The commission has spoken – New York judges will get the pay raise they deserve

On Friday, the commission appointed by Gov. Cuomo to decide whether or not  to grant the New York judges a pay raise voted 4 to 3 to approve an increase of 27% over 3 years.  Our judges have gone 12 years without a raise and were some of the lowest paid judges in any state. LRANY supports  fair [...]

Disabled serial plaintiff with end-stage emphysema caught on hike

  Los Angeles man, James Farkus Cohan says he’s disabled with end-stage emphysema, requiring a wheelchair, walker and oxygen tank.  To date Cohan has sued at least 161 small businesses, claiming those businesses are violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ABC caught up with Cohan the other day after his daily hike up a [...]

Politico – Trial lawyers prep for war on Perry

America’s trial lawyers are getting ready to make the case against one of their biggest targets in years: Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Among litigators, there is no presidential candidate who inspires the same level of hatred — and fear — as Perry, an avowed opponent of the plaintiffs’ bar who has presided over several rounds of tort [...]

NBC New York – Taxpayers Pick Up NYC’s $6B Lawsuits Bill

New York City doled out an astounding $6 billion in judgments and settlements in 10 years, some for bizarre claims of injury resulting from biting in a kindergarten classroom, tripping in a Lincoln Center parking lot, and slipping on bus steps, according to the New York Post. Last year alone, the city shelled out $520.6 million [...]

Just 1 in 5 medical malpractice cases end in settlements or judgments for patients, study says

  Only 1 in 5 malpractice claims against doctors leads to a settlement or other payout, according to the most comprehensive study of these claims in two decades. But while doctors and their insurers may be winning most of these challenges, that’s still a lot of fighting. Each year about 1 in 14 doctors is [...]

Reuters: Fired first-year lawyer sues New York firm for $77 million!

Lawyer files a lawsuit against his former firm… A first-year attorney at a New York law firm who was fired after boasting about his “superior legal mind” and angering his colleagues has filed a $77 million lawsuit against his former employer. Gregory Berry, a former first-year associate at Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman, accused the [...]

Malpractice Update-Peninsula Hospital Closing

The news that the Peninsula Hospital in Far Rockaway is closing is all too familiar. New York is facing an unprecedented medical liability crisis and the cost of insurance continues to outpace all other measures. New Yorkers pay more than $130 million annually in taxes to subsidize the cost of malpractice insurance, yet the premiums [...]

New York Post-Thanks for the doctors, New York

  Texas attorney Joseph M. Nixon’s piece in the New York Post this week tells the story of two New York doctors who fled New York’s horrendous legal climate for doctor-friendly Texas, where medical liability rates are much lower.  New York taxpayers paid to educate and train these doctors, but New York law forced them [...]

Minivan-drownings suit could cost taxpayers plenty

We as New Yorkers were devastated when we heard the tragic news that LaShanda Armstrong killed herself and three of her four children on April 12 when she drove her minivan into the Hudson River. But New Yorkers should be outraged at the recent news that LaShanda’s estranged boyfriend, Jean Pierre, is suing both the [...]

Pay for Lawsuits Before They’ve Been Filed?

The proposal by state comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to set up a lawsuit slush fund paid for by fees from gas drillers shows how backward New York’s legal system really is.  To ask businesses to pay for lawsuits that do not exist is to pour blood in the water and invite trial attorneys to file lawsuits [...]