New Jersey

  • April 28, 2017

    Contractor's Insurance Claims Were Precluded, NJ Panel Says

    A New Jersey appeals court on Friday affirmed that a contractor’s lawsuit seeking an insurer’s coverage in construction defect litigation was barred because the claims could have been brought in a previous lawsuit that freed the insurer from its duty to defend.

  • April 28, 2017

    Jury Finds Fla. Eye Doctor Guilty Of Overbilling Medicare

    A Florida ophthalmologist linked to New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez was found guilty Friday of overbilling Medicare by $32 million for unnecessary eye injections and other treatments.

  • April 28, 2017

    Friedman Kaplan Adds Ex-Prosecutor To White Collar Group

    Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP has reclaimed its former partner Mala Ahuja Harker, a onetime federal prosecutor who will join the firm's white collar and litigation practice groups as a partner in its Newark, New Jersey, and New York City outposts. 

  • April 28, 2017

    Avis, Insurer End Suit Over $23.5M Crash Verdict Coverage

    Avis and ACE Insurance have mutually agreed to dismiss a lawsuit alleging the insurer has improperly refused to provide coverage in two personal injury actions, including one case in which a jury returned a $23.5 million verdict against the car rental company, according to a stipulation filed in New Jersey federal court on Thursday.

  • April 28, 2017

    Retainer Wording Sinks NJ Atty's Bid For Arbitration Costs

    A New Jersey attorney lost his bid to recover counsel fees after he prevailed in a fee arbitration dispute with a former client Friday when a state appeals panel found his retainer agreement didn’t allow for such a recovery.

  • April 28, 2017

    Hertz Beats Shareholder Class Action Again

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday tossed with prejudice a putative shareholder class action against Hertz Global Holdings Inc. that claimed the rental car giant and its executives misled investors and pressured employees to hide unsavory news, finding that the shareholders’ fifth round of pleadings fell short.

  • April 27, 2017

    NJ Says PennEast Pipeline Permit Application 'Incomplete'

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has deemed an application for a permit for the $1 billion PennEast natural gas pipeline project, which would run from Pennsylvania to central New Jersey, "administratively incomplete," according to a letter the DEP sent to the pipeline company on Wednesday.

  • April 27, 2017

    Christie Targets Horizon's Salaries In Health Reform Bill

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took aim at Horizon Healthcare’s Medicaid arm Thursday in proposing legislation that would authorize the state to probe insurers’ potential breaches of obligation to subscribers, citing the “millions” the taxpayer-supported charity’s executives collect in compensation while others struggle to afford health care.

  • April 27, 2017

    NY Law Sinks RICO Claims In Appeal In Hedge Fund Suit

    A New Jersey appeals court on Thursday affirmed the dismissal of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations claims in a lawsuit alleging a network of investment professionals forced an insurer’s financial ruin, finding that New York law, which doesn’t allow private civil RICO claims, applied because the alleged wrongdoing was concentrated in the Empire State.

  • April 27, 2017

    Judge Slams Co.'s 'Deficient' Bid To Nix Atlantic City Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge had biting words for a financial firm in refusing to toss Atlantic City’s suit claiming it mishandled city funds intended for small business loans and assisting residents with mortgages, blasting the company for a “deficient” motion that cited little evidence.

  • April 27, 2017

    Half Of $3.3M Superstorm Sandy Coverage Fight Put On Ice

    A New Jersey federal judge in a $3.3 million Superstorm Sandy insurance suit has punted a decision on whether Lexington Insurance Co. had a fiduciary duty to homeowners affected by the storm, saying the decision will hinge on the outcome of the contractual issues.

  • April 26, 2017

    NJ Judge Feared For Child's Safety, Ethics Panel Told

    A New Jersey judge accused of intervening in a custody dispute outside of her jurisdiction told an ethics panel on Wednesday that she acted out of concern for the welfare of the child, fearing the worst if an “altercation” took place between the parents.

  • April 26, 2017

    Ex-NJ Doc Can't Shake Penalties For Misconduct With Patients

    The New Jersey Appellate Division refused to disturb the state's decision to revoke the license of a physician for sexual misconduct with patients, ruling that the doctor’s multiple offenses justified the punishment.

  • April 26, 2017

    Par Hit With Fees For 'Unsupported' Luitpold Patent Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge has ordered Par Pharmaceutical Inc. to pay more than $200,000 in attorneys’ fees after ruling that a patent suit the company filed over Luitpold Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s planned generic version of a Par allergy drug was “completely unsupported by case law.”

  • April 26, 2017

    Fox Lobbies FCC To Renew NY Post Ownership Waiver

    The Federal Communications Commission should permit the continued co-ownership of TV stations in New York and New Jersey and the New York Post, Fox told the agency Tuesday, saying a waiver that allows it is in the public interest.

  • April 26, 2017

    Taxi Cos. Let Drivers Pose As Uber Rides, NJ Suit Says

    Uber drivers in Atlantic City, New Jersey, have filed a class action in state court against Atlantic City Yellow Cab, claiming that drivers for the company have been illegally posing as Uber drivers and that the company knowingly allowed this practice.

  • April 26, 2017

    JPMorgan Sheds Claims It Aided Madoff At 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of class allegations that JPMorgan Chase & Co. employees aided and abetted Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, agreeing with a lower court that JPMorgan’s lack of control over the scheme dooms the suit.

  • April 25, 2017

    NJ City Failed To Justify Added Tax On Motel, Judge Says

    A New Jersey tax judge has axed the beachside city of Wildwood's retroactive assessment of a $177,500 tax increase on a 1960s-era “doo-wop” motel, saying the city failed to present a convincing argument in support of its claim that new development had increased the value of the motel.

  • April 25, 2017

    Fla. Man Gets Prison For $1.5M Phony Billing Scheme

    A Florida man has been sentenced to nearly four and a half years in prison for bilking $1.5 million from a New Jersey financing company using a phony billing scheme, acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced Monday.

  • April 25, 2017

    Internal Docs Save Land Rover Battery Defect Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday revived portions of a would-be class action against Jaguar Land Rover North America LLC over alleged battery failures in Land Rover LR2 vehicles, ruling that internal documents from the company regarding consumer complaints formed enough of a basis to refile the suit.

Expert Analysis

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • A Hollow Win For Ride-Sharing Cos. On Unionizing Drivers

    Daniel Handman

    When a federal judge in Seattle recently enjoined the city from enforcing parts of an ordinance allowing ride-sharing drivers to unionize, it was hailed as a major victory for a badly beaten industry. But that victory may prove to be fleeting, says Daniel Handman of Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP.

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • How Privilege Applies To Multinationals' In-House Counsel

    Devika Kewalramani

    How does attorney-client privilege apply to an international company with corporate legal departments at a U.S. parent and at foreign subsidiaries? When does it attach to communications between such entities? These questions were the subject of a recent decision by a New Jersey federal court. The court's opinion provides real-world guidance to both in-house and outside counsel, say attorneys from Moses & Singer LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • How Due Process Limits Personal Jurisdiction

    Daniel Jaffe

    For purposes of general jurisdiction, multinational or multistate companies must consider the litigation attributes of the state where they choose to incorporate, or locate their principal place of business, as well as where they locate relatively large portions of their operations. Personal jurisdiction issues in each state should be assessed as part of sound risk management, says Daniel Jaffe of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Creating Winning Trial Visuals

    Kerri Ruttenberg

    Effective visuals require effective design. In her new book, "Images with Impact: Design and Use of Winning Trial Visuals," published by the American Bar Association, trial lawyer and Jones Day partner Kerri Ruttenberg discusses how to design and use visuals to help viewers understand, believe and remember the messages being conveyed.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • The 'State' Of The Gig Economy Under Trump

    Amy Strauss

    There is no question that America’s sharing economy is growing and showing no signs of slowing down. However, if the Trump administration continues its hands-off approach to worker misclassification issues, and court decisions create as much confusion as clarity, we may be forced to look to state legislatures to take control, says Amy Strauss of Fisher Phillips.