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Posted: March 23, 2020

Judge Garaufis Grants In Part Motion to Preclude Transcript of 911 Call Where Victim Described Being Shot and Identified the Shooter

Posted by Solomon N. Klein, Litigation Partner

In a fact pattern echoing a law school Evidence Exam, Judge Garaufis granted in part and denied in part competing motions in limine regarding admissibility of an emergency 911 call where the victim described being shot by the defendant. United States v. Shipp, 19 CR 29 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 9, 2020) (NGG).

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Posted: March 6, 2020

Judge Kuntz Remands Personal Injury Action After Adopting Magistrate Judge Mann’s R&R Finding That Defendants Failed to Establish Amount in Controversy Threshold

Posted by Solomon N. Klein, Litigation Partner

Judge William F. Kuntz, II, recently overruled defendants’ objections to the Report and Recommendation issued by Magistrate Judge Roanne L. Mann, and remanded a personal injury action for lacking the amount in controversy threshold in diversity actions. Daversa v. Cowan Equipment Leasing, LLC, 20-CV-163 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 28, 2020) (WFK)(RLM).

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Posted: February 20, 2020

Judge Johnson Dismisses Indictment Against Incompetent Defendant After Rejecting Government’s Request To Involuntarily Medicate Defendant

Posted by Solomon N. Klein, Litigation Partner

In a short but emphatic ruling, Judge Sterling Johnson put an end to a criminal case against an incompetent defendant after rejecting the government’s request to forcibly medicate defendant to restore his competency. United States v. Kendall, 18 CR 532 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 11, 2020) (SJ).

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Posted: February 18, 2020

Judge Vitaliano Holds that NY Penal Law § 150.05 (Fourth-Degree Arson) Is Not Prior “Crime of Violence” for Purposes of Sentencing Guidelines Calculation

Posted by Solomon N. Klein, Litigation Partner

In a ruling involving a “very close question” of first impression in this District, Judge Vitaliano held that the recklessness standard applicable to fourth-degree arson in New York was not sufficiently “purposeful” to qualify as a prior “crime of violence” under the “career offender” provisions of the sentencing guidelines.  United States v. Saunders, 18 CR 656 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 6, 2020) (ENV).

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Posted: November 27, 2018

Schlam Stone Announces the Launch of the Same-Day Justice Program

Schlam Stone & Dolan LLP is pleased to announce the launch of the Same-Day Justice Program, an arbitration service where participants can participate in an evidentiary hearing and receive a decision in their case that same day. The Same-Day Justice Program is designed to give parties with disputes in the $50,000-$500,000 range an efficient and affordable solution for resolution of...

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Posted: November 5, 2018

Judge Korman Holds that the “Foreign Country” and “Intentional Torts” Exceptions to the FTCA Barred Claims by Estate of Panamanian Woman Murdered by U.S. Servicemember

Posted by Solomon N. Klein, Litigation Partner

District Judge Edward R. Korman dismissed an action against the U.S. by the estate and family of a Panamanian woman murdered by a U.S. servicemember in Panama. Rogelio Rodriguez, et al. v. Omar Velez-Pagan, et al. , 17-cv-3911 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 26, 2018) (ERK) (SJB).

 

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Posted: September 4, 2018

Recent Rulings By Judges Johnson And Feuerstein Highlight The Jurisdictional Pitfalls When Removing Personal Injury Cases Based On Diversity

Posted by Solomon N. Klein, Litigation Partner

Two rulings on the same day by District Judges Sterling Johnson and Sandra J. Feuerstein highlight the jurisdictional difficulties that can arise when removing personal injury cases to federal court on diversity grounds. Rita Alvarado v. New England Motor Freight, Inc. et al., 18 CV 2027 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 24, 2018) (SJ) (RML). Mekhi v. Area Storage & Transfer, Inc. et al., 18-cv-4654 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 24, 2018) (SJF) (AYS).

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