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The New York Safety in Agriculture Tourism Act Finally Enacted on October 23, 2017 On October 23, 2017, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the “Safety in Agriculture Tourism Act.”  This law is an inherent risk act intended to shield equine and agricultural tourism businesses from liability for the potential risks incurred…

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Some Outdoor Recreation Law Do you play outdoors? Do you own land used for outdoor recreation? Then do you know about New York State General Obligations Law §9-301? If you don’t, you should and, please, read on. This law was enacted to encourage property owners to permit people to come onto their land to engage…

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Does the Infant Car Seat Face Forwards or Backwards? Are you a new parent? Or are you like me, a new grandparent? You surely want to take your precious cargo out and about. Let’s talk about the requirements when it comes to infants/young children in cars. A review of a single portion of the New…

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Is Political Corruption Even Illegal Anymore? Recent overturned convictions of Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver leave many New Yorkers frustrated and wondering if its public servants will ever be held accountable for using their offices for personal gain. Dean Skelos, former New York State Senate Majority Leader, was convicted in 2015 on Federal corruption charges…

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You Just Had A Motor Vehicle Accident!   First off, we are sorry to hear it. What follows is some information that will help. Maybe you were the driver.  Maybe you were a passenger in a multi-vehicle collision.  Maybe you were a pedestrian knocked down by a moving vehicle. Maybe, maybe . . . there…

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Is The Horse Responsible? Here at J&G we consider ourselves a firm that offers services in  many and varied fields of the law. A look at our home page will reveal the different areas in which we practice. This article is a cross between two: personal injury and equine law. Put simply, what does the…

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Don’t Wait Too Long To File Your Lawsuit One major obstacle to a successful lawsuit may be the statute of limitations. If you miss it, you may be forever barred from bringing your claim. A statute of limitations is a statutory time limit in which a lawsuit must be filed. Statutes of limitations can be…

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It’s Happy Hour at the NY State Legislature for Brewers, Distillers, and Cideries   You can’t swing a hand-crafted artisan cocktail or local craft beer around the Hudson Valley without hitting a farm distillery or farm brewery.  And it’s wonderful! The farm distillery, farm brewery, farm cidery, and farm winery industries and their “New York…

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Update on Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) has proposed a new rule that would expand the definition of “investment advice fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act 1974 (ERISA).  This legislation, which was scheduled to be phased in April 10, 2017, will automatically elevate all financial professionals…

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UPDATE: Update to Paid Family Leave: Qualifying Reasons Expanded On June 20, 2018, the New York legislature added a new qualifying reason for eligible employees to take advantage of the Paid Family Leave Act. At the law’s inception, the qualifying reasons were limited to 1) the birth, adoption or new fostering of a child; 2)…

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