Month: February 2017

After Hours of Debate Between Members of the House Judiciary Committee, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017 (H.R. 720) Advances to the House Floor

–by Anna Pinchuk Citations: https://judiciary.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2.02.17-Transcript.pdf http://docs.house.gov/meetings/JU/JU00/20170202/105522/BILLS-115HR720ih.pdf http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/uncategorized/GAO/2017feb1_lara_l.authcheckdam.pdf http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170202006132/en/U.S.-Chamber-Applauds-House-Judiciary-Committee-Passage Abstract: H.R. 720, the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, amends Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Act requires judges to impose mandatory sanctions on attorneys who file frivolous claims

Posted in Civil Practice, Legal Pulse

New York Court of Appeals Holds That Skin Color Is a Cognizable Class Under Batson Analysis

–by Robert Carpenter Citation: People v. Bridgeforth, 2016 N.Y. Lexis 3859 (Dec. 22, 2016) (internal citations omitted). Abstract: In a matter of first impression, the New York Court of Appeals held that skin color was a cognizable class for Batson

Posted in Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Legal Pulse, Trial Practice

After Two Years of Efforts to Bring Uber Upstate, 2017 May be the Year It Happens

–by Karianne Polimeni Citations: Ben Axelton, Cuomo to Reveal Plan to bring Uber, Lyft to Upstate New York, New York Upstate, (Jan. 8, 2017, 11:23 AM), http://www.newyorkupstate.com/news/2017/01/cuomo_to_reveal_plan_to_bring_uber_lyft_to_upstate_new_york.html; Kevin B. Knott, The Facts Behind Buffalo’s Uber Situation, The Buffalo Scene (2016),

Posted in Commercial Transactions, Legal Pulse

Georgia Court of Appeals Reverses Trial Court Denial of Transgender Name Change

–by Joseph Railey Citations: In re Feldhaus, __S.E.2d__ , 2017 WL 253649 (Ga. Ct. App. 2017) Abstract: The Georgia Court of Appeals reversed a denial of two name change petitions from Columbia County Superior Court. Petitioners in both cases were transgender

Posted in Appellate Practice, Civil Rights, Legal Pulse

Consumer Alleges Deceit; Court Rules that Reasonable Consumers Account for the Ice

–by Erin Shea Source: Galanis v. Starbucks Corporation, No. 16-C-4705, 2016 WL 6037962 (N.D. Ill. 2016) (all internal citations omitted). Abstract:  The Northern District of Illinois concluded that a reasonable customer understands the term “fluid ounces” to indicate the volume

Posted in Commercial Transactions, Contracts, Legal Pulse