Governor Cuomo Grants Healthcare Workers Legal Immunity from Most COVID-Related Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

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In March 2020, New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, responded to the COVID-19 crisis by issuing an executive order granting legal immunity to many healthcare workers, which protects them from negligence and malpractice lawsuits. The state legislature followed up by passing legislation, which Governor Cuomo signed, that extended and broadened the scope of this immunity.  The…

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Police Brutality, Qualified Immunity, and The Killing of George Floyd

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On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in the custody of the Minneapolis police when a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on the street. Officer Chauvin continued kneeling on Floyd’s neck for at least three minutes…

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Motorcycle Accidents in Upstate New York

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Your mother was right: Motorcycles are dangerous, even if you wear a helmet. This danger, however, has failed to blunt the enduring popularity of motorcycle riding. Upstate New York, for example, attracts riders from all over the nation, and sometimes from all over the world. Unfortunately, some of these riders end up in the hospital,…

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How Can I Protect Myself Against Bitcoin Fraud?

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You can protect yourself against Bitcoin fraud by understanding what cryptocurrencies are, educating yourself on the most common forms of fraud, and strictly observing certain safeguards that will prevent you from becoming an “easy mark.” Many of the same general principles that will protect you from any kind of fraud will also protect you against…

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Court Closures Due to Coronavirus

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It seems like everything is shutting down in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, to an extent never before seen in modern history. Some services, however, are essential, such as grocery stores, medical treatments, and the court system. Even the New York court system, however, has cut its operations down to “essential services” on the…

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Amid Coronavirus Crisis, Nursing Homes Asking Family Members Not to Visit

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Visits to Nursing Homes to be Temporarily Restricted Nationwide About two and a half million Americans live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Unfortunately, the coronavirus is particularly deadly to the elderly – so much so that about 80 percent of all COVID-19 deaths occur among the over-65 age group. The danger to people…

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New York State’s Hospital Quality Ratings Are Abysmal

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New York City’s performance is even worse than the statewide average Statistically, New York has the fifth-highest per capita income of any US state. It also enjoys the advantage of the fourth-highest population and the third-highest aggregate GDP. You might conclude that with such a large tax base, the state of New York would offer…

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College Student Title IX Defense

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Under pressure from the federal government, colleges have been responding aggressively to sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations made by students against other students. Although many of the recent reforms may have been well-intended, some schools have simply gone too far by denying accused students a fair chance to defend themselves. It is situations like…

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Criminal Law: Reform of the Discovery Process in New York State

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On April 1, 2019, the New York state legislature passed a new criminal justice reform bill that, among other reforms, requires significant changes in the pre-trial discovery process. These reforms will be contained in Article 245 of the Criminal Procedure Law.  The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2020, and district attorneys throughout…

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Bail Reform in New York State

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Beginning in 2020, New York will allow most criminal defendants charged with misdemeanors and non-violent felonies to remain free until their trial date without posting bail. The Bail Elimination Act of the New York Criminal Procedure Law takes effect in January 2020, and it will operate as a major reform that affects not only the…

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