New Jersey

  • July 26, 2017

    Federal Government Settles NJ Clinic Stillbirth Suit

    A New Jersey suit alleging that substandard care at a federally funded clinic led to a stillborn child was dismissed Tuesday after the federal government agreed to settle the claims for an undisclosed amount.

  • July 26, 2017

    NJ Attys, ShopRite Must Face Accusations Over 'Sham' Suit

    A New Jersey state appellate court revived a suit alleging the parent company of ShopRite supermarkets and its former attorneys filed a sham lawsuit to block a shopping center development that would include a Walmart, saying the underlying suit was part of a pattern of flimsy lawsuits by the company targeting potential competitors.

  • July 26, 2017

    NJ The 6th State To Give FirstNet The Green Light

    Backed by Gov. Chris Christie’s office, New Jersey has become the sixth state to opt in to the multibillion-dollar FirstNet emergency response network, the project’s organizers announced Tuesday.

  • July 26, 2017

    NJ Town, Hospital Reach $5.6M Tax Settlement

    A New Jersey health care system will pay the city of Summit $5.56 million over the next six years to resolve the city’s appeals in state tax court and the system’s counterclaims asserting its right to nonprofit and tax-exempt status, according to a deal announced Tuesday.

  • July 26, 2017

    German Auto Giants Slapped With Antitrust Suit Amid EU Probe

    German luxury vehicle manufacturers including Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW have spent two decades conspiring to increase the prices of their automobiles, a proposed class of drivers told a New Jersey federal court, basing their antitrust claims on alleged admissions made to European regulators.

  • July 25, 2017

    NJ Bill To Protect Shoppers' Personal Data Signed Into Law

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed legislation that places restrictions on retailers’ ability to collect and use personal information gleaned from driver’s licenses and other identification cards in an effort to crack down on data breaches and the sale of this information to marketers.

  • July 25, 2017

    NJ Chemical Co. Admits To Water Pollution Violations

    International chemical business Cardolite Corp. on Tuesday in New Jersey state court admitted that it broke the law by failing to accurately monitor and report the pH levels of discharges into the public sewer system from the company's former Newark plant, state officials said.

  • July 25, 2017

    Accutane Label Didn't Adequately Warn, NJ Panel Says

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Tuesday upended court victories for Hoffman-La Roche Inc. and Roche Laboratories Inc. in hundreds of cases over the adverse affects of Accutane, ruling that the drug maker didn’t provide adequate warning in some cases and that a lower court wrongly applied New Jersey law in others.

  • July 25, 2017

    3rd Circ. Revives Ex-L’Oréal Atty's Whistleblower Row

    The Third Circuit said Tuesday in a precedential ruling that a former top patent attorney for L’Oréal USA Inc. would be allowed to proceed with his whistleblower suit, ruling that New Jersey whistleblower laws protect employees from being fired for refusing to violate rules of professional conduct and that the attorney’s claims were “more than skin-deep.”

  • July 25, 2017

    Patient Consent Irrelevant To Colonoscopy Suit, Court Says

    A New Jersey appeals court on Tuesday overturned a defense verdict in a woman’s suit accusing a doctor of causing complications due to an improperly performed colonoscopy, ruling that evidence of her “informed consent” to the procedure was improperly admitted to the jury.

  • July 25, 2017

    NJ Enacts Property Taxpayer Bill Of Rights

    The state of New Jersey has adopted a so-called property taxpayer bill of rights entitling property owners to clarity surrounding the real estate assessment process and how to bring an appeal, an attempt to empower New Jersey residents saddled with the nation’s highest property taxes.

  • July 25, 2017

    NJ Doc Can't Resume Work Without Restrictions, Court Says

    A New Jersey state appellate court decided Monday not to remove restrictions on a New Jersey doctor’s medical license, saying that an administrative board had not abused its authority in limiting her ability to practice medicine after she was diagnosed with a neurological disorder.

  • July 25, 2017

    NJ Judge Fights To Keep Civil Rights Claims Against Jurists

    A New Jersey state judge called on a federal court Monday to keep alive claims that the state judiciary and three fellow jurists violated his civil rights by discriminating against him due to his association with his disabled son, rejecting the other jurists' argument that the action does not involve a matter of public concern.

  • July 25, 2017

    NLRB Tosses Cert. Objections In Refusal-To-Bargain Case

    The National Labor Relations Board on Monday found that a company that provides security guard services engaged in unfair labor practices when it refused to bargain with the United Federation of Special Police and Security Officers as the representative of the company’s workers at a New Jersey facility.

  • July 24, 2017

    Wells Fargo Seeks Return Of Inadvertently Leaked Client Info

    ‎Wells Fargo Advisors LLC asked a New York state judge on Monday to prevent further dissemination of reams of client data inadvertently provided in a response to a subpoena, saying the release was a mistake and a former employee and his counsel should be forced to return it.

  • July 24, 2017

    NJ High Court To Weigh Application Timing Rule For Builder

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to review a developer's challenge to a published state appellate panel decision that an application must be accompanied by documents required by a municipality in order for the proposal to be evaluated based on regulations in effect at the time the application is filed.

  • July 24, 2017

    Ex-Louis Berger Exec Can Move FCA Suit To NJ, Judge Rules

    A former Louis Berger Group Inc. executive facing allegations he conspired to overbill the federal government on Afghanistan and Iraq reconstruction contracts on Monday won his bid to have the case transferred from Maryland to New Jersey, when a federal judge reasoned the case has no connection to the former state.

  • July 24, 2017

    Helmet Co.'s Win Upheld In Appeal Of Bicycle Injury Verdict

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Monday refused to disturb a verdict in favor of a bicycle helmet manufacturer in a suit over claims the defective design of its product contributed to a bicyclist's quadriplegic injuries, saying the trial court properly issued certain evidentiary decisions and other rulings.

  • July 24, 2017

    Ex-Simpson Thacher Clerk Fights SEC’s $2M Penalty Bid

    A former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP clerk convicted of passing inside information to friends told a New Jersey federal judge Friday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s requested $2 million penalty is too high in light of fact he faces a nearly four-year prison sentence even though he only made $667 off the scheme.

  • July 24, 2017

    OSHA Hits NJ Aluminum Co. With $1.9M In Proposed Fines

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Friday announced it is proposing a $1.9 million fine against a New Jersey-based aluminum manufacturing company after the agency learned two employees were sent to the hospital after separate workplace incidents.

Expert Analysis

  • Some Needed Certainty On Administrative Expense Status

    Mark Sherrill

    Debtors in bankruptcy have often used the ambiguity surrounding the meaning of the word “received” as a tool to fight against administrative expense claims. Earlier this month, the Third Circuit issued an opinion in the case of World Imports that will likely be highly influential on this matter, says Mark Sherrill of Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Heller Sequels And 2nd Amendment, Still Undecided: Part 1

    Robert Ludwig

    In the first installment of this three-part series, attorney Robert W. Ludwig takes a deep dive into the controversial history of Second Amendment jurisprudence.

  • How Industry Is Responding To FERC On State Policies

    Stephen Hug

    In May, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held a conference focused on the interplay between state policy goals and the organized energy markets in the eastern U.S. The subsequent comments from more than 70 interested parties reflect a basic lack of consensus among industry participants on the best approach going forward, say attorneys with Bracewell LLP.