Category Archives: Civil Litigation

Jury Decides against Wrongful Death Verdict in Jackson Case

I talked earlier about the deposition of the children of Michael Jackson as part of the wrongful death action brought by their maternal grandmother, Katherine Jackson after the death of her son, pop star Michael Jackson.  In early October, a California jury ruled against Mrs. Jackson and the children of Mr. Jackson. While the jury… Read More »

Justice Department: What about Those Wiretaps?

In July, the Justice Department acknowledged that terrorist suspects must be notified if government surveillance programs produced evidence being used against them. The statement relates to Alam Qazi and Sheheryar Alam Qazi, brothers accused in a terrorism plot.  Later, the government stated it did not intend to introduce evidence against the two suspects that was… Read More »

Insider Trading Fells SAC

First JPMorgan Chase agrees to accept fault for manipulating the market, then SAC Capital Advisors makes financial history the wrong way — by accepting a record $1 billion fine and agreeing to admit to insider trading charges.  In July, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced insider trading charges against SAC Capital companies. The FBI… Read More »

Revolving Doors: Anthony Marshall Out Again

I talked earlier about fiduciary duty and the conviction of Anthony D. Marshall, the son of Brooke Astor, on charges that he breached that duty while handling her financial affairs at the end of her life. In a six-month trial, Mr. Marshall was convicted on 14 charges including fraud and financial exploitation. Sentenced to one… Read More »

A Whale of a Tale: JPMorgan Accepts Fault

In a legal and regulatory scandal once described by JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon as a tempest in a teapot, the bank agreed in October to pay a $100 million fine and admit wrongdoing, which is an unprecedented move the bank greatly sought to avoid.  In filing and settling the charges against JPMorgan Chase, the Commodity… Read More »

If You Are a New York Homeowner Facing Foreclosure, You May Have Rights to a Court-Mandated Settlement Conference … Even if Your Lender Doesn’t Think So

If you are one of New York’s many homeowners behind in mortgage payments and have been served with a foreclosure complaint, New York law may offer you an important right — to meet with your lender to try to work out a settlement enabling you to keep your home. Unfortunately, some lenders’ foreclosure practices have… Read More »

Can You Learn to Organize an Anti-Israel Boycott at Summer Camp in New York?

Apparently a Quaker group thinks so. According to its website, the American Friends Service Committee is “a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world.” Yet one program it runs is a summer camp for college students to train student leaders in organizing anti-Israel boycotts. According to the website, the service… Read More »

New York City Appellate Division Upholds Dismissal of Soda Ban

Mayor Bloomberg’s crusade to ban the sale of large-sized sodas and other sugary beverages has come to an end since a New York Appellate Division recently ruled to uphold a lower court ruling blocking legislation proposed by the Board of Health. According to the NY Law Journal, the Appellate Division based its decision on the… Read More »

Are Facebook and Myspace Posts Really Private?

It may seem like an invasion of privacy, but your Facebook and MySpace comments can be admissible against you in a court of law in New York.  Your privacy settings are not particularly relevant to judges who rule on admissibility. Even if your account is password protected and you have adjusted your privacy settings to… Read More »

What Does It Take to Pierce the Corporate Veil?

New York has set a high bar for individuals seeking to “pierce the corporate veil,” which is by definition attempting to sue corporate officers or limited liability company owners directly for damages. Usually a corporation is treated as a separate legal person, but even a high bar cannot protect business owners from potential lawsuits. The… Read More »

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