Posts Tagged ‘NYC’

On the air

I was interviewed this afternoon for New York’s WCBS Channel 2 evening news on the Supreme Court vacancy, then joined host Chris Core of Washington, D.C.’s WMAL this evening for a discussion after it had become clear that the President’s Supreme Court pick would be Judge John Roberts. Tomorrow, I’ll be on KPCC, public radio in Southern California.

Broadcast appearances

I’m scheduled to join a reporter and anchor in the studios of New York’s WCBS-Channel 2 this afternoon to discuss the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; look for me sometime in the 5-to-6 p.m. slot.

More (7:30 p.m. Eastern): I’ll be on WCBS-TV again tomorrow between 9 and 10 a.m. for a second appearance. And (updated) on Monday morning I did two Texas radio phone interviews, including KTSA (San Antonio) with Steve Gehrlein, on the battle over Justice O’Connor’s seat, and KOLE (Beaumont), on the litigation explosion. P.S. on WCBS I mentioned Judge Edith Jones. It’s fun to be a mentioner!

NYC tort bill last year: $570 million

New York City shelled out a record $570 million last year to resolve personal injury claims against its taxpayers, up $12 million from last year. Medical liability claims made up nearly a third of the total. A fast-growing variety of payouts were those over schoolyard beatings and other violence on school premises, for which the city paid $6.9 million, bringing the three-year total for that category to $17.7 million. (“City paid $570 million in personal injury lawsuits in 2004”, AP/Newsday, Feb. 20; David Andreatta, “School Suit $$ Soars”, New York Post, Feb. 25). More on NYC liability: Jan. 26, Jan. 6 and links from there, Jul. 31, 2003 and many others.

NY Times op-ed: city gun-liability law

I’ve got an op-ed in today’s New York Times criticizing the new Gotham law, signed by Mayor Bloomberg last month, which presumes to impose liability for street crime on gun manufacturers and dealers unless they adopt a strict “code of conduct” for their sales nationwide, not just in New York City. I note that it will add impetus to the drive in Congress for a law pre-empting abusive gun lawsuits. The new law “insults the right to democratic self-governance of the 273 million Americans who don’t live in New York City. …The mayor and City Council of New York seem to think they can make laws that bind the rest of the country. That’s an arrogant stance — and when the rest of the country is heard from, it’s apt to be a losing stance as well.” The piece is part of the Times’s new geographically zoned Sunday op-ed program and ran in city but not suburban editions of the paper. (Walter Olson, “The wrong target”, New York Times, Feb. 6). For the other side, here’s the press release and bill description from the measure’s sponsor, Councilman David Yassky, the city council’s press release (PDF), and the bill text. (bumped Sun. evening 2/6) Update Feb. 20: Yassky responds.

“Lawyer sues ‘Law & Order’ over fictional attorney”

Well-known Brooklyn attorney Ravi Batra “sued the producers of the television show “Law & Order” for $15 million Friday, claiming they defamed him by portraying him as a crooked attorney in one “ripped from the headlines” episode.” (Samuel Maull, “Lawyer sues ‘Law & Order’ over fictional attorney”, AP/Houston Chronicle, Nov. 13). For some of the reasons why attorney Batra might be considered good copy, see “The judges’ friend and the $225,000 swivel chair”, Nov. 11, 2003. (& see Batra’s response: letter to the editor, Dec. 20, directing readers to this page (PDF)).

Conversation at NYU’s Brennan Center tomorrow

The Brennan Center at NYU Law School would typically be found on the opposite side of many or most of the views aired on this page. Which makes it all the more broad-minded of them to have invited me in as the speaker tomorrow (Tuesday) at their periodic lunch series at their Manhattan offices (161 Ave. of the Americas, 12th floor, (212) 998 6730.) I’ll be speaking to the question: “Should Progressives Favor Curbing Litigation?” and arguing the affirmative, naturally. Reservations: 212-992-8647 or email ab145 – at – nyu – dot – edu with a subject line of RSVP: Conversations.

Lunch at NYU Saturday

I’ll be the luncheon speaker this Saturday at 12 noon at the Federalist Society’s conference at New York University on “Enforcing Corporate Responsibility Through Criminal Law“. (Yes, this is rather short notice to NYC-area readers; I was tapped to fill in for a luncheon speaker who couldn’t make it.) Earlier, between 10:00 a.m. and noon, a distinguished panel will discuss corporate misconduct and the role of prosecutors, including: Prof. John Baker, Louisiana State Univ. Law Center; the Hon. Mary Beth Buchanan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pa.; the Hon. Eileen O’Connor, Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice; and the Hon. George Terwilliger III, White and Case, LLP.