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Bernstein Receives Young Leadership Award
July 24, 2017

The Jewish Federation of New York presented Daniel Bernstein with the Samuel E. Aronowitz Young Leadership Award at its June annual meeting. Dan was president of the Cardozo Society Jewish student organization while attending Albany Law School and collaborated with other area organizations to sponsor a variety of community events. Continuing his philanthropic work in …
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IP Watchdog’s Music Licensing Story Quotes Del Pizzo
July 24, 2017 | Intellectual Property

Nancy Del Pizzo discussed the effect of fractional performance licenses in an IP Watchdog story entitled, “In the Era of Spotify and Pandora Where do ASCAP and BMI Fit?” Nancy notes that a May 18 decision in the Southern District of New York, and a corresponding appeal, have created uncertainty in the music licensing industry. …
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Ullman Quoted in Natural Products Insider
July 20, 2017 | Compliance Investigations & White Collar

Marc Ullman was quoted in a July 20, 2017 article entitled, “Executive Sold DMAA Supplements, Sentenced to Prison.” The story centers on the president of a dietary supplement company who was sentenced to an 18-month prison term for failing to disclose the presence the amphetamine derivative DMAA on the product labeling for his company’s supplements. …
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Kotula, Levy and Maloney Win Summary Judgment for Insurer
July 17, 2017 | Insurance Coverage

In an action brought by a successive insurer for contribution against Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company to pay for pollution cleanup costs for a gasoline release from an underground storage tank at a gasoline service station, Michael Kotula, Larry Levy and Robert Maloney won summary judgment dismissing all claims against Fireman’s Fund with prejudice. After the …
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Novikoff Secures Second Circuit Affirmance of Summary Judgment for the Archdiocese of New York
July 17, 2017 | Employment & Labor

In a case of first impression, Ken Novikoff, working with the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty, secured summary judgement on behalf of our client, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously ruled that although a former principal of a parochial school within the Archdiocese did …
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Calabrese to Present at Fraud Conference
July 12, 2017 | Insurance Fraud

Justin Calabrese will be presenting at the 2017 NYACT/NYSSIU Joint Summer Conference on Thursday, July 20, 2017 in Suffern, New York. He will speak about recent trends and patterns related to fraudulent no-fault treatment and billing schemes and discuss ways to detect, identify and combat the issues. For event information and registration, click here.

Valverde Discusses Military Experience with LIBN
July 11, 2017 | Insurance Coverage

Frank Valverde was interviewed for the Long Island Business News story, “An Officer and an Attorney.” The article reveals how military experience can contribute to an attorney’s success. Frank, a former specialist in the U.S. Army, credits the military for his decision to pursue a legal career. “As a young soldier, the skill you would …
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Kutner Quoted in Medical Economics Magazine
July 11, 2017 | Health Services

Christopher Kutner was quoted in a Medical Economics magazine article entitled, “Tips for Physicians to Purchase the Right Malpractice Insurance.” The article discusses the many factors physicians need to consider when shopping for malpractice insurance. To read the article, click here.

Levy, Bank, & Bholan Obtain Summary Judgment Dismissing All Claims Against Client
July 11, 2017 | Employment & Labor

Barry Levy, Brian Bank, and Michelle Bholan obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims asserted by local union officers against AFSCME International in an action brought in the Southern District of New York.  The action challenged AFSCME International’s imposition of an administratorship over the local union. The court, in granting the motion in its entirety, adopted …
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Kenigsberg’s Article Featured in IQ — The ICA Quarterly
July 10, 2017 | Insurance Coverage | Privacy, Data & Cyber Law

Jay Kenigsberg’s article, “Blockchain and Hype: Where Are We Today?”, appeared in the current issue of The IQ, a quarterly publication of the International Claim Association. To read the article, click here.

Bendix Obtains Dismissal in Motor Vehicle Accident Suit
July 7, 2017 | General Liability

Bruce Bendix obtained summary judgment dismissing a complaint against our clients in an action arising from a motor vehicle accident. In the complaint, plaintiff alleged that she sustained serious injuries as defined by Insurance Law Section 5102(d). Bruce contended that plaintiff did not sustain a “serious injury” since she had a pre-existing neck condition and her objective …
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Sirignano, Goldberg and Kam Defeat Defendant Doctor’s Motion to Quash
July 7, 2017 | Michael A. Sirignano | Ryan Goldberg | Priscilla D. Kam | Insurance Fraud

In an insurance fraud case alleging the unlawful ownership and operation of healthcare corporations and unlawful financial kickback schemes, Michael Sirignano, Ryan Goldberg and Priscilla Kam successfully opposed a medical provider’s motion to quash subpoenas seeking financial records.  The Court held that based on a review of the parties’ motion papers and the allegations in …
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Levy, Bank, & Smith Obtain Dismissal of Civil RICO/Antitrust Lawsuit Against Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, and GEICO
July 7, 2017 | Barry I. Levy | Joshua D. Smith | Brian L. Bank | Commercial Litigation

Barry Levy, Brian Bank, and Joshua Smith obtained a dismissal of a federal lawsuit brought under the RICO Act and Anti-Trust against the firm’s clients, Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, and GEICO. The Plaintiff, a formerly licensed New Jersey physician, alleged a vast conspiracy by the Defendants – including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and numerous …
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Richman Quoted in Healthcare Risk Management
July 6, 2017 | Medical Malpractice Defense

David Richman was interviewed for an article entitled, “EMR Faults Can Be Major Factors in Med/Mel Cases,” which appeared in the July 2017 issue of Healthcare Risk Management magazine. The story discusses the liability risks presented by the use of electronic medical records (EMRs). David noted that some of the features meant to make record-keeping …
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Honig Elected to Board
July 6, 2017 | Construction | Commercial Litigation | Real Estate, Zoning & Land Use

Jeremy Honig was elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity in Nassau County. Founded in Americus, Georgia, in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has helped build, renovate and repair more than 1 million homes for more than 5 million people around the world.

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