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When is A School District Liable for Physical Injury By One Student to Another?

In New York, it is well settled law that a school district is under a duty to adequately supervise the students in their charge and that it will be held liable for foreseeable injuries proximately related to the absence of adequate supervision.  However, the school district is not an insurer of saf...
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Avoiding Small Business Mistakes: Shareholder Agreements & Partnership Agreements

Every so often we receive a phone call from a troubled business owner regarding a disagreement in the governance of a business venture that involves one or more shareholders or partners.  More often than not, the problem is these shareholders and partners never entered into a shareholder agreement ...
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U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin says Google Can Scan Author’s Books

Late last month, U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin, dismissed a lawsuit brought by authors against internet giant Google for digitally copying millions upon millions of books for an online repository/library without the author’s permission.  Judge Chin reasoned that Google’s digitizatio...
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Serial Cybsersquatting – A big victory for Pinterest

Pinterest, an online consumer social site which allows its users to gather images and other content and curate that content into collections called “pinboards,” won a major court battle, which included a $7.2 million judgment, against  a Chinese cybersquatter Qian Jin.  Qian Jin purcha...
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Compliance with Fire Code Regulations | Nassau County Fire Prevention Ordinance

Many Nassau County business owners are also unaware that general rule for corporate representation is that corporations are “artificial entities” and must only appear in court through an attorney when confronting a Nassau County Fire Code violation. Unfortunately, numerous Nassau County busine...
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New York’s Same Sex Marriage Law Stands | Marriage Equality Act

New York’s highest court has dismissed a case challenging the administrative procedures that allows allow gay men and women to marry in New York State.  The Marriage Equality Act was challenged on the basis that the NYS Senate violated New York’s Open Meetings Law because it held closed-door me...
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Class Certified in Medicaid Home-Care Services Reduction Case

The Southern District of New York certified a class for the class action suit against New York State’s Human Resources Administration based on the reduction of 24-hour home care services for people already receiving the service.  The class consists of, among others, current Medicaid recipients wh...
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