New Jersey

  • May 23, 2018

    J&J Talc Supplier Challenges Evidence In $117M Verdicts

    Attorneys sparred Wednesday in New Jersey state court over a defense bid to toss verdicts totaling $117 million in damages against Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier, Imerys Talc America Inc., on the grounds that a man’s decades-long exposure to the pharmaceutical giant’s asbestos-containing talcum powder contributed to his mesothelioma.

  • May 23, 2018

    New Renewable Energy Standard Set For NJ Under Bill

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed legislation that would establish a new renewable energy standard and made several moves designed to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions in the state, including signing an executive order to reach 100 percent clean energy use by 2050.

  • May 23, 2018

    Gov't Auction Bidders Are Public Record, NJ Justices Rule

    The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the names and addresses of government property auction bidders are not shielded by the privacy protections of the state’s public records law because the auctions themselves are public events, not private ones.

  • May 23, 2018

    Atty Conflict Sends NJ Tax Break Dispute Back To Court

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Wednesday ruled that a trial court must review the fairness of a tax break Orange Township granted for an affordable housing project, given that a conflict of interest was posed by a law firm’s representation of both the municipality and the developer.

  • May 23, 2018

    Paddy Power, FanDuel Ink Deal To Combine US Businesses

    Paddy Power Betfair PLC and New York City-based FanDuel on Wednesday said they had inked a deal to merge their U.S. businesses, a transaction the Irish bookmaker said will see it hand over $158 million in cash, a week after the Dublin-based company confirmed it was in deal talks with the daily fantasy sports giant.

  • May 23, 2018

    Chipotle Worker Fights Contempt Order For OT Suit

    A Chipotle employee asked the Fifth Circuit to toss a Texas federal judge’s contempt order requiring her to withdraw claims citing violation of a U.S. Department of Labor overtime rule in her New Jersey suit, saying the judge cannot meddle in her case because she has no connection to his court.

  • May 22, 2018

    Horizon Must Cough Up Docs, Data Breach Plaintiffs Say

    Counsel for plaintiffs blasted Horizon Healthcare Services Inc.’s conduct as “inexcusable” Tuesday in urging a New Jersey federal court to compel the insurer to produce documents in a putative consolidated class action over a data breach involving information on roughly 839,000 consumers that was stored on stolen laptops.

  • May 22, 2018

    Hedge Fund Owner, Hotel Developer Resolve $2M Fraud Suit

    A hedge fund owner awaiting sentencing on related criminal charges has resolved civil claims in New Jersey federal court that he duped a hotel developer into giving him an almost $2 million investment — about half of which, he testified at trial, he thought he was permitted to spend on a residential mortgage for himself.

  • May 22, 2018

    Safety Flubs, Not Race, Got Boeing Worker Fired: 3rd. Circ.

    The Boeing Co. stayed clear Tuesday of an ex-worker’s race bias suit alleging he was fired for being African-American when the Third Circuit ruled that the aerospace giant showed the employee was terminated after multiple safety violations.

  • May 22, 2018

    NJ Mortgage Officer Gets 18 Months For $6M Fraud Scheme

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday imposed an 18-month prison sentence on a man for his role in a $6 million mortgage scheme that led to several property loan defaults and exposed public and private lenders to millions of dollars in potential losses, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

  • May 22, 2018

    Vacant Churches Free Of Commercial Liability, NJ Court Says

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Tuesday ruled in a published decision that owners of vacant churches aren’t subject to the sidewalk liability imposed on commercial property owners, as long as no commercial enterprises were conducted on the premises when the house of worship was operational.

  • May 22, 2018

    NJ Rehab Center Loses Bid To Arbitrate Wrongful Death Suit

    A New Jersey appeals court has affirmed the tossing of a rehab center's attempt to compel arbitration of a woman's wrongful death claims over her father's care, saying that while she signed a release on his behalf that required arbitrating prospective claims, she was never authorized to do so.

  • May 22, 2018

    Contractor Registration Bill Passes NJ Labor Committee

    A New Jersey bill aimed at expanding when public works contractors must register with the state under the Public Works Contractor Registration Act has passed the New Jersey Senate Labor Committee, Democratic lawmakers said Tuesday.

  • May 22, 2018

    'Housewives' Star Moves Toward Deal In Malpractice Battle

    A once-incarcerated star of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" and her bankruptcy trustee have called on a New Jersey federal bankruptcy court to dismiss her bankruptcy case in order to finalize a settlement in their malpractice action against her former attorney in state court.

  • May 21, 2018

    Judge OKs Samsung Washer Deal, Scolds Squire Patton Atty

    A New Jersey federal judge said Monday that an oral settlement agreement reached in June in two proposed class actions over allegedly defective Samsung washers should be enforced, while scolding a Squire Patton Boggs LLP attorney for staying mum about multidistrict litigation also about the company's washers.

  • May 21, 2018

    NJ Asks DC Circuit To Undo PennEast Pipeline Approval

    New Jersey launched a challenge in the D.C. Circuit on Monday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent decision to greenlight construction of the controversial $1 billion PennEast gas pipeline.

  • May 21, 2018

    Cohen Seglias Unveils NJ Office With Partner Pair

    Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC unveiled a new presence in New Jersey on Monday with two additions — a managing partner who practices employment law and a partner with a nearly four-decade career focusing on the construction industry.

  • May 21, 2018

    NJ Justices Won't Review BASF, Shell Win Over Polluted Site

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday declined to review an appellate decision upholding a settlement that forced the former owner of a landfill site to turn over the facility to BASF Corp., Shell Oil Co. and others in exchange for their handling of cleanup costs.

  • May 21, 2018

    NJ Orders Cos. To Stop Offering Securities In 'Cryptosweep'

    New Jersey officials on Monday ordered three online cryptocurrency-related investment organizations to stop offering unregistered securities in the Garden State, issuing the directives as part of an international crackdown on bogus products.

  • May 21, 2018

    DLA Piper Picks Up NJ Corporate Atty From Morgan Lewis

    DLA Piper has added a former Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP attorney to its corporate practice group in its Short Hills, New Jersey, office, where he’ll focus on business transactions ranging from formations to sales and initial public offerings.

Expert Analysis

  • With States' Crypto Regulation, Problems Multiply

    Jason Gottlieb

    State securities agencies are increasingly regulating the cryptocurrency space through administrative proceedings and summary cease-and-desist orders. But the uncertainties and ambiguities in current cryptocurrency regulation mean that multistate action — even if coordinated — will create a real risk of splintered authority, says Jason Gottlieb of Morrison Cohen LLP.

  • CPSC Steps Up Action On Safe Product Packaging Standards

    Amy Rubenstein

    For the first time, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has imposed a civil penalty against a company for violations of Poison Prevention Packaging Act standards — despite no evidence of consumer injury. Prudent pharmaceutical and household product manufacturers may want to review their packaging compliance programs and reporting, to avoid penalties, litigation and recalls, say Amy Rubenstein and Jamie Davis of DLA Piper.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Key Issues States Face In The Wake Of Sports Bet Ruling

    Jim Havel

    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week removing the federal ban on sports betting may appear straightforward, the path toward regulating sports betting across the United States may be anything but simple, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • Sports Bet Decision Reveals Hidden Preemption Requirement

    Lawrence Ebner

    In holding that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act’s anti-authorization provision is not a preemption provision, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week in Murphy v. NCAA provides a fascinating, and potentially far-reaching, clarification of the nature of federal preemption, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.