New York State Court Judges and Court Staff Directed to Return to their Courthouses

Effective Monday, May 24, 2021, “all judges and court staff will be required to physically return to work in their assigned courthouses. It is time to return to our normal and full courthouse staffing levels in order to support the fuller resumption of in-person operations, including jury trials and other proceedings in our courts” so […]

New York Discovery Reform

In part one of the series of two blogs, we informed you about one of New York’s new criminal justice laws; bail reform. In part two, we will discuss the newly implemented discovery laws. On April 1, 2019, the Legislature passed criminal justice reform legislation that included discovery reform, which requires prosecutors to disclose evidence […]

Judicial Administrative Order 114/2020

Effective May 20, 2020 for Onondaga County, pursuant to Administrative Order 114/2020, e-filing through the New York State Courts Electronic Filing System (NYSCEF), including the filing of new non-essential matters, will be restored. If NYSCEF electronic filing is unavailable in the court, the parties “must commence new matters exclusively by mail.” Following commencement of a […]

COVID-19: Time to think about Force Majeure?

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about how COVID-19 is impacting our clients’ businesses.  Today, let’s talk about something called “force majeure” and what it might mean for your business contract.  So what is force majeure?  It’s basically a term in contract law and it can be used to excuse a party’s obligations under […]

What Should You Do When You Find Out Or Suspect Your Business Property Is Contaminated?

Today, federal, state and even local agencies in New York enforce environmental laws and regulations designed to help keep the environment clean.  Companies find it makes good business sense to have sound environmental practices.  There is a culture of environmental awareness and recognition that we should be protective of the environment. It wasn’t that long […]

What to Do When an Agency Visits for an Inspection

You’re working in your office when suddenly one of your employees is at your door: there are a couple of agents from the NYS Department of Conservation at your facility, here to conduct an inspection because the agency received a complaint about your business.  What should you do?  What can you do?  If you manage […]