Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Suspension En Masse

The New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department has issued an order suspending a significant number of attorneys (listed at the conclusion of the order) for failure to file the required biennial registration statement and to pay the required dues. The court notes:

The attorneys in question have been duly notified of their noncompliance and given an opportunity to cure their default. The Office of Court Administration mailed each of the defaulting attorneys a biennial registration form to their last known home address, a second notice to their last known business address, and a final notice to their home address. Attorneys who remained in default following these three notices were referred to the Disciplinary Committee. On October 31, 2008, this Court published notice in the New York Law Journal that the Disciplinary Committee would institute an omnibus disciplinary proceeding seeking immediate suspension from the practice of law against those attorneys who did not cure their default by November 24, 2008. Thereafter, a list of approximately 1158 attorneys who failed to submit satisfactory proof of registration and payment of fees was forwarded to the Committee. The Committee then filed its motion for service by publication of the notice of petition to suspend.

Pursuant to the order of this Court entered April 16, 2009, which provided for service of the petition to suspend by publication in the New York Law Journal for five consecutive days, a list of the defaulting attorneys along with their last known business addresses was so published commencing May 20, 2009. A notice was also posted on the Court's website. The order further provided that attorneys on the default list who failed to register and pay all outstanding fees, or provide proof of prior registration and payment of such fees, within thirty (30) days of the last date of the published notice, as required by the order, would be subject to a further order of the Court immediately suspending them from the practice of law in the State of New York.

(Mike Frisch)


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