BLJ: Cyber crooks push limits

In April, the Erie County Medical Center was the victim of a ransomware attack that shut down the internal computer systems including email, electronic medical records and billing. The perpetrators demanded thousands of dollars from the hospital, which officials refused to pay. It took ECMC several months to get the systems back up and running. Ransomware experts said while this may be the most visible case, it’s a growing issue locally with attacks occurring daily. “Ransomware has really been…

BLJ: Former hedge fund trader pleads guilty to wire fraud

Michael Wilson, the Cleveland-based hedge fund trader who purchased two Town of Hamburg homes in 2008 for $6.3 million, pleaded guilty to wire fraud before Senior U.S. District Judge William Skretny on July 18. Wilson, 30, is a dual citizen with Canada. He admitted defrauding investors of more than $10 million between June 2008 and July 2010. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Allen Jr., who is handling the…

Immigrants wait as backlog grows

While the Trump administration’s travel ban has attracted significant attention, other parts of the immigration plan haven’t strayed far from the president’s predecessors. Still other parts could have an impact on the everyday lives of Western New Yorkers. In fact, said immigration attorney Matthew Kolken of Kolken & Kolken who defends cases across the country, President Donald Trump’s plan when it comes to deportations, looks a lot like the Obama administration’s policies on immigration. “One…

Recording police gets OK from Third District Court of Appeals

The Third District Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled in favor of the right to record police activities, affirming the activity is protected under the First Amendment. The case involved a college student in 2013, Richard Fields, and Amanda Geraci, a member of a police watchdog group in 2012, who were interrupted while filming the police in public. A federal judge previously ruled that citizens did not automatically have a First Amendment right to film police activity. In that case, U.S. District…

HoganWillig: ‘One-stop shop’ will focus on city real estate

HoganWillig opened a legal center in the city’s Elmwood District to better serve clients and facilitate relationships with area Realtors. The firm intends the office at 155 Summer St. to be a “one-stop shop,” focusing on real estate in Buffalo, said partner Corey Hogan. “We’ve never seen the resurgence in Buffalo like it is now,” he said. “For me, it’s certainly a joy to behold. I have three children in college or graduate school and I’m hoping that they stay here.” Scott Meacham,…

Horton sets out on his own with law office in Southtowns

Attorney Scott Horton said it made perfect sense to open a law office in Orchard Park. Not only would he be closer to family but he figured there was a need for management law in the Southtowns. “It’s nice to be closer to home and more flexible to come and go if I need to,” he said. “It’s also more convenient to get to my clients.” The office opened in the spring at 4955 Chestnut Ridge Road. Horton is originally from Virginia but moved to Buffalo to work at Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel…

Growth mode in full swing at Bond Schoeneck & King

When James Rooney moved here in 2002, he fell in love with the area. To Rooney, a Boston native who earlier this year was named managing member of the local office of Bond Schoeneck & King, Buffalo is now his home. “About a year into it, I thought, ‘Wow, I really love it here. I am passionate about Buffalo,” he said. “When we first moved here, we thought, ‘The city really has some opportunities to grow.’ To actually see it happen and play some small role in that is incredibly rewarding.” After…

Human trafficking ‘a significant issue in Western New York”

On a recent Tuesday morning, Buffalo City Court Judge Amy Martoche presided over a variety of criminal cases in her courtroom on the second floor of Buffalo City Court. Sprinkled among the cases are those involving several women clad in orange T-shirts and orange sweatpants, shackled and escorted by Erie County sheriff’s deputies. The proceedings take a bit longer when their cases are called, as a court coordinator and a defense attorney meet with Martoche to discuss specifics. Most of the women…

Human trafficking ‘a significant issue in Western New York”

On a recent Tuesday morning, Buffalo City Court Judge Amy Martoche presided over a variety of criminal cases in her courtroom on the second floor of Buffalo City Court. Sprinkled among the cases are those involving several women clad in orange T-shirts and orange sweatpants, shackled and escorted by Erie County sheriff’s deputies. The proceedings take a bit longer when their cases are called, as a court coordinator and a defense attorney meet with Martoche to discuss specifics. Most of the women…