When Do Environmental Groups Have Standing to Challenge a Project Approval?

By Aaron Gershonowitz In Friends of Santa Clara River v United States Army Corps of Engineers, 2018 WL 1702746 (9th Cir. April 9, 2017) the Court reviewed the rules for organizational standing and concluded that it is easier for an organization to challenge a procedural defect in a project approval than a substantive defect. Several environmental organizations challenged Army Corps of Engineers approval of a…

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NEW YORK PAID FAMILY LEAVE IS HERE: WHAT EMPLOYERS NEED TO KNOW

By Lisa M. Casa, Esq. On January 1, 2018, New York’s Paid Family Leave law took effect. Eligible employees may now receive up to 8 weeks of leave and wage replacement benefits, equal to 50% of the employee’s average weekly wage, or the state’s average weekly wage, whichever is lower, and by 2021 eligible employees will be entitled to receive leave and payment benefits for…

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Firm represents client Joy Mangano in connection with an agreement to produce a musical based on her life story.

Anthony V. Curto and Joseph V. Cuomo represented long-time Firm client Joy Mangano in connection with an agreement with producer Ken Davenport to produce a musical based on her life story.  Ms. Mangano is an serial inventor and entrepreneurial legend.  She is the leading home shopping network personality of all time, and her life story has already been the subject of a movie, Joy, starring…

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Partner Peter B. Skelos Presents CLE for the Association of Corporate Counsel & NAM

New York, NY (March 20, 2018) – NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation) presented a Signature CLE program entitled CLE with a View: Arbitration of Commercial Disputes – Hot Topics and Tips from the Judges, which focused on the benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and more specifically, hot button issues that affect commercial disputes in arbitration today. Arbitration is a cost-effective and time-efficient alternative to…

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Supreme Court Sends Definition of “Waters of the United States” Back to District Courts Leaving the Scope of Federal Regulation of Wetlands Unclear

In National Association of Manufacturers v Department of Defense, 2018 WL 491526 (2018), the Supreme Court reversed a decision of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding which courts should hear challenges to the Waters of the United States rule issued by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, leaving the scope of Clean Water Act wetlands regulation unclear. The definition of the statutory phrase…

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Ban the Box: An Equal Playing Field But More Regulations for Employers

By Lisa M. Casa New York City is often known for being the most restrictive area in the state when it comes to regulations for employers. Consistent with this history, in August 2017, New York City implemented a new set of regulations, aimed at eliminating bias in the hiring process. This latest regulation is known as New York City’s Fair Chance Act (FCA). Click here…

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SEQRA: Third Department Decision Illustrates How Difficult it is to Get Court to use Mandamus to Order Action on an Application

The recent decision in Global Companies, LLC v New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 2017 WL 4817272 (3d Dep't 2017) illustrates how difficult it can be for an applicant to force an end to the SEQRA process and require a decision on an application.   In April 2013, Global applied for a modification to its clean air act permit, seeking to expand the storage capacity…

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