Dan Ackman

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Dan Ackman is an American journalist and civil rights lawyer, who graduated from Wesleyan University and Columbia Law School. He has written on law, policy, business, and sports for such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Daily News, Newsday, New York Post, The American Lawyer, The New York Observer, Slate, Inc., Pink Magazine, Salon and Forbes. He has also been a columnist for Forbes.com, BreakingViews and the Wall Street Journal's Law Page. At Forbes.com, writing about everything from the Enron scandal to the pornography industry,[1][2] he was named a finalist for the Online Journalism Award.[3] He has appeared as a commentator on CNN, NPR, PBS, CNBC, CBS, the BBC, C-SPAN, Fox News, ESPN Radio and Fox Business.

Some of his notable television appearances include:

  • CNBC on Dennis Kozlowski's Appeal[4]
  • NPR on the Frank Quattrone trial[5]
  • CNN on Martha Stewart[6]
  • The James Goodale Show on the Rather Report[7]
  • Fox News/The O'Reilly Factor
  • NPR on the Alfred Taubman price-fixing prosecution[8]
  • CNN on the Dennis Kozlowski trial[9]

In addition to writing about law and business, Ackman has written extensively about off-beat sporting events such as ping pong,[10] outrigger canoe racing, Ivy League wrestling,[11] the Army Best Ranger competition,[12] squash, the world cyber-games World Cyber Games, and white collar boxing Gleason's gym.

Civil rights law[edit]

As a lawyer, Ackman has successfully represented taxi drivers in claims against the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC).[13][14] These victories include:

  • An order opening the TLC courts to the public,[15][16][17][18]
  • A ruling in the case of Padberg v. McGrath-McKechnie that TLC courts systemically deprived taxi drivers of their constitutional rights to due process, by suspending their licenses based solely on allegations that they had refused to pick up passengers based on the passengers' race[19]
  • An order requiring Mayor Giuliani to testify in the Padberg v. McGrath-McKechnie case. Ackman recalled the deposition in an article he wrote for Slate in 2008.[20]
  • A $7 million judgment for victims of the Mayor Giuliani's and the TLC's Operation Refusal policy.[21][22][23]
  • A summary judgment order holding that the TLC violated the Fourth Amendment and Due Process rights of motorists by seizing their vehicles without a warrant or any valid exception to the warrant requirement.[24]

On March 25, 2011, in Nnebe v. Daus, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated in large part a district court ruling that permitted the TLC to suspend a taxi driver based solely on an arrest (including misdemeanor arrests) and continue that suspension without a meaningful hearing, and without any evidence or suspicion that the driver had ever harmed a passenger. (New York Law Journal, March 28, 2011).[25] (Writing for Forbes about the earlier district court ruling, University of Chicago Law Professor Richard Epstein attacked that ruling, saying the court ignored the "obvious need for an expanded initial hearing that lets the driver give his version of the facts and, if need be, to post a bond to continue to earn his livelihood." [26] Professor Epstein noted as well that 90% of the cabbies who were arrested and suspended over the years were ultimately exonerated.)

Another case, Rothenberg v. Daus, contests TLC's practice of revoking taxicab drivers' licenses who are convicted of a crime, including non-violent misdemeanors and even traffic infractions, almost always occurring when the cab driver was off duty. The TLC had succeeded in winning a motion to dismiss, but the Second Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the district court order and reinstated] all of the cabdrivers' claims.

Ackman is challenging the legitimacy of the city's administrative law tribunals in two lawsuits pending in the New York federal courts and has led the successful effort to discredit the TLC's charges that a majority of the city's taxi drivers have overcharged passengers.[27][28][29][30][31][32]


  1. ^ Ackman, Dan (2002-01-15). "Enron The Incredible". Forbes.com. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  2. ^ "The Perils of Covering Porn". Online Journalism Review. 2002-04-03. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  3. ^ "Online Journalism Award Winners Announced". Writenews.com. 2001-11-02. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  4. ^ [1] Archived July 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "IPO Probe Has Banker on Trial". NPR. 2003-10-10. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  6. ^ "CNN.com". CNN.
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110713000530/http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7871173293274985268. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Sotheby's Trial Update". NPR. 2001-11-22. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  9. ^ "CNN.com". CNN.
  10. ^ Ackman, Dan (July 7, 2009). "Ping Pong on the Vegas Strip". The Wall Street Journal. New York: Dow Jones. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  11. ^ Ackman, Dan (March 12, 2009). "Ivy-League Cornell Takes On College Wrestling's Giants". The Wall Street Journal. New York: Dow Jones. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  12. ^ Ackman, Dan (May 2, 2006). "The Winners Wore Camouflage". The Wall Street Journal. New York: Dow Jones. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  13. ^ Chan, Sewell (2005-01-08). "Lawyer Says Taxi Judges Are Unfair to Cabbies". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
  14. ^ "Jack Trask, Yellow Peril: Good Cabbies Are Being Punished by the TLC". New York Press. 2001-02-14. Archived from the original on June 28, 2004.
  15. ^ Kennedy, Randy (2000-03-11). "Lawsuit by a Journalism Student Opens 'Taxi Court' to Outsiders". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
  16. ^ Haberman, Clyde (2000-03-14). "Is Censorship Contagious in New York". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
  17. ^ "Darts & Laurels: Dan Ackman". Columbia Journalism Review. May 2000.[dead link]
  18. ^ "Hack Justice: One Lawyer-Journalist's Cab Ride Through a Land the Law Forgot". American Lawyer. June 2000. Archived from the original on 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  19. ^ Kennedy, Randy (2002-05-01). "Cabbies Entitled to Hearings, Judge Rules". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
  20. ^ "Operation Refusal: Giuliani's sorry crackdown on New York City's taxi drivers". Slate. 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  21. ^ Lueck, Thomas J. (2006-03-08). "New York City to Pay Settlement to Taxi Drivers Accused of Bias". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
  22. ^ "NYC to Settle Suit Filed by Cab Drivers". Associated Press. 2006-03-06.[dead link]
  23. ^ "NYC to Settle Cab Driver Discrimination Suit". 1010WINS. 2006-03-06.[dead link]
  24. ^ "Taxi and Limousine Commission seizing of cars is unconstitutional, federal judge rules". 2015-01-15. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
  25. ^ "Nnebe v. Daus". Legal Eagle. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  26. ^ Epstein, Richard (2009-10-20). "A Plea For Procedural Due Process". Forbes. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  27. ^ Ackman, Dan (2006-02-12). "The Price of Justice". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
  28. ^ Ackman, Dan. "The Amazing, Improbable, But Arguably Brilliant Career of Sam Sloan". Archived from the original on 2007-02-03. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  29. ^ Ackman, Dan; Desai, Bhairavi (2010-03-23). "TLC Statistics are Taking Honest New York City Cabbies for a Ride". NYDailyNews.com. New York Daily News. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  30. ^ Horan, Kathleen (2012-01-24). "High Court Ruling On GPS Tracking Could Affect City Taxi Suit". WNYC.org. New York Public Radio. Archived from the original on 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  31. ^ "NYC Cabbies Fight GPS Tracking". CourthouseNews.com. Courthouse News Service. 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  32. ^ Kennedy, Douglas (2012-05-03). "Taking Liberties: Cab Driver Isn't Paranoid, the Government Is Watching Him". FoxNews.com. Fox News. Retrieved 2013-12-22.

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