Schlam Stone & Dolan partner Richard H. Dolan has been elected as President of the New York American Inn of Court as of January 2014. Erik S. Groothuis, another partner of the firm, has been elected Vice President of the Inn. The mission of the Inn is to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. The Inn's membership of approximately 150 attorneys consists of judges, government and public interest lawyers, and private practitioners of all ages.
Schlam Stone & Dolan LLP is proud to announce the launch of its Commercial Division Blog. Consistent with our substantial presence in New York's Commercial Divisions, we now provide up to the minute news and insights on the new decisions from New York's Commercial Division judges as well as their rules and practices changes as they come out. You also will find out about commercial division cases as they make their way through New York's appellate courts, and be able to read summaries and analyses of appellate court decisions along with announcements of upcoming oral arguments in the New York Court of Appeals and access links to transcripts and video recordings of those oral arguments. We also provide helpful links to the various Commercial Division websites and interviews with Commercial Division Justices about commercial litigation in New York.
On October 7, 2013, Justice Oing of New York County's Commercial Division ruled from the bench on a motion to dismiss claims brought by SSD's client, the producers of a Broadway musical based on the novel Rebecca, against the production's former press agent, Marc Thibodeau. The court ruled that two of the three claims brought by the producers (for breach of contract and defamation) survived while dismissing a third (for breach of fiduciary duty). The case will continue into the discovery phase against Defendant Thibodeau. The case was argued by Erik S. Groothuis, a partner of the firm.
Schlam Stone & Dolan partner Jeffrey Eilender is representing a group of Jewish residents in their efforts to display a Chanukah menorah in a public park in Ridgewood, New Jersey. The menorah would be in addition to the town's existing holiday decorations. Mr. Eilender's efforts in explaining to the Village government the group's legal rights to display the menorah are described in detail by the Villadom Times newspaper.
Schlam Stone & Dolan partners Richard H. Dolan, Thomas A. Kissane, Jeffrey M. Eilender, David J. Katz, and Robert L. Begleiter, and counsels Stanley N. Alpert and Ronald G. Russo, have all been listed among the New York metro area's 2013 SuperLawyers, published in the special New York Metro Annual List 2013 edition of SuperLawyers Magazine
Two New York Metropolitan Area newspapers have reported a conclusive criminal outcome in a case stemming from an elaborate plot to defraud backers of a musical based on Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.
The magazine, known for its chronicles of pop culture, turns a spotlight on the legal storms swirling about a famous producer's frustrated attempt to launch a Broadway Musical
Schlam Stone & Dolan client Cesar Baez has filed a $30 million lawsuit against the California Public Employees' Retirement System, alleging race discrimination. CALPERS pressured Mr. Baez's firm into forcing him out as a precondition to retaining CALPERS contracts, merely because he was acquainted with other Latino businessmen who were under investigation by CALPERS. Mr. Baez is represented by SSD partners Jeffery Eilender and Michael Battle.
New York City's attempts to prevent release of emails relating to former schools chancellor Cathie Black suffered another setback when the First Department denied leave to appeal its recent ruling (discussed below) to New York's highest court. The plaintiff, journalist Sergio Hernandez, is represented by SSD lawyers Elizabeth Wolstein and Raffi Melkonian. New York Magazine reports that the City has spent at least $25,000 defending the case.
Schlam Stone & Dolan partner Jeffrey Eilender is quoted as an authority by Bloomberg.com News in a feature article about the attempted prosecution of offshore parties by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in the agency's effort to combat insider trading. Mr. Eilender represents Lebanon-based Iris Capital Securities SAL and its Chief Executive Officer Antoine Khalife in a matter involving allegations of improper conduct. Bloomberg said that the case against Iris and Khalife is slated for dismissal, but also reported that the procedural enactment of the promised vindication has yet to take place.