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Federal Civil Law Remains Unclear Regarding Where an Action May Be Brought
May 9, 2022 | Commercial Litigation

One would think that the current state of federal law would be clear as to where a plaintiff may commence, and thereafter maintain, his/her action. However, that is not the case; particularly within the Second Circuit, and this ambiguity can create a host of unintended problems, including being forced to litigate an action thousands of

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Courts Narrowing E-Discovery Rather Than Shifting Costs
February 7, 2022 | Commercial Litigation

Certain decisions from the past year suggest that New York courts addressing requests to shift costs in connection with e-discovery are more inclined to exercise their discretion under Article 31 of the CPLR to limit the scope of the requested e-discovery than they are to shift the costs of such discovery to the requesting party.

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Biden Administration Announces New Policy to Attract and Retain Immigrants in STEM
January 24, 2022 | Employment & Labor | Immigration

The Biden administration announced a series of administrative changes designed to strengthen the nation’s ability to attract global talent. The changes are also designed to strengthen our economy and technological competitiveness and benefit working people and communities across the country. This bulletin will highlight some of the key changes affecting employers and foreign nationals.

New

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NY Trial Courts Strictly Apply New Uniform Rule Requiring Statement of Material Fact
November 30, 2021 | Commercial Litigation

As discussed in detail in our March 2021 article regarding the changes made to the Uniform Rules of the New York Supreme and County Courts earlier this year, new Rule 202.8-g requires that a Statement of Material Facts be submitted with most motions for summary judgment. Of all the new provisions we discussed, Section 202.8-g

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Foreign Corporations Don’t Consent to General Jurisdiction by Registering in NY
November 22, 2021 | Commercial Litigation | Corporate

A recent New York Court of Appeals decision clarified the contours of one of the most foundational legal principles: personal jurisdiction.

In Aybar v. Aybar, the Court, in a 5-2 decision, held that foreign corporations (i.e., corporations that are not incorporated under New York law) do not consent to general jurisdiction by registering to do

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NY Law Is Clear on a Business’s Obligations Regarding Uncashed Distributions
September 24, 2021 | Commercial Litigation | Corporate

Whether a partnership, limited liability company, or corporation, it is imperative to know of a business’s legal duties when it is in possession of funds for uncashed distributions.

Under New York Abandoned Property Law, uncashed distributions become abandoned property after 3 years. See New York Abandoned Property Law § 501. New York businesses are not

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Insurance Rulings, Present and Past, by a Court in Transition
August 23, 2021 | Insurance Coverage

The New York Court of Appeals’ past term was as unusual a term as practitioners and judges ever could have imagined. Of course, COVID-19 continued to affect the Court’s operations. On top of that, the early retirement of Judge Paul Feinman, followed by his untimely death, the subsequent retirement of Judge Leslie Stein, and the

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New CT Cybersecurity Law Protects Against Liability for Data Breaches
August 5, 2021 | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont recently signed into law “An Act Incentivizing the Adoption of Cybersecurity Standards for Businesses” (Public Act No. 21-119). Under the Act, “covered entities” that implement certain cybersecurity measures to protect against data breaches of “personal information” and “restricted information” will be insulated against the imposition of punitive damages arising from tort

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Update: Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Orders Tolled NY’s Limitation Periods
August 4, 2021 | Commercial Litigation

In April 2020, in an article entitled, “Coronavirus and Statutes of Limitations in New York: A Lingering Effect?”, we discussed Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.8, issued in the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic. We opined that, based on its language, it served to “toll,” rather than “suspend,” New York’s limitation periods.[1]

On June 2,

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Businesses Can Cautiously Proceed with Student-Athlete Sponsorship Deals
July 16, 2021 | Corporate

Businesses have been champing at the bit for a chance to collaborate more with college athletes for years. Until recently, however, those collaborations were not possible because college athletes were prohibited from profiting off their name and likeness and entering into sponsorship deals under the rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Over the

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