Jonathan Lippman

Cracking down on lenders and debt agencies
5:55 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

New York moves to protect troubled borrowers

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman proposes reforms to consumer debt cases in state courts with new filing requirements for collectors of so-called "zombie" debts.
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In separate actions, New York officials are cracking down on companies taking advantage of troubled borrowers. 

The Department of Financial Services issued subpoenas to nine lending companies in the state Tuesday. The state's bank regulator is investigating them for what are called "loan-to-own" schemes.

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November Ballot Referendum
10:03 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Mixed reaction to proposal raising NY judge retirement age

New York's Court of Appeals, the state's highest court.
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A proposal on Tuesday’s ballot in New York would raise the retirement age for some state judges from 70 to age 80. Opponents say the measure is too flawed to be approved. Supporters include the state's 68 year old chief judge Jonathan Lippmann, who says the law created in 1869 is an "anachronism".

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Legal counsel for the poor
10:35 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Courts make case for more civil legal aid

Testimony at NY appellate court hearing on expanding civil legal aid to the poor
Credit Charles Lane

New York’s top judge is holding hearings this week on the benefit of providing civil legal services to the poor.  A US Supreme Court case guaranteed legal counsel to people accused of crimes, but that same right is not given to people going through civil court.  New York courts are trying to change that.  

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Mandating charity meets resistance
7:59 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Rules boosting pro bono work postponed

NY Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman
Credit AP

New York's chief judge is postponing the implementation of new rules designed to boost the amount of pro bono work lawyers do in the state. 

This comes amidst an outcry from the state's bar association that the new rules are an invasion of privacy.

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