The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an appeal brought by a group of truck drivers challenging their employers' use of a structured dismissal of its Chapter 11 case to avoid paying legal claims arising from sudden layoffs in a case critics have said upended the scheme for determining which creditors get paid first in a bankruptcy.
While the usual appellate powerhouse firms scored big at the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2015 term, a dark horse managed to emerge with a spotless 5-0 record, and a veteran boutique was able to shape landmark rulings on both the Affordable Care Act and the Obama administration’s executive orders on immigration. Here, Law360 takes a look at how the country’s top firms performed at the high court this session.
While Justice Antonin Scalia's death resulted in a Supreme Court term notably lacking his famously pithy, well-reasoned dissents, the justices still managed to make their ire known. Here, we look at the most noteworthy dissents of the term and how Scalia's absence made a mark.
A vacant seat on the court. Controversial decisions on abortion and affirmative action. A judicial deadlock on immigration. For the U.S. Supreme Court, it was both business as usual and a session unlike any other. Here, Law360 takes a deep dive into the numbers behind the high court's latest term, examining the vote counts, overturn rates and dissents from this divided court.
The Third Circuit in a precedential opinion Monday cut Google and Viacom loose from claims that they violated the Video Privacy Protection Act and federal and state wiretapping statutes by tracking children’s internet activity, although the court revived a state invasion of privacy claim that the putative class of minors had lobbed at Viacom.
Late Justice Antonin Scalia joked about taking bribes, Justice Stephen Breyer imagined a hot dog detector and Chief Justice John Roberts needed help deciphering a young lawyer's lingo. Amid the customary seriousness of this term's U.S. Supreme Court arguments, there were some memorable moments of courtroom comedy. Here, Law360 looks back at humorous highlights from the past year.
A New Jersey watch retailer won a partial victory in its lawsuit against Swatch Group Inc. when the Third Circuit on Friday revived its claims that the watchmaker unfairly denied it promotional perks, ruling that an expert witness backed the allegations with hard data.
The U.S. Supreme Court's struggle to avoid 4-4 splits this term led to a new kind of unanimity, experts say, with the four justices in the ideological middle forging consensus on narrow points of law.
The eight-justice U.S. Supreme Court failed to reach majority decisions in some of the most closely watched cases of the term, leaving controversial legal questions unanswered and underscoring the stakes of the political fight over the late Justice Antonin Scalia's replacement.
Counsel for a former Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Hunton & Williams LLP partner facing fraud charges argued Monday in New Jersey federal court that prosecutors should keep their hands off evidence pulled from a cellphone, saying the device was illegally seized without a warrant.
The Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor was slapped with a New Jersey lawsuit by longshoremen seeking to quash subpoenas they received in connection to a union walkout earlier this year, arguing that proposed interrogations interfere with their right to strike.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission told the Third Circuit Monday that an Illinois federal judge's ruling against it in its fight to prevent the merger of two Chicago-area hospitals should not impact the appellate court's review of a similar merger in Pennsylvania because the cases are fundamentally different.
A former accountant with KPMG LLP has hit the firm with a whistleblower lawsuit in New Jersey state court, alleging he was fired in retaliation for objecting to the withdrawal of negative findings made in an audit of an American Express department.
The New Jersey Appellate Division refused to revive a former Newark police lieutenant’s claims that the force illegally recorded him complaining about his superiors to a coworker, ruling Monday that there was no reason for him to expect the conversation was private.
A proposed class of Facebook users are accusing the social media giant of violating a New Jersey consumer protection law by not highlighting which of its terms of service do not apply in the state, according to a complaint removed to New Jersey federal court Friday.
A New Jersey appeals court on Friday upheld ethics violations leveled against the state's former ratepayer advocate, finding an inherent conflict of interest in the attorney simultaneously holding that job and serving as president of the Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce.
Football helmet maker Riddell Inc. told a New Jersey federal court Thursday that consumers claiming the helmets were falsely advertised need not subpoena the NFL and its former concussion expert since the information is unnecessary for their class certification bid.
The estate of a woman who claimed she was exposed to asbestos through her father’s employment at Port Authority Transit Corp. and other rail companies has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review lower courts' decisions that its state claims are preempted.
A Philippines resident is facing federal criminal charges in New Jersey for his alleged role in a large-scale, sophisticated identity theft scheme targeting financial institutions and high-profile account holders, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Friday.
A U.S. trustee on Thursday objected to the terms of a $1 million bankruptcy settlement Genova Burns LLP agreed to pay a defunct New Jersey water agency to settle malpractice claims, arguing the agency didn’t prove the deal was fair to third parties.
Connecticut’s new fair chance employment act is not as extensive as similar "ban the box" laws in some of its neighboring states. However, the laws in these other states may be instructive regarding potential future developments in this area of law for Connecticut, say Dan Schwartz and James Leva at Day Pitney LLP.
Despite regular news stories detailing the need to update our digital privacy laws and increase our cybersecurity protections, law firms and in-house legal departments should feel confident that utilizing cloud providers with strong privacy and security protections will not breach their ethical obligation to clients, says Bradley Shear of the Law Office of Bradley S. Shear LLC.
It’s important to first decide what your personal brand is. Are you a crusader? A wry observer? A compassionate witness? Your social media presence doesn’t have to reflect the deepest aspects of your identity — it’s merely an image that you project, says Monica Zent, founder and CEO of Foxwordy Inc.
With the passage of the Casino Tax Property Stabilization Act, New Jersey appears to be moving forward to help stabilize Atlantic City and avoid a bankruptcy filing by the city. Success, however, will require buy-in by not only the city’s casinos but also the city itself and its citizens, say attorneys with Chapman and Cutler LLP.
One of the most prevalent complaints by associates and recent law school graduates is the lack of meaningful mentoring by more seasoned attorneys. Gary Gansle, leader of Squire Patton Boggs LLP's Northern California employment law practice, offers several tips as a light that can help junior attorneys start down the right path in their career development.
Law governing LGBT workplace protections is in flux, and largely does not keep pace with the opinion of society. To stay one step ahead, proactive employers should consider taking steps to ensure their workplace is LGBT-supportive. Doing so will not only mitigate future liability, but it will telegraph to employees that management believes in an inclusive and diverse workforce, say Jim McNeill and Peter Stockburger at Dentons.
As affordable housing zoning ordinances proliferate across the country, landowners and developers have an opportunity to shape them to lessen their detrimental impacts, before the ordinance is even adopted, says Chuck Reed, special counsel at Hopkins & Carley and former mayor of San Jose, California.
After reading the headline of Law360’s recent story “NJ Justices Force Employers to Play Long Game in Bias Rows,” one would have thought that employers would suffer grievously because of this way-out-of-the-mainstream ruling. However, this assertion is utter nonsense for several reasons, says Jon Green at Green Savits LLC.
While the federal government has not enhanced its own equal pay law, the current administration has made clear that equality in the workplace is a priority. State and local governments have taken it upon themselves to create more protections for employees, and there are several different elements employers should consider as they prepare for the possibility of defending cases under the new amendments, say attorneys at Epstein Becker Green LLP.
LeBron James has established his worth by tangible metrics. He cashed in on a free agent bonanza fueled by the NBA’s economic model that supports his regal compensation. But such is not the case when it comes to first-year associate salaries of $180,000 at certain law firms and $2,000 an hour billing rates for certain partners, says Mark A. Cohen, founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.