Oct 29 2009

New York State Judges Get Increase, But Not In Salary

The NY Daily News reported yesterday that New York State judges, long overdue for a salary increase, had at least gotten some money for a change.  But it was not the highly anticipated salary increase.  Instead, Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman has simply doubled their $5000 “supplemental allowance.” NY Daily News reporter Bill Hutchinson [...]

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Oct 27 2009

What? That Doctor Has Insurance? Ct. of Appeals Weighs In

In my last post, I discussed the Appellate Division, Second Dept.’s approach to the mere mention of the concept of professional liability insurance during a trial.  Unfortunately, the result was a mistrial. As if on cue, the New York State Court of Appeals addressed the issue anew about a week after the Grogan decision.  In [...]

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Oct 24 2009

Speaking of Medical Malpractice Insurance is Hazardous to Your Trial’s Health

In a case decided October 13th, Grogan v. Nizam, NY Slip Op 07375 (2d Dept. 2009), the Appellate Division, Second Department, issued a decision that underestimates the sophistication of modern jurors, and that continues to legitimize a silly precedent.  The decision is short, and worth reading. The essential holding is that if the jury finds [...]

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