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Author Archives: Michael R. Wolford

Trials and Tribulations: Will there ever be an answer to the meaning of the Emoluments Clauses in the U.S. Constitution?

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When Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016, voices were raised as to whether he would be in violation of the Emoluments Clauses in view of his significant financial interests in hotels, restaurants and other business entities that were ...

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Trials and Tribulations: Donald Trump and his administration have generated a litigation explosion

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Regardless of your opinion regarding President Donald Trump and his administration, there can be no dispute that the president and his administration have caused, during his first year in office, the initiation of more litigation than any other president in ...

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Trials & Tribulations: What law firms can do about a decade of decline for legal services

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On June 14, from noon to 2 p.m., the Monroe County Bar Association will present a program entitled “The Economic Decline of the Legal Marketplace: What, If Anything, Can Lawyers and Law Firms Do About It?” This ominous title is ...

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Trials and Tribulations: ‘Deflategate’ may be pumped back to life

If you thought Deflategate was yesterday’s news, you may be mistaken. On March 4, 2016, oral argument was held before a three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in the appeal of Judge Richard ...

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Trials & Tribulations: When can counsel’s comments result in the reversal of a verdict?

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In a recent case, the Appellate Division, First Department, struggled with this issue and ultimately, in a three-two decision, the court affirmed the trial verdict and concluded that plaintiff’s counsel’s comments were improper, but did not rise to the level ...

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Trials & Tribulations: Are attorneys for non-party witnesses ‘potted plants?’

When Col. Oliver North appeared before the Senate Select Committee investigating the Iran-Contra Affair in 1987, the chairman of the committee, Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, expressed dissatisfaction at Col. North’s attorney’s objections. The colonel was represented by Brendan Sullivan, ...

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