Electronic Filing of Litigation Documents to Become Mandatory in Suffolk County for All Commercial Division and Medical Malpractice Cases


On March 15, 2013, the electronic filing of litigation documents through the New York State Courts Electronic Filing System (“NYSCEF”) will become mandatory in Suffolk County for all Commercial Division and Medical Malpractice cases. For Commercial Division cases, the program applies only to those cases meeting the requisites of Uniform Rules of the Trial Courts § 202.70. As of March 15, those cases must be commenced electronically and initiating documents will not be accepted in hard copy form. Service of documents shall be in the traditional hard copy, however, the plaintiff/petitioner must serve the defendant/respondent a Notice of Commencement of Mandatory E-Filed Case. Thereafter, with limited exceptions, all documents must be e-filed.

Court fees are to be paid shall be paid by Master Card, Visa or American Express through NYSCEF. There will be no additional fees to utilize NYSCEF, to file documents in the system, serve documents through it, or print out hard copies from it.

Posted by Elaine Colavito

Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC Wins Dismissal for Employers of Fair Labor Standards Act and New York Labor Law Claims in Employment and Labor Lawsuit


The Firm recently won dismissal in a complex employment and labor case for three (3) separate companies operating under a trade name in the commercial kitchen cleaning and repair business. Partner, Jon A. Ward, Esq., and associates Ralph Branciforte, Esq. and Adam H. Koblenz, Esq. represented the businesses being sued in Manhattan Federal Court by former industrial cleaning employees for, inter alia, violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, New York Labor Law and unjust enrichment for alleged nonpayment of overtime wages. To read the Decision/Order, click here.

Posted by Adam H. Koblenz