New Jersey

  • July 23, 2014

    Port Authority Eyes New Bus Terminal

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will consider a new facility to replace its out-of-date and overtaxed Manhattan bus terminal as it moves forward with shorter-term improvements to boost commuter conditions and ease delays, officials said Wednesday.

  • July 23, 2014

    FHA Official Charged With Stealing DOT Grant Money

    A high-ranking Federal Highway Administration official was charged Wednesday in New Jersey federal court on six counts of making false statements and fraud for allegedly funneling grant funds he oversaw to himself through a straw corporation and falsifying disclosure documents to conceal the fraud.

  • July 23, 2014

    NJ High Court Upholds State's Waiver Of Bid Requirement

    The Supreme Court of New Jersey on Wednesday reanimated the state labor department’s contract for competitively bid office space in Morris County, saying the agency could reasonably disregard certain bid requirements, a reversal of an appellate decision nixing the contract.

  • July 23, 2014

    3rd Time's A Charm For Miss. AG's Plavix Remand Motion

    After twice failing to have his lawsuit against Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co. and Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC remanded, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood won a bid to move the suit back to state court after a New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday made an about-face in the venue dispute.

  • July 23, 2014

    Volvo Escapes Patent Suit Over Integrated Booster Seats

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday threw out a patent infringement case brought against Volvo Car Corp. by a nonpracticing entity, saying the company doesn’t infringe a convertible child safety seat patent through the production of its "integrated booster seats" that are built into some Volvo models.

  • July 23, 2014

    NJ Firm Sues Former Atty For Defamation

    A New Jersey law firm has launched a defamation and invasion of privacy suit against a former associate who it claims misrepresented his departure from the firm and falsely stated that his one-time employer had landed itself in hot water over client funds.

  • July 23, 2014

    Apotex Blocked From Continuing Generic Paxil Sales

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday issued an injunction to block generic-drug manufacturer Apotex Inc. from continuing to sell generic Paxil CR in violation of rival Mylan Inc.'s exclusivity agreement with GlaxoSmithKline PLC, which was barred last week from supplying Apotex with the drug.

  • July 23, 2014

    Investor Sues NJ Wave-Power Co. Over Tanked Aussie Project

    A New Jersey renewable energy company was hit Tuesday with a securities class action filed by a stockholder who said he lost money when the company’s stock plummeted due to a top executive’s termination and the collapse of a $217 million Australian wave-power project.

  • July 22, 2014

    Newark Police To Make Reforms After DOJ Finds Racial Bias

    Newark, New Jersey’s police force on Tuesday announced an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to implement changes to its stop, arrest and force policies, to address a three-year study that yielded evidence of unconstitutional, racially biased policing.

  • July 22, 2014

    OSHA Fines United For Unsafe Conditions At NJ Airport

    United Airlines Inc. was hit with over $100,000 in fines for alleged safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which cited the airline for a potentially unsafe work environment at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport due to the risk of falls and falling objects, the agency said Tuesday.

  • July 22, 2014

    Recorded Marital Communication Isn't Evidence: NJ High Court

    The Supreme Court of New Jersey on Tuesday said communication between spouses cannot be admitted as evidence in a criminal trial, even if captured via wiretap, but recommended the Legislature amend evidentiary rules to withhold such protections for conversations used to further a crime.

  • July 22, 2014

    Developer Fights Dismissal of NJ Grocery Monopoly Suit

    A real estate developer who has accused the owner of several ShopRite locations of trying to monopolize the market for grocery stores in an area of New Jersey shot back at a dismissal bid Monday, arguing the company has properly asserted antitrust and conspiracy claims.

  • July 22, 2014

    NFL Retirees Ask 3rd Circ. To Review Concussion Deal

    Seven former NFL players including Pittsburgh Steelers star Alan Faneca told the Third Circuit on Monday that a Pennsylvania federal judge should not have granted preliminary approval to the controversial concussion settlement they claim excludes the ailments of several players in the proposed class. 

  • July 22, 2014

    Benjamin Moore Smears Suit That Paints Co. As Racist

    Benjamin Moore & Co. on Monday fired back in New Jersey state court at a former manager’s claims that the company named racially insulting paint colors after him, accusing the former employee of filing the discrimination suit maliciously in a bid to extort money.

  • July 22, 2014

    $2M Deal OK’d Between JPMorgan Unit And NJ Borrowers

    A New Jersey federal judge has approved a roughly $2.25 million settlement between a JPMorgan Chase & Co. subsidiary and a class of consumers who alleged the company charged them late fees on their mortgage payments even when they were on time.

  • July 22, 2014

    Wachtell Reps CIT Group In $3.4B OneWest Bank Buy

    New Jersey-based financial holding company CIT Group Inc., run by former Merrill Lynch head John Thain, announced on Tuesday that it will pay $3.4 billion to acquire OneWest Bank NA parent company IMB Holdco LLC.

  • July 22, 2014

    Noel Canning Has No Bearing On 3rd Circ. Ruling, NLRB Says

    National Labor Relations Board attorneys told the Third Circuit on Monday that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision invalidating three appointments to the board should not impede on a case over a rehabilitation center's refusal to bargain with a nurses union.

  • July 21, 2014

    Wyndham Rips FTC's Discovery Tactics In Data Security Row

    Wyndham Worldwide Corp. blasted the Federal Trade Commission’s bid to extend discovery by five months in its closely watched case over the hotel chain’s allegedly lax data security, arguing in New Jersey district court Friday that the request is merely a ploy to convince Wyndham to settle the long-running fight.

  • July 21, 2014

    Paralegal Says Margolis Law Firm Fired Her Over Pregnancy

    A one-time paralegal for a New Jersey law firm has sued her former employer for alleged disability discrimination, contending that the firm refused to accommodate a temporary leave that she was forced to take because of pregnancy complications.

  • July 21, 2014

    NJ Judges Admonished For Dining With Convicted Ex-Official

    The Supreme Court of New Jersey’s disciplinary committee has admonished two Superior Court judges for publicly dining with a former public official later convicted on corruption charges, choosing the least severe punishment because of the judges’ otherwise unblemished careers and contrite responses.

Expert Analysis

  • Common-Enterprise Theory And Wyndham Data Security Case

    Archis Parasharami

    For the past two years, a federal court in New Jersey has considered important data security issues in the Federal Trade Commission v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. litigation. Two recent opinions issued by the court now have brought that case back into the news — and made clear that the stakes are as high as ever, say Archis Parasharami and Stephen Lilley of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Lines Drawn In Tesla Direct Sales Battle

    Robert A. Zinn

    Given Tesla’s current tiny share of the U.S. auto market, the debate over Tesla’s direct sales to consumers may seem like much ado about nothing. But the direct sales model is also being studied by both new Chinese automakers and mainstream U.S. and global manufacturers as they plan their future U.S. marketing strategies, says Robert Zinn of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt LLP.

  • Handling Hurricane Insurance Claims Post-Sandy

    Christopher C. Loeber

    With the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaching, if a company has not resolved all of its Sandy-related claims by October the opportunity could be lost forever, say Christopher Loeber and Michael DiCanio of Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

  • An Inventive Way To Remove Pure State Court Claims

    Michael E. Blumenfeld

    Nondiverse state court defendants facing purely state law claims that seek to secure federal jurisdiction should determine whether a good faith basis exists to pursue a third-party action against a federal actor in order to trigger the representative U.S. Attorney’s certification and remove such claims under the Westfall Act, say Michael Blumenfeld and Jonathan Singer of Miles & Stockbridge PC.

  • Minimum Wage Mania Among Cities And States

    James S. McNeill

    The trend of indexing minimum wage increases to the Consumer Price Index will have significant, long-term implications for states and municipalities, telling us two things: minimum wage rates will likely continue to rise annually and will bring with them an increase in potential wage liability exposure for employers, say James McNeill and Peter Stockburger of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.

  • OPINION: Let's Financially Reward Law Firm Diversity

    Patricia K. Gillette

    It only took the threat of a 10 cent cost increase to make people bring their own bags to Bay Area grocery stores. What if we gave partners an extra $10,000 for increasing diversity in their firms? asks Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP partner Patricia Gillette.

  • Northeastern States Push To Keep Fracking Waste Out

    Caroline Toole

    Across a patchwork of regulation among northeastern states, the disposal of waste generated from hydraulic fracturing — including potential radiation issues — will no doubt continue to be a focus of regulators, industry and waste-disposal companies as fracking operations grow across the U.S., says Caroline Toole of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • OPINION: Advance Conflict Waivers Send Wrong Message

    Eric L. Lane

    If there is anything that would convince big law firms to ditch the advance conflict waiver, it is the financial bottom line. And I can assure you firms are losing new client opportunities because of these waivers, says Eric Lane of Green Patent Law.

  • States Cracking Down On Pregnancy Discrimination

    Celina R. Joachim

    The Illinois legislature recently passed HB 8, the latest in a flurry of state and local legislation requiring employers to provide accommodations for pregnant employees and paid family leave. Employers, adjust your summer to-do lists, say attorneys at Baker & McKenzie LLP.

  • NJ Tax Lien Ruling Good For Municipalities, Bad For Banks

    George J. Kroculick

    The New Jersey Supreme Court ruling in Princeton Office Park v. Plymouth Park Tax Services makes tax sale certificates more attractive, but it may greatly reduce nontax lien holders' interest rates during bankruptcy, say George Kroculick and Meredith Carpenter of Duane Morris LLP.