A Brooklyn judge has filed a $10 million defamation suit against the New York Daily News for publishing two columns that claimed he improperly presided over a case involving a lawyer who had represented him before the judicial conduct commission.Judge Larry Martin claims in the lawsuit that lawyer Ravi Batra was the source of the columns, which he labels “outrageous, grossly irresponsible [and] malicious,” the New York Law Journal reports.The columns claimed Martin presided over a mortgage foreclosure case in which his personal lawyer, Jerome Karp, secretly represented one of the litigants.The articles cited allegations in a lawsuit filed by Batra and said the “complicated world of judicial corruption in Brooklyn—a snakepit filled with bribery and back-room political deals” was about to be “blown wide open.”Lawyers for Karp and Martin told the New York Law Journal that Karp’s involvement in the lawsuit involved a letter he wrote at the … [Read more...] about Judge Files Defamation Suit Against New York Daily News
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Donald Trump and the former Trump University are facing a $40 million suit that claims students hoping to learn real-estate techniques paid for pricey courses that didn’t live up to promises.New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the suit on Saturday, report the New York Times, the Associated Press and Reuters.“More than 5,000 people across the country who paid Donald Trump $40 million to teach them his hard sell tactics got a hard lesson in bait-and-switch,” Schneiderman said in a press release. “Mr. Trump used his celebrity status and personally appeared in commercials making false promises to convince people to spend tens of thousands of dollars they couldn’t afford for lessons they never got.”Ads for free workshops displayed Donald Trump’s photograph and signature, or portrayed letters by Trump himself. They promised that Trump’s handpicked experts would share his techniques; one told would-be students that they could … [Read more...] about Donald Trump faces $40M suit by New York AG, who says students got lesson in bait-and-switch
Updated: In what may be a harbinger of a new round of litigation against law schools accused by their own graduates of luring them to enroll with misleading legal job placement information, an appeal to the state’s highest court has been filed by the losing plaintiffs in a suit against New York Law School.A Tuesday filing asks the New York State Court of Appeals to review a December ruling nixing the suit against the law school by an intermediate appeals court, the National Law Journal reports.Attorney Jesse Strauss says he also plans to appeal a trial court’s adverse decision last month concerning a suit against Albany Law School, and says he expects to see appeals in cases brought against law schools in other states, including three in Illinois. Although the result in most of the 15 fraud suits brought against law schools throughout the country hasn’t been favorable to the plaintiffs, several suits in California have survived motions to dismiss, the article … [Read more...] about Did ‘troubled’ appeals court err by nixing suit over New York Law School job stats?
New York’s top court won’t hear an appeal by graduates of New York Law School who unsuccessfully sought to hold the school responsible for their decision to enroll.The New York Court of Appeals declined the case (PDF) on Thursday, the National Law Journal reports. An intermediate appeals court had dismissed the case in December. The Appellate Division, First Department had concluded the school’s job placement disclosures were “unquestionably incomplete” but not actionable under a state law that bars deceptive acts.A lawyer for the plaintiffs, Jesse Strauss, said the court’s refusal isn’t a good sign for three other suits against law schools in New York, according the National Law Journal account. In January, a trial judge dismissed a similar suit against Albany Law School. Suits against Brooklyn Law School and the Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law are pending before the trial court.Strauss told the NLJ he was disappointed that … [Read more...] about Job stats suit against New York Law School hits final roadblock
The N.Y. State Senate and Assembly recently introduced “competing” bills both targeting increased employment protections for victims of domestic violence. The bills each provide various measures of job security for employees who need to be absent from work on the basis of a domestic violence issue.This is not the first time state lawmakers have attempted to introduce protections for victims of domestic violence. In 2010, the Assembly introduced a bill protecting domestic violence victims from job or housing discrimination. The bill was ultimately vetoed by then-Governor Paterson who was concerned that the definition of “domestic violence victim” was overbroad. The Assembly bill now looks to Social Services Law, while the Senate bill looks to the Family Court Act and N.Y. Penal Law, for a definition of “victim of domestic violence.” Arguably, the definitions contained in the proposed bills provide a more focused understanding of the term domestic … [Read more...] about New York (NY) Legislature Introduces Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence