Melito & Adolfsen

The Connecticut Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court and Pope Francis all address the death penalty

Are alleged sentencing arbitrariness in death penalty cases and a shift in public opinion setting the death penalty on the road to the U.S. Supreme Court? Last year, of the 31 states that allow capital punishment only seven…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law

Since when do Plaintiffs Class Action Firms shy away from a data hacking case? When the victims were pursuing extramarital affairs is a Canadian-based on-line dating service for the married or others in a committed relationship. Its slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair.” In July, hackers stole its customer data, including names,…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

What’s the big hoopla in the City during the dog days of summer? Can the City arrest the topless women in Times Square for indecency.

For years, the Naked Cowboy, dressed in nothing but his underwear, hat, and boots and with a guitar has been posing with tourists in Times Square—causing barely a ripple in the news. This summer the women have joined in on the…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

Be Careful whom you friend on Facebook. When things go south, your next message may have a summons and complaint attached.

The few decisions addressing the propriety of service via social media reportedly are split on the issue. In a situation that is likely to become more common, a New York County Supreme Court Judge, Matthew Cooper, ruled…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Family Law

NJ Court says no double recovery for alleged injuries in Nursing Home

On post trial motions, based on recent decisions of the NJ Appellate Division, a private plaintiff cannot assert a cause of action against a nursing home for failure to comply with statutes, rules and regulations, but only for…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Personal Injury

A mere reservation or rights by an insurer does not require the insurer to supply independent counsel to its insured

A bill recently introduced in the Illinois State Senate known as the Insureds Independent Counsel Act, while, if enacted, will only apply in that State, is instructive as to when an insurance company must supply independent…more
| Insurance

Nursing Home Lawsuits - The Need to Ensure Best Practices in Clinical Record Keeping

As more and more lawyers focus their attention on bringing claims against Skilled Nursing Facilities in the State of New York, we cannot underestimate the importance of ensuring best practices in clinical record keeping. …more
| Personal Injury, Health, Professional Malpractice

In New York, when is a Nursing Home or Hospital liable for the malpractice of a doctor who treats one of its patients? -- Mduba and the question of agency.

In New York, some courts have held that “the person who avails himself of hospital facilities has a right to expect satisfactory treatment from any personnel who are furnished by the hospital.” Mduba v. Benedictine Hospital 52…more
| Civil Procedure, Health, Professional Malpractice

In Front, Inc. v. Khalil, NY Court of Appeals refuses to extend absolute immunity from defamation claims accorded litigation communications to pre-litigation communications, like cease-and-desist letters, granting them qualified immunity instead

Answering the open question of whether pre-litigation communications by attorneys are entitled to the same absolute privilege from defamation claims as litigation communications, the Court of Appeals has just held that they are…more
| Civil Procedure, Law Practice Products & Services, Personal Injury

Federalism and States' Rights -- A Never Ending Battle

Is Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore out of touch with reality? How can a State Supreme Court Judge defy the ruling of a United States District Court? Because he feels he can. Remember Little Rock, Arkansas in 1954 and the…more
| Civil Rights, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law

Second Circuit to address case of first impression by Plaintiffs against U.S. charities supporting violent fringe settler groups in West Bank

In a case of first impression, on April 15, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will hear the case of Ahmad v Foundation for International Research and Education, DBA Christian Friends of Israeli…more
| Civil Procedure, Personal Injury, International Law & Trade, Taxation, Nonprofit Law

NY Court of Appeals rules that insurer responding to tendering insurer instead of to purported additional insured violates Insurance Law §3420(d) invalidating disclaimer

In Sierra v. 4401 Sunset Park, the Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling by the Second Department that Scottsdale’s disclaimer to GNY, which had tendered an additional insured claim on behalf of its insured, 4401 Sunset Park, was…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

New York Court of Appeals rules that the cyber-bullying law was too broad and vague

Cyber bullying is a painful concern to parents all across America. In New York, a county enacted a cyber-bullying law intended to stop these electronic communications. The law defined cyber-bullying as electronic communications…more
| Communications & Media Law, Criminal Law

Beware of the possibility that jurors may be tweeting and blogging during trial—ignoring admonitions from the trial judge. One federal judge concludes posting tweets about the case during trial does not constitute talking about the case with others.

Many people cannot control their social media impulses and this is now becoming an issue during trials. Disregarding the court’s instructions that jurors are not to discuss the case with anyone during the trial, there are…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Addressing an issue of first impression, Connecticut Supreme Court concludes that Insurance Guaranty Association is not estopped by the sins of its insolvent charge

In Connecticut Ins. Guaranty Association v. Joshua Drown, the Connecticut Supreme Court addressed, as an issue of first impression, whether an insurer’s preinsolvency breach of its duty to defend a claim during an underlying…more
| Bankruptcy, Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Insurance
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