New York

New York is ranked #21 in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. Although New York City was named one of the cities or counties with the least fair and reasonable litigation environments, the state overall was second in the country for having and enforcing meaningful venue requirements, and fourth for its handling of scientific and technical evidence.

New York at a Glance

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$4,320 Potential Tort Cost
Reduction ($1,000,000)
0.84% - 2.27% Potential Increase
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In the News Today - January 22, 2016

January 22, 2016 | Insights

Indicted Plaintiffs Attorney to Represent Himself in Criminal Trial: A Mississippi federal judge this week agreed to allow Texas-based plaintiffs' attorney Mikal Watts to represent himself in the criminal case against him over charges of "vastly inflating the number of claimants for a $2.3 billion seafood compensation program" related to the Gulf oil spill. The 95-count indictment against Watts and others include charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, identify theft, and aggravated identity theft. (The Sun Herald and Law360) Read More »

In the News Today - January 19, 2016

January 19, 2016 | Insights

Tennessee Medical Association Seeks Tort Reform Amendment: The Tennessee Medical Association is pushing for an amendment to the state constitution "to add language stipulating that the General Assembly can set caps on noneconomic damages in litigation." (The Commercial Appeal) Read More »

In the News Today - January 7, 2016

January 07, 2016 | Insights

ACE Seeks Contempt Proceedings Against Litigation Financier: Irish developer Garrett Kelleher invested "$2.85 million in 2006 in the efforts of Liberian group Abi Jaoudi and Azar Trading (AJA) to enforce a $66.5 million judgment against US insurer Cigna Worldwide, in return for a share of the lawsuit's proceeds. The litigation ultimately failed, but ACE Group, which took over Cigna, will ask a U.S. court "to find Mr Kelleher along with two others, Martin Kenney and Samuel Lohman, in contempt of court for their role in the AJA case." (Irish Times) Read More »

In the News Today - December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015 | Insights

2015 "Judicial Hellholes" announced: California, New York City, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, and Virginia were named as "Judicial Hellholes" in the American Tort Reform Association's annual report. West Virginia joined Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, and New Jersey on the "Watch List." (West Virginia MetroNews) Read More »

In the News Today - December 16, 2015

December 16, 2015 | Insights

Silver conviction impacts Weitz & Luxeberg caseload? "Since the arrest in January of former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver, his law firm Weitz & Luxenberg has experienced a 17 percent decline in new cases, without Silver's asbestos-litigation clients that were referred through illegal quid pro quos." (The Jewish Voice) Read More »

In the News Today - December 14, 2015

December 14, 2015 | Insights

Editorial: "Absolute power can corrupt absolutely.": The State Island Advance editorial board notes that former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was "convicted of using his office to line his own pockets with millions of dollars in kickbacks tied to his outside job with a high-powered law firm that specializes in asbestos cases." (State Island Advance) Read More »

Columbia University Sanctions Doctor at Heart of Sheldon Silver Corruption Conviction

December 11, 2015 | Insights

Columbia University has sanctioned the oncologist at the heart of the conviction of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Read More »

What the Silver Conviction Reveals About Asbestos Litigation Fraud

December 08, 2015 | Insights

The conviction last week of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver reveals more than just the level of corruption in the Empire State capital. Read More »

In the News Today - December 8, 2015

December 08, 2015 | Insights

Will SCOTUS Cut Back on Class Action 'Extortions' Through Its Gomez Ruling? The U.S. Supreme Court could change the future of class action lawsuits if it rules, in the coming months, that an offer of complete relief renders a case moot. (Legal Newsline) Read More »

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