NEW YORK — Benjamin’s Law, a prominent New York law firm that helped convict former Gov.
Andrew Cuomo, will receive a $10 million settlement from the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for its handling of a death from a cocaine overdose.
Lawyers for Benjamin’s law and a lawyer representing the Cuomo administration had argued the firm was improperly negligent in its handling and treatment of the case.
The state Department Of Health and New York Attorney General’s Office said in a news release that Benjamin’s was “responsible for the death of a young man in 2014 and was negligent in failing to report his death and to investigate the circumstances of his death properly.”
The state said Benjamin’s “negligent and deficient” conduct resulted in the death, and that the firm should pay $9 million.
The case involved a 28-year-old man who died of a cocaine addiction in the Bronx in 2014.
Benjamin’s lawyer said the client had overdosed on cocaine at his apartment.
The man’s family said they were not notified of his deaths until a year later.
Benjamin was not named in the case and did not respond to requests for comment.
The department said it could not comment on pending litigation.
Benard’s Law has also been accused of violating the state’s whistleblower protection laws by failing to provide timely information to its clients and failing to disclose serious safety issues.
It was one of several law firms that were sued by Cuomo’s former chief of staff, David Lauterbach, who is seeking a $2 million jury award against the firm.