New Law in New York to Measure Fairness of Minorities Representation in Civil Jury Pools

When I started trying cases about 25 years ago New York County (Manhattan) was considered to be a plaintiff-friendly venue due to juries’ proclivity to render favorable verdicts. Today the plaintiffs’ bar views Manhattan juries quite differently.

Litigators often attribute this to the elimination of jury service exemptions, which meant that many of the more conservative leaning professionals who reside … Read the rest

A Busy Season for Criminal Proceedings Involving Construction Cranes

Two deadly crane collapses in 2008, ignited furious investigations into the world of construction cranes and their safety, or lack thereof. Crane rigger William Rapetti has been indicted for manslaughter. Although not involved in the crane collapses, one investigation led to the guilty plea by James Delayo, the city’s former chief crane inspector, pleaded guilty in March to approving cranes … Read the rest

National Health Care Reform Law Comes to New York Medical Malpractice Litigation

A $2.9 million grant from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to New York State (roughly $500,000 of which will go to the Unified Court System) to conduct a pilot program to reduce expenses associated with medical malpractice lawsuits by encouraging early settlement and by improving patient safety to reduce preventable medical injuries. Five New York City … Read the rest

New York State Bar Unveils New Legislation to Reduce Wrongful Convictions and to Compensate Those Wrongfully Convicted

In 2008, the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) created a permanent Task Force on Wrongful Convictions. The task force examined 53 cases where a defendant was wrongfully convicted of a crime but later exonerated. In a report issued last year, it concluded that wrongful convictions resulted from multiple factors including identification procedures, government practices, mishandling of forensic evidence, defense … Read the rest

Perhaps Sling Carriers for Babies Should be Banned Until a Mandatory Safety Standard is Developed

Baby slings – soft fabrics that wrap around the chest so that busy parents can carry their babies or just stay close as they bond with their infants are potentially dangerous products that continue to be of great concern. This past week the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of about 40 Sprout Stuff infant ring slings. … Read the rest

New York Drivers Dissed in 2010 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test

New York drivers ranked last in the 2010 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test. The test found that nearly 1 in 5 licensed drivers roughly 38 million Americans would not pass a written drivers test exam if taken today. Kansas drivers ranked first in the nation (82.3 percent average score); New York drivers ranked last (70 percent average score). The national … Read the rest