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Archive: 2010

Happy Holidays!

December 22, 2010 • Posted By • News

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French & Casey, LLP wishes all of our clients, colleagues, family and friends a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season and New Year!

French & Casey published in December 2010 issue of Scaffold Industry Magazine

December 15, 2010 • Posted By • News

Joseph French and Douglas Rosenzweig recently had an article published in the December, 2010 issue of Scaffold Industry Magazine.  The article is entitled, Overlooking Minor Details in a Contracted Job Can Result in Major Problems.  Please contact the firm if you would like a copy of the article.

French & Casey is a Proud Signatory to the NYCLA Diversity Statement

December 15, 2010 • Posted By • News

Together with firms some of the country's largest law firms, French & Casey, LLP is a proud signatory of the New York County Lawyers Association's ("NYCLA") Diversity Statement which states: "The undersigned law firm and law departments support efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession.  we call upon other law firms and law departments to join us in taking steps to implement such efforts.  We believe that law firms should not object to requests by their corporate clients that the firms report the number of hours devoted to the clients' matters by minority lawyers.  If our clients decide that they wish to publicly report the amounts of legal fees which they pay for services rendered by minority lawyers as emblematic of their commitment to increasing diversity in the legal profession, we would work with them to provide such numbers or estimates."

Social Networking Sites and Discovery in New York

December 10, 2010 • Posted By Douglas R. Rosenzweig • Trial Practice

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Defense attorneys often suspect that plaintiffs exaggerate claims concerning the extent and nature of injuries in general and particularly how those injuries resulted in a significant loss of enjoyment of life.  In an attempt to confirm these suspicions, attorneys have long demanded authorizations for post-accident photographs, videotapes and home movies which demonstrate plaintiffs taking part in activities of daily living inconsistent with claims made in bills of particulars or during depositions.  The current battleground in attempts to obtain information which can be potentially devastating to a plaintiff’s credibility is the internet, particularly social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook.  These sites have become such an integral part of daily life, particularly for plaintiff’s age 13-40, that plaintiffs will often post pictures of themselves without regard to the ramifications such posts may have on their lawsuit.  As such, it is critical that every effort be used to obtain this information.

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Moira Casey to give Seminar for the Matrimonial Committee of the New York Womens Bar Association

November 17, 2010 • Posted By • News

On November 17, 2010 at 6:15 p.m. at Blank Rome LLP, 405 Lexington Avenue # 1400, in Manhattan, Moira Casey will be giving a seminar with Ellen Singer of Northwestern Mutual Financial on Life Insurance Trusts and the use of Life Insurance in Property Settlement Agreements to enforce maintenance and child support obligations in divorce cases. We will be giving the seminar to the Matrimonial Committee of the New York Womens Bar Association.

Practical Tips for Negotiating Contracts

November 16, 2010 • Posted By Susan A. Romano • Contracts

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In todays' market, getting a customer to agree to utilize your goods or services may only be half the battle in closing a mutually agreeable deal. Negotiating the terms of the deal can at times prove to be more difficult than convincing a customer to use your services. Conflicts over price, delivery terms, deadlines, materials, labor, or quantity may arise.

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Recent Ethics Opinion on Settlement Agreements

November 9, 2010 • Posted By Douglas R. Rosenzweig • Trial Practice

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According to a recent New York City Bar Association Formal Ethics Opinion, a plaintiff's counsel may not agree to hold a defendant harmless from claims arising out of the defendant's payment of settlement consideration, and the defendant's counsel may not ask plaintiff's counsel to provide such financial assistance. Click Here for a complete copy of the opinion.  

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Joe French honored as a featured speaker at UNC Chapel Hill

November 5, 2010 • Posted By • News

At a recent luncheon on October 29, 2010, Joe French spoke to a group of Honor students at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill regarding legal careers.  Joe is a 1979 graduate of UNC-CH.

Second Circuit Cools Off Hot Tea Claim

November 3, 2010 • Posted By Joseph A. French • Trial Practice


During jury selection many prospective jurors often raise the issue of the large award a woman won years ago by suing McDonalds after she spilled hot coffee and scalded herself. This past week, however, the Second Circuit appears to have iced a hot tea claim brought in Federal Court against Starbucks. Moltner v. Starbucks Coffee Company, 09-4943. CV (2d. Cir. 2010).

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New York State Labor Law Trumps Federal Law On Lost Wages For Illegal Immigrants

October 25, 2010 • Posted By Barry Meade • Trial Practice

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The State of New York Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, previously looked at whether the Immigration Reform and Control Act (“IRCA”), a federal law created to regulate immigration, supersedes New York State’s Labor Law and prohibits undocumented alien construction workers injured as a result of a violation of the state Labor Law from recovering lost wages in personal injury lawsuits.  The short answer was NO.

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