• Preliminary Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Challenging Police Practices in NYC Public Housing

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    As reported in The New York Times, the New York Law Journal and on NY1, a preliminary settlement agreement was reached on January 7 to end the New York City Police Department's improper and unlawful enforcement of criminal trespass laws in public housing.

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  • The New Yorker and USA Today Discuss Paul, Weiss Work on Marriage Equality in Mississippi Since Windsor

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    An article by Amy Davidson in the January 5 issue of the The New Yorker  discusses the firm's continuing work for marriage equality since the firm's victory in United States v.Windsor resulted in a cascade of 35 states across the country where gay couples can legally marry. "The great achievement of Windsor has been to force states to explain why same-sex couples should be treated differently," and "the final fortress, with the exception of South Carolina, is the Deep South."

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  • Victory on Summary Judgment for Pro Bono Client

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    Paul, Weiss achieved a significant victory for pro bono clients Fund for the Public Interest and the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group in litigation pending before Judge Roman in the Southern District of New York.  Judge Roman granted the Funds' summary judgment motion and dismissed breach of contract claims through which the plaintiff had alleged over half a million dollars in claimed damages.

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  • Chinese Man Living With HIV Wins Asylum

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    Paul, Weiss has obtained asylum for an HIV-positive gay man from China, arguing that cumulative harms by government and society in areas such as marriage, medical aid, employment and ostracism can rise to the level of persecution. Our client was subjected to involuntary HIV testing, interrogation, threats and severe restrictions on his freedom and privacy. 

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  • Mississippi Judge Strikes Down State Laws Banning Same-Sex Marriages

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    Paul, Weiss clients Becky Bickett, Andrea Sanders, Joce Pritchett, Carla Webb and the Campaign for Southern Equality won a significant victory when a federal court granted their motion for a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of Mississippi laws that banned gay and lesbian couples from marrying within the state of Mississippi and that refused to recognize valid same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

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  • TRO Obtained for Pro Bono Client in Article 78 Challenge

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    Paul, Weiss obtained a temporary restraining order for a client, two days before she gave birth, granting her and her newborn admission to the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility Nursery program, pending a final decision on her Article 78 challenge to prison officials' decision to remove her. Our client was accepted into the nursery program last spring but her removal was ordered by the facility superintendent in late October after she received a disciplinary infraction for breaking a small window.

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  • VOLS Wins Unemployment Insurance Case for Pro Bono Client

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    Paul, Weiss, through the Volunteers of Legal Service's Advocacy Unemployment Insurance Project, obtained unemployment insurance benefits for a client who was discharged from her job as a medical assistant after placing a blood sample in the wrong test tube. The New York State Department of Labor had initially denied our client unemployment benefits, determining that her conduct constituted misconduct; however, after a hearing the administrative law judge overruled the Department of Labor's determination and held that our client was entitled to benefits because she did not receive a prior warning about the mistake.

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  • VOLS Wins Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Pro Bono Client

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    Paul, Weiss, through the Volunteers of Legal Service Unemployment Insurance Project, obtained unemployment insurance benefits for a client who was discharged after leaving work to go to the emergency room because of stress from learning that a person who had sexually harassed her, about whom she had complained to her employer numerous times, had entered her office building.

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  • Defamation Claim Against Hyperallergic Dismissed

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    Paul, Weiss achieved a significant victory for the art and culture website Hyperallergic and related defendants in a defamation case brought by Peter Paul Biro, who engages in art authentication work via fingerprint analysis. Justice Manuel J. Mendez of the New York State Supreme Court granted Hyperallergic's motion to dismiss in full for failure to state a cause of action. Biro, who previously sued The New Yorker and various re-publisher defendants in New York federal court over a 2010 New Yorker article concerning the practice of art authentication and Biro's fingerprint authentication work, alleged that an article on Hyperallergic, which referenced the New Yorker article as well as the federal court case, defamed him.

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  • Paul, Weiss Obtains Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Pro Bono Client

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    Paul, Weiss, through the Volunteers of Legal Service Unemployment Insurance Project, obtained unemployment insurance benefits for a client who was discharged because he allegedly missed a shift even though he was not scheduled to work on that day. Paul, Weiss took direct testimony from our client in a hearing before the New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Section.

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