New York State Assembly News

Sheldon Silver sentenced to jail, but asbestos system still invites shenanigans, attorney says

By John Sammon | Aug 3, 2018

While the recent sentencing to prison of a once-powerful politician should help discourage abuse in the realm of asbestos litigation, an attorney following the issue says reform of the system is ultimately necessary.

N.Y. asbestos bill continues to idle during gridlock; Finance Committee not discussing at today's meeting

By John O'Brien | Jun 5, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - New York lawmakers won't discuss a bill targeting abuses in the asbestos compensation system during today's meeting of the Senate Finance Committee, where the bill, which is similar to legislation passed in 15 states, has sat for three months since being approved by the Judiciary Committee.

Three weeks after Silver conviction, NY lawmakers balking at asbestos reform

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 2, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Reform bills that would require asbestos plaintiffs to disclose all potential claims in court appear stalled in the New York legislature, three weeks after former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted for a second time on charges stemming directly from the state’s scandal-prone asbestos court system.

Two trials, same result: Sheldon Silver guilty of using public office to make millions from asbestos lawsuits

By John O'Brien | May 12, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – For a second time, a jury has convicted former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of corruption for using his status as a lawmaker and asbestos attorney to rake in millions of dollars.

Sheldon Silver `blinded by greed,’ prosecutor says as retrial opens

By Dan Fisher | Apr 30, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Sheldon Silver used his immense power as Speaker of the New York State Assembly to reap millions of dollars in bribes from Weitz & Luxenberg, one of the most prominent asbestos law firms in the country, a prosecutor told jurors at the opening of Silver’s retrial on federal corruption trials.

Look for new workplace sexual harassment bills to make it through N.Y. legislature

By Karen Kidd | Jan 23, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – Two workplace sexual harassment bills introduced into the New York State Senate earlier this month could be headed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desk sooner rather than later, two Albany legislative and regulatory attorneys say.

With Silver convicted, some N.Y. Dems pushing asbestos transparency bill

By Jessica Karmasek | Apr 11, 2016

The legislation, introduced by a group of Democrats last month, is more likely to pass now that former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver -- who was found guilty of corruption by a federal jury in November -- no longer is in power. Silver also worked at one of the most prominent asbestos law firms in the country, Weitz & Luxenberg PC.

California tops list of ‘judicial hellholes’ by tort reform group

By Jessica Karmasek | Dec 17, 2015

New York City’s asbestos court, Florida, Missouri and Illinois’ Madison County round out the American Tort Reform Association’s newest top five “most unfair.”

With Sheldon Silver convicted, N.Y. legal reform sees chance at more success

By Anna Aguillard | Dec 15, 2015

The conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver could help legal reform efforts in the state.

Law professors: HIPAA ‘not extraordinarily’ protective of personal info, prosecutions rarely occur

By Amanda Robert | Feb 18, 2015

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - In recent weeks, it has been widely reported that Dr. Robert Taub will testify in the corruption case against New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

ATRA: Asbestos litigation 'more incredible every year'

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jan 8, 2014

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - In light of the recent Judicial Hellhole Report released in December, it is clear that asbestos played a key role in the rankings, given what the report's authors feel is a vast negative impact on the court system nationally.

N.Y. AG praises passage of foreclosure relief bills

By Bryan Cohen | May 23, 2013

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has commended the New York State Assembly for passing two pieces of legislation that would protect New York homeowners from foreclosure.

Report: Two advocate raises for New York's judges

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 9, 2011

Fiske NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - At least two members of New York's Special Commission on Judicial Compensation are pushing for raises for more than 1,200 state judges.

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