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A Lawyer's Struggle to Overcome Barriers and Live by Ideals in the Practice of Law
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, August 2017

There are few things more important today than lawyers willing to serve their communities - whether its people of color or immigrants or anyone pursuing freedom of speech, religion or from oppression. We’re living in extraordinary times. The ability to earn a legal education and serve a greater good has rarely been more important than it is today. My law school''s library and classrooms were my home away from home...

Puerto Rico Files for Bankruptcy: New York Judge to Hear Case
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, May 2017

The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico recently filed a voluntary petition for relief on behalf of Puerto Rico in federal court there.  The filing required the Chief Justice of the United States to designate a district court judge to conduct the case.  In recent months Chief Justice Roberts appointed District Judge Laura Taylor Swain of the Southern District of New York...

New York's Cybersecurity Regulations for Financial Institutions & Health Care
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, April 2017

Cybersecurity is one of the most critical challenges facing our nation and our economy. U.S. regulators on both the state and federal level are working to keep pace with the challenges and risks posed by cybercrime. On March 1, 2017, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued a new cybersecurity regulation designed to protect financial institutions, their information technology systems, and their customers from cybercrime1...

A New Tool for Anti-Bribery Compliance Program: ISO 37001
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, October 2016

Recently, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) adopted a new set of voluntary standards, designated as ISO 37001, to assist organizations in their ongoing fight against bribery. As a result of recent increases in the enforcement of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA) and, notwithstanding the guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Resource Guide to the U.S...

NYS Cyber Crack Down Looms: What Every Financial Institution, Insurer and Their Board Must Know
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, October 2016

With the public comment period closing in a few days, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) “first in the nation” cybersecurity regulation is one step closer to becoming law...

When Is Using a Computer a Crime? Rehearing Sought on Ninth Circuit's "Distressingly Unclear" Answer
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, August 2016

Facebook recently won a landmark victory in the Ninth Circuit against a company that accessed Facebook’s computers to help users manage their social network accounts. Now the company, Power Ventures, Inc., says that the Ninth Circuit’s decision risks creating “widespread confusion” about when it is a crime to use a computer to access a website. The issue in Facebook, Inc. v. Power Ventures, Inc., No. 13-17102 (9th Cir...

More Reasons to Arbitrate in the Big Apple
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, November 2013

In 2010, the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) Task Force on New York Law in International Matters (Task Force) recommended the creation of a permanent center for international dispute resolution in New York.1 And on June 17, 2013, the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC), a non-profit providing world-class arbitration facilities and educational programs about international arbitration, opened its doors...

New York Law As An International Standard For Business
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, September 2011

As an international commercial and financial capital, New York law has traditionally been selected to govern commercial contracts and has served as a venue of choice for the resolution of cross-border disputes. The historic prominence of the state’s judiciary and bar, along with its well-developed, fair and predictable body of law have drawn parties from around the world to select New York law to govern their agreements and to choose New York as the venue for resolving their disputes...

Task Force on New York Law in International Matters
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, June 2011

Since the mid-1620s when the Dutch settled in Manhattan, New York City has been a diverse, multicultural, international center for trade, commerce and finance. As a result of the role New York has played in the global community for more than three centuries, parties often select, and specify, the law of New York as the governing law in their agreements. Its rationality, consistency and stability provide an invaluable foundation for legal and business relationships the world over...



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