Protection of Private Information in New York: SHIELD Act of New York

In this digital world, there’s one thing that we cannot live without – the Internet. As we are aware, the Internet became an even more important part of our lives during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Negatives go hand-and-hand with the benefits of the Internet. As we are aware, hackers are actively

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NY’s Rent Stabilization Law Deemed Constitutional in Eastern District Court of New York

In a hit to landlords in New York, a judge in the Eastern District Court of New York dismissed the claims of landlords challenging a newly implemented rent stabilization law in NY. A prior article on this matter can be found at: NYC Landlords Sue to Overturn Second Year of

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Eviction Moratorium on Commercial & Residential Rents set to continue in New York until 2021

The Big Apple continues to present new opportunities to both new entrepreneurs entering the market and the established players who continue to call New York City home. No one is denying that we are all doing it tough. Commercial tenants have been put through the wringer with mandatory enforced business

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U.S. Mail-in Voting Law: How to Vote in New York

New York is among one of the states in the U.S. which allows mail-in voting in accordance with N.Y. Election Law Section 5-210 (3). And for the upcoming U.S. Presidential Election, voters may actually want to consider mail-in voting as it may provide a safer way to cast votes in

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Hiring a NY Lawyer or Law Firm in New York: Due Diligence of NY Attorneys

Hiring a NY lawyer can be stressful. I have hired many associate and senior lawyers for my firm and a large international law firm I worked with. I find the vetting of lawyers requires high-level interview skills and a lot of instincts. In many cases, it is more art than

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Free Initial Consultation with a New York Lawyer

Hayes & Simon, an international law firm, is offering a free initial consultation with an attorney in New York. Your legal consultation may be schedule at: Schedule a Call. The call shall be with, in most cases, New York Lawyer Sean Hayes. Hayes & Simon, P.C. Hayes & Simon professionals are internationally

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Challenging a Dismissal, Suspension or a Negative Transcript Notation in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.

Our lawyers here at Hayes & Simon have seen public and private universities & high schools in the tri-state area suspend, dismiss and impose a negative transcript notation on students for mere political speech; minor indiscretions; and a variety of matters that concern off-campus activities. In many cases, the universities

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Termination of New York Commercial Leases based on Violation of New York Law

New York landlords may terminate a commercial lease agreement based on a tenant utilizing a leased premise for a violation of New York or U.S. Federal Law.  A recent NY court holding leads credence to the understanding that even a single violation of law related directly to the illegal use

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Suing New York Banks in Equity: New York Equitable Accounting Remedy

Recently, we discussed a case where we were able to hold JPMorgan Chase to their word with regards to a stipulation made in a New York court.  We represented a defunct New York corporation suing for the return of a substantial amount of funds that the bank allowed a co-owner to

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Possible Legal Concerns Created By Pokémon GO & Other Augmented Reality Games

With the creation of “augmented reality games” like the wildly popular Pokémon GO, attorneys will be considering the possible legal issues that may arise. Augmented reality games involve live direct or indirect views of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as

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IP Infringement vs. Fair Use? Protecting Federal Trademarks in New York State

Seems like a lot of high-profile trademark issues are happening all over New York. A recent U.S. federal matter outlines the basics of federal trademark litigation and the arguments a New York business may use to attempt to enforce a trademark against a violator of your trademark. A federal judge

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Federal Government Considering New Debt Collection Rules

For the first time in nearly 40 years, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing new rules that govern debt collection in an effort to clamp down on alleged abusive collectors. Debt collection is a multi-billion dollar industry. According to the Urban Institute, one in three American adults have a

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NYC Landlords Sue To Overturn Second Year Of Imposed Rent Stabilization Freeze

New York City landlords want the courts to intervene on the rent freeze on rent stabilized units that takes effect for second straight year.  According to the Courthouse News Service, four landlords, Benson Realty LLC, Danielle Realty LLC, Milagros Huertas and Marilyn Percy, and the Rent Stabilization Association, a trade

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No, You Cannot Take a “Ballot Selfie” in New York

  With the Presidential election looming in a few weeks, here is a reminder that taking a “ballot selfie” to show your social media circles how you voted in New York is actually illegal. Recent published reports note that federal courts recently struck down bans on ballot selfies in New

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Cuomo Signs Law That May Cripple Airbnb in NYC

After a summer of discontent, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the toughest restrictions on short-term apartment rentals in the country that may cripple the operations of Airbnb in the state. As discussed in many previous blog posts here, Airbnb is an online marketplace where prospective guests look for a bed

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Federal Court Dismisses Claim That Disney Violated H1-B Visa Law

A federal judge dismissed lawsuits brought by two former Walt Disney Parks and Resorts workers claiming that it conspired with outsourcing companies to violate visa laws. According to published reports, the lawsuit claimed that two American IT workers were laid off and forced to train foreign replacements with H1-B temporary visas

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Suit Claiming NY’s Daily Fantasy Sports Law Is Gambling, Not Skill

An anti-gambling reform group filed a lawsuit last week claiming that New York’s “Daily Fantasy Sports” law violates the NY State constitution by characterizing daily fantasy sports contests as games of skill, rather than games of chance. The suit was filed in New York Supreme Court in Albany County by

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Supreme Court Extends RICO Law To Cover Acts By Domestic Organizations Overseas

The Supreme Court determined in RJR Nabisco v. European Community that the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) — a statute created to fight organized crime across the country, can be applied to prosecute criminal acts outside of the United States and, in some cases, even create a private right of

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New York City Considering Subsidizing Legal Counsel For Low-Income Persons In Housing Court

The New York City Council is considering legislation that would make New York City the first jurisdiction in the nation that would confer the right to counsel in housing court for low-income persons. The bill would guarantee civil legal counsel for low-income tenants in an eviction or foreclosure proceeding, so

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Pokémon Go Lawsuit Claims Game Creators Entice Users To Trespass

Creators of the popular Pokémon Go augmented reality game are litigants in a lawsuit claim that the game entices users to trespass on other’s properties. Nintendo, the Pokemon Company and Niantic Labs are named in a lawsuit filed in New Jersey on behalf of Jeffrey Marder, a homeowner who claims to have

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