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Agency In Deal To Settle Lawsuits By 9/11 Responders

NEW YORK - (AP) The government authority that owned the World Trade Center has tentatively agreed to pay $47.5 million to settle lawsuits by 9,055 people exposed to toxic dust during the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey agreed to the deal. . . . Full version...

N.Y. Newspaper Wins Lawsuit Against Yonkers Mayor

NEW YORK - (AP) A federal jury has awarded a newspaper in the suburbs north of New York City $8 million in its lawsuit against the mayor of Yonkers, who the paper claims wrongly confiscated copies after it ran articles critical of him. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

Critical Mass Cyclists Reach $1M Deal With New York City

NEW YORK - (AP) Bicyclists who were arrested or ticketed in Critical Mass rides in New York say they have settled with the city for nearly $1 million. The 83 plaintiffs were among hundreds cited in the rides between 2004 and 2006. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

Title IX Complaints Filed For 12 School Districts

NEW YORK - (AP) The National Women's Law Center filed complaints against 12 school districts Wednesday alleging they failed to offer equal opportunities for female athletes. NWLC officials say they believe statistics from 2006 indicate the districts violated Title IX, the federal law prohibiting...

NYC Jeweler Sues Courtney Love To Get Bling Back

NEW YORK - (AP) A celebrity jeweler says Courtney Love hasn't returned nearly $114,000 worth of borrowed baubles, and the gem dealer is suing to get them back. The rocker borrowed two white gold and diamond chains, a white gold, floral-design mesh bracelet and a pair of white gold and diamond...

New York City M/WBE Business Certification – Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Grow Your Business

This blog is for all those NYC business owners who are either women or minorities. If you qualify, - M/WBE Certification can help grow your revenues by facilitating bidding for government contracts. Why get this Certification? M/WBE certified businesses get mentorship services, opportunities to...

Not A Drag: NYC Neighbors End Cigar Smoke Lawsuit

NEW YORK - (AP) Where there's smoke, there are $2,000 fines in one New York City apartment building. A pact among neighbors on Manhattan's Upper East Side calls for one to stop puffing on cigars in his apartment or pay the others $2,000 per smoke. Cigar fancier Harry Lysons and next-door neighbors...

Second Rider Sues, Says Driver Caused N.Y. Bus Crash

NEW YORK - (AP) Passengers are challenging a bus driver's contention that he was well-rested and alert the morning his tour bus crashed into a pole in New York, killing 15 people on board. In a lawsuit, Erold Jean Marie alleges driver Ophadell Williams was asleep at the wheel when the bus crashed...

New York City Sues Over Internet Sales Of Tax-Free Cigarettes

NEW YORK - (AP) New Yorkers hoping to avoid the nation's highest cigarette taxes have long turned to the Internet as a source for cheap smokes, but few bought as often, or as much, as Roza Budansky, according to city officials. Over a three-year period, the 64-year-old purchased nearly $1 million...

Girl's Mom Sues Over New York City Anti-Abortion Billboard

NEW YORK - (AP) A New Jersey mother is suing an anti-abortion organization that used her 6-year-old daughter's image on a massive billboard in New York City that some people denounced as racist and offensive. Tricia Fraser filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Texas-based Life Always over the billboard...

Rosie Perez Sues Producers Of 'Law & Order: SVU'

NEW YORK - (AP) Academy Award-nominated actress Rosie Perez is suing the producers of television's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," alleging she was injured during the filming of a 2009 episode in New York City. Perez says in the lawsuit filed Wednesday that she was "recklessly...

Diplomat's Daughter Suing New York City For Wrongful Arrest

NEW YORK - (AP) The daughter of an Indian diplomat who says she was wrongly arrested after someone else sent nasty emails to her high school teacher is suing New York City. Krittika Biswas was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing. At a news conference Tuesday, the 18-year-old said she was removed....

Applying Federal Common Law, Court Finds Matter Should Be Arbitrated; Simultaneously Upholds Forum Selection Clause

By Louis M. Solomon Farrell v. Subway Int'l , 11 Civ. 08 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 2011), [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ] is a decision on a motion to stay arbitration and simultaneous invalidation of a negotiated forum selection clause. Farrell is a citizen...

Duane Morris Alert: 'Religious Worship Services' After Hours in School Facilities Prohibited by NYC Rule and Sustained by 2nd Circuit

Case probably opens a Supreme Court debate about how the Establishment Clause and the Free Speech Clause interface By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit-in The Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York 1 -vacated a permanent injunction...

New York City Kindergarten Teacher, 80, Sues Over Firing

NEW YORK - (AP) She was teaching kindergarten at 80, but Lillie Leon wasn't ready to close the classroom door on her career. But school administrators made her job unworkable by assigning her to a room that forced her to shepherd her entire kindergarten class to a distant bathroom on a bad knee....

Lower Taxes in New York State

December 2011 brought good news to many New Yorkers: the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan. Among other things, this Plan reduces income taxes to their lowest levels in over 50 years. In addition, the MTA payroll tax is eliminated. The Plan was passed in the hope of fostering private sector...

Selection of the Right Legal Entity for Your Business: LLC vs S Corp (a New York Perspective)

One of the most common questions I get asked by my clients is whether the new business should be formed as an LLC or an S corp. I address this question below. If I were to summarize this blog in one sentence, then it would be this: the choice of entity is not just a legal question, also involves an analysis...

2nd Circuit Affirms $104 Million MTBE Contamination Verdict Against Exxon

NEW YORK — (Mealey’s) The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 26 affirmed a $104.6 million methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) contamination verdict for New York City against Exxon Mobil Corp., finding in part that the state tort verdict is not preempted by the Clean Air Act ( In...

2nd Circuit Affirms $104 Million MTBE Contamination Verdict Against Exxon

NEW YORK — (Mealey’s) The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 26 affirmed a $104.6 million methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) contamination verdict for New York City against Exxon Mobil Corp., finding in part that the state tort verdict is not preempted by the Clean Air Act ( In...

New York City Updates Lobbying Laws: Broader Coverage, Higher Thresholds – How Will These Changes Affect You?

Introduction - In 2006, New York City adopted a series of revisions to the City’s lobbying laws. Those amendments included a mandate that the City appoint a commission to review the lobbying laws and evaluate whether the City should make further changes to strengthen the administration and...

New York City Mayor Signs Law Prohibiting Discrimination in Employment Based on Consumer Credit History

Effective September 3, 2015, a new statute prohibits most employers in New York City, other than employers in the securities industry, from requesting or using an employee’s or a job applicant’s consumer credit history in making employment decisions. Specifically, on May 6, 2015, New York...

NYC Council Votes to Sharply Restrict Employer Use of Criminal Background Checks

by Christopher Collins On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, the New York City Council approved a bill that will strictly regulate how employers in New York City (with at least four employees) may conduct criminal background checks. Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the bill, which will go into effect...

New Law Restricts Ability of Employers in New York City to Ask Job Applicants If They Have Criminal Records

On June 29, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio signed, into law, the New York City Fair Chance Act, Local 63 of 2015 (the “Fair Chance Act,” the “NYCFCA,” “Local Law 63″ or the “new Law”) , which takes effect on October 27, 2015. The Fair Chance Act...

Keller and Heckman LLP: Debate Over NYC Sodium Menu Labeling Gets Salty

On Sept. 9, 2015, the New York City Board of Health unanimously passed regulations making New York the first U.S. city to require restaurants to disclose to diners those menu items that contain more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium, or the equivalent of about one teaspoon of salt. Under the newly-adopted...

News Excerpts from the March 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

EOIR Revises Docket Priorities | On February 3, 2016, Chief Immigration Judge Print Maggard issued a memorandum revising certain docket priorities for the Executive Office for Immigration Review. In cases involving unaccompanied minors, immigration courts will schedule an initial master calendar...