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Author Archives: Denise M. Champagne

Understanding science, law of head trauma


Increasing interest in concussions is not just happening in sports, but highlights many legal concerns as well, which will be addressed in a new program Nov. 11 at The Rubin Center for Education. State Supreme Court Justice Richard A. Dollinger ...

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Former plant owner’s estate liable for site cleanup

The estate of a former plant owner will have to pay its current owners for any costs incurred so far and in the future to clean up an adjacent old Erie Canal site that is contaminated, unless the state relieves ...

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Fracking case comes down to standing

Clarification is being sought from the state Court of Appeals on a rule requiring injury to someone in a case involving land issues be different from the general public at large. The Sierra Club, other environmental groups and village of ...

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Modica & Associates marks 20th anniversary


Rochester attorney Steven V. Modica likes to tell people he was probably the most reluctant solo practitioner. “It wasn’t something I set out to do,” he said. That was 20 years ago, though, and Modica & Associates, Attorneys PLLC has ...

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Threatened inmate denied sex offender risk reduction

The sex offender risk level of a Niagara Falls man will not be lowered because he felt he was unable to attend a hearing on the matter for fear of being beaten by corrections officers at the Attica Correctional Facility. ...

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Patients exposed to shared injections denied class action

Class action status is being rejected for more than 1,900 Olean General Hospital patients who were notified in January 2013 the insulin injection pens used on them may have also been used on other patients. No one, according to the ...

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Waterloo justice sentenced in fake toilet attack

A former village justice in Seneca County was sentenced Tuesday to six months in the county jail for lying about being attacked with a toilet tank lid in August 2013, which resulted in convictions for insurance fraud and defrauding the ...

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