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Broadway Producers Offer to Perform “To Kill a Mockingbird” in Court to Prove Faithfulness to Novel

In a complaint filed Monday, the producers of a forthcoming Broadway version of To Kill a Mockingbird, with a script written by Aaron Sorkin, are seeking a judicial declaration that the play is consistent with a written agreement to the rights to the play for just these purposes.  An alleged representative of Harper Lee’s estate … Continue Reading

Judge Torres Dismisses Putative Class Action Against Trump Model Management

Yesterday, Judge Torres dismissed a putative class action of foreign models against Trump Model Management and two of its officers.  The models brought claims under the FLSA, the Immigration  and Nationality Act (INA), and RICO, alleging that Trump Model Management had recruited them to come to the United States on H-1B visas but then underpaid … Continue Reading

Judge Torres Grants Police Unions a Say in Stop-and-Frisk Reform Efforts

In an order issued today, Judge Torres granted the motion of two police unions to participate in what Judge Torres described as “the difficult process of bringing the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policies and practices into compliance with federal and state law.”  After having previously denied the unions’ motion to intervene in the case — a ruling … Continue Reading

Judge Francis Recommends Denying Class Certification in Goldman Gender Bias Case

On Tuesday, Magistrate Judge Francis issued a Report and Recommendation to Judge Torres in which he recommended  denying class certification in a gender bias case against Goldman Sachs.  The plaintiffs allege that Goldman’s practices of “360 Reviews” (employee reviews by peers, subordinates and superiors) and “quartiling” (requiring managers to rank their employees by placing them … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Affirms Judge Torres’ Denial of Police Unions’ Request to Intervene in Stop-and-Frisk Cases

The opinion’s introduction summarizes the holding as follows: We hold that the police unions’ motions to intervene are untimely and do not assert an interest that the law seeks to protect. The unions knew, or should have known, of their alleged interests in these controversial and public cases well before they filed their motions in September 2013. For years now, … Continue Reading

Judge Torres Rejects Commerce Clause Challenge to Higher EZ Pass Rates for Passes Bought Outside New York

In an opinion today, Judge Torres granted the MTA summary judgment in a suit challenging the practice of charging higher bridge and tunnel tolls to customers using EZ Pass cards (or transponders) purchased out of state. She found no discrimination against out-of-staters because they, too, are free to purchase discounted, in-state EZ Pass transponders:… Continue Reading

Judge Torres Denies Police Unions’ Request to Intervene in Stop-and-Frisk Litigation

In a 108-page opinion today, Judge Torres ruled that various police unions could not intervene to block or appeal the settlement of litigation concerning the police practice known as “stop-and-frisk.”  New York City and the plaintiffs have agreed to settlement terms, but Judge Torres found that the unions raised their objections too late and that, … Continue Reading
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