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The Boston Globe published a short article today about how there is a growing trend of self-representation in the courts — no doubt brought about not only by high lawyers’ fees but also the faltering economy.
Notably, it’s happening in cases that have significant consequences such as divorces, child custody, evictions and bankruptcies.
This brings to mind the [...]

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Read an excellent blog post in the New York Personal Injury Law Blog about the thousands of attorney hours wasted each year at the Central Compliance Part (CCP) in Kings County Supreme Court (the civil trial court in Brooklyn).
Ten minutes worth of work can take hours as attorneys (myself included) twiddle their thumbs waiting for their cases to get called and the [...]

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A Nov. 12, 2008 decision from the Second Department of the New York Appellate Division entitled Coque v. Wildflower Estates Developers, Inc. has clarified the law about when an illegal alien can make a claim for lost wages as the result of a workplace accident.
To all New York law geeks who have been on the [...]

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New York City is probably the most rough-and-tumble jurisdiction there is when it comes to guerilla tactics in depositions. Rules prohibiting speaking objections – the term for improper interruptions during questioning by opposing counsel - were enacted a couple years ago, but still attorneys routinely disregard them in order to suggest answers to witnesses and place soliloquies [...]

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More and more of a problem these days from a consumer standpoint are arbitration clauses. You see them in credit card agreements and now, more and more often, in employment contracts.
What does this mean? Well, if you are subjected to discrimination on the job or have any other employment-related grievance you will find the courthouse [...]

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Corporate and insurance attorneys will often bend over backwards to prevent the disclosure of client documents. But in a recent case, New York County Supreme Court Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam saw through the smokescreen of attorney-client privilege created by defense counsel and ordered the production of financial documents that were sought in order to collect on a judgment.
[The [...]

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A Nassau Supreme Court ordered County Executive Thomas Suozzi to remove a woman’s picture and identifying information from an internet page known as the “Wall of Shame” that his office maintained. The idea behind the website was to publicly shame those arrested for DWI. 
The woman sued Suozzi alleging that she suffered public humilation, potential loss of employment, [...]

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In prior posts I wrote about how judicial elections and the vast sums of money injected into them by those who have cases pending before state courts can create a perception of a judiciary for sale that undermines public confidence in it.
Adam Liptak writes in the NY Times about how the Supreme Court is scheduled [...]

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The Worcester Telegram, the daily paper that covers my former hometown of Sterling, Mass., reports that a teen charged with vehicular homicide and manslaughter threatened to kill Albert Hayeck, a Worcester attorney, by cutting him up and mailing his body parts to his family.
The teen was under house arrest and wearing electronic monitoring equipment, but [...]

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New York Lawyer reports that 6 court officers at Manhattan Criminal Court were caught on camera by that venerable news organization, ”Inside Edition,” drinking alcohol at a bar during their lunch break. The officers were all suspended for 30 days without pay.
Hey, I kind of wish that the court officers in the civil branch of the [...]

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