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NY Court of Appeals ruling presents difficulties for defendants

The New York Court of Appeals, our state's highest court, recently decided Rodriguez v. City of New York. The court held that plaintiffs do not have the burden to establish the absence of their own comparative negligence in order to win partial summary judgment.

Obtaining and protecting your New York liquor license

There is plenty of competition for obtaining a New York liquor license. New York's Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control regulates approximately 70,000 licenses in a variety of different zones. In a state of close to 20 million residents, many other businesses would like to license as well.

Jonathan Martin Speaks on Miami Dolphins Harassment Case

Last month we addressed the employment law issues involving the Miami Dolphins workplace harassment matter surrounding Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin ( which appeared as guest column in The Buffalo Law Journal ( Last night on "NBC Nightly News" we finally were able to hear from Jonathan Martin, the alleged victim of the harassment, who was interviewed by Tony Dungy, a former NFL coach and current NBC commentator. Martin left the team mid-season in October and Incognito was suspended for the last 8 games of the season. Although their interview was brief in length, Martin made several legally significant statements.

Brian Weidner Named Speaker for New York State Bar Association Seminar

Attorney Brian Weidner recently presented as a speaker for a New York State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education seminar entitled "Medical Malpractice Litigation: Technique, Strategy, and Procedure." Mr. Weidner's Topic was "Openings and Summations."

The Miami Dolphins Incognito Case Not Just a Locker Room but a Workplace

This Guest Column by Attorney Kevin P. Wicka appeared in the December 23, 2013 print edition of the Buffalo Law Journal and in the online edition on December 26, 2013 at

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