New Jersey

  • September 26, 2016

    NJ Sens. Seek To Ban Employers' Use Of Salary History

    A pair of New Jersey state senators have introduced legislation that would prevent employers from asking job applicants about their salary history and from relying on that information to determine potential wages at any stage during the hiring process, Senate Democrats announced Monday.

  • September 26, 2016

    Christie Campaign Replaces Counsel In GW Bridge Suit

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s previous gubernatorial campaign organization, accused in consolidated putative class actions over the George Washington Bridge scandal, on Monday replaced its attorney from Squire Patton Boggs LLP with the head of Linklaters LLP’s Washington, D.C., litigation and government investigations practice.

  • September 26, 2016

    Costco Sued By Shoppers For Taxing Toilet Paper In NJ

    Costco Wholesale Corp. is facing a putative class action in New Jersey state court from shoppers who accuse the bargain warehouse chain of overcharging Garden State consumers for toilet paper with a tax that by law shouldn't be applied.

  • September 26, 2016

    GWB Scandal Architect Says Plot Targeted 1st Day Of School

    The architect behind the George Washington Bridge lane closures testified Monday at the trial of two former public officials that they took part in a political payback scheme against a mayor, saying the group sought to increase traffic woes by closing the lanes on the first day of classes at local schools.

  • September 26, 2016

    Info Technology Companies Charged With H-1B Visa Fraud

    A New York man, two information technology companies he partially owns and one of his employees have been charged with fraud in New Jersey federal court, accused of conspiring to lie on applications for H-1B visas for temporary immigrant employees with specialized skills.

  • September 26, 2016

    NJ High Court To Mull State's Subpoena Power In FCA Action

    The New Jersey Supreme Court said Friday it will review a finding that the state attorney general cannot subpoena two former employees of a pharmacy benefits company targeted in a False Claims Act suit because the deadline had passed for the state to intervene in the case.

  • September 26, 2016

    US Says Chinese Trading Co. Evaded N. Korea Sanctions

    The U.S. has accused a Chinese trading company of helping a North Korean corporation get around sanctions and access the U.S. financial system via shell companies with the help of Mossack Fonseca, according to a criminal indictment unsealed on Monday.

  • September 23, 2016

    GWB Scandal Figure Says 'Rule' Meant Only Christie Mattered

    The mastermind behind the George Washington Bridge lane closures testified Friday at the trial of two former public officials that the three of them banded together on a mission to advance the agenda of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie through the influence of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

  • September 23, 2016

    NJ Ruling May Widen Exposure To Excessive Jury Awards

    A recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision that judges considering motions to modify jury awards should rely on the specific facts of a case as opposed to past verdicts leaves defendants vulnerable to arbitrarily determined, and possibly excessive, damage payouts, experts say.

  • September 23, 2016

    Hanjin Shipping Asks 3rd Circ. Not To Waive No-Seize Order

    Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd. urged the Third Circuit on Thursday to reject an emergency bid by several maritime companies to skirt a New Jersey court order barring U.S. creditors from seizing any of the South Korean container carrier’s assets, saying they don’t merit extraordinary special treatment.

  • September 23, 2016

    Stay In Ex-Goldman Coder's Suit Against FBI Is Clarified

    A New Jersey federal judge clarified an opinion staying malicious prosecution claims brought by a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. programmer who beat a federal conviction over stolen source code, saying Thursday that the accused FBI agent can raise immunity defenses pending the outcome of a related state court appeal.

  • September 23, 2016

    PennEast Makes Route Changes To Controversial Gas Pipeline

    PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC announced seven changes to the route of its proposed $1.6 billion natural gas pipeline through Pennsylvania and New Jersey on Friday, saying that the alterations were made in an effort to protect the environment, but environmental groups disagreed.

  • September 23, 2016

    Moot Claims No Reason To Deny Class Cert., 3rd Circ. Says

    A three-judge panel of the Third Circuit tossed two “thoughtful and thorough” opinions from the district court in New Jersey, saying that after the claims of the named plaintiffs in a potential habeas class action involving unauthorized immigrants were mooted, the court was wrong to rule on the merits of the claims and then dismiss the class certification motion as unnecessary.

  • September 23, 2016

    High Court Urged To Hear Google, Viacom Child Privacy Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to weigh in on whether Google and Viacom violated the Video Privacy Protection Act and other federal statutes by allegedly tracking children's internet and video-viewing activities, with petitioners claiming that a recent Third Circuit opinion "would eviscerate wiretap protections for internet communications."

  • September 23, 2016

    Sloppy Deals With Cocoa Co-op Doom Trader’s $2.6M Award

    A New York federal judge has freed a Peruvian cocoa and coffee growing cooperative from a $2.6 million arbitral award, saying a cocoa trader never showed that the farmers “actually knew” that their contracts included references to an arbitration agreement.

  • September 22, 2016

    SharkNinja Escapes Defective Vacuum Class Action

    A New Jersey federal judge swept away class action claims alleging SharkNinja knowingly made and sold defective vacuums, ruling there's no evidence to support a plausible claim for relief under the state’s consumer fraud laws.

  • September 22, 2016

    J&J Invokana Suits Should Be An MDL, Patients Say

    Patients suing Johnson & Johnson over harm to their kidneys allegedly caused by the company's Invokana diabetes drug asked the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday to consolidate 56 individual actions in New Jersey federal court.

  • September 22, 2016

    Drug Cos. Tell 3rd Circ. To Affirm Eye Drop Suit Dismissal

    Pfizer, Merck and others urged the Third Circuit on Wednesday not to revive litigation accusing the drugmakers of boosting prescription eye drop sales by using bottles that dispensed bigger-than-needed drops, contending that a lower court correctly found the patients didn't show sufficient injury.

  • September 22, 2016

    GWB Defendant Said Not To Call Town Officials, Witness Says

    A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive said Thursday at the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial that one of the defendants indirectly told her not to call back concerned local officials during the week of the closures and claimed he later falsely testified before a legislative committee that there had been communication breakdowns.

  • September 22, 2016

    35 States Sue Indivior In Antitrust Row Over Suboxone

    Top prosecutors for New York and Pennsylvania said Thursday they have joined forces with 33 other states to lodge an antitrust suit against Indivior in Pennsylvania federal court, alleging that the British drugmaker is unlawfully attempting to keep a generic version of opiate addiction treatment Suboxone off the market.

Expert Analysis

  • The Latest On Electronic Billboards In NJ

    Christopher John Stracco

    The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently reversed a decision prohibiting the placement of electronic billboards along Interstate 287 in Franklin Township. This ruling is contrasted with a Third Circuit decision that upheld an ordinance completely banning billboards in Mount Laurel Township, say attorneys with Day Pitney LLP.

  • Overhauling Law Firm Records Departments For A New Reality

    Raymond Fashola

    As automation increases, so do business challenges that impact overall law firm operations. Records departments are facing roadblocks associated with antiquated processes, ever-changing regulatory requirements, and emerging technologies. As a result, firms are reassessing the needs of their records department staffing models, says Raymond Fashola of HBR Consulting.

  • New Jersey Joins National Majority On Contractor Insurance

    J. Stephen Berry

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that property damage caused by subcontractors' shoddy workmanship qualifies as an occurrence under the general contractor's liability insurance policy. This decision may be indicative of a larger trend involving one of the most frequently litigated insurance dispute questions of the past decade, say lawyers from Dentons.

  • Unclaimed Property Law: What Oil And Gas Cos. Should Know

    Carol Lynn Thompson

    States have recently stepped up enforcement of unclaimed property laws to generate additional revenue and the oil and gas industry has become an attractive target. Because unclaimed property compliance obligations can be particularly complex it is critical that companies understand the current landscape and the best ways to navigate the audit process, say attorneys at Sidley Austin LLP.

  • The Post-Daimler Split On In Personam Jurisdiction

    Albert Piccerilli

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Daimler AG v. Bauman, lower courts have been grappling with the issue of whether a corporate defendant that is not incorporated under the laws of the forum state, and does not have its principal place of business there, may nevertheless be subject to the forum’s general in personam jurisdiction if it is registered to do business in the forum state. Members of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoa... (continued)

  • 3 Steps To Successful Judgment Enforcement

    Craig Weiner

    Judgment enforcement is typically governed by the law of the state where collection is sought, which frequently means collection efforts are controlled by an arcane body of law replete with debtor-friendly roadblocks. Fortunately, there are a number of actions a judgment creditor can take to secure satisfaction of a claim, say Craig Weiner and Michael Kolcun of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Bolstering New Jersey's Historically Weak 'Duty To Defend'

    Steven J. Pudell

    Thanks to Burd v. Sussex Mutual Insurance Company in 1970, New Jersey's "duty to defend" has been the weakest in the nation, providing policyholders with limited protection from lawsuits. The recent Cooper Industries v. Employees Insurance of Wausau may be the first step toward weakening or overturning Burd, say Robert Chesler and Steven Pudell of Anderson Kill PC.

  • Parsing Negligence Vs. Gross Negligence In New Jersey

    Timothy R. Freeman

    In Steinberg v. Sahara Sam’s Oasis LLC, the New Jersey Supreme Court attempted to provide guidance regarding the nebulous but important distinction between ordinary negligence and gross negligence. The often subjective distinction can have significant implications for corporate defendants in personal injury lawsuits, says Timothy Freeman of Sedgwick LLP.

  • The Latest Milestone In US-Cuba Relations

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    Flying from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Abel Santamaria Airport in Santa Clara, Cuba, JetBlue Flight 387 was the first direct commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half-century. These commercial flights are a potential economic boon for businesses in both countries, says Chad Purdie, head partner of Diaz Reus LLP's Los Angeles office.

  • Venue Selection Is Key To Determining Coverage

    R. Steven DeGeorge

    State courts across the country continue to diverge on key coverage issues, meaning that researching and selecting the right court is a critical first step in insurance litigation. R. Steven DeGeorge of Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA explains the jurisdiction rules behind choosing a venue, and how they apply to both insurers and policyholders.