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Archive for October, 2008

Beginning last Monday night, I started volunteering with an excellent program at the New York City Bar Association called “Monday Night Law.” The attorney volunteers (such as myself) provide free legal counseling on Monday evenings for low-income city residents on a variety of topics such as bankruptcy, consumer issues, matrimonial, basic employment and landlord-tenant. 
While we cannot [...]

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For Manhattan residents, getting speedy delivery in minutes to your door is a way of life. But for restaurant deliverymen who worked at the Saigon Grill, a Chinese restaurant with locations on the West Side and Greenwich Village, it took quite a bit longer – in fact, 9 years for some – to obtain compensation for wage violations.
Finding violations of [...]

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The United States is currently in the grip of election fever.  It’s practically all that’s reported in the news, and most everyone has discussed it at some point (and probably at length) with friends, family, and coworkers.

But New York Federal District Judge Lewis Kaplan has ordered that election fever be kept out of the classroom – at [...]

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The New York Law Journal today reported that Judge Weinstein of the Eastern District, in a written decision to be published on Monday, emphatically denied a request by the City of New York to use race as a basis for setting damages.
James McMillan, a black man, was rendered a quadriplegic after the 2003 crash of the Staten Island [...]

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Here is a story in the Buffalo News about a debt collector who used abusive and illegal tactics, including threatening to have debtors arrested if they didn’t pay up.  But that’s not all.  This rogue collector obtained a debit card number from a woman and then went on a shopping spree with it that included the purchase of [...]

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There is a good post on feministing.com about the recent settlement for at least $68.7 by Johnson & Johnson of hundreds of Ortho Evra lawsuits.  The dosage of estrogen administered by these birth control patches is about 60% higher than from the conventional “pill,” causing women to suffer blood clots, strokes and even death.
By the time [...]

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New York landlords left in the lurch by tenants who break their leases – don’t feel that you have to run out to post a For Rent sign.
Recently, the Second Department of the New York Appellate Division ruled that a landlord does not have to mitigate damages when a tenant moves out prior to the expiration of [...]

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In recent years the number of filings in the New York Civil Court to collect unpaid credit card debts has skyrocketed.  The New York Times recently reported on this unfortunate development for consumers in an article entitled: In Civil Court, One Nation, Under Debt.  Here is a brief excerpt:
The lawyers for the banks had virtually no documents on [...]

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