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Agnieszka A. Wilewicz Appointed as Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Insurance Coverage Litigation General Committee

Wednesday, June 12th, 2024

Agnieszka A. Wilewicz, Member at Hurwitz Fine P.C., was once again appointed as a Vice-Chair to the American Bar Associations (ABA) Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Sections’ (TIPS) Insurance Coverage Litigation General Committee for the 2024-25 bar year. 

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The New York Legislature Again Attempts to Resurrect the Grieving Families Act

Tuesday, June 11th, 2024

For now the third straight year, New York’s legislature has passed a revised version of “the Grieving Families Act,” legislation that would completely overhaul wrongful death claims in New York by permitting recovery for emotional damages and expanding the class of persons who can seek recovery for a fatality. The current bill (A9232-b/S8485-b) still greatly expands the categories of available damages from New York’s current wrongful death statute which limits damages to economic or pecuniary losses of the survivors resulting from the death, the medical and funeral costs related to the final injury or illness, and the value of parental guidance, nurturing and care for surviving children.

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Three Hurwitz Fine Attorneys Featured in The Harmonie Group’s 2023 Significant Cases Publication

Tuesday, May 7th, 2024

Hurwitz Fine P.C. had three courtroom victories in The Harmonie Group’s 2023 Significant Cases Publication.

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Kaitlin A. Sines Honored as a Business First “30 Under 30” Winner

Friday, April 26th, 2024

Associate Attorney Kaitlin A. Sines was honored by Buffalo Business First as a “30 Under 30” winner on April 25, 2024.  The honorees selected stood out for their career achievements, leadership and initiative, community engagement and potential to become a community leader on a grand scale.

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New FTC Ban on Noncompete Provisions Cause Concern and are Under Challenge

Friday, April 26th, 2024

On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) passed a new rule banning all new noncompete clauses with all levels of employees.  The rule as passed will allow only existing noncompete agreements with certain senior executives to survive. The rule defines such senior executives as individuals in a policy-making position earning a minimum of $151,164 per year. All other existing noncompete agreements will be unenforceable as of the effective date. The new rule is to become effective 120 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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Hurwitz Fine Honored with the 2024 Allyship Award from UB Law Students with Disabilities and Neurodivergencies

Friday, April 19th, 2024

Hurwitz Fine was recently honored by the University at Buffalo Law Students with Disabilities and Neurodivergencies (LSDN) with the 2024 Allyship Award. This award was given for “outstanding acts of allyship not only in our diversity statement, but also in our actions.”

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Law360: Chubb-Archdiocese Suit Raises Coverage Burden Issue

Friday, April 12th, 2024

Law360 asked Hurwitz Fine P.C. Insurance Coverage Members Dan D. Kohane and Lee S. Siegel to comment on a pending insurance dispute between Chubb and the Archdiocese of New York regarding coverage for sexual abuse claims.

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NYIA: Your NY Connection Magazine: Head Scratchers Rewarded with Curious Decisions

Thursday, March 28th, 2024

Hurwitz Fine Insurance Coverage Member Dan D. Kohane and Associate Ryan P. Maxwell authored “Head Scratchers Rewarded with Curious Decisions” in the Q1 2024 edition of NYIA's Your NY Connection magazine. 

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Lawrence C. Franco Completes 10 Years of Service on Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo’s Board of Directors

Wednesday, March 27th, 2024

Hurwitz Fine Trusts & Estates Special Counsel Lawrence C. Franco recently completed 10 years of service on the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo’s Board of Directors. 

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New Reporting Requirements Under The Federal Corporate Transparency Act

Tuesday, February 13th, 2024

The federal Corporate Transparency Act went into effect on January 1, 2024. In short, the Corporate Transparency Act requires an entity that qualifies as a reporting company to report who the beneficial owners of the company are to FinCEN.

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When is it Necessary to Open an Estate?

Monday, January 29th, 2024

When a family member passes, their relatives are often unsure of what the next steps are in the process of distributing their assets to beneficiaries.  Most believe that it is necessary to probate the individual’s Will, if there is one.  However, in many circumstances, a full probate proceeding is not necessary.  In those cases, family members can save time and costs by administering the individual’s assets without offering the Will for probate.

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Cannabis Tax Changes Proposed by Governor Kathy Hochul

Wednesday, January 24th, 2024

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has proposed changing New York’s potency-based cannabis tax system with a simplified wholesale tax structure under her proposed $233 billion budget plan. The proposed new system includes a 9% excise tax at the wholesale level for the transfer of products from a distributor to a cannabis retailer.

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