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US new-home sales rise to highest in 2½ years

WASHINGTON — U.S. sales of new homes jumped last month to the highest level in more than two years, further evidence of a sustained housing recovery that could help lift the lackluster economy. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new ...

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Legal Bytes: Social media: What’s your popularity worth?

Good news! In my (fake) job as an advisor at a technology consultancy, I have accumulated 50,000 followers on my “@TechFanaticDavid” Twitter account, and through my diligence I have amassed enough contacts on LinkedIn to be within four degrees of ...

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Essler joins Bond Schoeneck’s Rochester office

Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC added Karl S. Essler as senior counsel in the Rochester office Real Estate and Litigation practice groups. Essler focuses his practice in the areas of land use and zoning, real property litigation and real property ...

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Financial Architects opening suburban office

Rochester firm Financial Architects is opening a new office in Brighton. General Agent William D. Costello announced Wednesday that financial professionals Gary Acker, Lawrence Axelrod and Jessica Hodge have relocated to the firm’s new satellite office at 100 Allens Creek ...

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Empire Justice seeks ODTA fair hearing rule revisions

Among the items included in the regulatory agenda of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is the amendment of fair hearing regulations to ensure that the due process rights of appellants are protected. But, Empire Justice ...

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Fourth Department — Zoning Code: Royal Management Inc. v. Town of West Seneca

Appellate Division, Fourth Department Zoning Code Permitted Use Royal Management Inc. v. Town of West Seneca CA 11-01460 Appealed from Supreme Court, Erie County Background: The respondents appealed from a judgment annulling the determination of the Town Board of West ...

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Dems introduce bill to end Medicaid Intercept

Monroe County Democrats unveiled legislation on Monday to repeal the Medicaid Intercept method of paying for Medicaid pursuant to an opt-out provision in the executive budget. The provision gives the county an opportunity to repeal the intercept method before Jan. ...

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Lawyer pleads guilty to embezzlement

Thomas J. Barnes, 55, of Buffalo, has pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Chief Judge William M. Skretny to a felony charge of embezzlement from an employee pension benefit plan. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment, ...

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House passes malpractice reform bill

A measure that caps damages for a broad array of medical and other health-related injury cases and repeals a portion of the federal health care law passed the House last week on a vote divided largely along party lines. The ...

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Matrimonial cases see more text evidence

People can say the most incriminating things, and sometimes it’s in the form of a text or email message that can be used as evidence against them in court. A survey taken by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found ...

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