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Robertelli Obtains Summary Judgment for QBE Insured in Significant Fire-Loss Case
April 6, 2018 | General Liability
John Robertelli obtained summary judgement for a QBE insured from the Honorable L. Grace Spencer J.S.C. in Essex County in a fire-loss case involving a significant property damage claim. Judge Spencer reviewed the opinions of four cause-and-origin experts and found that none of the experts could conclusively establish the ignition source of the fire. Judge …
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USCIS Reaches H-1B Visa Cap for 2019
April 6, 2018 | Employment & Labor
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has reached the 65,000 H-1B visa cap mandated by Congress for fiscal year 2019. USCIS has noted that it has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced-degree exemption, known as the master’s cap. As in prior years …
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Bank, Kaiser & Queenan Present FCA Defense Seminar
April 5, 2018 | Health Services | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
Geoffrey Kaiser and John Queenan will be joined by Paul Kaufman, VP of Northwell Health’s Office of Legal Affairs, and Patrick Pilch, the head of BDO’s healthcare advisory practice, to present “Defending an FCA Allegation: Forewarned is Forearmed.” The panel discussion will be moderated by Rivkin Radler partner Brian Bank. The presentation, co-sponsored by the Gitenstein …
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Sirignano and Kam Speakers at Workers’ Compensation Fraud Training
April 4, 2018 | Insurance Fraud
Michael A. Sirignano and Priscilla D. Kam are speakers at a Workers Compensation Fraud Training Seminar, presented by the National Insurance Crime Bureau and the New York Anti-Car Theft & Fraud Association.  Sirignano and Kam will present on “Mobile Diagnostic Testing Schemes and Scams.”  The Seminar will be held on April 23, 2018. For more …
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Ullman Quoted in NutraIngredients-USA
April 3, 2018 | Health Services | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
Marc Ullman was quoted in a NutraIngredients-USA article entitled, “CRN says more enforcement should go with FDA’s plan to step up package screenings.” The article discusses the FDA’s challenges in monitoring the large influx of packages being brought into the country. Marc notes another recurring issue that FDA needs to address, “Along with the increased …
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Lewis Quoted in Newsday Cyber Article
April 2, 2018 | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law
Shari Claire Lewis was quoted in Newsday cyber article, “Companies sacrifice security for mobile convenience, survey finds.” Lewis spoke on precautions that organizations should take when allowing their employees to conduct business on their personal mobile devices. Lewis states, “… it pays to have mobile device policies in place. This policy should include a requirement …
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Queenan Moderates Albany Law Panel
March 30, 2018
On March 29, 2018, John Queenan moderated a panel  at Albany Law School for Accepted Students Day. The day is an opportunity for accepted students to hear from Albany Law School alumni about their experiences at Albany Law, why they chose the school and how, after practicing law in various capacities,  Albany Law School advanced …
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Mascia Obtains TN Visa for Canadian Computer Systems Analyst
March 29, 2018 | Corporate | Employment & Labor
Henry Mascia obtained a TN visa for a computer systems analyst from Canada.  The foreign national had received and renewed a TN visa in the computer systems analyst category for many years.  But on his last attempt to renew, the officer at the port of entry denied his application.  The firm ascertained the basis for the …
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Ullman Quoted on DOJ’s Request to Turn Down Amarin Appeal
March 29, 2018 | Health Services | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
Marc Ullman was quoted in a NutraIngredients-USA article entitled, “Department of Justice joins chorus asking court to turn down Amarin appeal.” The article discusses the Department of Justice’s request for the federal appeals court not to rule in favor of the drug maker’s attempt to force the International Trade Commission (ITC) to hear its plea that …
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Ullman an Instructor at Dietary Supplement GMP Compliance Seminar
March 28, 2018 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar
Marc Ullman will be an instructor at the Dietary Supplement Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Compliance Seminar, which takes place on April 4-5, 2018 in Denver, Co. At this seminar you will learn the requirements of the final rule and understand how they differ from the proposed rule that was published in March 2003.  You will …
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Wilck and Gurman Obtain Pre-Answer Dismissal of Legal Malpractice Claim
March 28, 2018 | Professional Liability
David Wilck and Amanda Gurman prevailed on a pre-answer motion to dismiss in a legal malpractice action based on plaintiffs’ failure to allege proximately caused damages. The legal malpractice action arose out of the defendant attorneys’ representation of plaintiffs in an action to recover amounts owed to them on a loan which was secured by …
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Green Quoted in Newsday about Unpaid Internships
March 26, 2018 | Employment & Labor
Scott Green spoke on the revised federal guidelines regarding paying interns in a Newsday article entitled, “More Unpaid Internships Likely after Revised Federal Rules.” Green notes that the prior six-factor test for determining whether an intern must be paid was difficult for the courts to contend with.   …
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7 Colleagues Receive Patriot Awards
March 26, 2018
To thank his colleagues for supporting him and his family when he went through 30 weeks of training in the Army National Guard, Army Specialist Anthony Frangella, a paralegal at Rivkin Radler and a Lindenhurst resident, nominated seven of them for a Patriot Award. The award is given by the Department of Defense’s Employer Support …
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Mascia and Han Obtain TN Visa for Graphic Designer from Canada
March 23, 2018 | Corporate | Employment & Labor
TN visas are for highly skilled Mexican and Canadian professionals.  TN visas, which are issued pursuant to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), are only available for certain professions, but they offer employers tremendous flexibility due to the expedited application process at the border and the potential for indefinite renewals. In this case, foreign …
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Honig and Bholan Successfully Defeat Motion for Summary Judgment
March 22, 2018 | Commercial Litigation
Jeremy Honig and Michelle Bholan prevailed in defeating a motion seeking summary judgment on a breach of contract claim and to dismiss the counterclaims of their client, a general contractor, for breach of contract and unjust enrichment.  The court, in denying Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment, held that there were several disputed issues of material …
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