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Western District of New York

Aug 18, 2017

‘Settlement Week’ planned for Western District

With caseloads of about 800 per judge and about 2,800 new filings annually, Chief U.S. District Court Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. is always searching for ways to move lawsuits through the system efficiently. His latest initiative is something called Settlement Week, which is scheduled for Oct. 30 through Nov. 8, in Buffalo, and from […]

Feb 6, 2017


(This article originally appeared in The Bulletin, the official publication of the Bar Association of Erie County. It is reprinted here with permission.) Remand In Miller v. Geidel, No. 13-CV-90(MAT) (Dec. 12, 2016), plaintiffs filed a summons with notice in state court based upon an allegedly fraudulent financial scheme. Although a complaint had not been […]

Jan 31, 2017

RIT sued for copyright infringement

Rochester Institute of Technology is being sued in federal court for allegedly publishing a book of copyrighted material without permission. RIT Press, the scholarly publishing arm of the school, in 2015 published The Millennial Critic: Stanley Kauffmann on Film: 1999 to 2009, a biography and collection of works by Kauffmann, a renowned critic and author […]

Sep 29, 2016

Two Western NY attorneys honored by federal courts

Attorneys Peter Pullano and Robert Fine were honored Wednesday at the 26th annual Western District of New York Federal Court Dinner. Pullano, the managing partner at Tully Rinckey PLLC, in Rochester, received the Criminal Justice Act Award, and Robert Fine, a partner at Hurwitz & Fine PC, in Buffalo, received the Special Service Award. U.S. […]

Oct 3, 2015

Preamble highlights federal court dinner

Five attorneys who help make the words of the Constitution’s preamble come alive, as Chief Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. put it, were honored Wednesday at the 25th annual Western District of New York Federal Court dinner. Judge Geraci recognized the judges, lawyers, civil and criminal practitioners, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law clerks and bar leaders […]

Aug 13, 2015

Roemer chosen magistrate judge for WDNY

The district judges of the Western District of New York have unanimously agreed to appoint Michael J. Roemer as a magistrate judge for the Western District of New York. Roemer will fill the seat vacated by the Hon. Hugh B. Scott, who will continue to serve the district as a recall magistrate judge. Roemer will […]

Jul 21, 2014

Holder visits Buffalo

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited the Buffalo office of the Western District of New York on Friday. He discussed a number of issues important to the safety of the Western New York community with U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. and staff. Topics included the office’s successful efforts in prosecuting violent crime, public corruption, […]

Jul 28, 2013

Wolford answers Republicans’ questions

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary is expected to decide Thursday whether or not to forward the nomination of Rochester attorney Elizabeth A. Wolford to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. Her nomination was one of four the committee held over this past Thursday, a common move the first time a nomination appears on […]

May 16, 2013

Obama nominates Wolford

  Rochester attorney Elizabeth A. Wolford’s nomination for a federal judgeship is on its way to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. She was one of three people nominated for federal judgeships Thursday by President Barack Obama. Wolford is a partner at The Wolford Law Firm LLP where she concentrates her practice in the […]

Dec 19, 2012

Judge Geraci moves from confirmation to transition

The packing has begun as Monroe County Court Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. prepares to move to the federal courthouse, where, as of January, he will be sworn in as a U.S. District Court judge for the Western District of New York. A full box, one of many to come, waits outside his chambers in […]

Sep 26, 2012

Law enforcement wants your unused drugs

Law enforcement efforts to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse will be concentrated this weekend on limiting access to unused drugs. Dozens of drop-off sites throughout the 17-county Western District of New York will be accepting expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs for proper disposal as part of the fifth national Prescription Drug […]

Sep 27, 2011

Green nomination stuck in Senate

The Senate will consider confirming several judgeships Monday, but the nomination of Monroe County District Attorney Michael C. Green is not one of them. Earlier this week, according to the Congressional Record, a unanimous consent-time agreement ...

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