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Richman Law Group prides itself on combining law and policy work by contributing to social justice issues. RLG has partnered with numerous non-profits to further the goal of Tikun Olam (repairing the world). RLG has also litigated many cases on behalf of consumer watchdog groups and has donated to charities such as Chilis on Wheels, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, to fund an Earth Day activity in NYC. 

Richman Law Group is involved with the following:

Richman Law Group’s founding partner, Kim Richman, serves as the New York chair of NACA and RLG’s managing attorney, Clark Binkley, serves as the Outreach Liaison. NACA’s mission is to promote consumer justice and curb unfair and abusive business practices. During this time they have helped draft amicus curiae briefs on behalf of NACA in support of consumer litigation including Cox v. Spirit Airlines, Inc., 786 F. App’x 283 (2d Cir. 2019) and Mount v. PulsePoint, Inc., 684 F. App’x 32 (2d Cir. 2017). They have also led the charge in lobbying for amendments to NY’s consumer protection laws, ensuring consumers are protected against unfair business practices. Please see the link for more information.

Although New York is a leader in certain other areas of consumer protection, it lags far behind at least 39 other states when it comes to protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices. New York’s current law, GBL § 349, has not been significantly updated in decades.

The law bans deceptive business acts and practices but not unfair acts or practices, as most other states do, leaving New Yorkers vulnerable. CSPA will amend GBL § 349 to bring the state’s consumer protection standards up to date. 

Richman Law Group is hosting the 2020 Food Systems Summit on the heels of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This Summit will take place over the course of 6 weeks and will be hosted online. 

As food production becomes increasingly industrialized, efficiency and profit come at the expense of the environment, animal welfare, and human health. Modern production practices from grain farms to the meat and dairy industry pollute waterways, force animals into brutal factory conditions, and release harmful contaminants into the food supply. With federal regulations failing to keep up, new approaches are needed to keep our food systems safe, sustainable, and humane.

The objective of the Summit will be to harness decades of the most effective legal actions and policy thinking in defense of our food systems and further develop new and innovative strategies for decades to come to propel our collective work on the front lines of grassroots advocacy and litigation alike. The Summit will feature a mix of presentations by academia, leaders of nonprofit organizations, and progressive trade associations and businesses. 

You can register for our virtual Summit online here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-systems-summit-webinar-tickets-90789368445

Richman Law Group (RLG) has remained dedicated to the fight against pesticide use in City parks. Pesticides affect all New Yorkers and everyone should be made aware of the negative consequences of pesticide use. That is why we partnered with Council Member Ben Kallos and Legislative Director Wilfredo Lopez on Intro. Bill 1524-2019 to ban the use of pesticides on City property. RLG supported The Black Institute’s “Poison Parks” report, hosted coalition meetings, and attended the hearing on Intro. Bill 1524-2019. The bill is currently laid over in committee with more updates to follow. You can download the report here.

Richman Law Group is also actively involved in the democratic process. Firm partner, Kim Richman, acted as the panel administrator for the Independent Judicial Screening Panel for the 6th District Civil Court in Manhattan. In this role, Kim ensured that the Democratic nominee for the judgeship was qualified and truly chosen by the people – rather than a party insider.

If you would like to partner with Richman Law Group in the future, please reach out to us by emailing at information@richmanlawgroup.com