A magistrate judge in a New Jersey federal court granted preliminary approval Tuesday to four separate settlement agreements totaling close to $6.8 million with some of the defendants in a consolidated class action accusing several tax companies of bid-rigging the auctions for municipal tax liens.
The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily stayed a lower court order directing an allegedly inactive state agency to adopt proposed affordable housing rules by March 26.
A New Jersey jury on Tuesday awarded at retrial over $1.5 million to a woman who developed a form of inflammatory bowel disease after taking Hoffman-LaRoche Inc.’s acne drug Accutane, representing the plaintiff's second victory, with her earlier verdict having been overturned on appeal.
A New Jersey regulation prohibiting Tesla Motors Inc.'s direct sales model passed on Tuesday, drawing a fiery rebuke from the electric car maker that accused Gov. Chris Christie's administration of breaking its word and capitulating to the dealership "monopoly."
An opponent of a $90 million natural gas pipeline proposed through New Jersey's Pinelands region has lodged an ethics grievance against an attorney for the agency in charge of that protected area, claiming she misled a commissioner into recusing himself from a vote on the project.
Two former aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appeared before a state judge on Tuesday to argue that their response to subpoenas issued by the legislative committee investigating the “Bridgegate” scandal would be tantamount to testimony, violating their constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination.
Republicans in the New Jersey Assembly introduced legislation on Monday that would allow business owners to deduct from their state income taxes contributions they make toward their own pension plan.
A New Jersey nursing home contract and collection efforts targeting a resident's daughter didn't breach state nursing home or consumer fraud laws because they didn't assert that she had to pay her mother's bills with her own money, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday declined to revive consumer fraud and contract claims in a class action alleging auto insurance units of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s Geico Corp. offered uninsured or underinsured motorist collision coverage limits below state minimums without the required consent.
A New Jersey senator announced Monday that he has introduced a bill that would protect workers in the state who can't make it to their jobs during a declared state of emergency from suffering negative consequences at the hands of their employers.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Monday ruled that a suit brought by the family of an 11-year-old girl who fell from a Ferris wheel and died at a New Jersey amusement park belongs in that state, overturning a trial court ruling.
A group of minors last week pushed back at Google Inc. and Viacom Inc.'s bid to toss multidistrict litigation in New Jersey accusing them of illegally tracking the online activities of children under 13, arguing that underage users are legally unable to consent to tracking.
Jersey City, N.J., was hit with a suit in state court Friday that accuses the mayor of violating the terms of a lease by trying to oust a nonprofit as manager of the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre in favor of an outside management firm.
Scrutiny of embattled Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chairman David Samson continued to ratchet up Monday, with Manhattan federal prosecutors reportedly subpoenaing the bi-state agency for records tied to possible conflicts of interest on the part of the Wolff & Samson PC co-founder.
Two employees of Passaic Valley, N.J.'s sewer authority were found guilty on Monday of misconduct charges stemming from allegations they directed employees to perform personal home repairs for friends and relatives while on-duty, according to the New Jersey attorney general's office.
New Jersey lawmakers on Monday again tried to push forward legislation that would require the state's environmental regulator to hold a public meeting and take other steps before recommending a site for the federal Superfund list.
A piece of legislation urging the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to request and support an increase in the minimum wage for Newark Liberty International Airport workers passed a New Jersey Assembly panel on Monday.
Plus-sized women’s retailer Ashley Stewart Holdings Inc. sought Chapter 11 protection Monday — four years after the former owner of the brand sought bankruptcy — with the hope of selling all of its assets to keep the company’s operations afloat.
GenOn Power Midwest LP has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the Third Circuit's decision that the Clean Air Act doesn't preempt certain state law claims brought by property owners, saying the ruling conflicts with the statute's goal of ensuring a level of uniformity and certainty in the application of air emissions standards nationwide.
A New Jersey appellate panel on Monday upheld a $4.8 million award to a group of Jersey City, N.J., condominium owners who were sold on panoramic views that were later obstructed by a new building the developers failed to disclose to the buyers.
The Third Circuit’s recent decision in a case involving possible Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations may provide the government and litigants with a powerful new precedent to pursue attorney-client communications pursuant to the crime-fraud exception. Indeed, the court found that the exception applied where very few facts supported its application, says Katy Preston of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.
Those interested in the growing Internet gaming market should watch closely whether states move meaningfully toward joining the new multistate Internet gaming agreement, and New Jersey is particularly important to watch because of the breadth of its offerings and its early entrance into the market. Meanwhile, successful Internet gaming revenue streams in more populous states may have a catalytic effect on other states' desire to enter the market, say attorneys with Greenberg Traurig LLP.
Thanks to the Third Circuit’s recent holding in In re Emoral Inc., entities purchasing a distressed debtor’s assets through a Section 363 bankruptcy sale may have greater protections against the subsequent claims of those seeking to hold the purchaser liable for damages arising from the debtor’s presale conduct, says Travis Powers of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.
A number of recent appellate cy pres decisions teach us that charitable organizations should be selected carefully, with attention to the relationship between the purpose and the allegations framing the plaintiff class’s chief complaints. Just because an institution supports a worthy cause does not make the institution a worthy recipient in every case, say Mark Rapazzini and Elizabeth King of Heffler Claims Group LLC.
As reflected in a recent decision by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey, in preparing loan documentation, it is important for practitioners to appreciate how applicable state law and bankruptcy courts will treat assignments of rents and whether, given that treatment, certain facts or structuring could alter whether and how the rents may be used in the event of the borrower’s bankruptcy, say attorneys with Alston & Bird LLP.
In a recent case of first impression, the Third Circuit affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of design defect claims against a residential homebuilder under New Jersey's Product Liability Act when the plaintiff-homeowner failed to comply with the state's Affidavit of Merit Statute. Calender v. NVR Inc. may apply beyond New Jersey as at least 11 states have some form of an affidavit of merit requirement for negligent licensed professionals, say David Haworth and Michele Ventura of Ballard Spahr LLP.
A recent New Jersey appeals court ruling and new laws greatly expanding whistleblower protections in California highlight the need for employers and their in-house and outside counsel to account for potentially significant differences in whistleblower protections from state to state when planning for and initiating internal investigations triggered by whistleblower complaints, says Michael Baudinet of McGuireWoods LLP.
Since the issuance of a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission no-action letter that allows mergers and acquisitions brokers to receive transaction-based compensation without registering as brokers, a number of questions have been raised — including applicability of the relief in the private equity and venture capital context. Meanwhile, state regulators are currently considering the ramifications of the letter, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.
The New Jersey Superior Court recently ruled in DeMarco v. Stoddard that a medical malpractice insurer could not deny coverage for an insured who had made material misrepresentations in obtaining an insurance policy. While the ultimate limits of this decision are yet to be determined, it is certain to spur more litigation to test these limits, say John Jackson and John Kaveney of Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP.
While the Second Circuit’s decision in Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund v. Barnet has added an additional obstacle to Chapter 15 recognition and may thwart the ability of a foreign representative to effectively pursue legitimate causes of action in the U.S., it remains to be seen whether courts in other jurisdictions will generally follow suit. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has already issued a conflicting opinion, and at least one other court — the Third Circuit — is apparently not likely to follow Barnet, say attorneys with Allen & Overy LLP.