Sheldon Silver

Silver subpoenas ‘corrupt’ doctor’s grant documents

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has subpoenaed documents involving grants from Dr. Robert Taub, who reportedly referred asbestos patients to former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's private law firm in exchange for state research funds.

Sheldon Silver Trial Set to Begin Nov. 2

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's corruption trial will begin Nov. 2, 2015. Prosecutors from the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office plan to call Dr. Robert Taub as a witness. Taub allegedly referred asbestos patients to former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's private law firm in exchange for state research funds.

Jury likely to hear ‘corrupt’ doc’s damning testimony in Silver trial

A federal judge says she will likely allow the jury to hear Dr. Robert Taub's testimony in a corruption case against former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, including an email Taub allegedly sent in 2010 about his disapproval of Weitz & Luxenberg's practices. The email will be introduced later in the trial, during cross examination, the judge says. The trial will begin Nov. 2, 2015.

Bharara: Glenwood officials felt ‘concern, surprise, and fear’ on Silver payments

U.S. District Attorney Preet Bharara said the government expects Dr. Robert Taub, who allegedly exchanged asbestos patient referrals to former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's private law firm for state research funds, to testify about his disapproval of Weitz & Luxenberg. Bharara says Taub will most likely testify that he "would not have sent dozens of patients to Silver at Weitz & Luxenberg, resulting in millions of dollars to Silver personally."

‘Corruption’ doc set to deliver death blow to Sheldon Silver

Dr. Robert Taub, who allegedly referred asbestos patients to former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's private law firm in exchange for state research funds, says he was unhappy with the deal. According to court papers, Taub began referring mesothelioma patients to other asbestos plaintiff lawyers once the speaker stopped the grants.

Sheldon Silver Swipes at Pretrial Evidence Dump

With the federal trial set for November 2, 2015, New York State Assemblyman Sheldon Silver's lawyer protested the timing of production of evidence by prosecutors. Silver has been facing charges since January that he accepted more than $6 million in bribes and kickbacks from asbestos client referrals to a law firm and also for favors for real estate developers.

Lawyers ordered to create new rules for asbestos-litigation cases

Manhattan Judge Peter Moulton, who oversees the asbestos docket, is ordering an overhaul of the case management orders that guide asbestos litigation, which, the article notes, "have been a multi-million-dollar spigot for Assemblyman Sheldon Silver’s old law firm and many others." The American Tort Reform Association has named NYCAL as the No. 1 "judicial hellhole" because it is home to the country's highest asbestos verdicts. Counsel for plaintiffs and defendants will negotiate revisions to the NYCAL case management orders, then Judge Moulton will intercede as necessary.

Sheldon Silver Loses Bid To Toss Corruption Case

Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who allegedly used his position at a private law firm to conceal millions of dollars earned illegally through asbestos claimant referrals, lost a second bid to have federal corruption charges dismissed. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni said, "None of Silver's arguments is persuasive." Silver will face trial in November 2015.

Legislators doubling as lawyers raked in $4.2M in 2014

Forty-two New York state legislators who are attorneys earned as much as $4.2 million in 2014 from private law practice, according to a new report from the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York. Personal injury lawyers earned the most, with an average of $239,000. "One has to wonder if the personal injury lawyer-legislators are in office to serve the interests of New York, or their personal-injury law firms," the Alliance's Executive Director Tom Stebbins said. Stebbins referenced the indictment of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who allegedly received millions in illegal bribes and kickbacks through asbestos client "referrals" over a multi-year period.

Ford accused Weitz & Luxenberg of gaming asbestos recovery system during $11M case; Firm denied claims

Court records show that in 2014, Ford Motor Company said Weitz & Luxenberg, the employer of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was gaming the asbestos tort system. Silver is accused of using the private firm to conceal illegal kickbacks for asbestos claimant referrals. Also, Ford's attorneys said regarding the plaintiff firm's failure to file viable claims with asbestos bankruptcy trusts, “The only conceivable motive for plaintiffs’ counsel’s failure to file such meritorious claims is gamesmanship, pure and simple."

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