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MD News: Spravato – Miracle Drug or False Hope?

For nearly thirty years, the FDA had not approved any new antidepressant medications since Prozac entered the market in 1988. All that changed in March 2019, when the FDA approved Spravato, a nasal...

Law360 Article By Valerie K. Ferrier: 3 Rulings Show When Litigating Wage Claims Is Worth It

By Valerie K. Ferrier, Partner and Head of the Labor and Employment Practice Group at Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP  Law360 (February 18, 2020, 5:18PM EST) --"Wage and hour cases present a...

Legislative Alert: Governor Cuomo Vetoes 2 Proposed Bills Which Would Have Significantly Expanded Liability in Medical Malpractice and Other Personal Injury Actions

On June 21, 2019, the New York State Assembly passed two proposed bills (both which had previously passed the Senate), which if signed into law would have significantly expanded exposure in medical...

Labor & Employment Alert: Second Circuit Holds Rule 68 Obviates District Court Review Of FLSA Settlements

By Valerie K. Ferrier and Edward E. Warnke In 2015, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals (the appellate jurisdiction that includes New York) held that settlements of federal wage and hour claims...

Appellate Update: The Court Of Appeals Rules That There Is No Private Right Of Action Under Public Health Law §230(11)(b) For Bad Faith Reporting To The Office Of Professional Medical Conduct

In Haar v. Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Haar treated four patients who were injured in automobile accidents and insured by Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance...

Employment Update: House Approves National Minimum Wage Increase to $15

By Valerie K. Ferrier As expected earlier this year, when Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives, on Thursday the House voted to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15...

Employment Update: Sweeping Changes to New York State Discrimination Law

By Valerie K. Ferrier Following the first public hearings on sexual harassment since the early 1990s, New York passed legislation enacting major changes and the potential for much greater liability...

Legislative Update: New York State Legislature Advances Two Proposed Bills Which Can Significantly Expand Liability In Medical Malpractice And Other Personal Injury Actions

On June 21, 2019, the New York State Assembly passed two proposed bills (both of which had previously passed the Senate), which if signed into law can significantly expand exposure in medical...

MCB Welcomes New Employment Partner – Valerie K. Ferrier

New Head of Labor & Employment Practice Group at MCB Valerie K. Ferrier joins the Firm as a Partner and Head of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, on June 17, 2019. NEW YORK, NEW...

Appellate Update: In re B.L. v. Lawsky

Infant Allowed into Medical Indemnity Fund Where Alleged Malpractice Occurred in Prenatal Period In re B.L. v. Lawsky: The Appellate Division, First Department Reaffirms that Enrollment In the...

Mandatory 2020 NY Sexual Harassment Training

Has your company completed its mandatory 2020 NY Sexual Harassment Training? Click here to receive custom training! Valerie K. Ferrier, Esq. Partner Head of Labor & Employment Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP valerie.ferrier@mcblaw.com (212) 916-0920 Sexual...

Legislative Alert: A Step Backward

By: Thomas A. Mobilia and Barbara D. Goldberg In April 2020, as COVID-19 infections and deaths were surging exponentially, the New York Legislature enacted the Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act (EDTPA). That legislation conferred broad immunity on health...

MD News: Spravato – Miracle Drug or False Hope?

For nearly thirty years, the FDA had not approved any new antidepressant medications since Prozac entered the market in 1988. All that changed in March 2019, when the FDA approved Spravato, a nasal spray antidepressant for the treatment of adults with...

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