New York Court of Appeals Reverses Lower Court Decision and Upholds Local Law 15

Local Law 15 was adopted in 2009 and among other things included law firms that do debt collection and asset buyers to the list of entities regulated by the city.

Two law firms, Eric M. Berman PC and Lacy Katzen LLP, sued the city over the law, arguing it encroached on the state’s authority to regulate lawyers. A federal judge sided with the law firms in 2012.

On appeal the Second Circuit overturned the initial ruling, but asked the New York State Court of Appeals for help with the following:

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