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Global Climate Change Blog #1 This is the first of a series of Blog posts on Climate Change. Below I will introduce a few topics and will elaborate on them in future blogs. This blog is intended to inform readers on climate change developments on the ground (physical effects), in Washington (politics), in science, and share good news and bad. I will refer the reader to sources of information worth reading. The best place to start is the IPCC Reports (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change): -Free on line at: http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/ (or just Google “IPCC  reports) The four most recent reports are: Climate Change 2013 – The Physical ...
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​ Registration Reminder: Please register by Tuesday, August 8. Healthcare Apps, AI & Big Data: A Conversation on Legal Implications A Complimentary Panel Discussion and Networking Reception Date : Thursday, August 10, 2017 Schedule : 7 pm – 8 pm ABA and NYSBA Sponsored Panel Discussion 8 pm – 8:45 pm Networking Reception sponsored by Fox Rothschild and NYSBA 9 pm – Optional dinner (Dutch Treat) Ciprioni's, Grand Central Station (limited availability-see below) *** The DINNER IS SOLD OUT Location : Fox Rothschild LLP, 101 Park Avenue - Suite 1700, New York, NY 10178  Cost : Complimentary to ABA and NYSBA members and non-members. Guests ...
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The June 2017 Issue of Electronically In Touch is Available at Electronically In Touch . This issue contains EIT's recommended upcoming events, a message from the new Chair of the Young Lawyers' Section, and transparency regulations that impact pharmaceutical companies, amongst other helpful information. Electronically In Touch is a member driven publication. We welcome submissions from members on any relevant topic, including practice tips, substantive legal articles, case updates, work/life balance, and information regarding upcoming meetings and events. Please submit articles to Sasha R. Grandison, Esq. at srgrandison@gmail.com or Anne LaBarbera, Esq. ...
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Dear mates: Can you give me advice or suggestion or input in following scenario.   Client is coop unit owner. She replaced a rotten small kitchen cabinet located under the sink with new one with her own carpenter after waiting for  more than seven months to get it done through management and super of the coop. At first, the coop management agent recommended its own contractor to do the job. The contractor backed off on the day he was supposed to do the job saying the price agreed with client was too low and wanted double the price. client refused to pay since it is too expensive.The super and management was aware of the situation. Client also asked ...
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On April 29 th , I had the incredible opportunity to travel to DC and participatein the Climate March with about 25 other students from my school. While organizing and planning to attend the event was a complete headache, once we got there, it was totally worth it. With the temperature reaching 92 degrees (the highest it has been in several years), the march was more symbolic than ever. The march drew in tens of thousands of people from all over the United States to simply show how important climate change is to them. The crowd varied in ages, backgrounds, and even occupations. While we were a contingency of students, we were able to march with nonprofit groups, ...
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NY decedent received a letter from a dormant account recovery firm (Keane) with a specific dollar amount. I checked NY abandoned property file as well as “missing money” website to no avail. Any other ideas re sites? Or do I bite the bullet and sign up with them?
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We are pleased to submit the April 2017 Issue of Electronically In Touch. This issue contains a practice note on transient occupancy, a call for the involvement of senior lawyers in the Young Lawyers Section, and helpful information for any attorneys,law students, and/or their families that may be suffering from an addiction or mental disorders. The issue can be viewed at http://nysbar.com/blogs/EIT/ Electronically In Touch is a member driven publication. We welcome submissions from members on any relevant topic, including practice tips, substantive legal articles, case updates, work/life balance, and information regarding upcoming meetings ...
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 McDonalds might be getting its own reputation on the streets, and it may not be the good kind. For those who are loving it at McDonalds, don't worry, it's not their food that's in question, but a video they had used. It might not come as a surprise that once again, McDonalds is being accused of copyright infringement. According to the U.S. Copyright Office, infringement occurs when "copyrighted work is reproduced, distributed, performed, publicly displayed, or made into a derivative work without the permission of the copyright owner." [1]   People may have had the chance to view the video called “McDonald presents the Vibe of Bushwick NY”; however, the video ...
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As of Thursday April 6, 2017, Democrats in Senate had enough votes (40) to filibuster and not end the debate for confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch. [1] But that did not go ahead as they thought it would. In a collaborative article in the Pathways Newsletter, I discussed options for Trump’s SCOTUS pick. Now it’s a reality that Senate faced. After a 11-to-9 party line vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee send the nomination to the full Senate for vote this week. [2] Currently, to approve a Supreme Court nominee, 60 Senators must vote for ending the debate. If the Senate votes to end the debate, only a simple majority of Senators is needed to vote for ...
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Dear listserve members, I have a client in upstate New York who has developed a new product and needs help with the trademark process. Does any have a good referral for me? My client would prefer someone who is upstate with reasonable rates. Thanks in advance. Jill
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BY MICHAEL A. SIDDONS, ESQUIRE ____________________ For Immediate Release The Commonwealth Courts decision on April 8, 2014 in Damar Real Estate, Inc. vs. U.S. Bank, N.A., et al,(citations omitted), reaffirmed the long held view that in order for a judicial sale to be valid, the provisions of the Municipal Claims and Tax Liens Act, 53 P.S. 7101-7505 (MCTLA) must be strictly complied with. This opinion makes clear that, if a propertys legal description exposed to sheriffs sale contains an erroneous legal description, which in essence would sell more property than what is described, the sale is invalid. The convoluted ...
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H eres the scenario-you have been chasing after a delinquent account and finally get the debtor to pay up. A few months later, you get sued by the debtors Bankruptcy Trustee for the money that the debtor just paid you! Sounds crazy, right? Its called an Avoidable Preference. If you do business with individuals, or businesses, that are on the verge of filing for bankruptcy protection, you may be required to return the payments received from that entity within the 90 days preceding a bankruptcy filing. In todays economic turmoil, all dealings with financially troubled parties should be approached with an eye toward avoiding preference risk. The ...
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The March 2017 Issue of Electronically In Touch is available at http://nysbar.com/blogs/EIT/. This issue includes a spotlight on a trailblazing female attorney in honor of Women's History Month, an article on the importance of networking, and one attorney's experience while volunteering for a non-profit organization. Electronically In Touch is a member driven publication. We welcome submissions from members on any relevant topic, including practice tips, substantive legal articles, case updates, work/life balance, and information regarding upcoming meetings and events. Please submit articles to Sasha R. Grandison, Esq. at srgrandison@gmail.com or Anne ...
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A New York law states A person, regularly admitted to practice as an attorney and counsellor, in the courts of record of this state, whose office for the transaction of law business is within the state, may practice as such attorney or counsellor, although he resides in an adjoining state [1] The law is very straightforward, and means if you live in a neighboring state, you have to have an office in New York in order to practice here. A New Jersey attorney filed suit against the state in 2009, stating that the law violates the U.S. Constitution's Privileges and Immunities Clause, which prohibits a state from discriminating against residents of another state. ...
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Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Resources Congress enacted the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in 1977 in response to revelations of widespread bribery of foreign officials by U.S. companies. The FCPA was intended to halt those corrupt practices, create a level playing field for honest businesses, and restore public confidence in the integrity of the marketplace. The FCPA contains both anti-bribery and accounting provisions. The anti-bribery provisions prohibit U.S. persons and businesses (domestic concerns), U.S. and foreign public companies listed on stock exchanges in the United States or which are required to file periodic ...
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Recently, there have been news stories, and articles regarding the upcoming federal budget, which has been a highly controversial issue. When I first saw the headline of Trump slashing the EPA budget by $2.6B, I was angry at first, but then mostly just disappointed because I didnt fully understand how the budget process actually works. So, I did what any reasonable person would do, and tried to figure it out, at least the basics. There are about five steps that the budget goes through from start to finish, after which the President has power to veto or sign into law the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The first step involves ...
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We are pleased to submit the February 2017 issue of Electronically In Touch . This issue includes spotlights on trailblazing African American attorneys in honor of Black History Month, an article on the impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act, and the final part of a three part op-ed on policing in communities of color. The issue can be viewed at http://nysbar.com/blogs/EIT/ . Electronically In Touch is a member driven publication. We welcome submissions from members on any relevant topic, including practice tips, substantive legal articles, case updates, work/life balance, and information regarding upcoming meetings and events. Please submit articles ...
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The New York Court of Appeals heard arguments about whether Facebook can challenge the constitutionality of search warrants served by the Manhattan District Attorneys Office for information on 381 users accounts. [1] These warrants were issued in 2013 as part of an investigation into whether New York City police officers, firefighters and others had participated in a scheme to fraudulently receive Social Security disability benefits. [2] Facebook was unsuccessful to suppress the warrants and was denied by two state Supreme Court justices and the Appellate Division, First Department, which also ruled that Facebook lacks authority to challenge the constitutionality ...
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During a time where risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke is still prevalent, New York City Board of Health has passed a rule that requires chain restaurants to post warning labels next to menu items that contain high levels of sodium. [1] The rule was passed on Sept. 9, 2015, and requires restaurant chains of 15 of more locations to post warning labels. [2] In late 2015 the National Restaurant Association filed an Article 78 proceeding against the Board of Health, claiming that rule was arbitrary and capricious, violates the First Amendment, and was preempted by federal law. [3] In a previous NY Court of Appeals case, the court ...
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We are pleased to submit the January 2017 issue of Electronically In Touch . The issue is available at Electronically In Touch . Electronically In Touch is a member driven publication. We welcome submissions from members on any relevant topic, including practice tips, substantive legal articles, case updates, work/life balance, and information regarding upcoming meetings and events. Please submit articles to Sasha R. Grandison, Esq. at srgrandison@gmail.com by the 1st of each month. The Officers of YLS and the Editor of Electronically In Touch wish to make clear that the thoughts and opinions expressed in the articles that follow are those of ...
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