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Wall Street Journal Reports on Controversial Lawsuit Bill before the Legislature

By: Scott Hobson On May 15th the Wall Street Journal reported on pending legislation which would give New York courts broad “general jurisdiction” over lawsuits against any corporation registered to do business in the state. This is at odds with a recent unanimous ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which held that litigation must have […]

Physics? Who Needs That!

By: Scott Hobson As if we needed another reminder of the utter absurdity – and often downright insanity – of the Scaffold Law… Yesterday, the First Department Appellate Division issued a decision in Strojek v. 33 East 70th Street Corp., that will leave anyone with even a shred of common sense shaking their head in disbelief. In Strojek, the […]

The New York Times: Albany’s Worst Offense

Today, The New York Times published a letter to the editor written by LRANY’s Executive Director, Thomas Stebbins.  This letter beings to light what is perhaps the greatest corruption of all, the no-show job loophole. An Excerpt: “To the Editor: Re “Another Albany Leader Must Go” (editorial, May 5): In all the editorializing and rending of […]

Most Outrageous Lawsuit of the Month, April 2015 – “Trauma Queens” Sue For $20M Each

This month’s lawsuit features two NYC 20-somethings looking to capitalize off of a tragic event and a lawyer who was happy for the opportunity to take advantage of the legal system. After the tragic East Village gas explosion earlier this month, Lucie Bauermeister and Anna Ramotowska though unharmed from the blast felt they were owed […]

Thanks for Making “The Daubert Dilemma” a Success!

Thank you to all of our guests who attended our first 2015 event, The Daubert Dilemma, this past Wednesday in New York City.The exciting event featured insight and analysis from experienced, well-versed speakers. A special thank you to our sponsors, we truly could not have held this event without your support. LRANY is looking forward […]

Response to Sheldon Silver’s Latest Indictment

April 24, 2015 Response to Sheldon Silver’s Latest Indictment “While the latest charges against former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver should outrage New Yorkers, what is more outrageous is not what is illegal, but what is legal. According to press reports, Silver’s dealings with the lawsuit lending firm Counsel Financial are under investigation, but activities of […]

New York Daily News EXCLUSIVE: Political Spending by State’s Trial Lawyers Jumps 27% in 2014 over Previous Year, Report Says

The New York Daily News published and exclusive article on the day of LRANY releasing our annual Power of Attorney report for 2015. This report analyzes the lobbying spending and political contributions of New York’s plaintiffs’ lawyer lobby. The report found that in 2014, plaintiffs’ lawyers, their lobbying groups, and associated Political Action Committees (PACs) spent […]

For Immediate Release: Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Lobby Shatters Previous Records for Lobbying, Political Contributions

For Immediate Release April 22, 2015 Contact: Phoebe Stonbely pstonbely@lrany.org 518.512.5265 Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Lobby Shatters Previous Records for Lobbying, Political Contributions Political spending surged by 27%, lobbying up for the fifth year in a row (Albany, NY) – Today, the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (LRANY), a nonpartisan, nonprofit association focused on statewide civil […]

NYCAL Issues Bombshell Decision, Ruling Exposure to Friction Products Is Incapable of Causing Mesothelioma and Rejecting the Cumulative Exposure Theory

NYCAL Issues Bombshell Decision, Ruling Exposure to Friction Products Is Incapable of Causing Mesothelioma and Rejecting the Cumulative Exposure Theory  (NYCAL, April 13, 2015) By: Joseph J. Welter, Goldberg Segalla In a decision that could change the landscape of NYCAL asbestos litigation in New York, Justice Barbara Jaffe issued a post-trial decision following an $11 million verdict […]

For Immediate Release: New York State Personal Injury Lawyers Association Announces Contingency Fairness Fee Proposal

April 1, 2015 For Immediate Release Contact: Ben Suinlotz Illsueu2@Suinlotzfirm.com New York State Personal Injury Lawyers Association Announces Contingency Fairness Fee Proposal (Albany) – Today, the New York State Personal Injury Lawyers Association (NYSPILA) announced a new initiative to enhance access to justice for all New Yorkers. The proposal, dubbed “Contingency Fairness Fee” is aimed […]