Scott D. Locke, a partner at Dorf & Nelson, writes: Fortuitously for inventors and investors in the life sciences industry, five years after 'KSR v. Teleflex,' the Federal Circuit continues to refuse to raise the bar for non-obviousness for new chemical compounds. However, in a recent decision, the court opened the door for a new means by which to challenge these types of claims.
In their Employment Law column, Jeffrey S. Klein and Nicholas J. Pappas, partners at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, write that courts have demonstrated a willingness to look at employers' written job descriptions and the realities of particular workplaces to evaluate whether attendance is indeed an essential job function.
In a 3-1 decision, the Appellate Division, Second Department, ruled that Jocelyn Clermont, who was convicted of gun possession, received effective representation during a pretrial suppression hearing regarding the recovered weapon.
A divided state appeals panel has rejected a bid for an injunction blocking a new addition to St. Mary's Hospital in Bayside, Queens, ruling that the appeal is moot because the addition is almost built and the petitioner, a community group, failed to seek temporary relief during the appeal.
Every private law office in the state is considered for the NYLJ 100, irrespective of where the firm is headquartered or whether it claims a home office. Non-U.S.-based law firms are considered equally with domestic U.S. firms. The sole criterion for inclusion is the size of a firm's New York state office.
This year's rankings document the calm before the storm that broke in New York's legal industry with the collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf. Collectively, the total number of full-time equivalent attorneys in the city's biggest practices dropped slightly in 2011, reflecting the continued impact of a recession that has left in its wake insufficient demand to fuel additional hiring at every firm.
Courtney Fitzgibbons, Associate Director, Office of Career Services at New York Law School, writes that most job-seekers already know the value of bar associations and attending CLE programming, but you may not think to show off your Conviser, throw a post-bar party (or at least not the networking kind), and pick a theme song.
In the latest multi-decade effort to reconfigure New York's archaic court structure, the New York State Bar Association is joining about 50 legal organizations, business leaders, good government groups and citizens calling for a constitutional amendment.
Decision of Interest: Pedro Malaquias Lopez, Plaintiff v. Bernardo S. Espinal and Berrosa Auto Corp., Defendants, 103756/10
Factual Dispute Over Seriousness of Knee Injuries Precludes Summary Judgment
Decision of Interest: The People of the State of New York, Plaintiff v. Rodney Watts, Defendant, 2011CN010203
'Public Place' Element of Fraudulent Accosting Charge Found Not Met
Decision of Interest: The People of the State of New York, Plaintiff v. Enrique Diaz, Defendant, 02843-1975
Hospital Record Not Testimonial in Nature, Did Not Violate Confrontation Clause
Decision of Interest: Vasilios Memmos, Plaintiff v. Efstathia Ananiadis, Mirela Peraica and Gul Karan, Defendants, 21168/2011
Suit Alleging Statements Motivated by Malice Sufficiently Pleads Libel, Slander Claims
Decision of Interest: In the Matter of P. G., A Person Alleged to be a Juvenile Delinquent, Respondent, D 13247/11
Waiver of Parent's Presence During Questioning Found Personal to Juvenile
Decision of Interest: In the Matter of a Family Offense Proceeding under article 8 of the Family Court Act Adefunke A., Petitioner v. Adeniyi A., Respondent, O-2573/12
Court Questions Necessity of Hearing Meritless, Vexatious Family Offense Petitions