Tobacco companies won a significant victory last Friday against claims by non-smokers that the companies should have warned them of the health risks of environmental tobacco smoke. The Appellate Division, Fourth Department held any such claims that tobacco companies were negligent in failing to warn nonsmokers of the health risksRead More →

Licenses for home inspectors in New York are valid for two years, and are subject to renewal only after the completion of approved continuing education courses (Real Property Law § 444-f[1]). The Department of State today outlined the course requirements for licensed home inspectors seeking to renew their licenses. UnderRead More →

The Board of Trustees of the Interest on Lawyer Account Fund (IOLA) has adopted new standards for IOLA accounts. It has in fact repealed the entirety of Part 7000 of 21 NYCRR governing the IOLA Fund, and replaced it with an entirely new part 7000. The purpose of the IOLARead More →

As reported yesterday, the Board of Trustees of the Interest on Lawyer Account Fund (IOLA) has adopted new standards for IOLA accounts requiring such accounts to bear higher interest rates. Today Governor Spitzer announced that Citibank has agreed to participate in the expansion of the IOLA program thus providing accountsRead More →

The Appellate Divisions have made minor changes to the Rules for Continuing Legal Education. The first change makes continuing legal education courses in substance abuse control fall within the area of Ethics and Professionalism rather than Law Practice Management. The second change requires that effective January 1, 2008, the facultyRead More →