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  • April 15, 2014

    NJ Lawmaker Wants Port Authority Project Funding Probed

    A powerful New Jersey lawmaker is calling on federal regulators to investigate the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's use of more than $1 billion in tax-exempt bond proceeds for an overhaul of the 82-year-old Pulaski Skyway, according to a letter released Tuesday.

  • April 15, 2014

    Borgata To Pay $1.7M To Poker Players In Phony Chip Game

    The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa will shell out $1.7 million to players who lost money in a poker tournament that was cancelled in January after the casino’s discovery of counterfeit chips, according to an order issued Monday by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.

  • April 15, 2014

    NJ High Court Committee Touts Plan To Hasten Civil Actions

    A Supreme Court of New Jersey committee on Tuesday released findings from its study into how to expedite civil litigation in state courts, recommending a pilot program designed to limit discovery disputes, juror challenges, and the lengths of opening and closing arguments.

  • April 15, 2014

    The Great Persuader: 7th Circ. Chief Judge Diane Wood

    Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood talks to Law360 about managing a court in crisis, surviving two U.S. Supreme Court near-misses, and tailoring crafty dissenting opinions that can change the mind of even the staunchest of ideological opponents.

  • April 15, 2014

    Cigna Again Dodges Class Cert. In NJ ERISA Suit

    Health insurer Cigna Corp. notched a second victory in a New Jersey federal court on Monday when a judge again denied class certification in a suit alleging the insurance company used manipulated data to reduce employer-sponsored health benefits. 

  • April 15, 2014

    NJ High Court Won't Disturb Fee Award In Horizon Class Suit

    The Supreme Court of New Jersey last week declined to hear an appeal of attorneys' fees paid in a health care class action against Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, ending a challenge from class members who opposed the fees because the resulting settlement was essentially nonmonetary. 

  • April 15, 2014

    NJ To Pay 5 Firms For Repping Staffers In Bridgegate Probe

    The state of New Jersey will fund the legal costs of at least five law firms representing current and former state employees over September's politically charged closure of George Washington Bridge access lanes, the Attorney General's Office said Monday.

  • April 15, 2014

    Medicines Co. Sues Aurobindo Over Angiomax Generic

    The Medicines Co. sued Aurobindo Pharma Ltd. and its U.S. subsidiary on Friday in New Jersey federal court, claiming the Indian drugmaker's application to market a generic version of the blood thinner Angiomax violates two of its patents.

  • April 15, 2014

    TD Bank Can't Keep Negligence Suit In NJ Federal Court

    TD Bank NA on Tuesday lost a bid to keep a professional negligence case in New Jersey federal court after a judge ruled the court lacks jurisdiction over the suit, which blames TD’s allegedly lax oversight for a couple’s $1.5 million loss in a Ponzi scheme.

  • April 15, 2014

    Pasta Maker Forks Over $8M In Low-Carb Labeling Deal

    Post Holdings Inc. unit Dakota Growers Pasta Co. has agreed to spend $7.9 million and change the labeling on its Dreamfields Pasta to settle class claims that it falsely hawked the brand as containing fewer digestible carbohydrates than traditional pasta, according to settlement papers filed Monday.

  • April 14, 2014

    Port Authority's Sartor Resigns After WTC Probe Leaked

    The longest-standing commissioner of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is stepping down, leaving the agency in the midst of a series of investigations into its role in rebuilding the World Trade Center complex and a spate of resignations in the wake of the "Bridgegate" scandal.

  • April 14, 2014

    American DG Says Whistleblower Laws Don't Shield Worker

    American DG Energy Inc. on Monday urged a New Jersey federal judge to rule a former worker was an independent contractor, not an employee, and therefore lacks standing to claim he was improperly fired for calling attention to the alleged double-billing of customers.

  • April 14, 2014

    Lender Seeks $1.4M In Suit Over NJ Corporate Park

    A lender sued Windsor Acquisitions LLC and two loan guarantors in New Jersey state court last week for more than $1.35 million, alleging the company diverted rents from a corporate park outside Trenton to a management company while in default of its $30.85 million mortgage.

  • April 14, 2014

    Pa. Contractor Cops To Kickbacks, Assault At Fort Dix

    The owner of a Pennsylvania construction company pled guilty on Monday to charges that he skimmed thousands from employee paychecks and orchestrated a violent attack on a site manager during a reconstruction project at the Fort Dix military base, New Jersey prosecutors said.

  • April 14, 2014

    NJ Justices To Review NuWave's Nixed Defamation Award

    The New Jersey Supreme Court will tackle NuWave Investment Corp.'s upended $2.6 million award for a finance industry investigator's publication of allegedly defamatory statements and generally consider when presumed damages can be awarded in defamation cases, according to an order posted Friday.

  • April 14, 2014

    Bayer Escapes Bulk Of Trasylol Off-Label Marketing Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Friday cut down a long-running employee whistleblower suit accusing Bayer Corp. of fleecing government health programs by pushing off-label uses of heart-surgery drug Trasylol and breaching anti-kickback law, ruling that violations of federal misbranding law alone are insufficient to trigger False Claims Act liability.

  • April 14, 2014

    BofA, Citi Accused Of Wielding MERS To Force Defaults

    Bank of America NA, Citibank NA and others were sued this month in New Jersey state court by homeowners who say their mortgages were processed through the controversial Mortgage Election Registration System Inc. in order to cause them to default.

  • April 14, 2014

    NJ Doctor Charged With Avoiding Taxes On $6M In Income

    A New Jersey doctor was arrested on Friday for an array of tax charges, including the mishandling of nearly $6 million in cash, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • April 14, 2014

    Gibson Dunn Turns Over Bridgegate Interview Docs

    A New Jersey legislative committee investigating September's closure of George Washington Bridge access lanes received more than 430 pages of interview documents on Monday that underpin a Gibson Dunn report last month clearing Gov. Chris Christie of involvement in the scandal.

  • April 14, 2014

    Depomed Settles With Incepta, Zydus Over Nerve Pain Drug

    Drug company Depomed Inc. on Friday said that it has reached settlements with Incepta Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Zydus Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., two out of the three defendants in ongoing patent infringement litigation over its nerve pain medication Gralise.

Expert Analysis

  • Beware 'Jewel' Risks In Lateral Partner Hiring

    Pamela Phillips

    Jewel litigation has been filed after every major law firm bankruptcy in the past 10 years, including Lyon & Lyon, Brobeck, Coudert, Thelen, Heller and Howrey. These lawsuits have produced years of litigation, with similar suits expected in the Dewey bankruptcy. Despite the legal uncertainties surrounding such claims, hiring firms can take steps now to minimize their Jewel risk for any lateral hire, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • Some Sanity Amid Skyrocketing TCPA Litigation

    John G. Papianou

    Federal courts have recently brought some sanity to Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation and, specifically, what constitutes an automatic telephone dialing system. Until the Federal Communications Commission weighs in, defendants facing TCPA class actions may cite the Gragg, Hunt and Dominguez decisions for support or seek a stay of proceedings, says John Papianou of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.

  • Trending: State High Court Accord On 'Faulty Workmanship'

    Carl Salisbury

    In Arlo Guthrie's classic Thanksgiving ballad, he says that if 50 people a day were to walk into a military psychiatrist's office, sing a bar of "Alice's Restaurant" and then walk out, "then friends, they may think it's a movement. And that's what it is." Strange as it may seem, something akin to the Alice's Restaurant movement is happening in state supreme courts across the country — most recently with the Alabama Supreme Court decision in Owner's Insurance Co. v. Jim Carr Homebuilders LLC, says Carl Salisbury of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • FTC Data Security Authority Remains Murky Despite Wyndham

    Christopher Cole

    ​In the latest and most important federal court decision on data security enforcement, a New Jersey federal judge broadly upheld the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to police data security in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp., as the debate regarding the FTC’s role in regulating data security continues to evolve in both judicial channels — including the LabMD Inc. case — and legislative avenues, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • FTC Increasingly Looks Like Cyberspace's Regulator

    Amy Worley

    In FTC v. Ross, the Fourth Circuit affirmed the Federal Trade Commission's Section 5(a) authority under the Federal Trade Commission Act in cybersecurity cases. Now, eyes are on FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp., where the same question is being litigated even though it is becoming increasingly likely that arguments claiming the FTC lacks authority to bring unfair and deceptive trade practices cases in the cyber arena will face a tough hurdle, says Amy Worley of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • The Privacy Battle In NJ — Who Is Winning And Losing?

    Fernando Pinguelo

    New Jersey courts have been wrestling with key public policy issues concerning cellphone users' rights to privacy and the public’s desire to quickly and more efficiently reduce crime. Three recent cases demonstrate this struggle and highlight the court’s take on rights concerning users’ cellphone conversations, cellphone locations and Internet use, say Fernando Pinguelo and Daniel Sodroski of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Elections, Political Law And The Financial Services Sector

    Jason Abel

    Private equity firms, hedge funds and other asset management companies run up against political law regimes on a daily basis, and recent changes in campaign finance law provide uncertainty as to what can and cannot be done. Remember, even a conversation over dinner could trigger a lobbying regime, says Jason Abel, of counsel at Steptoe & Johnson LLP and former chief counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

  • Legal Needs To Rethink Its Dropbox Account

    David Houlihan

    While there’s a lot of promise in the technology, when I talk to legal organizations using a mobile cloud content platform, they’re using a free Dropbox account. In fact, according to the 2013 ABA Legal Technology Survey, it’s about 58 percent of legal organizations. This is a problem, says David Houlihan of Blue Hill Research Inc.

  • How Law Firms Can Stay Profitable While Clients Cut Costs

    Raymond J. Werner

    With clients actively taking steps to control legal costs, law firm managers have spent a lot of time and energy over the recent years doing the same thing — being more intelligent about expenses so the firm stays profitable. However, the other side of the profit equation — the addition of fee revenue — is where the ongoing focus needs to be, says Raymond Werner of Arnstein & Lehr LLP.

  • High Court Changed Hatch-Waxman Cases — Nobody Noticed

    Brian O'Reilly

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s latest personal jurisdiction cases have received scant attention from the patent bar, but they may forever change where plaintiffs can file Hatch-Waxman litigations, and knock Delaware and New Jersey off their perch as the home of Hatch-Waxman litigation. While Goodyear v. Brown and Daimler v. Bauman are likely to create a sea change in Hatch-Waxman forum selection, generics should be ready for a fight, says Brian O’Reilly of O’Reilly IP PLLC.