New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department Malpractice insurance Settlement – Breach of contract – Failure to state a claim Ullman v. Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company, et al. CA 17-00915 Appealed from Supreme Court, Erie County Background: The plaintiff, a licensed physician, commenced an action against her medical malpractice insurer, seeking to recover damages that allegedly resulted ... … [Read more...] about Fourth Department – Malpractice insurance: Ullman v. Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company, et al.
New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department Plea Involuntary – Citizenship status – Defense counsel’s affirmative statement – Binding on court People v. Tull KA 14-01444 Appealed from Cayuga County Court Background: The defendant appealed from his convictions of criminal possession of marijuana and criminal sale of marijuana. He argues that his pleas were involuntary because the court ... … [Read more...] about Fourth Department – Plea: People v. Tull
Photo by Bloomberg Rolls of steel sit in storage ahead of shipping from the Salzgitter AG plant in Salzgitter, Germany, on March 22. Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg The U.S. Commerce Department is wrestling with a flood of requests to exclude products from steel and aluminum import tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump, creating a backlog that's sparked calls for action from lawmakers and trade groups.Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Ron Wyden of Oregon, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others, want the government to speed up the process and dedicate more resources to it.The Commerce Department says it's already boosted staff, and wants approval from Congress to use more of its budgeted funds to help solve the problem.Companies that win exclusions will be granted refunds for the tariffs, which they are currently paying. But the delays could mean tying up millions of dollars that a business would rather invest in facilities and employees, said Ann … [Read more...] about Trump tariff exclusions flood Commerce Department amid delay concerns
It’s not as though they picked a bloated target for a trim. The DHR happens to be one of Minnesota’s smallest departments. The cuts would gut it by more than 30 percent and prompt layoffs for 18 people, which amounts to 40 percent of its staff. But this tiny department has one of the government’s biggest responsibilities: investigating discrimination cases and human rights violations. The DHR exists for people who have been unfairly treated and have literally nowhere else to turn. Without it, there would be people who could not afford to seek justice if they were, say, fired because they were gay, or refused service because they were black. Back in 2011, under Governor Tim Pawlenty, the DHR had 35 employees, only had offices in the Twin Cities, and was haunted by one phrase that had become a notorious point of tension: “docket and dismiss.” “What the department was doing was looking at a case and saying, ‘I think our resources would be better … [Read more...] about Republicans are trying to gut Minnesota’s Department of Human Rights
The Rochester City Council is ready to split duties of the Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department.Faced with three options ranging from tweaking today’s consolidated department to completely splitting the department into distinct city and county entities, council members said they want more control related to managing the department.Council Member Ed Hruska said he favors a complete split, citing concerns related to the unexplained administrative leave of former Planning Department Executive Director Mitzi Baker, who resigned last week.“In our eyes, it was our city department head that was in the process of doing the (Destination Medical Center) plan, the transportation plan, the comp plan, and all the efforts that we’ve been doing together here, and we had no oversight or any input on that process,” he said. “To me, that shows this doesn’t work.”He said he believes an effective separate department can be created to work financially.City … [Read more...] about Council: Planning department change needed