Cuomo Says ICE Agents Need Warrants to Enter State Buildings | New York Law Journal

By Andrew Denney |


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo fired a shot across the bow at federal immigration authorities on Wednesday, threatening legal action to curtail aggressive tactics by agents that he says have infringed on immigrants’ constitutional rights and for allegedly targeting immigrant advocates.

Cuomo also issued an amended executive order requiring Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to have a warrant if they make an arrest in a state-owned facility.


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Sharply Divided Court of Appeals Removes Hurdle for Tort Plaintiffs to Gain Summary Judgment | New York Law Journal

By Andrew Denney

Ruling on an issue that has divided New York judges and “perplexed courts for some time,” a split Court of Appeals ruled that plaintiffs in comparative negligence cases need not bear the “double burden” of disproving their own negligence to win on summary judgment.

The high court’s 4-3 ruling clears up an issue that has bedeviled New York courts for decades, which has resulting in inconsistent case law on the issue of whether plaintiffs have to show that they are free of negligence to succeed on a summary judgment motion when determining a defendant’s liability.

Writing for the majority, Judge Paul Feinman said placing the burden on the plaintiff, a New York City sanitation worker injured on the job who sued the city government, to show an absence of fault is inconsistent with a state statute, which since 1975 has directed courts to assess a plaintiff’s comparative negligence only at the damages stage.

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IRS urges ‘Paycheck Checkup’ for key groups; tax withholding may need adjustment | Internal Revenue Service


  Make Sure Your Client Gets a “Paycheck Checkup”

The IRS is encouraging people to check their withholding as soon as possible, especially some key groups of taxpayers. If you have clients with children or dependents, whose households include two or more jobs, who itemize deductions or have high income or complex tax situations, make sure they visit the IRS Withholding Calculator to perform a “paycheck checkup.”  This can help ensure they have the right amount of tax withheld from their pay following recent tax-law changes.

This new YouTube video explains how to use the IRS Withholding Calculator.‎

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A guide to car subscriptions, the alternative to buying and leasing–CNET/Roadshow


It’s 2018. We have drones and hoverboards, our phones unlock by scanning our faces and anything in the world can be delivered to your door with a couple of clicks. Why should we be stuck with buying or leasing as our only means of procuring a car to drive?

Thankfully, vehicle subscription services are becoming more and more popular. Think of it like any other subscription: Sign up for what you want, cancel it when you’re done. From automakers to third-party companies, there are many ways to subscribe to your next new car.


We Have Rights

Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS), ACLU National, and MediaTank Productions have produced ‘We Have Rights,’ an immigrant empowerment campaign aimed at providing information to communities threatened by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and to engage the broader American public in an urgent conversation about immigrant justice in our country.

Through a video series translated in seven languages and narrated by an all-star cast of influencers and activists, the campaign gives action points on what to do in case of contact with ICE, from a home visit to an arrest.

Check out the campaign and participate in the online conversation.

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11 Tell-Tale Signs Your Accounts and Devices Have Been Hacked–Gizmodo

No one likes getting hacked, and it’s generally true that the quicker you can spot something has gone awry, the better your chances of minimizing the damage. These are the main warning signs to look out for, what they might mean, and some quick pointers about what you should do next.

IRS reminds taxpayers to report virtual currency transactions | Internal Revenue Service

Reporting Virtual Currency Transactions

Tax professionals should be aware that income from virtual currency transactions is reportable on income tax returns. Virtual currency transactions are taxable by law just like transactions in any other property. The IRS has issued guidance in IRS Notice 2014-21 that addresses transactions in virtual currency, also known as digital currency.

The notice provides that virtual currency is treated as property for U.S. federal tax purposes. General tax principles that apply to property transactions apply to transactions using virtual currency. Taxpayers who do not properly report the income tax consequences of virtual currency transactions can be audited for those transactions and, when appropriate, can be liable for penalties and interest.

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