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2 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for New York on

Q: Where do I even start with a bad faith claim against my car insurance company?

William P. Lalor answered on Dec 7, 2018

Bad faith law is governed by state law. Depending on your jurisdiction there may be avenues to pursue through the state or ultimately through litigation. Many insurance lawyers will speak with you at no cost to give you some idea of your options and avenues to pursue.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Connecticut on

Q: If I create IP not specified in my contract, do I own it?

I'm a pastor. I've created some stuff for use in church, and now have people who want to buy it, but my church says they own it. Nothing in my contract specifies who owns the copyright to my work, which I thought meant it belongs to me since IP creators are presumed owners. Who's right?

William P. Lalor answered on Jul 24, 2018

All depends on what your contract says, the nature of your creation, and other circumstances not clear from your question. So the short answer is, "it depends."

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith for New York on

Q: My father died almost three years ago and his home where I lived and rental properties were in trust and transferred to

me ...I have been paying homeowners on all and it has come to my attention that the agent did not put my name on the policies ...is she liable for not correcting this and can I get the money I paid in premiums on policies that she still kept in my fathers name for some reason reimbursed to me..I... Read more »

William P. Lalor answered on Jul 24, 2018

I don't fully understand your situation, but if there was an underwriting mistake or omission, whether because of the agent or otherwise, as a result of which you are not an insured when you ought to have been an insured, you might have avenues to pursue.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for New York on

Q: I recently started a job with a company, but found out that they are thinking of shutting down.

I left another job and it is unclear whether they are simply planning to restructure, and shuffle me to another division or lay me off. One strange thing is that I felt my immediate manager had no training plan or clear assignment for me, and when I asked him, he confirmed that he was thinking... Read more »

William P. Lalor answered on Jul 24, 2018

If you are an at-will employee and there is no employment or labor contract, your employer can terminate your employment for almost any reason. There are exceptions if the termination is discriminatory or you are otherwise somehow protected, but at-will status is the general rule in NY.

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