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NYSBA: "Redefining ‘Family’: Emotional Damages and the Grieving Families Act"

Wednesday, March 9th, 2022

Hurwitz & Fine's Chris Potenza and Alice Trueman were recently published in the New York State Bar Association's News Center for their analysis on the expansion of damages in cases of emotional pain and anguish in wrongful death suits.

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Dan Kohane Featured in Law360 Article

Monday, February 28th, 2022

Insurance Coverage Attorney Dan D. Kohane was quoted in a February 25, 2022 Law360 article, "NY Gov. Signs Amended Insurance Disclosure Law" by Ben Zigterman. In the article, Dan provides his expert opinion on the recently amended Insurance Disclosure Law recently signed by Governor Kathy Hochul.

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Amended Version of the New York Comprehensive Insurance Act (CIDA) Signed into Law

Friday, February 25th, 2022

The amended version of the New York Comprehensive Insurance Act (CIDA) has now been signed into law, known as Chapter 136 of the Laws of 2022.  It amends CIDA as adopted on December 31, 2021, Chapter 832 of the Laws of 2021.  While the amendments take out some of the sting of CIDA, as first adopted, it still has some significant obligations placed on defense counsel, with the participation of liability insurers.

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Hurwitz & Fine President/Managing Partner Jody E. Briandi Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, February 16th, 2022

Hurwitz & Fine President/Managing Partner Jody E. Briandi was recently appointed to the 2022 Amherst Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors during the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, for a term of three years. In this role, Jody will join area business leaders in helping the Chamber to advance its mission of nurturing a strong economic base, maintaining a high quality of life and promoting sound public policy for the Western New York region.

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Alexis Florczak featured in Buffalo Business First Article

Friday, February 11th, 2022

Cannabis Law and Business attorney Alexis M. Florczak was recently quoted in the February 11, 2022 Buffalo Business First article, "Would-be cannabis businesses, be warned: New York state sends clear message on 'gifting' weed." The article delves into the issue of business owners "gifting" cannabis to customers and the legality of the exchange, with Alexis offering her expert opinion on the subject.

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Dan Kohane Featured in Law360 Article

Friday, February 4th, 2022

Insurance Coverage Attorney Dan D. Kohane was quoted in a February 2, 2022 Law360 article, "NY Lawmakers Amending Defendant Insurance Disclosure Bill" by Ben Zigterman. In the article, Dan explains his viewpoint on the amendments proposed in the new bill and why he doesn't find CIDA necessary.

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Legislature’s Expansion of New York’s “Party Admission” Exception to the Rule Against Hearsay will have Adverse Consequences for Employers

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022

The New York State Legislature recently expanded the “party admission” exception to the rule against hearsay to permit the admission of adverse statements of any employee if the statement was made about a matter within the scope of employment and made during the existence of the employment relationship.  Litigation attorney Nicholas J. Heintzman advises that employers carefully structure their accident response measures to mitigate the impact of this new rule.

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Hurwitz & Fine Ranks as Eighth Largest Buffalo Law Firm for the Third Year

Friday, January 14th, 2022

Founded in 1977, Hurwitz & Fine continues to grow with more than 40 attorneys in the Buffalo area and more than 50 in total across New York, Florida and Connecticut.

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Adult Survivors Act Passes NYS Senate Judiciary Committee

Friday, January 14th, 2022

A newly proposed law in the New York State Senate would provide a one-year lookback window for adult survivors of sexual assault passed the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.  CVA attorney Anastasia M. McCarthy advises.

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Required Disclosures Under the New Comprehensive Insurance Disclosure Act

Thursday, January 13th, 2022

Hurwitz & Fine Insurance Coverage Attorneys Dan Kohane and Ryan Maxwell are closely monitoring the new Comprehensive Insurance Disclosure Act (“CIDA”), which took effect on December 31, 2021. They have assembled a helpful, one-page summary of these disclosure requirements, available for download.

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Patricia A. Rauh Named ECBA Volunteer Lawyers Project's Rising Champion for Justice

Thursday, January 13th, 2022

The Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project has announced that Hurwitz & Fine's Litigation attorney, Patricia A. Rauh, is the recipient of the Rising Champion for Justice Award. This honor is in recognition of the many hours of pro bono services she has provided to the community so early in her career.

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Dan D. Kohane Quoted in Law360 Article on NY's Insurance Disclosure Bill

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022

Insurance Coverage Attorney Dan D. Kohane was quoted in a January 4, 2022 Law360 article, "NY To Require Greater Insurance Details From Defendants" by Ben Zigterman.

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Remote Notarization to Return (with a Fully Electronic Option)

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

In the face of another pandemic surge, New York Governor Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (S1780C) to reinstate remote notarization.

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Hurwitz & Fine: 2021 In Review

Wednesday, December 29th, 2021
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Remote Notarization to Return

Thursday, December 23rd, 2021

In the face of another pandemic surge, New York Governor Kathy Hochul has signed legislation (S01780) to reinstate remote notarization. 

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Update on OSHA’s COVID-19 Mandate: What New York Employers Need to Know

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

Labor & Employment attorney Joseph S. Brown provides an update on the OSHA COVID-19 mandate and what this means for New York private employers with one hundred or more employees. 

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COVID-19 Immunity Litigation Update

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

Covid-19 has yielded a significant amount of personal injury litigation against health care institutions and individual providers.  In response, the federal government and many state governments have passed statutory immunity from civil and/or criminal liability for health care provided during the pandemic.  As discussed by attorney Kara Eyre, the scope and application of these statutes varies by jurisdiction, with important ramifications.

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New York Nursing Home Regulatory Changes 2021

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic instigated a wave of legislation in New York state targeted at nursing homes. Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Liability Associate Stephanie L. McCance explores the implications and practicalities of this legislation rollout for facilities, and the potential impact that these new regulations may have on future litigation.

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PFL Amendments Expand Definition of Family Member and Offer Clarification on Intermittent Leave

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021

Employers have been complying with New York State’s Paid Family Leave Act (“PFL”) since 2018.  PFL mandates time off for employees to care for family members with serious health conditions, among other reasons.  Last month, Governor Hochul enacted an amendment to PFL, to expand the definition of covered family members. Labor and Employment attorney Katherine L. Wood expands on this.

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Clickbait: A Refresh on Social Media Discovery

Friday, December 17th, 2021

With social media being a dominant force in our lives today, that desire for likes and followers can have a drastically negative impact on a plaintiff’s claim.  Our Long Island attorney Jesse Siegel provides some guidance on how to maximize social media discovery in defending your claim.

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