Monthly Archives: March 2014

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Court of Appeals decides worker’s comp vs. vehicle traffic law confusion

The New York Court of Appeals ruled that Worker’s Compensation overrules the Vehicle Traffic Law after it was asked by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to determine the interplay between Workers’ Compensation Law § 29 (6), which makes workers’ compensation benefits the exclusive remedy of an employee injured by the negligence of a coemployee, and Vehicle and Traffic Law § 388, Read More →

NJ woman awarded $1.58 Million in Accutane trial

A jury awarded a New Jersey woman, Kamie Kendall Rees $1.58 million dollars after concluding that manufacturer Hoffman-La Roche failed to sufficiently warn consumers that its acne medication could cause ulcerative colitis. The award came as a result of a retrial. In the original trial, Rees was awarded a  $13.6 million judgment, but that judgment was vacated by Judge Carol Higbee due to the fact the Read More →

State lawmakers loot legal defense funds for the poor

According to the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services, (OILS) state lawmakers have been raiding a fund set up to help pay for legal services defenses of the indigent.  The OIS says ten of millions have been siphoned off for other purposes since 2008. The amount could be as high as $50 million. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, quotes OILS director William Leahy These Read More →

Financial Records of 500 NY State public authorities now online

Last week New York State Comptroller announced that his offices database, Open Book New York, now includes the financial information for 500 New York State public authorities. Created in 2008, the database contains records dating back to 2007. The information can be downloaded in  Excel, tsv or csv formats. “Public authorities often do business out of the public eye, but they are responsible for overseeing billions in Read More →

Brooklyn man beaten by cops in synagogue gets $100K

A 22-year old homeless Brooklyn man, Ehud Halevy was sleeping in a back room of Crown Heights synagogue  on Oct. 8, 2012. A security guard called police.   The synagogue, the Aliya Institute in Crown Heights often allowed young homeless people to sleep in the backroom, but a security guard became concerned because Halevy was not wearing a shirt and allegedly, no pants. The guard called the cops Read More →

Creepy clown scaring Staten Island residents

A roaming, creepy clown has been giving Staten Island residents the willies over the past few weeks. According to the Daily News First seen about two weeks ago, the clown stands idly on the street — day and night — holding balloons and waving to petrified passersby. The Staten Island Advance reported the clown has been spotted all over the island.   There is a Read More →