As part of the crackdown on New Jersey's opioid crisis in the waning days of his administration, outgoing Gov. Chris Christie on Monday approved measures that would strengthen painkiller prescription monitoring rules and grant immunity to first responders who have to administer overdose antidotes.
Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2017 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.
Law360’s Firms of the Year rose above the competition with a combined 24 Practice Group of the Year awards after helping their clients win game-changing judgments and close record-breaking deals in 2017. Here’s a closer look at how they landed at the top.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has imposed a three-year suspension on an attorney over his allegedly dishonest and fraudulent conduct on behalf of a convicted felon in Costa Rican real estate deals where buyers lost more than $2.5 million in deposits.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals has sued an AIG unit and other insurers, seeking coverage of its costs to defend lawsuits accusing it of orchestrating an insider trading scheme in connection with its attempted $55 billion takeover of Allergan and of fraudulently inflating its stock price, court documents filed Friday in New Jersey federal court show.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has granted a bid from current and retired firefighters to consolidate state actions that allege a company's fire engine sirens caused them to suffer hearing loss, accepting claims from both sides that common issues and the large number of parties involved warranted such centralized management.
A New Jersey federal judge on Friday refused to dismiss the bulk of claims lodged in two sets of securities suits against Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., ruling, among other things, that investors’ allegations of fraud and other violations met specificity requirements of the relevant laws.
Three dozen investors have launched a more than $40 million lawsuit in New Jersey state court alleging that their money was used to repay other investors as part of a Ponzi scheme carried out by a fund administration firm and an investment manager who is facing related criminal charges.
The U.S. Department of the Interior's recently announced plan to open nearly all federal waters to oil and gas drilling was likely to draw legal pushback from coastal states right out of the gate, but critics got added ammunition on Jan. 9 when the Interior secretary declared Florida exempt from the controversial proposal.
U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday called efforts by states such as California, New York and New Jersey to limit the scaling back of state and local tax deductions "ridiculous."
Amro, Société Générale, BNP Paribas and five other global banks with commodities operations have sued eight executives of bankrupt cocoa firm Transmar Commodity Group Ltd. in New Jersey federal court, claiming the struggling firm gave the banks false information about its financial condition as it sought to enter into a $360 million credit agreement.
The Third Circuit on Wednesday refused to revive a New Jersey couple’s suit alleging their Merchants Mutual Insurance Co. settlement for Superstorm Sandy damage fell short of what they were owed under their homeowners’ policy, ruling that the record showed the insurer fulfilled its obligations for mold damage coverage.
A former prosecutor who was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the movie “American Gangster” was sentenced to three years' probation, including 10 months of home confinement, for failure to pay taxes after a New Jersey federal judge said Thursday that the suspended lawyer deserved leniency.
Outgoing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday signed into law a measure to provide up to $5 billion in tax credits to entice Amazon to build its second U.S. headquarters in Newark, saying the project would mean thousands of jobs for state residents and bring economic growth to the region.
The Third Circuit on Thursday revived a bid from the bankrupt developer of a failed Foxwoods casino project in Philadelphia to recoup a $50 million licensing fee paid to the state more than a decade ago.
Canadian mining company Crystallex said Wednesday it will ask the Third Circuit to reconsider a ruling that it cannot sue the Delaware subsidiary of Venezuela's national oil company to collect a $1.39 billion arbitral award over a canceled mining contract, saying lower courts are split on whether the subsidiary was wrongly targeted.
The government asked the Third Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday to uphold a District of New Jersey decision imputing $1.94 million owed by a New Jersey business in income and employment taxes to one of its founders.
New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino will rejoin Lowenstein Sandler LLP as chair of the firm’s litigation department once Gov. Chris Christie leaves office this month, capping off a public career that included roles as the Republican governor’s chief counsel and a stint at the helm of the state’s Civil Law Division.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined a chorus of state leaders pleading with the U.S. Department of the Interior not to allow future oil drilling off its coast, saying Wednesday he was asking the agency to give the Garden State the same exemption it granted Florida on Tuesday.
The Federal Circuit on Wednesday refused to revive a bid protest by a New Jersey telecom that had been removed from an up-to-$20 billion NASA information technology contract, affirming a federal claims judge’s decision that the company didn’t meet the project’s size standard.
New Jersey is one of the most competitive and heavily regulated states in terms of health care, making it a good barometer for how the industry is evolving nationally. As physicians and medical groups deal with issues like flat reimbursement from insurance providers and the rapidly rising costs of operating a medical practice, the ways in which doctors deliver health care will continue to change in 2018, says John Fanburg of Brach Eichler LLC.
A construction lien is a security interest in real property on which construction work has been performed, which stays with the property regardless of who subsequently owns it. These liens can be powerful tools, though they can also be subject to prior liens such as acquisition financing and prior judgments, say Charles Kenny and Scott Kearns of Peckar & Abramson PC.
Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.
Over the past two years there has been a seismic shift in the view that sexual orientation and gender identity claims do not fall within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Darrell VanDeusen and Alexander Berg of Kollman & Saucier PA analyze how the developing law protects LGBTQ employees at the federal level and provide employer guidance on related issues in the workplace.
Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.
As the economic situation in Venezuela continues to deteriorate and the number of bond defaults continues to mount, the Third Circuit’s recent ruling against Crystallex is a poignant reminder about the challenges of recovering on claims against a determined sovereign. However, Crystallex is not without further litigation options, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.
While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.
State attorney general campaigns will be in full swing with 31 elections this year. In addition to three top substantive areas, campaign issues themselves will influence how state attorneys general prioritize enforcement, says Joe Jacquot, former chief deputy attorney general of Florida, now with Foley & Lardner LLP.
When the law addresses medical judgment directly, it allows room for reasonable physician choice. But a product liability suit over a design defect may not allow any such room. To protect physician choice, courts must resist turning product liability disputes into contests where reasonable physician choice has no place, says Luther Munford of Butler Snow LLP.