New Jersey

  • July 22, 2016

    Taxation With Representation: MoFo, Davis Polk, Cooley

    This week’s Taxation With Representation sees Japanese companies expanding into the U.K. and the U.S. while two drug companies team up to develop and market cancer treatments.

  • July 22, 2016

    Church-Linked Hospital Takes ERISA Rules To High Court

    A church-affiliated hospital in New Jersey has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that employee retirement plans maintained by such organizations are exempt from the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act, challenging a circuit ruling that the exemption only applies to plans established by churches.

  • July 22, 2016

    Regional Del. River Agency Wants Fracking Ban Suit Tossed

    The Delaware River Basin Commission on Friday urged a Pennsylvania federal judge to toss a lawsuit challenging an alleged moratorium on natural gas development, saying the landowner bringing the suit must take up its case with the commission itself.

  • July 22, 2016

    Amgen's 'Pointless' Biosimilar Pathway Suit Gets Axed

    A New Jersey federal judge on Friday tossed an Amgen lawsuit aimed at compelling biosimilar makers to engage in talks over patent information, calling the suit “completely pointless” and an improper request for an advisory opinion.

  • July 22, 2016

    Roche Wins Appeal Of $18M Verdict In Accutane Suit

    A New Jersey appeals court on Friday threw out and sent back for trial an $18 million win for two users of Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.'s Accutane who said they developed inflammatory bowel disorders after using the acne drug, finding the trial court improperly allowed suggestive evidence about a label revision.

  • July 22, 2016

    L'Oreal To Buy US Brand IT Cosmetics In $1.2B Deal

    French cosmetics giant L’Oreal SA on Friday said that it will buy New Jersey-based IT Cosmetics LLC, a private equity-backed skin care and makeup company, for $1.2 billion in cash, in a deal that will bolster the company’s high-end beauty imprint.

  • July 22, 2016

    NJ Lawmakers Unveil Deal On Transportation Fund, Tax Cuts

    Democratic leaders of New Jersey's Senate and Assembly on Friday unveiled a proposal to collect more than $1 billion annually for improvements to the state's roads, bridges and mass transit systems through a gas tax hike, while also providing tax cuts for poorer workers, retirees, estate heirs, motorists and veterans. 

  • July 22, 2016

    Hasbro To Face Fox Anchor Publicity Claim Over Hamster Toy

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday told Hasbro Inc. it must face allegations of violating Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner’s right to publicity, saying her exact name used on a mini toy hamster from its Littlest Pet Shop line is enough to plead a violation of right to publicity.

  • July 22, 2016

    Jersey City Wins Appeal Over Developers' Tax Abatements

    A New Jersey state appeals court said Friday a developer could not keep more profits under tax abatement deals with Jersey City based on subsequent changes to state law, finding that contract language requires the builder to use a calculation method in place when the agreements were reached.

  • July 22, 2016

    FERC Gives Enviro OK To $1.6B PennEast Pipeline Project

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday gave a preliminary thumbs-up to PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC’s proposed $1.6 billion gas pipeline, which is planned to run through New Jersey and Pennsylvania, saying that adverse environmental impacts from the project could be mitigated.

  • July 22, 2016

    Sony Hit With Terms Class Action Over Playstation Websites

    A proposed class of New Jersey gamers has sued Sony Entertainment in federal court, alleging the terms and conditions on the PlayStation websites bind customers to an unfair and illegal contract that waives their consumer protection and warranty rights.

  • July 21, 2016

    Foot Care Co. Can Appeal Trademark Verdict, Judge Rules

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday allowed a foot care company to appeal to the Third Circuit its trademark trial loss against the Bayer AG subsidiary that makes the Dr. Scholl's Pain Relief Orthotics product line, saying the jury's recent verdict is a final, appealable judgment.

  • July 21, 2016

    AstraZeneca Sues Aurobindo For Nexium Patent Infringement

    AstraZeneca AB slammed Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. with a patent infringement lawsuit in New Jersey federal court on Wednesday over the generics maker's versions of Nexium, claiming the company should be barred from selling the drugs before AstraZeneca's patents and any additional periods of exclusivity expire.

  • July 21, 2016

    Renewable Energy Co. Faces SEC Subpoena On Stock Offering

    New Jersey renewable energy company Ocean Power Technologies Inc. disclosed in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last week that it has been subpoenaed by regulators in connection to a 2014 public stock offering, a deal that has already sparked shareholder litigation.

  • July 21, 2016

    Saul Ewing Adds Insurance, Litigation Pro From Debevoise

    Saul Ewing LLP has enhanced its litigation and insurance practices with the addition of a longtime Debevoise & Plimpton LLP partner who focuses on disputes involving high-exposure insurance coverage, products liability litigation and other mass torts, the firm has announced.

  • July 21, 2016

    Doc Accused Of Bribing Sen. Wants $2M Put In Fees Trust

    A Florida eye doctor facing charges for allegedly bribing U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., on Wednesday asked a Florida federal judge in a separate Medicare fraud case to modify his bond order so he can transfer $2 million to cover his “substantial” legal fees.

  • July 21, 2016

    Roger Ailes Out At Fox News

    Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes is stepping down as head of the network he helped build into a ratings juggernaut, parent company 21st Century Fox Inc. announced Thursday, weeks after Ailes was sued by former anchor Gretchen Carlson for sexual harassment and retaliation.

  • July 21, 2016

    Filipino Man Cops To Running $9M Cybercrime Ring

    A Filipino national on Wednesday pled guilty in New Jersey federal court to a count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud for running a $9 million international cybercrime operation that monetized stolen credit and debit card information, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

  • July 21, 2016

    Riker Danzig Wins NJ High Court Victory In Mortgage Row

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling saying that a mortgage held by Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP takes priority over money advanced by another creditor to camera sales businesses and their owners, because that creditor made the optional payments after it was aware of the law firm's mortgage.

  • July 21, 2016

    Dr. Reddy's Countersuit Rejected In Purple Pill Trademark Row

    A Delaware federal judge on Wednesday told Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Inc. that it can’t move AstraZeneca’s trademark infringement suit over Dr. Reddy’s purple generic of the heartburn drug Nexium to New Jersey, and dismissed counterclaims that the lawsuit breached an earlier settlement agreement.

Expert Analysis

  • Workplace Video Monitoring: What Employers Need To Know

    Barbara E. Hoey

    Given the availability and effectiveness of inexpensive video equipment, many companies use video to monitor their entire operations for safety, security and quality control. But video surveillance can have unintended consequences well beyond its intended purpose, say Mark Konkel and Barbara Hoey at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • OPINION: It's Time To Radically Rethink Immigration Reform

    John W. Lawit

    The antiquated Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 has outlived its usefulness. It is time for a completely new law, based not on conditions from more than 60 years ago, but rather focused on the nation’s needs going forward into the 21st century, says John Lawit of John W. Lawit LLC.

  • A State-By-State Guide To Driverless Car Regulations

    Michael W. Reynolds

    In the absence of federal regulation, only nine states and the District of Columbia have passed laws addressing autonomous vehicles, leaving the other states to wrestle with the complexity and uncertainty of interpreting existing state laws, which presume human drivers, to permit the operation of AVs, say Michael Reynolds and Jason Orr at O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • How States Are Reacting To EPA's CAA Mandate

    Allison B. Rumsey

    States' responses to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s action calling for revision of their Clean Air Act implementation plans suggest that while they are working to comply with the EPA mandate, at the same time many are attempting to build in some flexibility where there are excess emissions as a result of startup, shutdown or malfunction, say Allison Rumsey and Erika Norman at Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • How Law Firms Can Create Next-Generation Office Spaces

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    Law firms today are recognizing that the process of creating a next-generation workplace is far more complex than relocating to a more modern space in a trendier part of town. The challenge is more significant for larger firms with multiple generations represented within their executive teams, says Tere Blanca, founder of Miami-based Blanca Commercial Real Estate Inc.

  • PJM Protocols: Ignoring Reliability And Cost Benefits?

    Richard A. Drom

    Recently, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a rehearing for authorizing PJM Interconnection to implement its capacity performance resource adequacy protocols beginning in 2018, raising a fundamental question regarding the proper valuation of seasonal demand response resources, says Richard Drom at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Can Courts Review The Sandy Claims Review Process?

    Douglas J. Pepe

    While the statute of limitations has run for policyholders who want to litigate their initial Sandy insurance claim determinations, the unique nature of the failed Sandy claims review process may have reset the clock for legal redress in the courts, says Douglas Pepe at Joseph Hage Aaronson LLC.

  • NHTSA Autonomous Vehicle Rules Take An Unexpected Turn

    Todd B. Benoff

    In recent discussions about guidelines for autonomous vehicles, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Administrator Mark Rosekind noted that states will be allowed to develop some of their own rules. However, auto manufacturers and technology companies are understandably concerned about a patchwork quilt of different state laws, which could impact not only how AVs evolve, but also when, says Todd Benoff at Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Stakes Are High In Supreme Court Review Of Jevic

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    In Czyzewski v. Jevic, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the extent to which bankruptcy courts can approve priority-skipping structured settlements without the consent of priority claimants whose rights are impaired. This will have a direct effect on negotiations between parties in large Chapter 11 cases, says Matthew Stockl of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • OPINION: Stop Pharma Hopping Mischief

    David Balto

    In the classic "Peanuts" gag, Charlie Brown runs full speed at the football only to fall flat on his back as Lucy pulls it away. On Thursday, the Third Circuit will hear oral arguments in Mylan v. Warner Chilcott, a product-hopping case where branded manufacturers will argue that it is OK to be Lucy, always pulling the ball away from generic manufacturers, says David Balto, a former policy director at the Federal Trade Commission.