New Jersey

  • June 30, 2016

    Horizon Fights Par Pharma’s Generic Of Urine Disorder Drug

    Horizon Therapeutics filed a patent infringement suit in New Jersey federal court on Thursday, challenging Par Pharmaceutical's efforts to gain regulatory approval for a generic version of Ravicti, a drug that treats inborn urea cycle disorders.

  • June 30, 2016

    Electrical Inspector Must Face Jury In Fatal NJ Fire

    A New Jersey appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling allowing litigation to continue against a Paterson electrical inspector over a 2010 house fire that killed four people, saying a jury must resolve factual disputes about whether he acted in good faith in addressing dangers at the residence.

  • June 30, 2016

    NJ Man Gets 70 Mos. In Jail For $65M Russian Export Scheme

    A New Jersey man was sentenced to 70 months in prison Thursday for his role in smuggling more than $65 million worth of licensed electronics from the United States to suppliers of Russian defense contractors in violation of export control laws, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

  • June 30, 2016

    NJ Military Contractor Settles Fraud Claims For $1.1M

    A New Jersey-based military contractor, its parent company and affiliates have agreed to pay $1.1 million to resolve civil claims that they used shell companies to bill for more work than was actually performed in a contract involving the Kuwait-Iraq war zone, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said Thursday.

  • June 30, 2016

    NJ Lawmaker Wants Tighter Leash On FERC's Pipeline Process

    U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., on Wednesday said she’d be introducing a bill to toughen the criteria the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission must use when reviewing proposed pipeline applications and certifying that the pipeline is both convenient for and needed by the public.

  • June 30, 2016

    Verizon Broadband Deal Had Public Input, NJ Court Says

    A New Jersey appeals court on Thursday upheld a Board of Public Utilities order approving relaxations to Verizon Inc.’s high-speed internet compliance obligations, rejecting the state ratepayer advocate’s arguments that the deal was greenlighted without enough public input.

  • June 30, 2016

    Goetz Fitzpatrick Hit With Malpractice Suit Over Biz Spat

    Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP was slammed with a malpractice lawsuit in New Jersey state court Monday from a cybersecurity business owner alleging two firm attorneys negligently drafted legal documents, leading in one instance to a nearly $400,000 judgment against him in separate litigation.

  • June 30, 2016

    Ex-Penn State Coaches Urge 3rd Circ. To Revive Firing Suit

    Two former Penn State University football coaches, including the son of the legendary late head coach Joe Paterno, urged the Third Circuit on Thursday to upend a decision tossing claims that the school had irreparably harmed their reputations by terminating them following the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

  • June 30, 2016

    3rd. Circ. Affirms Brother's Win In Printer Cartridge Suit

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday upheld a pretrial judgment victory for Brother International Corp. in a consumer-fraud class suit claiming its printers did not deliver the advertised amount of use from color toner cartridges, finding a lack of evidence.

  • June 29, 2016

    Hawaii Escapes Plavix MDL Discovery Agreement

    Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC on Wednesday were denied a bid to hold Hawaii to a discovery coordination agreement in multidistrict litigation over allegedly misleading marketing of the blood thinner Plavix, according to New Jersey federal judge’s order.

  • June 29, 2016

    Christie Urges Senate To OK Higher Gas Tax, Lower Sales Tax

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called on the state Senate on Wednesday to approve a legislative package that would increase the gas tax and reduce the sales tax, saying the measures would deliver net tax savings and provide vital funding for improvements to roads, bridges and mass transit systems.

  • June 29, 2016

    Lamictal Pay-For-Delay Row Shouldn't Be Paused, Buyers Say

    Buyers of the anticonvulsant drug Lamictal urged a New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday not to pause discovery in the pay-for-delay case against GlaxoSmithKline and Teva following the U.S. Supreme Court's recent request that the U.S. solicitor general weigh in on the suit.

  • June 29, 2016

    Man Cops To Aiding Foreign Donations To Obama's Campaign

    A New Jersey man has admitted to his role in helping to illegally funnel $80,000 in foreign contributions to President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, Assistant U.S. Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell and U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Wednesday.

  • June 29, 2016

    Mary Kay Gets NJ Worker Suit Claiming Forced Buying Tossed

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a proposed class action alleging that Mary Kay forced its beauty consultants to buy company merchandise as part of their employment after finding the consultants signed contracts stating that their claims must be litigated in Texas.

  • June 29, 2016

    Plavix FCA Suit Revived After High Court's Escobar Ruling

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday reopened a False Claims Act suit against Sanofi-Aventis US LLC and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. following the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Escobar ruling that liability under the statute can be triggered by failure to comply with regulations that aren't explicit conditions of payment.

  • June 29, 2016

    Raymours Bias Suit Revived As NJ Justices Nix Time Limit

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has revived a Raymours Furniture Co. employee’s race bias suit that a lower court sent to arbitration, in the wake of the justices’ recent decision to invalidate employer-imposed time limits for filing discrimination claims.

  • June 29, 2016

    NJ's Chris Christie Rips 'Kitchen Sink' Bridgegate Subpoena

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office fired another salvo of invective at a text, email and electronic records request from former public officials facing criminal charges for their alleged role in the Bridgegate scandal, arguing Tuesday that the subpoena covers huge amounts of irrelevant files.

  • June 29, 2016

    NJ Justices Undo Judgment Over Bankruptcy-Tainted Funds

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday upended a judgment in favor of Globe Motor Co. and The Margolis Law Firm in their suit accusing a car wholesaler of breaching a settlement agreement, ruling that a dispute over the source of the settlement funds had to be hashed out before the instant case was resolved.

  • June 29, 2016

    Arbitrators Overstepped In Biotech IP Row, 3rd Circ. Told

    A French starch manufacturer has urged the Third Circuit to reverse a lower court's affirmation of an international arbitral award for intellectual property rights associated with a defunct biotech joint venture, saying the arbitral panel exceeded its authority.

  • June 29, 2016

    Ex-Samsung Exec Gets 6 Years For Fraud After Years On Run

    A former Samsung America Inc. executive who fled to South Korea for nearly eight years after pleading guilty in 2008 was sentenced to more than six years in prison in New Jersey federal court Wednesday for embezzling about $1.6 million from the company.

Expert Analysis

  • NY Should Unify Standards For Atty Fees Against State Agency

    Matthew T. McLaughlin

    Two bills introduced in the recently ended New York legislative session, if adopted into law, will provide government entities and Freedom of Information Law practitioners with the mooring of predictable and consistent outcomes in FOIL proceedings by changing the standard for determining attorneys’ fee awards, say Matthew McLaughlin and Benjamin Argyle of Venable LLP.

  • REBUTTAL: Lenders Won't Lose Mortgage Priority In NJ

    Matthew H. Lewis

    A recent Law360 guest article suggested that if the New Jersey Supreme Court upholds the lower court's decision in Rosenthal & Rosenthal v. Benun it could have a chilling effect on certain types of loans that provide for future advances — but such consequences are unlikely, says Matthew Lewis at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP.

  • Clean Energy Incentive Program Creates More CPP Confusion

    Charles T. Wehland

    The U.S. Environmental Agency's position regarding its recently proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program makes it challenging for states and the regulated community to understand and implement Clean Power Plan requirements, and is also contrary to relevant precedent, say attorneys at Jones Day.

  • Price Check: Uncertain Outcomes In Advertised Price Cases

    Christopher Finnerty

    Plaintiffs attorneys have recently begun suing retailers for advertising products as discounted in outlet stores when those products were not sold at full price in nonoutlet stores. However, the decisions issued to date show that different federal courts have reached somewhat different conclusions, say attorneys at K&L Gates LLP.

  • How To Manage Your Law School Debt After Graduation

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    Student loan debt can feel overwhelming to new lawyers, especially when just getting started post graduation. Andrew Josuweit, co-founder and CEO of Student Loan Hero Inc., reviews the loan repayment plans available and discusses the best path forward for recent grads shouldering law school debt.

  • Making Rule 68 Offers Of Judgment In Employment Cases

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    A. Jonathan Trafimow

    Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 provides defendants with the ability to make an offer of judgment in order to pressure plaintiffs to settle. Jonathan Trafimow at Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP outlines whether and how to make an offer of judgment in employment cases, the potential benefits and disadvantages, and the various state and federal laws that govern Rule 68.

  • Forming Drug Test Policies Through A Haze Of Marijuana Laws

    Amanda Wingfield Goldman

    When it comes to protections for medical marijuana users, the tide appears to be turning as some states are revising their laws to include specific discrimination protections for employees. Amanda Wingfield Goldman at Coats Rose Ryman Yale & Lee PC provides practical steps for drafting drug testing policies in states where medical marijuana is legal, and states where recreational and medical marijuana is legal.

  • Where New Conn. Ban-The-Box Law May Be Headed

    Daniel L Schwartz

    Connecticut’s new fair chance employment act is not as extensive as similar "ban-the-box" laws in some of its neighboring states. However, the laws in these other states may be instructive regarding potential future developments in this area of law for Connecticut, say Dan Schwartz and James Leva at Day Pitney LLP.

  • The Cloud And Ethical Considerations For Lawyers

    Bradley S. Shear

    Despite regular news stories detailing the need to update our digital privacy laws and increase our cybersecurity protections, law firms and in-house legal departments should feel confident that utilizing cloud providers with strong privacy and security protections will not breach their ethical obligation to clients, says Bradley Shear of the Law Office of Bradley S. Shear LLC.

  • How Lawyers Can Harness The Power Of Social Media

    Monica Zent

    It’s important to first decide what your personal brand is. Are you a crusader? A wry observer? A compassionate witness? Your social media presence doesn’t have to reflect the deepest aspects of your identity — it’s merely an image that you project, says Monica Zent, founder and CEO of Foxwordy Inc.