On May 2, 2013, New York City finally released emails from the Mayor’s office relating to the hiring of former Schools Chancellor Cathie Black. The emails had been the subject of a FOIL request made by journalist Sergio Hernandez, who is represented pro bono by SSD attorneys Elizabeth Wolstein and Raffi Melkonian. In a series of decisions, New York trial and appellate courts rejected the City’s claims that the emails should be considered privileged, and on May 2, 2013, the New York Court of Appeals denied the City’s request for leave to file a final appeal. The Hernandez litigation has received significant coverage in the local and national media, and many news organizations and legal commentators have criticized City’s failure to turn over the emails more promptly.
Schlam Stone & Dolan partner Jeffrey M. Eilender and counsel Hillary Zilz Prudlo are representing Nathalie De Clercq, who was misidentified by People and Corbis (Splash News) as being the mistress of Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Ms. De Clercq recently filed an action for defamation and invasion of privacy (under New York's Civil Rights Law) against the magazine and the photo agency in New York County Supreme Court.
Schlam Stone & Dolan partners Bennette Kramer and Jeffrey Eilender represented a former partner of Dewey LeBoeuf, who was being sued by the Dewey bankruptcy trustee for recoupment of around $814,000. The case was settled for an undislcosed amount.
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