Articles by Larry Neumeister

Judge Dismisses Virginia Fraternity’s Defamation Claim Against Rolling Stone Magazine

A defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine over the magazine’s debunked article about a University of Virginia gang rape has been tossed out by a judge. U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel in Manhattan last week aid the lawsuit brought …

Ex-New York Senate Leader Skelos, Son Get Prison Terms

A once-powerful New York politician convicted of using his position as Senate majority leader to help his son extort hundreds of thousands of dollars was sentenced May 12 to five years in prison after each asked for mercy for the …

Conviction of Former Assembly Speaker Silver Brings Turmoil to N.Y. Politics

The conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has shaken New York politics down to the granite foundations of the state Capitol, provoking fresh calls to overhaul a system that has stubbornly clung to its long history …

Ex-New York Senate Leader Skelos, Son Face Federal Corruption Trial

For the second time in a month, one of New York State’s biggest political figures is going on trial in a case brought by a federal prosecutor crusading against corrupt elected officials. Jury selection begins Monday in Manhattan federal court …

N.Y. Court: Media Outlets Don’t Have to Delete Stories When Charges Nixed

A Connecticut woman’s claims that media outlets libeled her by refusing to delete stories about her arrest after charges were dismissed were rejected by a federal appeals court on Jan. 28. The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of …

Financial Services Firm Cantor Fitzgerald Announces $135M Sept. 11 Settlement

Financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, which lost nearly two-thirds of its employees in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks against the U.S., revealed a $135 million settlement with American Airlines and insurance carriers Tuesday to a judge who said the deal …

Judge: New York City Doesn’t Protect Disabled in Emergencies

A judge cited disabled Superstorm Sandy victims stranded in high-rise towers to illustrate his conclusion that New York City violated laws designed to protect the disabled — about 11 percent of the city’s more than 8 million residents — as …

Ruling Against News Aggregator Could Affect Copyright ‘Fair Use’

A federal judge concluded that an Internet news clipping service essentially resold stories from The Associated Press, saying in a decision released last Thursday that the ability of news organizations to perform “an essential function of democracy” is jeopardized when …

Citing Scope of 9/11, N.Y. Judge Tosses WTC Suit

In tossing out a negligence lawsuit, a judge last Friday cited the “strange, improbable” events that destroyed a 47-story World Trade Center building a decade ago on Sept. 11, several hours after the 110-story twin towers fell. The claims by …

Massachusetts Family Settles Last Wrongful Death Lawsuit from 9/11

The last wrongful death lawsuit remaining from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has been resolved with a settlement, according to an attorney for the family of a passenger on a plane that was flown by hijackers into the World Trade …