Federal Court Grants Summary Judgment in Hip Repair Product Liability Action

Harris Beach attorneys achieved summary judgment on all claims in a product liability action under Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, successfully defending medical device manufacturer Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc. and distributor Zimmer, Inc.  Tomaselli v. Zimmer, 14-CV-4474 (RA) 2017 WL 1011492 (S.D.N.Y. March 15, 2017); 14-CV-4474, NYLJ 1202781983628, at *1 (SDNY, [...]

Colleges have limited legal options when it comes to Trump ban

"With the potential for additional immigration restrictions under President Donald Trump, universities and colleges across New York are looking into how to protect their international and foreign-born students. Many schools statewide have put policies in place, but there are few legal actions the institutions can take. And becoming a 'sanctuary campus,' as some have chosen [...]

Danielle Rizzo weighs in on Trump Immigration Order

"Local people outraged by President Trump's order barring some immigrants and refugees from entering the country staged protests nationwide Saturday. They rallied at airports, including Buffalo Niagara International Airport. About 150 protesters held signs in support of welcoming refugees to our community. Danielle Rizzo, a senior counsel at the law firm of Harris Beach, tells [...]

Vince Buzard was Program Chair of Meet the Justices of the Appellate Division

Vince Buzard was Program Chair and moderator, and Lana Ivy was a panelist at the New York State Bar Association program entitled  “Meet the Justices of the Appellate Division” held Nov. 29, 2016 at the  Hyatt Regency in Rochester.   Over 150 attorneys from Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse and other areas in the Fourth Department attended the [...]

Nursing Home Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements Have an Uncertain Future

In September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a rule which banned the use of pre-dispute arbitration agreements between nursing homes and residents, for nursing homes and similar long-term care facilities which receive federal funding. In November, the Northern District Court of Mississippi issued a preliminary injunction blocking the rule from going [...]

Collaboration Helps Drive Economic Development in Long Island

Working together, local officials, community leaders, businesses, and developers completed a successful revitalization and development project in North Amityville, in the Town of Babylon on Long Island. North Amityville has had its share of economic challenges, but a sign of the continued economic development in this Long Island area was recently seen with the ribbon-cutting [...]

Submetering Electricity Helps Create Energy Efficiency for Capital District Loft Apartments

Nearly a year after completion, Redburn Development’s Tilley Loft apartments in the Capital District (Albany, NY) continues to receive press for its innovative and energy-efficient building concept. One component of the energy-efficient building plan for the Tilley Lofts was submetering electricity to its tenants. Submetering electricity in multi-family dwellings has been shown to reduce a [...]

Trademark Challenges Continue to Brew in Beer and Wine Industry

The craft beer industry, known for its success stories of basement brew buddies hitting it big, has seen a recent spate of “brewer vs. brewer” press coverage, as trademark challenges in the beer industry heat up. The latest trademark infringement challenge has pitted Shmaltz Brewing Co. of Clifton Park, New York against wine powerhouse Sutter [...]

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Set to Drive $82 Billion in Economic Growth

Over the next four years, unmanned aircraft systems will create $82 billion in economic growth, according to recent estimates. Helping New York take advantage and participant in this economic development is both Governor Cuomo, whose office announced a $30 million investment in drone technology in New York state, as well as a planned drone air [...]

Wyandanch Rising Uses Transit-Oriented Development to Revitalize Long Island Community

The Wyandanch Rising redevelopment project was recently featured on WLIW21 as part of a special report on Long Island Business. Wyandanch Rising, a transit-oriented development effort, has helped revitalize one of Long Island’s poorest communities. Harris Beach served as legal counsel to the Town of Babylon on the project, and is proud to continue to [...]