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Whiteman Osterman & Hanna recently represented Crossroads Ventures in the successful defense of a challenge to Department of Environmental Conservation approvals, obtained after a lengthy administrative review process, to develop a large ski and golf resort adjacent to Belleayre Mountain in the Catskills. The challenge was brought by the Catskill Heritage Alliance and several adjacent landowners. The Court rejected the challengers’ claims that the Department of Environmental [...]

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Whiteman Osterman & Hanna successfully represented the Village of Kiryas Joel, NY before the Environmental Claims Part of the Orange County Supreme Court obtaining a decision upholding the Village’s SEQRA review and Annexation of 164 acres to the Village from the Town of Monroe in the face of legal challenges commenced by a large group of neighboring municipalities and area citizens’ groups. The Village was represented by Michael G. Sterthous, a partner in the Firm’s land [...]

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New York’s “first in the nation” financial services cybersecurity rules have been finalized and will go into effect on March 1, 2017. The final regulations cover every business regulated by the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”), including but not limited to banks, credit unions, insurers, and mortgage companies. Covered entities have until August 28, 2017 to comply, although longer compliance dates are applicable to some specific provisions. [...]

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Grand Theft Auto V is the latest in a popular series of the video games where the player controls one of several main characters in a mob family/drug cartel story that takes place in the fictional city of Los Santos, San Andreas. After the game was released, Plaintiffs Lindsay Lohan and Karen Gravano (of the reality show Mob Wives) were upset at what they believed to be characters that depicted them in particular ways. In 2014, they commenced suit against Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., the [...]

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Jason Shaw, a partner at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, recently published an article with the New York Law Journal entitled The Time Has Come for the Court Of Appeals to Resolve Reinsurance Issue. The article discusses how a recent decision will finally lead to resolving the unsettled question about whether reinsurers will have limitless liability for an underlying insurer’s legal costs. To view the full article, please click here.

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