffering from mental illness.
Bainbridge Of Pierce Bainbridge Sets Up Own Firm In Calif.
James Bainbridge, the last remaining name partner at Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP besides founder John Pierce, has set up his own law office in California but will remain affiliated with the struggling firm.
DC Bar OKs Cryptocurrency Payments For Legal Fees
The District of Columbia Bar has given lawyers the green light to accept cryptocurrencies in exchange for legal services, although the body's ethics opinion said attorneys should take care to ensure the arrangements are fair and that the payments are secure.
Newsom Slashes $200M From Calif. Courts In New Budget
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a state budget Monday that cuts $200 million in funding from the Golden State's court system, part of drastic measures taken to address an estimated $54 billion shortfall in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Colo. Justices Say Courts Can Extend Speedy Trial Period
The Colorado Supreme Court has established criteria by which trial courts can grant requests for postponement and a tolling of speedy trial periods because of the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that the courts are facing a Catch-22 as they try to balance defendants' rights and scheduling concerns.
Legal Diversity Pros Urge Concrete Change From Leaders
Amid a recent push in the legal industry to commit to diversity and inclusion, experts on Tuesday said they worry momentum on the issue could slow down and urged legal leaders to make institutional changes, including tying money to diversity initiatives.
Sedgwick Trustee Files Suit Over Unpaid Legal Fees
Defunct law firm Sedgwick LLP has accused the Los Angeles Unified School District, two California companies, and a private individual of failing to pay up a combined $675,000 for legal services the firm provided, plus interest.
Top US Trade Official Who Led China Talks To Rejoin Skadden
Jeffrey Gerrish, the deputy U.S. trade representative who played a lead role in brokering this year's hard-fought trade pact with China, will rejoin Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP in August, the firm announced Tuesday.
Procopio Boosts IP Practice In Calif. With 7 Arent Fox Attys
Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch LLP said Tuesday that it has hired seven patent attorneys from Arent Fox LLP, including two partners experienced in 5G technology and medical devices, to expand the firm's intellectual property practice in California.