In his Criminal Law column, Ken Strutin writes: Supercomputers can be groomed to find meaningful connections between the unstructured data of conviction and the lessons of exoneration. Given that these machines already exist, the only question is why they haven't been turned on?
Courts have generally found that make-whole provisions do not provide for the payment of unmatured interest, nor are they unenforceable liquidated damages provisions. It would behoove the court in 'Ultra Petroleum' to continue the precedent on these issues, because failure to do so would call into question the ever-important principle that when evaluating documents governed by New York law, courts will generally defer to the mutual intent of the parties as manifested within the four corners of the document.
'Husky' will have a significant impact in the area of fraudulent conveyance litigation. Parties that engage in intentional fraudulent conveyances will now be subject to the "actual fraud" provision in Bankruptcy Code §523(a)(2)(A).ha
Various debt-burdened retailers are looking to their intellectual property assets as a source of untapped value for refinancing transactions. While it remains to be seen which strategies will be most successful, IP assets will play a key role in future retail restructurings. As the value of brick-and-mortar "hard" assets stores becomes tapped out, a retailer's brands, licenses, and associated IP rights may present reliable sources of value.
The winners of the New York Law Journal's first annual Best Of supplement, recognizing the vendors that New York lawyers and firm administrators turn to first to keep their lives on track, inside and outside of the office.
In many instances, government investigations and claims are the tipping points for already distressed health care companies causing them to seek Chapter 11 protection. As discussed herein, governmental involvement in these financial restructurings at the very least complicates the process of reorganizing these entities.
In a June 12, 2017 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that certain consumer finance companies that purchase and collect defaulted debts originated by other lenders are exempt from the strictures of the FDCPA. The case, which turns on who qualifies as a "debt collector" under the FDCPA, has significant implications for the distressed debt industry and will likely lead to industry-wide changes as companies restructure so as to benefit from the guidance contained in this ruling.
The pressures inherent in "time is of the essence" closings can breed ill-informed, and at times, regrettable decisions aimed at avoiding the potentially catastrophic result of failing to timely close. Bankruptcy can provide a "breathing spell" for financially distressed single-asset entities whose entire value is dependent on whether it can meet a "time is of the essence" deadline.
In his Patent and Trademark Law column, Robert C. Scheinfeld writes: Many patent attorneys, having backgrounds in the hard sciences, can appreciate repeatable tests and bright-line rules. Patent law, however, is rarely clean. The Federal Circuit has illustrated this with a number of split decisions issued over the past few months.
Law Firm Marketing columnist Marcie Borgal Shunk writes: There is much to be learned from young companies and from taking a blank slate approach to the way we, as an industry, contemplate how best to structure, operate and compete in a rapidly changing and dynamic environment. Taking a cue from some of the organizations that have displaced traditional Fortune 500 companies, if we abandon all that we know to be true—the billable hour as the pinnacle of measuring performance, the pyramid structure comprised predominantly of trained lawyers, the adulation of sophisticated legal services—what's left?
Michael J. Willemin discusses lessons to be learned from a recent decision where the Second Circuit held that a defendant-employer's statement, issued in response to litigation, that the plaintiff-employee had "repeatedly tried to extort money from the company" and was "dismissed for gross misconduct," could serve as the basis for a claim for defamation.
The same day a motion to dismiss was filed in the Fox News defamation suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, attorneys for one of the defendants, Fox Business contributor Ed Butowsky, leveled a Rule 11 sanctions motion against Rod Wheeler and his attorneys at Wigdor LLP.
Attorneys for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison can't recover costs for sitting through parts of the criminal trial of former Duane Reade CEO Anthony Cuti, a Second Circuit panel said in a summary order Thursday.
Law Firm Partnership Law columnist Arthur J. Ciampi writes: As we all mourn the official end of summer, it may seem like an inopportune time to speak about vacations, which for many, in September, seem to be light-years away. But despite what may seem like bad timing, it is submitted that September is a very good time to examine how law firms treat vacations and sabbaticals even if only to rekindle the giddy hope of future time away from work.
William J. Giacomo discusses the statutes that control the calculation of a structured judgment in light of the 2003 amendment to CPLR 4111(d) and its effect on the court's role in calculating the appropriate judgment to enter upon a medical malpractice verdict.
The defendants in the defamation suit by former Fox News contributor Rod Wheeler are dividing their efforts to stop the suit, according to filings this week in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
John Brennan has been appointed Distinguished Fellow for Global Security at the Center on National Security at Fordham Law, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers presented its presidential commendations to Marjorie J. Peerce, and more honors.
In his Tax Litigation Issues column, Jeremy H. Temkin writes that whistleblowing is alive and well at the IRS, but, while attorneys are not precluded from participating, attorneys need to be mindful of the strict interpretation of what it means for an attorney to "reasonably believe" a disclosure is necessary to prevent a client from committing a crime under New York professional conduct rules.
Insurance Law columnist Jonathan A. Dachs discusses recent noteworthy changes including a new example illustrating the proper application of Supplementary Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists coverage, which is required to be included in the written notice sent by the insurer with all new and renewal policies, amendments to clarify the prescribed SUM endorsement, and more.
Christian Everdell writes: First, it was digital currencies like bitcoin. Then, it was distributed ledger technologies like blockchain. Now, another potentially groundbreaking innovation from this same community of technologists has vaulted to the forefront and taken center stage—the Initial Coin Offering. But all of the froth has spawned a Wild West atmosphere where investors are throwing money at what can be, at best, unproven technologies and, at worst, outright scams. Enter the SEC.
In his Corporate Securities column, John C. Coffee Jr. writes: At present, the circuits are divided in their tolerance for unidentified "confidential witnesses." In this light, what can or should be done with respect to the use of confidential witnesses?
While the "Power Suit" was the uniform of choice for a generation of independent, career-minded women who fought for a "seat at the table," the modern woman must cast off the chains of patriarchal fashion and embrace the styles sported by her contemporaries. Assuming a masculine facade is an antiquated expectation of the modern woman, who can be both a member of the Bar and a Vogue subscriber.
Scott E. Mollen, a partner at Herrick, Feinstein and an adjunct professor at St. John's University School of Law discusses the cases “161 Holding v. Goris,” “Herrmann v. Coletti,” and “90 Elizabeth Apt. LLC v. Eng.”
In what it termed "a close call," the Second Circuit allowed a defamation suit over the now-debunked 2014 article that detailed an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity. The panel reversed the majority of the district court's dismissal and remanded the case for further proceedings.
Corporate Insurance Law columnists Howard B. Epstein and Theodore A. Keyes discuss a recent case where the Southern District ruled in favor of an insured that lost funds paid by an employee to a fraudster impersonating a company executive, finding coverage under both the Computer Fraud and the Funds Transfer Fraud sections within the Crime Coverage of the Executive Protection insurance policy.
Andrew Lavoott Bluestone writes: A recent Judiciary Law §487 case in the Western District has violently shaken the basic understanding of the elements of this common-law cause of action. We predict a Second Circuit case, and potentially a Certified Question to the New York Court of Appeals.
In his Appellate Practice column, Thomas R. Newman writes that a recent opinion in crane collapse litigation is to be complimented for describing in grisly detail horrific bodily injuries, which assist the trier of the facts in arriving at an award for conscious pain and suffering as the result of physical injuries based on a comparison of the award under scrutiny with recent cases involving comparable injuries. They are of no use in determining what is reasonable compensation for the "inconceivable" (the court's apt word) pre-impact terror that, it can be reasonably believed, both men must have felt.
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