Civil Litigation

Signed on June 30, the purpose of the Tenant Safe Harbor Act is to help keep residential tenants in their homes following the COVID-19 pandemic by allowing only money judgments, and not evictions, for unpaid rent that comes due while restrictions are in place due to COVID-19 on businesses, public accommodations, and nonessential gatherings. Thus, the act, during the COVID-19 covered period,: (1) prohibits courts from issuing a warrant of eviction or judgment of possession…
Astro Kings, LLC v Scannapieco, 2020 NY Slip Op 03637, Decided on July 1, 2020. Appellate Division, Second Department: “The plaintiff, the owner of certain commercial real property located in Rockville Centre, commenced this action against, among others, the defendants Silvio Sports, Inc., and Dennison Silvio (hereinafter together the Silvio defendants), alleging that the Silvio defendants tortiously interfered with a lease between the plaintiff and its tenant, Rockville Centre Spa Corp., and tortiously interfered with…
You should not use do-it-yourself will-creating websites because: The language in the will probably won’t be effective. The consequences of poor language in the will are severe. Online sites don’t have accurate information about the law. You often can’t sue websites if they draft your will incorrectly. A website cannot determine your emotional and personal needs. Recently, I received an advertisement in the mail for an online service that boasted that they could create a…
Some litigants are pretty sure that they are very clearly correct and the other side is very clearly wrong.  And so it may come as a surprise to them that they don’t immediately get what they want.  After all, can’t the lawyer just call the judge up, explain that their client is right, and then that’s the end of the lawsuit? It turns out that the wheels of justice move more slowly than many people…