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Blog Posts in November, 2006

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IS LOPEZ-TORRES HEADING TO U.S. SUPREME COURT?

NEWS FLASH! The New York State Board of Elections, the New York County Democratic Committee, the New York Republican State Committee, and the Associations of New York State Supreme Court Justices in ...
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WANNA BE A JUDGE?

If you've ever considered becoming a judge, you may want to think twice. The campaign process is highly regulated and riddled with technicalities. It's so convoluted and complex that all judicial ...
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LIGHTS OUT? TELL SOMEONE!

On July 9, 2001, at about 12:15 in the morning, tenant Wendy Woodward fell down a flight of her building's porch steps. In a negligence case she later filed against the landlords, Woodward claimed ...
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WHAT'S IN YOUR PREMISES?

Ever wonder what is included in your commercial or residential space when a lease uses the word "premises?" According to the State's highest court, the definition of that term will be governed by the ...
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OLYMPIC SKATER FACES DEFEAT AT STATE'S HIGHEST COURT

Several month ago, we analyzed a negligence claim made by Nicole Ziegelmeyer, a two-time Olympic Speed Skating medal winner. As we reported back on July 17, 2006, [ Olympic Skater Denied Thrill of ...
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DON'T YOU EASE-ON-DOWN MY YARD!

If you think adverse-possession disputes only occur in the "wilderness" of upstate New York, or the outer reaches of Long Island, think again. It turns out that these kinds of claims are even being ...
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SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD!

The way I remember it, it was a Monday morning, about 9:45, when my intercom rang. "Mr. Silver" is here to see you," the receptionist announced. "Who?" I inquired, while thumbing through my desk ...
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"YOU TALKIN' TO ME?"

Although it is a civic duty, many are reluctant to serve on a jury. Some will even go to great lengths to get excused. But being confrontational and disrespectful to a judge, so that you're found in ...
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JUDGE CAHN'S NO TREE-HUGGER

Once city planners approved the Yankees' plan to build a new stadium, a Bronx community group, Save Our Parks (SOP), challenged the final environmental review and sought a court order to stop the ...
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WANT A $4.3 MILLION RENT ABATEMENT? HERE'S HOW!

In 1997, Bates Advertising entered into a sixteen-year lease with its landlord, 498 Seventh, LLC, for 25% of the building located at 498 Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. The 85-page lease, which provided ...
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HOW TO LOSE A SMALL CLAIMS CASE

With at least one Small Claims Court in each of New York State's 62 counties--including at least one in each of New York City's five boroughs--filing a small claims case is easy. Winning is the hard ...
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THIS IS INCOMPREHENSIBLE!

Call us old fashioned, but we believe there are some lines that should never be crossed. Stand-up comics shouldn't act like "judges," and vice versa. There's also a time and place for everything. In a ...
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BAR LEADER OBJECTS TO PROPOSED SOLICITATION RULE

Michael Miller, a noted Trusts and Estates lawyer, and past President of New York County Lawyers' Association, has lent his voice to the growing chorus of concerned advocates who have expressed ...
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THIS LADY, AIN'T NO LADY....

Many of us would be taken aback if a "lady" were to bite us on the shoulder. So, it should come as no surprise that Marilyn G. Tilson was particularly flummoxed by the hostile reaction she received ...
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ATTORNEYS WANTED

Finkelstein Newman LLP is on the grow! We are pleased to announce that we are currently accepting employment applications from lawyers with 3 or more years of real-estate litigation (or related) ...
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ROBINSON PROTESTS OUTCOME OF APPEAL

Aaron Robinson, one of the named Defendants in the adverse-possession dispute we covered earlier this morning, [ Where Do Your Park Your Canoe? ], reached out to us to discuss the outcome of his ...
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WHERE DO YOU PARK YOUR CANOE?

The controversial doctrine of "adverse possession" strikes again! A remnant of the feudal era, this questionably relevant area of law continues to permit a party to assert an ownership claim to ...
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SENIOR ESCAPES "OWNER'S USE" EVICTION

Currently, an owner may recover a rent-stabilized unit for "owner's use" when the apartment is needed to house the owner and/or the owner's family and will be used by the intended occupant(s) as a ...
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CAMPER'S "HORSEPLAY" DEFEATS RECOVERY

Fifteen-year-old Benjamin Gibbud was injured while engaged in "horseplay" with his 21-year-old cabin counselor. Apparently, Gibbud responded to a fellow camper's prompt to "get" the counselor (who was ...
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165,000 AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS BY 2013?

The recent $5.4 billion sale of Stuyvesant Town has heightened concerns about the diminishing number of low-cost housing within New York City. Fortuitously, Mayor Bloomberg has unveiled a plan to ...
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SHOULD I SIGN A LEASE?

Some landlords and tenants believe that written lease agreements are to be avoided at all costs because they bind the parties to the agreed-upon time frame and impede any flexibility to end the ...
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EMPLOYEE'S MISSTEP NOT EMPLOYER'S MISHAP

Finding its roots in a statute originally enacted back in 1885, Labor Law section 240 seeks to protect the safety of workers who use a scaffold, hoist, stay, ladder or other equipment or mechanical ...
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WILL POLITICIANS BLOW ANOTHER $50 MILLION?

Back in 2002, in response to all the hoopla that surrounded voting irregularities throughout our country, the Help America Vote Act* (HAVA) was passed by Congress to provide states with federal funds ...
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LECHEROUS TROOPER TROUNCED

Founded in 1917, the New York State Police are entrusted with the mission "to protect and defend the people while preserving the rights and dignity of all." Occasionally, a State Trooper will stray ...
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A BOMBER IN OUR MIDST?

On March 9, 2006, "T.J.O."--a minor--is reported to have left a note in a Nyack High School bathroom claiming that a bomb would explode at ten o'clock in the morning and that the school needed to be ...
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