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.
New York State Assembly News
N.Y. asbestos bill continues to idle during gridlock; Finance Committee not discussing at today's meeting
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
The conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver could help legal reform efforts in the state.
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.
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.
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.
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.