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Harris Beach creates software company (access required)

The Harris Beach law firm has created a new company, separate from the law practice, offering a cloud-based subscription software tool to help companies with regulatory compliance. CyMetric, the first product being offered by the new company, called Caetra.io, streamlines ...

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Home care workers get class-action status (access required)

Almost 1,000 employees of Angels in Your Home have won class-action status in a federal lawsuit over unpaid wages now moving into the damages phase. The plaintiffs claim the amount of overtime wages owed is $463,558.11, while the defendants claims ...

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Suit against University of Rochester dropped (access required)

A federal class-action lawsuit against the University of Rochester has been voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiff. The complaint, filed under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) on behalf of more than 36,000 employees, claimed that they paid millions of ...

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Second Circuit affirms decision in Xerox case (access required)

A federal appeals court has upheld a District Court ruling on how some Xerox Corp. retirees’ pension benefits should be calculated. The case involves a group of about 100 former Xerox workers who sued the company under the Employee Retirement ...

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New tax rules will complicate divorce (access required)

A change in federal tax law is causing a great deal of stress among divorcing couples, their lawyers and accountants because it complicates the determination of a maintenance payments paid by one spouse to the other. Previously, maintenance payments, often ...

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Credit card surcharge will be allowed (access required)

A lawsuit against New York state over a law that prohibits merchants from charging different prices to retail and credit customers has apparently been settled. The plaintiffs and state officials have reached an agreement to dismiss the case, pending the ...

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St. John Fisher College sued for $1 million (access required)

A tenured professor at St. John Fisher College, who is now suspended with pay, has filed a $1 million federal discrimination lawsuit against the school. In addition to the college, plaintiff Merouane Lakehal-Ayat named President Gerard Rooney, Provost Kevin Railey, ...

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Developers clash over windows (access required)

The owners of the Alliance Building are being sued by a neighbor who claims new windows on the east side of the structure will interfere with plans for construction on adjacent property. The plaintiff in the complaint filed Wednesday in ...

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Lauren Deutsch brings empathy, legal skills to Worker Justice Center (access required)

As the new executive director of the Worker Justice Center of New York, attorney Lauren S. Deutsch is returning to her legal roots. Deutsch, 39, who had been executive director of Healthy Baby Network for four years, replaced Lewis Papenfuse, ...

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Second 5LINX defendant sentenced (access required)

Jeb Tyler, the former vice president of multi-level marketing company 5LINX, was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison Wednesday for defrauding investors. Tyler, 45, pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and filing a false tax ...

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5LINX defendant gets 14 months (access required)

Craig Jerabeck, co-founder of the multi-level marketing firm 5LINX, was sentenced Thursday to 14 months in prison. U.S. District Court Judge David G. Larimer also sentenced Jerabeck to three years of post-release supervision and a $25,000 fine. Jerabeck, 57, also ...

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Company was victim of cell phones and polar vortex (access required)

Sentencing is set for Thursday for the first of three defendants who pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges for taking almost $13 million out of a multi-level marketing company they started. Craig Jerabeck, Jeb Tyler and Jason Guck, the founders ...

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Advice from corporate attorneys: Listen and learn (access required)

Much of what makes a good lawyer isn’t taught in law school. It comes from practicing for many years, or it’s transferred through the observation and sharing by others with more experience. “I wish I knew when I graduated law ...

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Opioid court in Rochester opens Monday (access required)

Each week, as many as 20 opioid-addicted defendants in the city of Rochester could be eligible for immediate drug treatment under a new court diversion program. Created to address the opioid addiction crisis, the new program eventually will be expanded ...

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Personal contact as important as social media to stay connected

We asked a group of 40 Under 40 alums how they stay connected to their peers, inside and outside their business sector. Keeping tabs on social media, attending community events, volunteering, joining organizations and good old-fashioned socializing out on the ...

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