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Mary Pilon is the New York Times bestselling author of The Monopolists and The Kevin Show. She cowrote and cohosted the audio series Twisted: The True Story of Larry Nassar and the Women Who Took Him Down. She previously covered sports at The New York Times and business at The Wall Street Journal. She is a story producer on BS High, HBO’s documentary about the Bishop Sycamore High School football scandal, and is co-directing a documentary about pickleball for Peter Berg’s Film 45. Find more of her work at MaryPilon.com.

Articles written by Mary Pilon

How Dads Get Custody in NYC

Fathers fare well in New York custody battles in the 21st century

In the 1979 Academy Award-winning film Kramer vs. Kramer, a custody battle erupts between Ted and Joanna Kramer (Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep) over their son Billy. Because we’re following Ted’s story, and we’ve seen how much he loves his son, we tend to root for Ted in this battle. We agree with their neighbor, played by Jane Alexander, who tells Joanna from the stand, “You don’t know how hard he’s tried. They’re beautiful together, just beautiful.” But the court hasn’t …

Should I Join a Class Action Lawsuit in New York?

New York legal specialists weigh in

We’ve all received that letter. Out of the blue, a law firm lets us know that a product we bought, or a pharmaceutical we used, or a company we worked for, is being sued as part of a class action lawsuit. Many of us throw the letter away. Should we? And how did they get our name anyway? How They Get Our Names The lawyer can’t just get names, says Marc J. Bern, a class action attorney with Bern Ripka. “You can’t call up AT&T and say, ‘Who did you defraud? Can you send us a list of …

Even Legal Immigration Carries Risks in New York

Coming to America has its legal obstacles

Editor’s Note: This article was written before President Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order regarding refugees and immigrants.   We’ve been talking about immigration seemingly forever, but generally of the illegal variety. So what about legal immigration—professionals coming to the U.S. to work and possibly live? Surely that’s going OK.   Nope.   “It comes as a big shock to a lot of companies and startups that it can be so difficult to come or stay here,” says Anastasia Tonello, …

Resolving Conflicts Out of the Courtroom

With court costs and delays, alternative dispute resolution is gaining ground in New York

The legal system, author Henry Miller said, “is often a mystery, and we, its priests, preside over rituals baffling to everyday citizens.” So when an opportunity comes along to reduce that mystery and bafflement, many lawyers and consumers are eager to participate. Alternative dispute resolution is such an opportunity, letting parties resolve disputes outside the formal court process. What is Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)? ADR is a catchall term that describes conflict resolution …

Captain America's Lawyer

After a troubled childhood in the Bronx, Ross J. Charap emerged to fight for truth, justice and intellectual property  

In 1940, Joe Simon, a 20-something Jewish kid from Rochester, was riding on the upper deck of the Fifth Avenue bus, furious. He knew what was going on in Europe, hated Nazi Germany, wanted to deck Adolf Hitler. America wouldn’t even enter the war for another year, but Simon worked in the comic book industry; so he thought, why not create a character who could give Hitler a knuckle sandwich? “The sun was shining brightly, and I’m sitting there on the bus, and it’s going to be Sergeant …

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