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Asserting Your Paternal Rights

Ariel Castro, the Ohio man accused of holding three women captive in his home in Cleveland, has been confirmed as the father of a six-year-old girl that escaped from the house along with the other women. Castro, who has been indicted by a grand jury on 329 charges for rape and kidnapping, was found to… Read More »

Frankie Flora’s Bill to Create Strict Liability for Dog Bites

A bill in the New York State Senate proposes to create a higher level of dog owner liability in cases of dog bites. Submitted by State Senators Gipson and Breslin, the new law would create a strict liability regime in which dog owners would be liable for the medical costs of a person injured by… Read More »

Fostering and Terminating Parental Rights

A court in Texas has terminated the parental rights of the parents of an abandoned newborn baby girl. The baby, known as Chloe, was found in a plastic bag by a woman who was walking her dogs. Baby Chloe still had part of the umbilical cord attached when she was found, and was taken in… Read More »

Premises Liability for Third Party Crime

Anna Burgese, a resident of New Jersey, was attacked by a prostitute in the lobby of a Florida hotel she was staying in, after she was mistakenly thought to be a business rival. The assailant grabbed Ms. Burgese from behind and threw her headfirst into a stone wall. She is suing the company that owns… Read More »

Same-Sex Divorce: The Residency Quandary

There are now twelve states that legally recognize same-sex marriage, the most recent state being Minnesota ― passing legislation permitting same-sex marriage on May 14, 2013. New York became the sixth state to legally recognize marriages between same-sex couples when it passed the Marriage Equality Act in July 2011. The Act allows all couples to… Read More »

Injured by a Taxi?

A woman was killed and two others were injured in a number of taxi-related accidents all taking place in a single day in New York City. Four separate accidents took place in different parts of the city, the worst of which saw an unidentified woman in her 60s bleed to death on the sidewalk in… Read More »

What Should Be Addressed in a Parenting Agreement?

There are innumerable issues to consider when creating a feasible and beneficial parenting plan for your child. For many parents, it is challenging and overwhelming, especially when the other parent is uncooperative. Of course, when a New York court reviews a parenting agreement, it has the child’s best interests in mind. The State of New… Read More »

Workers Comp for Gradual Injuries

The goal of workers’ compensation in New York is not to assign fault, but to provide medical care and compensation to workers who have been injured in the course of their employment. Many workplace injuries occur suddenly, as a result of a specific incident. However, workers who suffer work-related injuries that happen gradually over time… Read More »

Changes to NY Child Support Modification Laws

In 2010, a law making it easier to keep child support obligations proportional to parents’ income became effective in New York. Specifically, the law provides two new grounds for obtaining a modification of child support. The two bases for modification of an order of child support are: The passage of three years since the last… Read More »

I Was Injured at Work . . .

. . . but not while doing something strictly work-related. Am I still eligible for workers’ compensation? For an injury to be compensable under New York’s Workers’ Compensation law, it must have arisen both out of and in the course of employment. The test for eligibility is whether the activities of the employee are both… Read More »