It is with deep regret that we must announce the passing of our partner and friend Melvyn J. Falis, Esq.  Melvyn has been a valued and trusted partner since 1988 and his friendship and counsel will be deeply missed.

On February 11, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in Manhattan, issued a significant decision interpreting the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and the International Child Abduction Act (ICARA), affirming part of an order directing the mother to return her children to Turkey, and allowing the…

AS REPORTED ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL ON AUGUST 8, 2012 – GKN wins landmark appeal dismissing derivative claims against joint venture partner in appellate decision making significant new precedent in New York corporate law differentiating between direct and derivative claims. In a comprehensive decision issued by the First Department…

Today, in the arbitration styled Scott Carle and John Simmons v. Gail Markham Brown, Lehman Brothers Inc., Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc., Regions Financial Corp., James Timothy Ritt, Randy Jay Ross, and Wachovia Securities, LLC, FINRA No. 09-02090 (consolidated with 09-02091), the Arbitration Panel unanimously dismissed Claimants’ $2,848,287 claims against GKN’s client, a former Lehman…

The Board of the New York County Lawyers’ Association adopted, published and submitted Comments on the New York State Unified Court System’s Proposed Amendments of the Request for Judicial Intervention (RJI) Form, which comments were drafted by GKN’s Brian Graifman, who is credited on the published report.  The RJI Form is the state-wide form used…

Today, in the arbitration styled Edwin Joseph Forte, III v. David Scott Isolano and Max International Broker/Dealer Corp., FINRA No. 11-02655, the Arbitration Panel unanimously dismissed Claimant’s $120,000, multi-count Statement of Claim, with claims related to alleged violations of New York Labor Law and unpaid wages, filed against GKN client, Max International Broker/Dealer and David…

Brian D. Graifman, Counsel at GKN, has been chosen to Co-Chair the Supreme Court Committee of the New York County Lawyer’s Association (NYCLA).  NYCLA was established over a century ago, and is one of the most influential bar associations in the country, with over 9,000 current members.  The Supreme Court Committee is one of NYCLA’s…

FINRA fined Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith $1 Million for failure to arbitrate disputes with employees relating to retention bonuses, an investigation that was triggered by two of GKN’s successful cases on behalf of registered representatives defending against Merrill’s claims in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan. In GKN’s cases, a Merrill non-registered…

Today, in the arbitration styled Robert Henry Lipka v. Katherine F. Alcorn and Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., FINRA No. 10-01554, the Arbitration Panel unanimously dismissed Claimant’s $2,000,000, 12 count Statement of Claim, with claims related to defamation, wrongful termination, and tortious interference, filed against GKN client, Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. and further issued…

Today, in the arbitration styled Jean Poole and Dolores Poole, as trustees of the Poole Family revocable Trust, dated December 15, 1995 v. Perelman-Carley & Associates n/k/a Farnham Street Brokerage Company, StockCross Financial Services, Inc., et al., FINRA No. 10-01554, the Arbitration Panel unanimously granted GKN client, StockCross Financial Services, Inc.’s, motion to dismiss the…