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New York Proposes Legislation Conditioning a Foreign Corporation’s Authority to do Business in New York with Consent to Jurisdiction of the New York Courts For All Actions Against the Corporation

Monday, July 31st, 2023

New York proposes legislation conditioning a foreign corporation’s authority to do business in New York with consent to jurisdiction of the New York courts for all actions against the corporation. Attorney Michael J. Williams explains this proposed legislation and its implications for businesses and claims in his latest legal alert.

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New York Civil Practice Update: Part 2- Understanding the Additional Changes to the New Uniform Civil Rules for the New York Trial Courts Pursuant to Administrative Order 141/2022, Effective July 1, 2022

Wednesday, July 6th, 2022

On February 1, 2021, substantial changes in the form of 29 revisions to the Uniform Civil Rules (22 NYCRR 202.1 et seq.) went into effect.  These new rules were designed to promote judicial efficiency (e.g., moving cases to resolution, cooperation of counsel to avoid unnecessary court intervention, and cleaner paper submissions) and can be broken down into three general categories: (1) Conduct of Counsel/Interaction with the Courts, (2) Motion and Trial Papers/Type and Content, and (3) Discovery Rules and Limitations.

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New York State Commercial and Residential Eviction Update

Monday, March 14th, 2022

On January 15, 2022, the New York State Eviction Moratorium codified as Chapter 417 of the Laws of 2021 (“Moratorium”) expired and was repealed, once again allowing landlords to commence new eviction cases, proceed with existing evictions, and seek eviction warrants for both commercial and residential tenants. As a result of the Moratorium’s expiration, residential tenants are no longer afforded unfettered protections under the Tenant Safe Harbor Act (“TSHA”), which previously allowed them to submit proof of a COVID-19 related hardship during the “COVID-19 covered period” to automatically stay or toll any ongoing eviction proceedings. 

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New York Civil Practice Update: Understanding Administrative Order 270.20 and the Substantive Changes to the Uniform Civil Rules for the New York Trial Courts

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

Beginning February 1, 2021, many substantive and notable revisions to the Uniform Civil Rules for the New York Supreme and County Courts will take effect pursuant to Administrative Order 270/20 issued by Hon. Lawrence K. Marks, Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts. The order contains 29 additions and revisions that borrow heavily from both the Rules of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court as well and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

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Examining Risk Transfer in Construction Agreements

Friday, July 10th, 2020

Well written risk transfer clauses are essential in the defense of a construction site accident and may mean the difference between the continuation or failure of an owner’s or general contractor’s family business.

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A Whirlwind Introduction to Our New Series on Business Contracts

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Now more than ever, we urge our business friends and clients to take this time to reflect on how commercial activities were conducted before the pandemic in the hope of changing the way you effectively conduct business going forward, with the purpose of mitigating or at least reducing your legal risk of exposure.

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Finding Creative Solutions to Business Disputes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic provides a unique opportunity for businesses to find creative and cost-effective solutions to their most pressing business disputes in a time of uncertainty.

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Force Majeure: The Coronavirus Made Me Do It!

Friday, March 27th, 2020

When uncontrollable events occur that preclude contract performance, force majeure provisions may provide an avenue to limit damages.

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Business First and Law Journal Feature Andrea Schillaci

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

"Listening is key in internal investigations" in March 15, 2019 Buffalo Business First and Buffalo Law Journal.

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