NY Law on Auto-Renewal: Helpful or Litigation Breeder?

Many States have passed legislation aiming to regulate websites that offer auto-renewal subscriptions or auto-renew purchase plans with mixed success. NY has decided to jump into the fray with an Auto Renewal Law (ARL) that will go in effect on February 1 2021. Key points under the new law: Businesses must generally: Present the material… Continue reading NY Law on Auto-Renewal: Helpful or Litigation Breeder?

Joy Reid Loses Libel Suit but Big Loser Will Be Media

This is Ms. La Liberte NOT making racist statements

Prominent MSNBC anchor Joy Reid lost a big appellate decision that will shape the rules of many cases involving free speech. Fighting this case made no sense and in the end it dealt a large blow to protections long relied upon by the media. Last week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated libel claims from… Continue reading Joy Reid Loses Libel Suit but Big Loser Will Be Media

Say What You Want About Lenny Dykstra . . . . I Mean It, NY Ct. Rules You Can’t Defame Him.

The arc of Lenny “Nails” Dykstra’s life is like a roller coaster. Well at least that first part of the rollercoaster where you go up a huge hill, reach the top, and then speedily plummet to the bottom. Lenny’s hit so rock-bottom that recently a NY Judge ruled he is “libel-proof.” That is, his public… Continue reading Say What You Want About Lenny Dykstra . . . . I Mean It, NY Ct. Rules You Can’t Defame Him.

What Will Jurors Be Like Post-Covid?

Over the last few days or so, I have seen that lawyers, judges and clients alike are starting to wake up out of their covid-comas and are thinking about getting back to normality – whatever that was – heck, let’s just call it the pre-covid days. More courts are scheduling video or phone conferences; lawyers… Continue reading What Will Jurors Be Like Post-Covid?

Custody Battle Looms Over Fearless Girl

State Street Global Advisors Trust Co. (SSGA) , the investment firm behind the “Fearless Girl” statue placed near the New York Stock Exchange, is pursuing legal action against Kristen Visbal, the sculpture’s creator for alleged breach of contract and trademark infringement. SSGA commissioned Visbal to create Fearless Girl allegedly to promote gender fairness and female… Continue reading Custody Battle Looms Over Fearless Girl

Copyright Troll Attorney Found in Contempt of Court for Lying About Grandparent’s Death

Cathy Seibel Courtesy Fordham Law School

Its the oldest excuse in the middle school playbook: Telling the teacher that you didn’t do your homework because your grandmother or grandfather died. Of course it never worked, and guess what – it doesn’t work in Federal Court either. Attorney Richard Liebowitz has been declared a copyright troll by Federal judges; has been ordered… Continue reading Copyright Troll Attorney Found in Contempt of Court for Lying About Grandparent’s Death

NYS Bar Issues New Civility Guidelines for Lawyers

Thanks in large part to the proliferation of social media (and, I would argue, the current WH occupant) civility has been going the way of the horse-and-buggy in public discourse. Emails, Tweets, Instagram, etc etc have made it easy and the norm to be rude, offensive and demeaning in a variety of communication platforms. So… Continue reading NYS Bar Issues New Civility Guidelines for Lawyers

Tattoo Artists File Lawsuits Against Video Game Makers Over Sports Games

Fans of athletes know their hero’s tattoos these days. So when a video game maker wants to create a realistic sports game, of course they want to get down every detail of the most iconic players by including exact copies of their tattoos into the athlete’s game avatars. A series of copyright lawsuits brought by… Continue reading Tattoo Artists File Lawsuits Against Video Game Makers Over Sports Games

Cohen Search Warrant is Nothing New

The Tale of the Tape

The President is screaming that the search warrant executed on the offices Michael Cohen, his longtime attorney, is an attack on our country and a violation of the attorney-client privilege. First of all, 9-11 was an attack on our country; this search is just one step in a long criminal investigation. But Presidential histrionics aside,… Continue reading Cohen Search Warrant is Nothing New