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Your Counsel: NY expands employee whistleblower protections

Lawyers tend to limit their practice to a few areas. Nonetheless, people come to us with myriad problems — many of which fall outside our expertise. Through this column, we provide practical information to help assist those who have employment, ...

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Environmental Law: New York State budget attempts to pre-empt local municipal zoning regulation

The New York State budget often includes dramatic and striking changes to state law and policy. For example, in 2019, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo passed the sweeping Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) that turns state energy priorities upside down ...

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Commentary: What’s a reasonable fee?

The Second Circuit recently issued a thorough review of contingency fees in claims for disability benefits under the Social Security Act. In its first paragraph, the court recognized the benefits of contingent fees in these types of cases: “getting parties ...

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IP Frontiers: AI can invent, but can’t be an inventor?

Artificial intelligence (AI) leverages computer science and data science to enable automated computer problem solving. AI programs can synthesize a variety of inputs to make decisions and solve problems, and are at the forefront of technological development. One application of ...

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MCBA President’s Message: First Wellness Winterfest a snowy success

There’s nothing like us all coming together. And our first annual MCBA Wellness Winterfest at Mendon Ponds Park last Saturday gave us the chance to do just that. Sponsored by the MCBA Health & Well-Being Programming Committee, the MCBA Young ...

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Insurance and Injury Corner: Navigating the Comprehensive Insurance Disclosure Act

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the Comprehensive Insurance Disclosure Act (“Act”) on Dec. 31, increasing the amount of information that plaintiffs are entitled to with respect to defendants’ insurance coverage under the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules ...

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ABA report on lawyers, technology and the pandemic

In the fall of 2021, the American Bar Association released its annual Legal Technology Survey Report. This extensive report provides data and analysis on the technologies that lawyers are using and how they are being implemented in their law firms. ...

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Matrimonial Matters: Basics reiterated in recent family law cases

Two recent family law cases that came before New York’s Second Department Appellate Division point out that attorneys and courts sometimes need to be prompted to follow what has long been the law in this state. Modification of Custody: Silla ...

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