N.Y. Appellate Divisions

     ATTORNEYS – The New York Appellate Division disbarred attorney Eugene Castro because he pleaded guilty to a felony count of offering a false instrument for filing and agreed to forfeit $75,000 after admitting that he had filed multiple false retainer statements.
      
     CIVIL PROCEDURE, ATTORNEYS – The New York Appellate Division reversed dismissal of the first affirmative defense and counterclaims for legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty. Blank Rome LLP v. Parrish 
      
     ARBITRATION, ATTORNEY FEES – The New York Appellate Division found that a dispute over legal fees exceeds $50,000, so arbitration cannot be compelled. Reversed. Eiseman Levine Lehrhaupt & Kakoyiannis, P.C. v. Torino Jewelers, Ltd.

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