From the monthly archives:

July 2012

TweetRecently a federal district judge in New York ruled that New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s restriction on “demeaning” speech was violative of the U.S. Constitution. See American Freedom Defense Initiative v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority, No. 11-cv-6774 (S.D.N.Y. 2012) Specifically, the MTA refused to run an advertisement that was anti-jihad. The ad stated “In Any War […]

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TweetNew York common law has finally changed with the times and declared that false accusations of homosexuality are not per se defamatory. A recent unanimous New York State Appellate Division Third Department decision in a case entitled Yonaty v. Mincolla, (3rd Dep’t May 31, 2012) overturned its own precedent and those of three other appellate division […]

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TweetI’m pretty sure this one is a fake (G-d I hope so!). What seems like a regular ‘ol lawyer ad has a cinnamon twist. The legal team of Luxemberg and Associates (a search revealed no similar firm) promises to win your case and cook you breakfast. Plus they will give you a free sugar shaker […]

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TweetA Michigan federal district court recently dismissed a class action lawsuit brought by graduates of Cooley Law School who accused the School of misrepresenting statistics for recent graduate job placement. The graduates argued that they only decided to go to Cooley Law after the school provided them with what they claimed to be misinformation.  The […]

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TweetUntil recently, small businesses which were the victims of cyberattacks by thieves did not have recourse against their banks.  That situation is finally changing. There have been two recent court rulings that gave small business owners grounds for suing banks that do not protect their security.  The two court rulings found the banks liable for […]

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TweetIn our increasingly social media savvy age,this was bound to occur sooner or later–a recent federal district court decision entitled Lyons v. Rienzi & Sons, Inc. et al.,  09 CV 4253 (E.D.N.Y. 2012) grappled with the issue of whether a Facebook page can be considered a contact with New York for purposes of exercising long-arm […]

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Tweet49-year old former Met and Philly player and 1986 World Series champ nick-named “Nails” in his playing days, Lenny Dykstra, recently pled guilty to bankruptcy fraud and other charges arising from a scheme to loot more than $200,000 in sports memorabilia, home furnishings and other property from his bankruptcy case.  Dykstra is already serving time […]

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TweetWe love Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley, famed personal injury lawyer from Norfolk Virginia. Last year during our theme week “LawFAILS: A Humorous Look at the Law” we featured Lowell in a podcast and got the 411 about how he became “The Hammer.” We also included him in our list of “awesomely bad lawyer ads” and […]

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TweetIn the recent bankruptcy case Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co., Ch. 11 Case No. 12-12171 (Hon. Gerber, U.S. Bankruptcy Ct., S.D.N.Y.), the famed publisher of textbooks filed a $1 billion bankrutpcy petition in the bankruptcy court for the Southern District of New York.  The case arose out of the debtors’ filing of a pre-packaged plan of […]

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TweetAccording to a recent survey conducted by the ALM Legal Intelligence and sponsored by LexisNexis Counsel Link, alternative fee arrangements (“AFA”) for legal services, i.e. billing methods based on a metric different from hourly billing rates, is failing to gain traction amongst lawyers.  The survey is entitled “Speaking Different Languages: Alternative Fee Arrangements for Law […]

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