December 26, 2019.  The New York Supreme Court Appellate Division issued a decision in the case, Breest v. Haggis, concerning interpretation of New York City’s Victims of Gender-Motivated Violence Protection Act, which was modeled on the federal Violence Against Women Act that Professor Goldfarb helped draft. The court’s precedent-setting decision held that allegations of rape or sexual assault are sufficient to state a claim of gender-motivated violence and that additional evidence of gender-based animus is not required. According to the New York Times, this is “a significant ruling that could make it easier to file sexual assault lawsuits in New York City.” In addition to adopting reasoning from Professor Goldfarb’s amicus curiae brief, the opinion cites her law review article.   https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2019/12/26/first-dept-says-sexual-assault-claims-against-filmmaker-paul-haggis-were-properly-pleaded/kw=First%20Dept.%20Says%20Sexual%20Assault%20Claims%20Against%20Filmmaker%20Paul%20Haggis%20Were%20Properly%20Pleaded