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McNamee Lochner celebrated its 150th birthday by throwing a party for one of the most popular and beloved figures in the local legal community: retired Appellate Division, Third Department, Presiding Justice Leonard Weiss.

Weiss, who is special counsel to the firm, was honored at a reception April 23 attended by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, Third Department Presiding Justice Karen Peters, Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings and numerous other judges of state and federal courts. As the firm marks its founding in 1863, Weiss is about to celebrate his 90th birthday.

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A Rabbi and his wife have been denied bankruptcy relief by a judge who found that they persistently lied about their income and expenses. In an uncommon denial of discharge, Chief Northern District Bankruptcy Judge Robert Littlefield Jr. said the petition of Daniel and Susan Wolpe was littered with falsehoods. Littlefield denied the debtors the fresh start they sought under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

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The Mohawk Indians of northern New York didn’t even have a word in their language for pollution before the discovery of elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls [PCBs], volatile organic compounds, dibenzofurans, cyanide and fluorides in the St. Lawrence and Grasse rivers and other waterways.

One study traced PCBs released into the St. Lawrence by Alcoa to PCBs in the fish, then into the bodies of Mohawk mothers who ate the fish, into the mothers’ breast milk, into the bodies of their babies and into the babies’ urine, said attorney John Privitera, a shareholder at McNamee Lochner in Albany.

“Basically, this community is a fishing community,” Privitera said. “But when they realized that the fish were polluted in the mid-1980s, they just abandoned fishing.”