Update Service

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USE THE DATABASE AS A “DO-IT-YOURSELF” UPDATE SERVICE

Updates are staples of continuing legal education. By adding the “start” and “end” date criteria (in the second and third lines of the Search Panel at the top of the Latest Posts section on the Home Page and on the right side of every other website page) to any of the search methods explained on the “Just Released,” and “Streamlined Research” pages, you can create your own personalized updates, bringing you up to speed on what courts addressed last week, last month, or last year, in any area of the law.

If, for example, you want to catch up on what the Court of Appeals has ruled so far this year in all areas of the law, choose “All Categories” in the Search Panel, choose January 1, 2021, as the start date and today as the end date, type “CtApp” (using exactly that abbreviation and the quotation marks) in the “Search by Keywords” line, and click on “Search.”

If you want to get caught up on what the Fourth Department dealt with so far this year in Criminal Law, or Family Law, or Zoning, or any other area of the law, choose the legal category from the drop-down menu in the Search Panel (revealed by clicking on “All Categories”), choose the start and end dates, type “Fourth Department” (using exactly those words and the quotation marks) in the “Search by Keywords” line, and click on “Search.”

The results of any “update search” can be downloaded to your computer, by clicking on “PDF Friendly Version,” or printed out, by clicking on “Print Friendly Version,” at the top of the “Search Results” page. The downloaded or printed document will include all the decision-summaries that are on the website page. If necessary, you can increase the number of summaries on the page (so the entire search-result will be in a single downloaded or printed document) by clicking on the “Results Per Page” line of the Search Panel. The links to the full decisions remain live in a downloaded document. In form and function, a search-result document is a memorandum of law.

Using the Search Panel or the footer, you can call up the most recent decision-summaries in any legal category simply by clicking on the category in the drop-down menu (revealed by clicking on “All Categories”) or by clicking on the category in the footer. As an aid in reviewing the recent decision-summaries in the more heavily-populated categories, the following pamphlets are offered. A quick review of the issues is facilitated by the Table of Contents in each pamphlet.

THE “UPDATE PAMPHLETS”

TO OPEN A LINK TO A DECISION WITHOUT LOSING YOUR PLACE IN THE PAMPHLET, RIGHT CLICK ON “OPEN IN A NEW TAB”

“Negligence” Pamphlets—Published Monthly Since January 2019

Some legal categories generate many more decisions in a given month than others. “Negligence” is one of them. To facilitate an overview of the “Negligence” decisions released every month use the “Pamphlet Service.” The “Negligence” pamphlets (linked to below) collect all the decision-summaries in the “Negligence” category posted on this site each month. The “Table of Contents” lists all the issues addressed by the “Negligence” summaries and each “Table of Contents” entry links to the decision-summary, which in turn links to the full decision on the New York State Law Reporting Bureau website. To return to the “Table of Contents” from the body of the pamphlet, just click on “Table of Contents” in the header. Any decision-summaries in this category posted after the latest pamphlet is published will come up simply by clicking on “Negligence” in the Search Panel or the Footer.

Revised Negligence Pamphlet January 2019

Revised Negligence Pamphlet February 2019

Revised Negligence Pamphlet March 2019

Revised Negligence Pamphlet April 2019

Revised Negligence Pamphlet May 2019

Revised Negligence Pamphlet June 2019

Revised Negligence Pamphlet July 2019

Revised Negligence Pamphlet August 2019

Revised Negligence Pamphlet September 2019

Revised Negligence Pamphlet October 2019

Revised Negligence Pamphlet November 2019

Revised Negligence Pamphlet December 2019

Revised Negligence Pamphlet January 2020

Revised Negligence Pamphlet February 2020

Revised Negligence Pamphlet March 2020

Revised Negligence Pamphlet April 2020

Revised Negligence Pamphlet May 2020

Revised Negligence Pamphlet June 2020

Revised Negligence Pamphlet July 2020

Revised Negligence Pamphlet August 2020

Revised Negligence Pamphlet September 2020

Revised Negligence Pamphlet October 2020

Revised Negligence Pamphlet November 2020

Revised Negligence Pamphlet December 2020

Revised Negligence Pamphlet January 2021

Revised Negligence Pamphlet February 2021

Revised Negligence Pamphlet March 2021

Revised Negligence Pamphlet April 2021

Revised Negligence Pamphlet May 2021

Revised Negligence Pamphlet June 2021

Revised Negligence Pamphlet July 2021

Revised Negligence Pamphlet August 2021

“Criminal Law” Pamphlets—Published Monthly Since January 2019

Another heavily populated legal category is “Criminal Law.” All of the “Criminal Law” decision-summaries posted each month since January 2019 are collected in the pamphlets linked to below. The entries in the “Table of Contents” link to the decision-summaries, which link to the full decisions on the New York State Law Reporting Bureau website. To return to the “Table of Contents” from the body of the “Criminal Law” pamphlet, click on “Table of Contents” in the header. Any decision-summaries in this category posted after the latest pamphlet is published will come up simply by clicking on “Criminal Law” in the Search Panel or the Footer.

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet January 2019

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet February 2019

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet March 2019

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet April 2019

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet May 2019

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet June 2019

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet July 2019

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet August 2019

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet September 2019

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet October 2019

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet November 2019

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet December 2019

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet January 2020

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet February 2020

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet March 2020

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet April 2020

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet May 2020

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet June 2020

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet July 2020

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet August 2020

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet September 2020

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet October 2020

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet November 2020

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet December 2020

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet January 2021

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet February 2021

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet March 2021

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet April 2021

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet May 2021

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet June 2021

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet July 2021

Revised Criminal Law Pamphlet August 2021

“Civil Procedure” Pamphlets—Published Monthly Since January 2019

“Civil Procedure” is a pervasive legal category, in part because most civil cases reach the Appellate Division based upon motion practice (motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, etc.). The “Table of Contents” in the “Civil Procedure” pamphlets linked to below facilitates a quick review of the “Civil Procedure” issues addressed by our appellate courts since January 2019. Any decision-summaries in this category posted after the latest pamphlet is published will come up simply by clicking on “Civil Procedure” in the Search Panel or the Footer.

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet January 2019

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet February 2019

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet March 2019

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet April 2019

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet May 2019

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet June 2019

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet July 2019

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet August 2019

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet September 2019

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet October 2019

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet November 2019

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet December 2019

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet January 2020

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet February 2020

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet March 2020

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet April 2020

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet May 2020

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet June 2020

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet July 2020

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet August 2020

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet September 2020

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet October 2020

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet November 2020

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet December 2020

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet January 2021

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet February 2021

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet March 2021

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet April 2021

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet May 2021

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet June 2021

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet July 2021

Revised Civil Procedure Pamphlet August 2021

Negligence Practice Newsletters

Succinct distillations of the main practice-oriented take-aways from the decision-summaries collected in the corresponding monthly pamphlets.

Negligence Practice Newsletter September 2020

Negligence Practice Newsletter October 2020

Negligence Practice Newsletter November 2020

Negligence Practice Newsletter December 2020

Negligence Practice Newsletter January 2021

Negligence Practice Newsletter February 2021

Negligence Practice Newsletter March 2021

Negligence Practice Newsletter April 2021

Negligence Practice Newsletter May 2021

Negligence Practice Newsletter June 2021

Negligence Practice Newsletter July 2021

Negligence Practice Newsletter August 2021

Civil Procedure Practice Newsletters

Succinct distillations of the main practice-oriented take-aways from the decision-summaries collected in the corresponding monthly pamphlets.

Civil Procedure Practice Newsletter September 2020

Civil Procedure Practice Newsletter October 2020

Civil Procedure Practice Newsletter November 2020

Civil Procedure Practice Newsletter December 2020

Civil Procedure Practice Newsletter January 2021

Civil Procedure Practice Newsletter February 2021

Civil Procedure Practice Newsletter March 2021

Civil Procedure Practice Newsletter April 2021

Civil Procedure Practice Newsletter May 2021

Civil Procedure Practice Newsletter June 2021

Civil Procedure Practice Newsletter July 2021

Civil Procedure Practice Newsletter August 2021

Criminal Law Practice Newsletters

Succinct distillations of the main practice-oriented take-aways from the decision-summaries collected in the corresponding monthly pamphlets.

Criminal Law Practice Newsletter September 2020

Criminal Law Practice Newsletter October 2020

Criminal Law Practice Newsletter November 2020

Criminal Law Practice Newsletter December 2020

Criminal Law Practice Newsletter January 2021

Criminal Law Practice Newsletter February 2021

Criminal Law Practice Newsletter March 2021

Criminal Law Practice Newsletter April 2021

Criminal Law Practice Newsletter May 2021

Criminal Law Practice Newsletter June 2021

Criminal law Practice Newsletter July 2021

Criminal Law Practice Newsletter August 2021

Targeted Research Memos

(1) Condition vs Cause;

(2 ) Conforming Pleadings to Proof;

(3) Summary Judgment–Evidence First Submitted in Reply;

(4) Is It Medical Malpractice?–Issues Tangential to Diagnosis and Treatment;

(5) Dead Man’s Statute;

(6) How Do You Prove Documents Were Mailed?

(7) Bus Rec Except, Admissions, Dead Man’s Stat.;

(8) Municipal Liability in Tort;

(9) Arbitration Agreements and Nonsignatories;

(10) CPLR 3216 90-Day Demand

Year in Review 2020

Year in Review–Criminal Evidence Jan – Jun 2020;

Year in Review–Criminal Evidence Jul – Dec 2020;

Year in Review–Labor Law-Construction Law 2020;

Year in Review–“Judge, Can You Do That?”–Sua Sponte 2020

Year in Review–Court of Appeals 2020;

Year in Review–Environmental Law 2020;

Year in Review–Real Property Law 2020; Year in Review–Foreclosure 2020 “Lessons in Hearsay”;

Year in Review–Family Law 2020

“2020 Criminal Evidence Update” —January 1, 2020 – June 30, 2020

The summaries of the decisions and opinions addressing Criminal Evidence posted  between January 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020 have been collected in an organized pamphlet. The “Table of Contents” facilitates a quick review of the issues dealt with so far in 2020. The entries in the “Table of Contents” link to the decision-summaries. Click on “Table of Contents” in the header to return there. To keep up with the latest Criminal Law decisions released after June 30 (as they are posted), simply Click on “Criminal Law” in the Search Panel or in the Footer. The most recent Family Law decision-summaries will come up first.

2020 Criminal Evidence Update

“2019 Court of Appeals Update” Pamphlet—January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

The summaries of the decisions and opinions from the New York State Court of Appeals posted  between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 have been collected in an organized pamphlet. The “Table of Contents” facilitates a quick review of the issues dealt with by the Court of Appeals in 2019. The entries in the “Table of Contents” link to the decision-summaries. Click on “Table of Contents” in the header to return there. To keep up with the latest Court of Appeals decisions released after December 31, 2019 (as they are posted), simply choose “Court of Appeals” in the Search Panel and click on “Search.” The most recent Court of Appeals decision summaries will come up first.

Revised 2019 Court of Appeals Pamphlet

“2019 Family Law Update” Pamphlet—January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

The summaries of the decisions and opinions addressing Family-Law issues posted  between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 have been collected in an organized pamphlet. The “Table of Contents” facilitates a quick review of the issues dealt with in 2019. The entries in the “Table of Contents” link to the decision-summaries. Click on “Table of Contents” in the header to return there. To keep up with the latest Family Law decisions released after December 31, 2019 (as they are posted), simply Click on “Family Law” in the Search Panel or in the Footer. The most recent Family Law decision-summaries will come up first.

Revised 2019 Family Law Update Pamphlet

2019 “Labor Law-Construction Law Update” Pamphlet—January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

The summaries of the decisions and opinions addressing Labor Law-Construction Law issues posted  between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 have been collected in an organized pamphlet. The “Table of Contents” facilitates a quick review of the issues dealt with in 2019. The entries in the “Table of Contents” link to the decision-summaries. Click on “Table of Contents” in the header to return there. To keep up with the latest Labor Law-Construction Law decisions released after December 31, 2019 (as they are posted), simply Click on “Labor Law-Construction Law” in the Search Panel or in the Footer. The most recent Labor Law-Construction Law decision-summaries will come up first.

Revised 2019 Labor Law-Construction Law Update Pamphlet

2019 “Foreclosure Update” Pamphlet—January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

The summaries of the decisions and opinions addressing Foreclosure issues posted between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 have been collected in an organized pamphlet. The “Table of Contents” facilitates a quick review of the issues dealt with in 2019. The entries in the “Table of Contents” link to the decision-summaries. Click on “Table of Contents” in the header to return there. To keep up with the latest Foreclosure decisions released after December 31, 2019 (as they are posted), simply Click on “Foreclosure” in the Search Panel or in the Footer. The most recent Foreclosure decision-summaries will come up first.

Revised 2019 Foreclosure Update Pamphlet

2019 “Real Estate Transactions” Update” Pamphlet—January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

The summaries of the decisions and opinions addressing Real Estate Transactions posted between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 have been collected in an organized pamphlet. The “Table of Contents” facilitates a quick review of the issues dealt with in 2019. The entries in the “Table of Contents” link to the decision-summaries. Click on “Table of Contents” in the header to return there. To keep up with the latest Real Estate Transactions decisions released after December 31, 2019 (as they are posted), simply Click on “Real Estate” in the Search Panel or in the Footer. The most recent Real Estate Transactions decision-summaries will come up first.

Revised 2019 Real Estate Transactions Update Pamphlet

2019 Sua Sponte “Judge, Can You Do That?” Compilation—January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

When can a judge rule on an issue not raised by a party? Or rule on an issue on which no evidence has been presented? Or cut off the presentation of evidence? Or ignore a prior order? The 2019 “Sua Sponte, ‘Judge, Can You Do That?’ ” compilation is a collection of summaries of appellate decisions on these topic,s civil and criminal, released in 2019.

Revised 2019 Sua Sponte “Judge Can You Do That?” Compilation