New Jersey

  • November 25, 2015

    United Beats Suit Over Limitations On DirecTV Service

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday tossed a proposed class action alleging United Airlines Inc. stiffed customers who bought DirecTV or Wi-Fi service that didn't work beyond the continental U.S. on international flights, saying the suit’s claims are preempted under federal law.

  • November 25, 2015

    Gov't Denies 'Document Dump' In Bridge Scandal Case

    The government argued Tuesday that it has met its discovery obligations in the criminal case against former New Jersey and Port Authority officials allegedly responsible for cutting access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, denying that it has hobbled the defense with a “document dump.”

  • November 25, 2015

    Muslim Worker Sues NJ Hospital Over Henna Tattoo Bias

    A longtime worker at a Cooper Health System in New Jersey filed a discrimination lawsuit Tuesday alleging her superiors violated of her right to freely practice her Muslim faith by demanding that she conceal henna tattoos that symbolize the religion.

  • November 25, 2015

    Web Users Say 3rd Circ. Wrongly Axed Google Privacy Claims

    A group of Web users urged the Third Circuit on Monday to reconsider its recent dismissal of privacy violation claims against Google, saying the search engine violates federal wiretap laws by surreptitiously bypassing privacy settings for Internet browsers.

  • November 25, 2015

    NJ Atty Convicted In Mortgage Fraud Disbarred

    A New Jersey real estate attorney who admitted to his role in a $400,000 mortgage fraud scheme has voluntarily surrendered his license to practice in the Garden State, according to the Disciplinary Review Board of the Supreme Court.

  • November 25, 2015

    NY-NJ Bridge Enviro Study Is Solid, Judge Says

    The U.S. Coast Guard’s favorable environmental analysis of an expansion to a bridge that spans New Jersey and Staten Island, New York, complied with the National Environmental Policy Act, a New York federal judge said Tuesday.

  • November 25, 2015

    3rd Circ. Won’t Rethink Patent Atty's ERISA Suit

    The Third Circuit wasn’t swayed Tuesday by claims that the panel mixed up precedent by concluding that a patent attorney waited too long to bring his Employee Retirement Income Securities Act suit accusing the Webb Law Firm PC of misclassifying him.

  • November 25, 2015

    AstraZeneca’s Cancer Drug Suit In Wrong Venue, Mylan Says

    Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. has said it will ask a New Jersey federal judge to dismiss AstraZeneca’s patent suit over the generic-drug maker’s attempt to market a generic version of its Faslodex breast cancer treatment, arguing the court lacks jurisdiction in the case because the parties involved have no connection to New Jersey.

  • November 25, 2015

    NCAA Athletes Can't Pursue Sex Bias Suit, Judge Says

    A proposed class action claiming that National Collegiate Athletic Association policies discriminate against women can’t go forward because the complaint’s racketeering claims are “woefully inadequate” and most of the other claims are too old, a New Jersey federal judge said Tuesday.

  • November 25, 2015

    NJ High Court Won't Review $1M Fraud Award Against Atty

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to review a case that resulted in a $1 million judgment against a disbarred attorney who was accused of consumer fraud by an investor allegedly duped by purported money-making opportunities such as Nigerian oil contracts.

  • November 25, 2015

    6 Key Questions Facing The $20B Hudson Tunnel Project

    Federal and state officials' recent announcement of a funding agreement for the estimated $20 billion Hudson River tunnel project linking New Jersey and New York was a sign of progress, but questions surrounding the private sector's role in that massive undertaking and the political support necessary to seal the deal still loom large.

  • November 25, 2015

    Ex-Official Pleads Not Guilty In Alleged NJ Bid Rig Scheme

    A onetime official with a Union City, New Jersey, urban improvement agency pled not guilty to federal charges Tuesday after an October indictment accusing the 64-year-old of taking part in a scheme to rig competition for local housing rehabilitation and sidewalk replacement projects, according to court records.

  • November 24, 2015

    NJ High Court To Review Reversal Of $25M Accutane Verdict

    The New Jersey Supreme Court will review an appellate court's decision to toss a jury's $25 million award to a man who claimed Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc.'s acne drug Accutane caused him to lose his colon, agreeing to consider whether Alabama's two-year statute of limitations should apply rather than New Jersey law.

  • November 24, 2015

    IRS Won't Challenge Loss Over $24M LifeCare Sale Tax Bill

    The federal government told the Third Circuit on Monday that it has decided not to pursue its challenge over LifeCare Holdings Inc.'s $320 million bankruptcy sale to Carlyle Group LP that purportedly stiffed the Internal Revenue Service for $24 million in capital gains taxes.

  • November 24, 2015

    NJ Tribe Slams State AG's Resistance To Recognition Bid

    The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation urged a federal judge Monday to deny New Jersey's attorney general's bid to escape the tribe's suit seeking explicit state recognition, arguing the official and the state have repudiated decades-long recognition of the tribe without due process.

  • November 24, 2015

    Car Shippers Blast GM 'Ruse' To Keep Antitrust Claims Alive

    Maritime shippers told a New Jersey federal judge Tuesday that General Motors LLC's argument that it's not covered under a dismissal of multidistrict litigation alleging the shippers schemed to fix prices for transporting vehicles is a just a "ruse" to keep its claims alive.

  • November 24, 2015

    NJ High Court To Consider Insurance Fraud Standard

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to review an appellate court's decision reversing a nearly $4 million judgment for Allstate and two affiliates, in a dispute over whether a business partnership that submitted claims to the insurer was intentionally structured in violation of state insurance fraud law.

  • November 24, 2015

    3rd Circ. Adopts Test To Evaluate Meal Breaks Under FLSA

    The Third Circuit in a split ruling Tuesday upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Pennsylvania prison guards, adopting for the first time a test to determine whether a meal period is compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • November 24, 2015

    Shire Blocks Par From Selling Adderall Generic

    A New Jersey federal judge signed off Tuesday on a permanent injunction barring Par Pharmaceutical Inc. from selling a generic version of Shire LLC’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication Adderall XR.

  • November 24, 2015

    Revel Owner Inks $45M Deal To End Casino Utility Feud

    The new owner of Revel Casino Hotel and its utility provider reached a $45 million settlement Tuesday that will end the litigation over a soured power supply contract and restart full electricity service at the shuttered New Jersey venue.

Expert Analysis

  • OPINION: In Search Of Our Best Law Firm Selves

    James Maiwurm.jpg

    Several developments over the past few months caught the eye of Jim Maiwurm, chairman emeritus of Squire Patton Boggs. Try as he might, he could not resist the temptation to comment on a few — such as the expansion of the Dentons “polycentric” empire, a confused verein controversy, and provocative suggestions that the law firm partnership model is a dinosaur.

  • New Federal Rules Acknowledge It’s Time To Drop The 'E'

    Gregory Leighton

    The amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure scheduled to take effect Dec. 1 are designed to usher in a new era in the U.S. litigation system, this time acknowledging that what was once known as “e-discovery” is now just discovery. The amendments are sweeping in scope, but none is more important than the revised Rule 37(e), say Gregory Leighton and Eric Choi of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP.

  • Ins And Outs Of US Trusted Traveler Programs


    U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced in November plans to expand to citizens of the United Kingdom the benefits of the Global Entry program, which permits expedited processing through CBP upon arrival to the United States. Effective Dec. 3, 2015, the expansion represents the latest step in allowing U.S. immigration and security officials to focus on higher-risk travelers, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Zigzag On Zeig: When Is Exhaustion Really Exhaustion?

    Simone R. Bonnet

    The outcome of a dispute over primary policy exhaustion turns on some combination of policy language and public policy concerns, but the relative weight given to each of these factors seems to vary between states and jurisdictions, or even within a single jurisdiction, based on court interpretations of the influential Zeig v. Massachusetts Bonding & Insurance decision, says Simone Bonnet at Sidley Austin LLP.

  • 3 Ways Technology Is Changing Law Office Designs


    A growing number of attorneys and firms are eschewing tradition by embracing technology to change not only the way we work, but also the way we organize our offices, says Anthony Johnson, founder and CEO of American Injury Attorney Group.

  • State Statutes May Stymie Arbitration Of R&W Disputes

     Michael J. Gill

    There is a potential trap for parties choosing to arbitrate representations and warranties insurance disputes. In some jurisdictions, the parties to an R&W insurance policy may be unable to enforce the arbitration provision because of state laws. There is some good news, however, say Michael Gill and Alexandra Newman at Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 13 Key Business Objectives For Corporate Legal Departments

    Joe Kanka

    Over the past 35 years, Joe Kanka has experienced the corporate legal department from many angles, including management positions at a major law firm litigation support center, two legal staffing companies, and inside AT&T and Bell Atlantic. Here, he shares his 13 key business objectives that corporate legal departments must strive for in today’s business environment.

  • OPINION: We're Still Failing Our Vets

    Lisa W. Borden

    In recognition of Veterans Day, flags were flown, green light bulbs glowed, parades were organized, and ceremonies were observed. It's right that we should honor the vital contributions of the military veterans we consider heroes. But the truth is that we are failing veterans on a massive scale, says Lisa Borden, pro bono shareholder for Baker Donelson and a member of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Exhibit A — Winky Face: Emoticon Evidence Enters Courts

    Karen A. Henry

    With so many emojis and emoticons being transmitted online and in text messages, it was inevitable that they would end up in communications used as evidence in court cases. But what do they mean? And when their meaning is in dispute, who should resolve the conflict — the court or the jury? These questions recently have arisen in a variety of civil and criminal cases, say Karen Henry and Jason Harrow of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Should In-House Counsel Use US Contract Terms In Europe?

    Mark Webber

    Nearly every U.S. in-house counsel has faced the task of tackling an impending overseas deal when only U.S. state law governed terms are at hand. While "localizing" a contract is one way to ensure that provisions comply with the relevant local law and local market practices, there are 10 key issues to consider, says Mark Webber at Fieldfisher.