+1,000. At last! I've found *somebody* that knows US law. Well done. Well done.It's a tad more complicated than that and nowhere near as scary as you may think it is. We have a hierarchical court system with trial courts at the bottom, appellate courts in the middle, and the supreme court of the state (they may call it something else but there is always one top court) at the top. A decision by a trial court judge (such as J. Kornreich) is almost never binding beyond the case in which the ruling is made. In other words, a different trial court isn't bound by what a previous trial court did. Now, the trial court may find what the prior trial court decided to be persuasive and a good idea, but it wouldn't be binding.
Trial courts always have to follow the precedent (prior opinions) of the courts of appeal and the supreme court.
In all of that, there are ample opportunities to either overturn a prior decision by a trial court or distinguish it as involving different facts such that it doesn't apply.