New Jersey

  • July 25, 2014

    Ex-NJ Water Official Cops To Hiding Contamination

    A former high-ranking official with a New Jersey water agency pled guilty on Friday to participating in a scheme to rig water quality tests and hide contamination by a probable carcinogen, Acting Attorney General John Hoffman said.

  • July 25, 2014

    3rd Circ. Lets Morgan Lewis Withdraw From 30-Year-Old Suit

    The Third Circuit on Friday granted Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP permission to withdraw from representing a Turkish weapons maker in a contentious product liability suit 29 years after the firm’s initial request, clarifying guidelines for evaluating withdrawal motions.

  • July 25, 2014

    High Court Urged To Nix $9.2M Attys' Fee In VW Settlement

    A class member in a consolidated suit against Volkswagen of America Inc. over leaky sunroofs told the U.S. Supreme Court that the Third Circuit and a magistrate judge shouldn't have approved a $9.2 million attorneys' fee award, according to a filing made available Friday.

  • July 25, 2014

    Urban, Insurer Urge 3rd Circ. To Revive IP Coverage Appeal

    Urban Outfitters and OneBeacon America Insurance Co. on Thursday urged the Third Circuit to reconsider whether they could yet appeal a decision that Hanover Insurance Co. didn’t have to defend the retailer in a Navajo Nation copyright suit, saying the court has held that such rulings are immediately appealable.

  • July 25, 2014

    NJ Makes Affordable Housing Contract Public In Doc Row

    Compelled by a court order, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration and Rutgers University on Friday fully disclosed a contract with a Rutgers professor to help develop the state's recently proposed affordable housing rules, according to a housing advocacy group that sued to make the document public.

  • July 25, 2014

    Diacetyl Plaintiffs Ask High Court To Review 3rd Circ. Ruling

    Plaintiffs in a class action claiming they were harmed by exposure to food coloring chemical diacetyl have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Third Circuit ruling that Aaroma Holdings LLC cannot be held liable because it purchased those assets from now-bankrupt Emoral Inc., saying the decision sets a dangerous precedent.

  • July 25, 2014

    Bankrupt Kid Brands Seeks To Get $1.35M For IP From Rival

    Bankrupt nursery-products maker Kid Brands Inc. asked a New Jersey judge Thursday for permission to sell brand names like Tiddliwinks, Kids Line, and Perfect Bum to Crown Crafts Infant Products Inc. for $1.35 million.

  • July 25, 2014

    NJ Atty And His Mother Can't Nix $1.2M Arbitration Ruling

    A New Jersey attorney and his mother, a real estate broker, were hit with a $1.2 million arbitration judgment after a state judge said that they failed to justify missing arbitration proceedings over allegedly inducing a Russian citizen into a series of fraudulent investments.

  • July 25, 2014

    Star-Ledger Publisher Sells 177K SF Newark HQ

    New Jersey newspaper The Star-Ledger has sold its 177,000-square-foot headquarters in Newark to real estate investment and development firm Maddd Equities LLC for an undisclosed price, the paper said late on Thursday.

  • July 24, 2014

    NJ Superior Court Hit With Disability Bias Suit

    The New Jersey Judiciary was hit Wednesday with a disability bias suit by a courtroom clerk at Camden, New Jersey’s Superior Court who said she faced reprisal when she complained about the rescission of reasonable accommodations allowing her to work despite a chronic nerve condition.

  • July 24, 2014

    NJ Law Firm Adds Named Partner With Maloof Lebowitz Split

    Insurance defense expert Jack Maloof, a named partner with Maloof Lebowitz Connahan & Oleske PC, will depart the firm with two associates to join New Jersey-headquartered Braff Harris & Sukoneck, which will soon become Braff Harris Sukoneck & Maloof, attorneys said Thursday.

  • July 24, 2014

    RE Rumor Mill: Ben Shaoul, Flipkart, New York Wheel

    Magnum Real Estate's Ben Shaoul has reportedly secured $71 million for a dormitory construction project, while Flipkart is said to be eyeing a massive lease in Bangalore and the New York Wheel has reportedly received $150 million in EB-5 funding.

  • July 24, 2014

    Judge Tosses Chinese Magnesite Antitrust Class Action

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday tossed an antitrust action brought by buyers of magnesite who accused a group of foreign producers of engaging in a price-fixing cartel, saying that the purported direct-purchaser plaintiff lacked standing to bring the claims.

  • July 24, 2014

    Crumbs Gets NJ Court Approval For Bankruptcy Auction

    A New Jersey bankruptcy judge on Thursday gave Crumbs Bake Shop Inc. the green light to move ahead with plans to sell off its assets at a bankruptcy auction in August, with an investor group serving as the stalking horse bidder for the now-shuttered New York cupcake chain.

  • July 24, 2014

    Walgreen Wins Dismissal In Pharmacy Buyout Suits

    A federal judge on Thursday dismissed two New Jersey pharmacies' suits against a Walgreen Co. subsidiary, finding that they failed to show the company breached asset purchase agreements that tied certain payouts to future prescriptions from the pharmacies' onetime customers.

  • July 24, 2014

    Consumers Slam Nissan's Bid To Dodge Transmission Row

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday was urged to nix Nissan North America Inc.’s bid to end a putative class action accusing it of concealing defective transmissions in certain vehicles, with the lead plaintiff arguing the carmaker cannot evade responsibility for selling the cars without conducting “even the most basic” presale testing.

  • July 24, 2014

    Professional Liability Pro Rejoins Kaufman Dolowich In NJ

    A one-time Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP attorney who specializes in professional liability defense for law firms as well as parties in the insurance, real estate and financial services industries has rejoined the firm from The Gonzo Law Group LLC, Kaufman Dolowich announced Wednesday.

  • July 24, 2014

    NJ Gets $200M For First-Ever Bank For Energy Stability

    New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities said on Wednesday it approved a plan to direct $200 million in federal aid toward creating the state’s Energy Resilience Bank, a first-of-its-kind resource to increase New Jersey’s energy stability in severe weather emergencies.

  • July 24, 2014

    Janssen Hits Mylan With Generic Prezista Patent Suit

    Janssen Products LP on Wednesday hit generic-drug maker Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. with a lawsuit in New Jersey federal court over Mylan’s plans to make and market its generic versions of the HIV medication Prezista.

  • July 24, 2014

    G.S. Wilcox & Co. Arranges $74M In NJ, NY Financings

    G.S. Wilcox & Co. has arranged nearly $74 million in financing for various properties in New Jersey and New York, the firm announced on Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Courts Line Up Behind 3rd Circ.'s Ascertainability Logic

    Tracey Ehlers

    Federal courts, particularly those following Third Circuit precedent, are paying more attention to the ascertainability of class members and companies in the food and beverage industries — where consumers do not typically retain receipts — should take note when challenging class certification, say attorneys at Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • Your State Contract May Prohibit Offshore Outsourcing

    Merle DeLancey

    A recent report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General resurfaced the issue of offshoring restrictions in the context of Medicaid contracts. This easily overlooked issue has been percolating to the top of the list for government agencies, state attorneys general and, perhaps, qui tam plaintiffs’ attorneys, say attorneys with Dickstein Shapiro LLP.

  • 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.