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General Litigation

Celeb Chef’s Case Shows Danger of Fair Wage Claims

Gregory Zakarian is a restaurant rock star. He appears regularly on The Food Network; owns the well-reviewed Lambs Club restaurant in the Chatwal Hotel off Times Square as well as the National Bar and Dining Rooms in the Benjamin Hotel in Midtown Manhattan; he oversees food and beverages at the luxurious Water Club at the […]

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General Litigation

NY Court Finds Loose Affilitiation of CyberCriminals to be “Enterprise” Under Organized Crime Act

When you think of the phrase “criminal enterprise,”  certain images immediately pop in your head. Vito Corleone, Scarface, Joe Pesci.  But NY courts have long expanded the term “criminal enterprise” to include any band of criminals working within “an ascertainable  structure.” NY Penal Law §460.10(3) defines criminal enterprise as “a group of persons sharing a […]

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General Litigation

US Shutdown of Poker Sites Presents Major Legal Challenges

Online poker fans woke up yesterday morning to their worst nightmare: The US Dept of Justice seized the domains of the top three online pokers sites -Full Tilt Poker, Poker Stars and Absolute Poker. The DOJ hit the owners of the sites and the sites themselves with a criminal indictment charging money laundering, bank fraud […]

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Copyright Law General Litigation

Both Album, Individually Issued Track Are Held a ‘Work’ for Damages Purposes

In a stunning blow to Music Sharing site LimeWire, a federal judge ruled today that music companies are entitled to an award for each infringed recording on the LimeWire system when plaintiffs made that recording available as an individual track, even if the user downloaded the tracks at once as part of an album. This […]

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General Litigation

Appeals Panel Upholds Applying Social Host Law to 18 Year Olds

Nassau County passed the first-ever  Social Host Law in New York State.  The law prohibits anyone over the age of 18 from allowing alcohol consumption by anyone under 21 years of age on  premises that they own, rent or otherwise control.  Before the law came into effect in 2007, a person would only get arrested […]

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Copyright Law Litigation

Enter the Lawyers!: Bruce Lee’s Estate’s Lawsuit Against Target, Urban Outfitters Can Proceed

The dead can keep earning. Bruce Lee died in 1973, but his family still owns the rights to his imagery and persona.  So its a little shocking to see some large retailers like Target and Urban Outfitters decide to distribute T-Shirts for sale with some of his most iconic images emblazoned on the front, without […]

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General Litigation

AG Ordered to Turn Over Evidence in Tankleff Case

In a decision filed Friday by Federal Magistrate Judge William Wall, the NY State Attorney General’s Office was ordered to turn over its files in the Marty Tankleff case to Tankleff’s civil lawyers. To the lay person , it must seem like a simple request – Now that my conviction has been overturned, can I […]