New Jersey

  • July 1, 2015

    Straub Sues Stockton University Over Showboat Morass

    As the clock ticks toward the would-be $26 million sale of shuttered Showboat Atlantic City, embattled casino buyer Glenn Straub has taken seller Stockton University to state court over confusion on whether the boardwalk property can operate as a casino.

  • July 1, 2015

    Fishing Groups Ask Court To Halt Ocean Seismic Testing

    A coalition of fishing groups filed suit Wednesday against the federal government and various aquatic research groups to halt a seismic study off the New Jersey coast, saying the use of underwater airguns that blast sound waves at levels louder than a space shuttle launch is disturbing aquatic life.

  • July 1, 2015

    Towns Needn't Cover Officials' Legal Fees: NJ Appeals Court

    A southern New Jersey town emerged the winner in an appeals decision that cleared it of an obligation to pay legal fees incurred by its former deputy mayor, siding with a lower court's ruling that no state or common law compels municipalities to cover litigation expenses for officials.

  • July 1, 2015

    Aetna Gets Claims Trimmed From Reimbursement Row

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday dismissed antitrust, Employee Retirement Income Security Act and other claims from a class action accusing Aetna Inc. of using rigged price schedules to underpay for out-of-network services, saying those claims weren't strong enough.

  • July 1, 2015

    Wyndham Says High Court ACA Ruling Supports Appeal

    Wyndham Worldwide Corp. on Tuesday told the Third Circuit that the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the Affordable Care Act supports their argument that the Federal Trade Commission doesn’t have the congressional authority to police unreasonable data security practices.

  • July 1, 2015

    Starbucks Wins Discovery Bid In Tainted Ham Row

    A federal judge in New Jersey on Tuesday partially granted Starbucks Corp.’s request to compel the production of a settlement agreement between the three suppliers behind tainted ham sandwiches that the coffee giant was forced to pull from its shelves in 2010 and is suing over.

  • July 1, 2015

    Cablevision Customers Push For Cert. In Cable Box-Tying Row

    A putative class of Cablevision cable subscribers pushed a New Jersey federal judge Tuesday to certify their class, saying the company’s tying of set-top box rentals to cable subscriptions should sufficiently bind them as a group.

  • July 1, 2015

    Sullivan Guides Insurer ACE In $28.3B Deal For Chubb

    Property and casualty insurer ACE Group announced Wednesday that it had inked a $28.3 billion cash and stock deal to pick up competitor The Chubb Corp.

  • June 30, 2015

    Fort Dix Contractors Sentenced In Bribery, Extortion Case

    Two Pennsylvania construction company officials were sentenced Tuesday on federal charges concerning employee extortion in connection with a project at the New Jersey military base formerly known as Fort Dix as well as a bribery scheme to secure federally subsidized construction work, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said.

  • June 30, 2015

    Naked Shorts Suit Gives High Court Chance To Curb States

    In agreeing to hear a case about naked short selling, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday put itself in a position to establish the extent to which federal securities laws preempt certain state-based claims and, in doing so, may further curtail state securities suits.

  • June 30, 2015

    NJ Hospital Denied Tax Exemption Over Many For-Profit Ties

    The New Jersey Tax Court has denied three years of property tax exemptions to a nonprofit hospital in a matter of first impression, finding the hospital's large number of private practice doctors and for-profit affiliates precluded it from the tax relief.

  • June 30, 2015

    Seasoned NJ Executive To Helm Scarinci Hollenbeck

    Scarinci Hollenbeck LLP has a hired a senior financial executive with 25 years of experience at noteworthy firms to helm its thriving tri-state business in New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C.

  • June 30, 2015

    NJ Sports Doc Pleads Guilty To Prescription Bribes

    A New Jersey sports medicine doctor on Monday admitted to accepting more than $60,000 in cash bribes for referring pain cream prescriptions and falsifying health records on behalf of a compounding pharmacy, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

  • June 30, 2015

    Christie Dismissed From NJ Bridge Scandal Class Action

    A complaint filed by commuters against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and other current and former officials over an alleged conspiracy to close access lanes to the George Washington Bridge was dismissed by a federal judge on Tuesday, who said the claims don't allege enough specific facts against each defendant.

  • June 30, 2015

    Ex-VA Official Gets 4 Years In $1.2M Contracting Scheme

    A former Department of Veterans Affairs employee in New Jersey who pled guilty to steering government contracts to an associate's companies and reaping more than $1.2 million in kickbacks was sentenced Tuesday to 46 months in prison, the Department of Justice announced.

  • June 30, 2015

    Gov't Blasts Ex-NJ Party Boss' Bid For Acquittal

    The government on Monday slammed the efforts of former New Jersey Democratic powerbroker Joseph Ferriero to overturn his conviction on corruption charges, contending it presented ample evidence at trial that the attorney abused his political position to line his own pockets.

  • June 30, 2015

    NCAA Slams College Basketball Coach's Suit Over Firing

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association told a New Jersey federal court that a former women's basketball coach at Kean University who says investigations by the NCAA resulted in a hostile work environment and violated her right to equal protection has not stated a viable claim and is wasting the court’s time, asking it to dismiss the suit.

  • June 30, 2015

    NJ Lawmakers Pass Resolution Against $1B Pipeline Project

    The New Jersey Senate on Monday passed a resolution in opposition to the proposed $1 billion, 178-mile Pilgrim Pipeline set to carry oil from the Bakken Shale through New Jersey and New York, urging permitting agencies to reject the project as currently proposed.

  • June 30, 2015

    High Court To Hear Merrill Lynch Naked Short Selling Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday granted an appeal from Merrill Lynch, UBS Securities LLC and other financial institutions over a shareholder suit alleging they engaged in illegal and manipulative “naked” short selling.

  • June 29, 2015

    Trump Entertainment Wants To Duck NJ Gaming Payments

    Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. on Monday asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge to bar the shuttered Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino from operating as a casino for a decade in order to exempt it from a proposed gaming revenue payment program that would cost more than traditional taxes.

Expert Analysis

  • Wrapping Your Head Around NJ Workers' Comp Jurisdiction

    Timothy R. Freeman

    The practical effect of the New Jersey Supreme Court's ruling in Estate of Kotsovska v. Liebman may be to discourage the filing of petitions for workers' compensation benefits and to encourage litigation in the state's courts regarding employment status after a workplace injury has occurred, says Timothy Freeman of Sedgwick LLP.

  • How Drug Cos. Can Minimize Risks Of 'Right To Try' Laws

    Vicki G. Norton

    With "right to try" measures that provide seriously ill patients access to experimental treatments being drafted in 40 states, drug and biologic developers have faced increasing pressure from patients and their advocates to make investigational drugs available for compassionate use. Vicki Norton of Duane Morris LLP has some advice for navigating the risks associated with allowing patients compassionate use of experimental drugs.

  • Why NJ May Win 3rd Circ. Sports Betting Case

    Daniel Wallach

    New Jersey may hold the upper hand in the sports betting case, based on what unfolded at the oral argument. In contrast to the district court, the Third Circuit signaled strongly that principles of statutory interpretation would dictate the outcome. And this bodes well for New Jersey, says Daniel Wallach of Becker & Poliakoff PA.

  • Midpoint 2015: What To Expect From State AGs

    Joseph W. Jacquot

    Whether on competition in the solar energy market, oversight of professional occupations or the safety of electronic payment systems, businesses should proactively engage with state attorneys general as they fulfill their consumer protection role, says Foley & Lardner LLP's Joseph Jacquot, a former Florida deputy attorney general and chief of staff of the attorney general’s office.

  • The Top 3 New Do’s And Don’ts For Law Firm Websites

    Stephan Roussan

    In legal marketing circles, there are few topics peddled about more than “hot tips” for improving your law firm’s website. Google it. You’ll find more advice than you could ever digest. However, there are larger trends in technology, culture and user behavior that are impacting firms in very significant ways and are not being talked about nearly as much as they should be, says Stephan Roussan, founder of consulting and web developm... (continued)

  • NJ Has The Backs Of Chiropractors In Class Action

    James J. Ferrelli

    The recent granting of class certification by the District of New Jersey to participating and nonparticipating chiropractors in DeMaria v. Horizon Healthcare Inc. offers a blueprint to class action certification for health care providers seeking to challenge health insurer policies that may systematically deny or reduce benefits paid, says James Ferrelli of Duane Morris LLP.

  • A Few Lessons From FCPA Trial Of Ex-PetroTiger CEO

    Marsha Gerber

    The trial of former PetroTiger Ltd. CEO Joseph Sigelman came to an abrupt end last week after prosecutors agreed to a plea agreement that appears to include terms favorable to the ousted executive. The case garnered widespread interest in part because criminal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases are rarely tried — this was only the fourth FCPA prosecution in as many years to progress all the way to trial, say attorneys with Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • NJ's Franchise Practices Act: A Broadly Worded Outlier

    Daniel D. Barnes

    New Jersey’s Franchise Practices Act imposes obligations on the distributor or manufacturer that it may not anticipate and may provide retailers with protections of which they were not aware. Decisions in the federal and state courts confirm this approach and demonstrate that New Jersey’s statute reaches farther than those of other states, says Daniel Barnes of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC.

  • Best Practices For Avoiding Spoliation

    Paul D. Steinman

    Motions for sanctions based on spoliation of evidence have become increasingly common, and a company that is not prepared to defend against a claim of spoliation may find itself forced to choose between an unfavorable settlement offer or the imposition of sanctions that could prevent it from prevailing on its claims or defenses, say Paul Steinman and Thomas Sanchez of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Clean Power Plan Wins A Battle, But Has It Won The War?

    Jennelle Arthur

    While the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan may have survived its first legal challenge in Murray Energy Corp. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency before the D.C. Circuit, because the victory hinged on procedural grounds and the presiding judges were Bush-era appointees, the only certainty going forward is that the plan will continue to face both legal and legislative attacks, says Jennelle Arthur of Jackson Kelly PLLC.