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Happy Labor Day!

by mjpospis on September 4, 2017

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While for many Labor Day is (in addition to being a day off of work) means BBQs, sales, and a festive way to end the summer, the U.S. Department of Labor’s website explains that the federal holiday “is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American […]

Happy Fourth of July!

by mjpospis on July 4, 2017

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Today is July 4, 2017, the 241st anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the United States’ declaration of national sovereignty. Among the many grievances against King George was one for “depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury.” The right to trial by jury  – arguably the […]

In Gravano v. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., 2016 NY Slip Op 05942 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Sept. 1, 2016), the court held that the claims asserted by plaintiffs Lindsay Lohan and Karen Gravano against the makers of the “Grand Theft Auto V” video game under New York Civil Rights Law § 51 should have been dismissed. Ms. […]

In Orellana v. Macy’s Retail Holdings, Inc., 2016 Slip Op 31206(U) (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cty. June 27, 2016), the court preliminarily enjoined Macy’s “from demanding payment of civil penalties from individuals suspected of shoplifting while they are in Macy’s custody.” This case addresses the intersection between two sections of New York law: General Business Law § […]

Sticky: About This Blog; Disclaimer

by mjpospis on December 26, 2015

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Thank you for visiting the Pospis Law Blog (the “Blog”), maintained by Pospis Law, PLLC (the “Firm”). The Blog primarily provides general information regarding developments in the New York law in our primary practice areas of employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and personal injury. In addition to our general website disclaimer (which is incorporated by reference), the following […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

by mjpospis on November 26, 2015

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If you’re thinking about celebrating this Thanksgiving by dressing up as a turkey and protesting the commercialism of holidays, you should first read People v. Pettigrew, 69 Misc. 2d 985, 332 N.Y.S.2d 33 (Dist. Ct. Suffolk Cty. 1972). In that case, defendant was arrested and charged with committing the offense of disorderly conduct in violation […]

Lawyer Demands “Trial by Combat”

by mjpospis on August 9, 2015

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In the movie “A Civil Action”, the protagonist says Lawsuits are war. And they begin the same way. With a declaration of war: the complaint. Examples of the litigation/war analogy are everywhere: war/fighting-related language and logo imagery are common features of attorney websites; law firms often have “war rooms”; tales of litigation exploits by experienced attorneys […]

SCOTUS Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

by mjpospis on June 26, 2015

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In Obergefell v. Hodges, No. 14-556, 2015 WL 2473451 (U.S. June 26, 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that “a State has no constitutional obligation to license same-sex marriages or to recognize same-sex marriages performed out of State.” Justice Kennedy reversed that decision, holding that the […]

An upstate appellate court recently held – despite contrary suggestions in popular culture – that chimpanzees are not “persons” (at least not in the legal sense). In People ex rel. Nonhuman Rights Project, Inc. v. Lavery, the court affirmed the dismissal of a habeas corpus proceeding to secure the release of a chimpanzee named Tommy. Specifically, it addressed […]

As illustrated by a recent federal court decision, a plaintiff may be able to assert false arrest claims against a private individual who makes a false report to the police, resulting in plaintiff’s arrest. In Sanders-Peay v. NYC Dept. of Educ., decided Nov. 18, 2014, the Eastern District of New York held that plaintiff, a Department […]