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  • April 17, 2014

    Sprint 4G Users Can't Quit MDL Then Fire Up Calif. Claims

    The Third Circuit refused to allow plaintiffs who exited a multidistrict litigation, which accuses Sprint Nextel Corp. of overcharging its customers for a data plan, to file state claims in California, ruling Wednesday that the plaintiffs had indicated they would be arbitrating the dispute.

  • April 17, 2014

    TD Bank Dismissed From NJ Atty Theft Suit

    TD Bank NA on Wednesday dodged a suit filed by a businessman who blamed the bank for allowing a disbarred attorney to deposit money stolen from him into a TD account, after a New Jersey state judge said the plaintiff failed to support his claim.

  • April 17, 2014

    Live Nation Accused Of Witholding Springsteen Tickets

    A consumer hit Bruce Springsteen promoter Live Nation Entertainment Inc. with a proposed class action in New Jersey federal court on Thursday, accusing the ticketing giant of withholding concert tickets and forcing fans into a secondary market where they were forced to pay inflated costs.

  • April 17, 2014

    NJ Man Guilty Of $200M Ponzi Scheme Faces New Charges

    Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged a Facebook Inc. initial public offering fraud scheme against a New Jersey man recently sentenced to 22 years in prison for running a real estate investment Ponzi scheme that bilked Orthodox Jewish community members and others out of $200 million.

  • April 17, 2014

    Christie Taps Seton Hall Law Dean As Ombudsman

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday acted on the recommendation of a Gibson Dunn report clearing him of involvement in "Bridgegate" and appointed the dean of the Seton Hall University School of Law to serve as an ombudsman for the governor's office.

  • April 17, 2014

    Prudential's $2B RMBS Suit Against BofA Mostly Survives

    Most of the claims lodged by Prudential Insurance Co. alleging Bank of America Corp. sold it $2 billion in fraudulent residential mortgage-backed securities survived a motion to dismiss Thursday in New Jersey federal court.

  • April 17, 2014

    NJ Ratepayer Advocate Hit With Bias Suit By Managing Attys

    New Jersey's Division of Rate Counsel has been hit with a discrimination suit in state court by two managing attorneys who say its director overlooked them for a promotion in favor of an underqualified candidate and berated them for questioning her decisions.

  • April 17, 2014

    Monmouth, Ocean Counties Seeing Most NJ Sandy Suits

    New Jersey state courts have seen at least 1,011 cases stemming from Hurricane Sandy since the storm struck in October 2012, with the hard hit, shore-area counties of Ocean and Monmouth bearing the bulk of those actions, according to figures provided by the judiciary Thursday.

  • April 17, 2014

    Berger Can't Shake Claims It Hid Meadowlands Problems

    A judge has denied summary judgment to engineering firm The Louis Berger Group Inc. in EnviroFinance Group LLC's suit claiming Berger and a general contractor hid problems at a New Jersey Meadowlands wetlands project, finding its absence from related litigation didn't mean substantial harm.

  • April 16, 2014

    Ex-Stryker, Sanofi Execs Sentenced For Insider Trading

    Two former executives of Sanofi-Aventis and Stryker Corp. were sentenced on Wednesday to a combination of prison time, supervised release and house arrest after pleading guilty in New Jersey federal court to using nonpublic information about their respective employers to fuel an insider trading network.

  • April 16, 2014

    Law Firms See Boost From NJ Internet Gaming Work

    Companies in New Jersey's internet gaming industry have paid more than $970,000 so far this year to Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, Fox Rothschild LLP and other law firms for their services, according to quarterly disclosure filings with the state.

  • April 16, 2014

    Glenmark Sues Sanofi To Clear Way For Antidiuretic

    Glenmark Generics Ltd. filed a complaint against Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC and Ferring BV in New Jersey federal court Friday, asking the court to help speed up regulatory approval of a generic version of an antidiuretic drug by affirming that it would not infringe on a Sanofi patent.

  • April 16, 2014

    Lucchese Associate Asks For Mistrial Due To Court Ejection

    A reputed Lucchese crime syndicate associate on Monday sought a mistrial in his prosecution for allegedly draining $12 million from a mortgage lender and forcing its bankruptcy, claiming a New Jersey federal judge infringed his rights and tainted the jury by ejecting him from court.

  • April 16, 2014

    Sandoz Can't Pare Claim From Generic Remodulin Suit

    Sandoz Inc. can't trim a claim from a patent suit over a proposed generic version of United Therapeutics Corp.’s hypertension drug Remodulin, after a New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday found a basis for UTC’s claim that Sandoz induced physicians to infringe the patent.

  • April 16, 2014

    Christie Wants To Ditch NJ Realty Transfer Fees

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday that he would happily abolish real estate transfer fees in New Jersey, but due to political pressure, lawmakers in the state refuse to pass a bill nixing the tax.

  • April 16, 2014

    Honda Franchise Can't Relitigate Market Turf Feud: 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a district court’s order denying a New Jersey American Honda Motor Co. Inc. franchise owner’s attempt to stop the company from allowing another dealership to open within its market area, finding the claims were properly dismissed because they had already been litigated.

  • April 15, 2014

    NJ Lawmaker Wants Port Authority Project Funding Probed

    A powerful New Jersey lawmaker is calling on federal regulators to investigate the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's use of more than $1 billion in tax-exempt bond proceeds for an overhaul of the 82-year-old Pulaski Skyway, according to a letter released Tuesday.

  • April 15, 2014

    Borgata To Pay $1.7M To Poker Players In Phony Chip Game

    The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa will shell out $1.7 million to players who lost money in a poker tournament that was cancelled in January after the casino’s discovery of counterfeit chips, according to an order issued Monday by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

  • April 15, 2014

    NJ High Court Committee Touts Plan To Hasten Civil Actions

    A Supreme Court of New Jersey committee on Tuesday released findings from its study into how to expedite civil litigation in state courts, recommending a pilot program designed to limit discovery disputes, juror challenges, and the lengths of opening and closing arguments.

  • April 15, 2014

    The Great Persuader: 7th Circ. Chief Judge Diane Wood

    Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood talks to Law360 about managing a court in crisis, surviving two U.S. Supreme Court near-misses, and tailoring crafty dissenting opinions that can change the mind of even the staunchest of ideological opponents.

Expert Analysis

  • The Future Of Law Firm PR: The Good, Bad And Ugly

    Paul Webb

    There has been a dramatic change in how public relations professionals interact with the news media to promote or protect a law firm’s brand and reputation. But content is queen and has a bright future in law firm PR — it all begins with a plan that should include goals, performance indicators and a system of assessment, say Paul Webb, director of marketing at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, and Kathy O'Brien, senior vice president at Jaffe PR.

  • Beware 'Jewel' Risks In Lateral Partner Hiring

    Pamela Phillips

    Jewel litigation has been filed after every major law firm bankruptcy in the past 10 years, including Lyon & Lyon, Brobeck, Coudert, Thelen, Heller and Howrey. These lawsuits have produced years of litigation, with similar suits expected in the Dewey bankruptcy. Despite the legal uncertainties surrounding such claims, hiring firms can take steps now to minimize their Jewel risk for any lateral hire, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • Some Sanity Amid Skyrocketing TCPA Litigation

    John G. Papianou

    Federal courts have recently brought some sanity to Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation and, specifically, what constitutes an automatic telephone dialing system. Until the Federal Communications Commission weighs in, defendants facing TCPA class actions may cite the Gragg, Hunt and Dominguez decisions for support or seek a stay of proceedings, says John Papianou of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.

  • Trending: State High Court Accord On 'Faulty Workmanship'

    Carl Salisbury

    In Arlo Guthrie's classic Thanksgiving ballad, he says that if 50 people a day were to walk into a military psychiatrist's office, sing a bar of "Alice's Restaurant" and then walk out, "then friends, they may think it's a movement. And that's what it is." Strange as it may seem, something akin to the Alice's Restaurant movement is happening in state supreme courts across the country — most recently with the Alabama Supreme Court decision in Owner's Insurance Co. v. Jim Carr Homebuilders LLC, says Carl Salisbury of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • FTC Data Security Authority Remains Murky Despite Wyndham

    Christopher Cole

    ​In the latest and most important federal court decision on data security enforcement, a New Jersey federal judge broadly upheld the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to police data security in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp., as the debate regarding the FTC’s role in regulating data security continues to evolve in both judicial channels — including the LabMD Inc. case — and legislative avenues, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • FTC Increasingly Looks Like Cyberspace's Regulator

    Amy Worley

    In FTC v. Ross, the Fourth Circuit affirmed the Federal Trade Commission's Section 5(a) authority under the Federal Trade Commission Act in cybersecurity cases. Now, eyes are on FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp., where the same question is being litigated even though it is becoming increasingly likely that arguments claiming the FTC lacks authority to bring unfair and deceptive trade practices cases in the cyber arena will face a tough hurdle, says Amy Worley of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • The Privacy Battle In NJ — Who Is Winning And Losing?

    Fernando Pinguelo

    New Jersey courts have been wrestling with key public policy issues concerning cellphone users' rights to privacy and the public’s desire to quickly and more efficiently reduce crime. Three recent cases demonstrate this struggle and highlight the court’s take on rights concerning users’ cellphone conversations, cellphone locations and Internet use, say Fernando Pinguelo and Daniel Sodroski of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Elections, Political Law And The Financial Services Sector

    Jason Abel

    Private equity firms, hedge funds and other asset management companies run up against political law regimes on a daily basis, and recent changes in campaign finance law provide uncertainty as to what can and cannot be done. Remember, even a conversation over dinner could trigger a lobbying regime, says Jason Abel, of counsel at Steptoe & Johnson LLP and former chief counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

  • Legal Needs To Rethink Its Dropbox Account

    David Houlihan

    While there’s a lot of promise in the technology, when I talk to legal organizations using a mobile cloud content platform, they’re using a free Dropbox account. In fact, according to the 2013 ABA Legal Technology Survey, it’s about 58 percent of legal organizations. This is a problem, says David Houlihan of Blue Hill Research Inc.

  • How Law Firms Can Stay Profitable While Clients Cut Costs

    Raymond J. Werner

    With clients actively taking steps to control legal costs, law firm managers have spent a lot of time and energy over the recent years doing the same thing — being more intelligent about expenses so the firm stays profitable. However, the other side of the profit equation — the addition of fee revenue — is where the ongoing focus needs to be, says Raymond Werner of Arnstein & Lehr LLP.