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Understanding New York Civil Rights Law §50-a

Advocacy groups have long clamored for the repeal of New York Civil Rights Law §50-a, otherwise known as the Police Secrecy Law.  Organizations such as the Legal Aid Society and Communities United for Police Reform pushed for the repeal of §50-a in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, arguing that police officers could not be


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How to Protect Trade Secrets in New York

Updated: June 30, 2020 You, like many fellow business owners, may have confidential information or business “secrets” kept under lock and key. Secrets could be a family recipe for the next restaurant, a coding algorithm built over the years, client list developed in the business, manufacturing processes or data and research compiled within a company.


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Can you Contest a Default Judgment In New York?

If someone sues you and you do not respond within the required timeframe, the court can enter a default judgment against you. This means that the court can award damages to a plaintiff, without you being heard. The plaintiff can then use this judgment to garnish your wages, levy your bank accounts, seize certain of


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What to Do If Your Business Is Sued in New York

An introduction to how lawsuits are commenced in New York, and the steps you should take if your business is sued Lawsuits are becoming an ever-increasing presence in the business landscape. In one study, 43 percent of small business owners reported that their company had been engaged with, or threatened with, a civil suit.  Other


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Breach of Contract: What Makes a Case Worth Pursuing?

Before pursuing a breach of contract lawsuit, it is important to clearly assess the chances of success, the applicable damages, and other factors Few things are more frustrating for a business owner than having a client or vendor breach a contract. The other party failing to live up to its end of the bargain can result


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Mediation, Arbitration, or Litigation: Which is Right for You?

When faced with a conflict that simple negotiation cannot solve, there are several dispute resolution processes at your disposal.  Three of the most common are mediation, arbitration, and litigation.  In order to evaluate which is best for you, it’s important to have a thorough knowledge of each method and its potential applicability to your case.


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Can I Represent My Business in Court, Without An Attorney?

Can I Represent My Business in Court, Without an Attorney? Generally, corporations and voluntary associations must retain counsel when bringing or defending a lawsuit.  See CPLR 321(a).  This means corporations and voluntary associations may not use non-attorney company officials to represent the company, except in certain instances, described below. What is a Voluntary Association? Voluntary


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Harassment and Discrimination in the NY Workplace

In recent years, New York has implemented and updated laws against harassment and discrimination in the workplace.  This may come as no surprise; the numerous scandals and the #MeToo movement have brought these issues to the front of the national conversation.  Individuals who have experienced harassment or discrimination must take certain actions before filing a


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A Note for Potential Financial Industry Whistleblowers: The Makings of a Good Tip & The Financial Rewards of Outing Fraud

By: Sarraf Gentile LLP The government encourages, rewards and empowers individuals who publicize fraud in the financial industry. The two most powerful and lucrative tools for outing fraud in the financial industry are the SEC Whistleblower Program and the CFTC Whistleblower Program.  Both programs were created in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street


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