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Published: Fri, 07 Jul 2006 12:41:28 GMT

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New York's Highest Court Upholds Ban on Gay Marriage

Fri, 07 Jul 2006 12:21:28 GMT

In a decision that, in the short term, is bound to have wide ranging repercussions, the New York State Court of Appeals, the State's highest Court, rejected the constitutional claims of a "right" to marry. As the Court opined in a 4-2 ruling: "We conclude . . . that there are at least two grounds that rationally support the limitation on marriage that the Legislature has enacted . . . First, the Legislature could rationally decide that, for the welfare of children, it...

Confessions of an Identity Thief

Thu, 06 Jul 2006 13:06:03 GMT

Today's NY Times has an interesting interview with a captured identity thief, barely out of his teens, who is estimated to have stolen as much as $150,000 through identity theft. Seeing the ease with which he did it is a real eye opener.

New Hollander article on Legal Risks of Blogs

Thu, 29 Jun 2006 21:18:01 GMT

I've posted a new article on the website relating to the legal risks of publishing blogs. You can check it out at

Many LLC's Still Unaware of New Publication Requirements and Penalties

Thu, 29 Jun 2006 17:38:59 GMT

It's been almost a month since the significant changes to publication requirements for NYS LLC's, PLLC's and LLP's went into effect. As some of you may know, beginning this past June 1st 2006, the publication requirements governing these entities was made more onerous because, previously, the only penalty for lack of publication was a curable lack of capacity to sue in Court, something that many LLC's didn't think they'd have to do. As this deprived the State of significant...

Girls Bite Dog MySpace Story

Tue, 27 Jun 2006 22:27:49 GMT

A few days ago, I wrote about changes in policy being made at in an effort, albeit not a strong one, to prevent adults over 18 from contacting teens under 18. Today, there's a report about an adult who was suckered by two teenage girls who lured him to a spot with misleading Internet communications and tried to rob him at gunpoint. Will there be a change in MySpace policy for...

MySpace Addressing Child Predator Problems - Almost

Sun, 25 Jun 2006 01:55:20 GMT

In a recent piece by Assocaited Press reporter Anick Jesdanun, attention is paid to something that sounds better than it really is when it comes to protecting minors from adult predators on social networking websites. Facing growing worries over well publicized problems in lack of protection for children on its web site, announced that it is in the process of modifying its policies regarding adult communications access to teens and minors. Under the new policy, due to...

"A Sigh is Just a Sigh..."

Thu, 17 Nov 2005 14:19:46 GMT

For every lawyer that has counseled his client or her client on how to behave in a Courtroom, the following is a lesson in how litigants and judges should act.

Fame No License to Defame

Sun, 13 Nov 2005 23:35:22 GMT

New York Supreme Court Justice Rosalind Richter denied a dismissal motion by Gene Simmons, famed leader of rock band KISS, brought by a woman claiming to be a former girlfriend of the singer in a "monogamous" relationship. The suit stems from a special shown on VH-1 in which Simmons reminisces on his more sexually active days. As the the Court found, : "juxtaposition of plaintiff's photographs alongside commentary by Simmons and others recounting Simmons's repeated...

We Don't Need Your Stinking Venture Capital

Mon, 31 Oct 2005 13:53:34 GMT

This morning's Wall Street Journal carries an interesting article from Rebecca Buckman, detailing how Internet start ups no longer rely on VC money like they used to in the 90's. In yet another paradigm shift of the Internet Age, a combination of globalization and the commoditization of technology products has allowed an increasing number of Internet entrepeneurs to finance their own expansion. As the article shows, when companies can outsource their programming costs to cheaper...

NY Court Denies Gripe Web Site Based Defamation Claim

Sun, 30 Oct 2005 12:49:14 GMT

In what the losing Plaintiff's attorneys have called a case of first impression in New York, Penn Warranty Insurance has lost a defamation claim against one of its disgruntled former customers, based upon continued statements made in a gripe site, established by the customer after an unsatisfactory experience with the insurer. In The Penn Warranty Corporation v. Ronald DiGiovanni, a case decided in NY State Supreme Court on October 28th, the Court granted the Defendant summary...