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
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Sheldon Silver Found Guilty On All Counts

December 01, 2015 | Insights

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted yesterday of honest-services fraud, extortion, and money laundering "in a trial that is likely to reshape the business of Albany and embolden prosecutors with an appetite for public-corruption cases aimed at the Capitol." Read More »

In the News Today - December 1, 2015

December 01, 2015 | Insights

Silver 'Executed the Agenda" of the Trial Bar: "As we have been saying for years, Sheldon Silver's ‘income' was nothing more than a political payment to ensure he executed the agenda of the trial lawyers who paid him," said Tom Stebbins, executive director, Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (Poughkeepsie Journal) Read More »

In the News Today - November 25, 2015

November 25, 2015 | Insights

SEC Chair Takes Questions on In-House Courts: In a wide-ranging interview, SEC Chair Mary Jo White weights in on a new CEO-pay rule, increased scrutiny of exchange-traded funds, and criticism of the agency's in-house court system. "Recently we've put out for comment [proposed rules] to modernize our administrative proceedings. Should there be more discovery? Should there be more time provided before there's a hearing?" she said. (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

USA Today Editorial Raises 'First Amendment Concerns' About New York AG's Exxon Probe

November 24, 2015 | Insights

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's probe into Exxon Mobil's past statements and research about climate change "raise serious First Amendment concerns," writes the USA Today editorial board. Read More »

In the News Today - November 24, 2015

November 24, 2015 | Insights

ILR's 2015 Liability Ranking Study Cited: A column about patent litigation in Texas highlights the state's ranking in ILR's 2015 State Liability Rankings study. (TownHall) Read More »

Sheldon Silver's Lawyers Ask Judge for Acquittal; Prosecutors Cite Evidence of Fraud

November 20, 2015 | Insights

Attorneys for indicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver asked a federal judge to acquit Silver on all counts - before the case even went to the jury - claiming the government did not meet its burden of showing Silver had committed the alleged charges. Read More »

In the News Today - November 19, 2015

November 19, 2015 | Insights

Prosecution Rests its Case in Sheldon Silver Trial: Throughout the trial of the indicted former New York Assembly Speaker, prosecutors "focused on advancing the notion that Mr. Silver systematically masked any involvement he had with asbestos litigation in an effort to obscure one of the alleged schemes: that he was receiving fees from a law firm for referring patients recommended to him by a doctor in exchange for directing state grants to that doctor's field of research." (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

In the News Today - November 18, 2015

November 18, 2015 | Insights

Editorial Hits Sheldon Silver for 'Lying' to Editorial Board About True Nature of His Legal Work: "Actually, he had siphoned state funds out of a secret account, given that money to a doctor who treated mesothelioma patients, persuaded the doctor to refer the patients to Weitz & Luxenberg and bagged referral fees. Oh, and Silver had never met any of the clients and did no work on their cases." (New York Daily News) Read More »

In the News Today - November 17, 2015

November 17, 2015 | Insights

New DoJ Rules Encourage More Charges Against Individuals in Corporate Investigations: The Justice Department released changes to its guidelines for prosecutors in corporate enforcement cases. These guidelines now instruct prosecutors to "focus on wrongdoing by individuals from the very beginning of any investigation of corporate misconduct." (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

In the News Today - November 12, 2015

November 12, 2015 | Insights

Business or Personal? Sheldon Silver's defense attorneys face an uphill battle in proving that the relationship between the indicted former New York Assembly Speaker and Dr. Robert Taub was that of true friendship, rather than a quid pro quo. Taub is accused of referring patients from his cancer center to Silver's law firm in exchange for receiving state grants with the help of Silver. (New York Times) Read More »

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