The firm’s lawyers write for the New York Law Journal and for other print and online publishers. In particular, Harvey Stone and Richard Dolan write the Eastern District Roundup, a monthly New York Law Journal column summarizing notable decisions in the Eastern District of New York.

May 26, 2021

LIBOR Transition for RMBS and Other LIBOR-Indexed Securitizations

Published in: New York Law Journal
Written by: John M. Lundin

Much has been written over the past decade, in this journal and elsewhere, about the manipulation of the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and the subse-quent decision to end its use as a benchmark interest rate. This article addresses the challenging issue of LIBOR transition—that is, moving from LIBOR to another benchmark rate—for asset-backed securities such as residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS). RMBS is one of a class of assets that face the complication of two levels of transition: LIBOR-indexed mortgage notes that are assets of an RMBS securitization trust, and LIBOR-indexed interest rates paid on the securities issued by the securitization trust.  Read more>>

April 24, 2021

Can Employers Require Their Employees to be Vaccinated Before Returning to the Workplace?

Here’s What You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine, the ADA and EEO Laws The introduction of Covid-19 vaccines is raising new legal issues that employers are grappling with as they consider bringing employees back to physical workspaces. Specifically, employers may have questions regarding whether or not they can require returning employees to take COVID-19 vaccines, and to what extent they can ask employees for proof that they are fully vaccinated without conflicting with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).

April 19, 2020

Inmate Release Exhaustion Rule Should Be Waived For COVID

Published in: Law360

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, a defendant's application for compassionate release from a federal correctional facility was often seen as “frivolous on its face.” The Covid-19 health crisis changed all of that. In this Law360 article, Jolene LaVigne-Albert analyzes the issue of the administrative exhaustion requirement: in the midst of the pandemic, a court's willingness to waive the 30-day waiting period could become a matter of life or death.