Here is a great new law signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The following is a synopsis by Michael Jaffe, President of the NYSTLA. Note that the new law does not cover the Port Authority. Thanks to Vincent Albunio, RCBA member and SI Trial Lawyers Association President for sharing this information!
I have good news to report from Albany: Governor Cuomo has just signed legislation to provide uniform, fair, cost-effective and straightforward statewide procedures for filing a Notice of Claim.
NYSTLA members, leaders and our lobbyists have worked tirelessly to educate lawmakers on the need for this important practice bill.
Over the decades, hundreds of government-created entities have been granted the right to such notice, governed by a multiplicity of inconsistent procedural rules and time limits for such notices. By providing for uniform procedures and time limits, and allowing service of Notices of Claim through the Secretary of State, this bill will eliminate expensive and time-consuming litigation over unnecessarily complex issues of procedure, that unnecessarily burden the courts as well as the governmental and quasi-governmental entities involved.
Here is what it will mean - specifically - for practitioners:
(Please note that the above provisions will not be applicable to multi-state entities – such as the Port Authority – until all relevant states have enacted necessary changes to their statutes.)
We are proud of everyone's hard work in making this bill become law.
Thank you for all that you do to support NYSTLA and the civil justice system.