New Jersey

  • January 19, 2017

    Fla. AG Files Water Chemical Antitrust Suit In NJ

    Florida's attorney general filed an antitrust suit in New Jersey federal court Thursday that accuses liquid aluminum sulfate producers of conspiring to restrain trade and drive up prices on the chemical, which is used by public entities for water treatment and by companies to make pulp and paper.

  • January 19, 2017

    In The Polarized Era Of Trump, BigLaw Searches For Balance

    The alignment of law firms with or against the new administration in legal battles to come could open rifts among attorneys and clients. But the publicity earned for taking on a potentially unpopular case could ultimately be worth any public fallout.

  • January 19, 2017

    Rolling Back Regulation In The Age Of Trump

    The incoming president’s plans to rein in the power of federal agencies will lead to uncertainty for lawyers and their clients as pending investigations and rulemaking are stopped in their tracks.

  • January 19, 2017

    Most Influential Judges On Trump’s Supreme Court Short List

    A new look at the potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees’ rulings reveals a ranking of judicial influence with some surprises at the top — and at the bottom.

  • January 19, 2017

    The Lawyer Who Will Shape Trump’s Presidency

    Jones Day’s Donald McGahn is stepping into the role of White House counsel, a powerful but little-understood position that has a strong history of impacting the president’s authority.

  • January 19, 2017

    Verizon Unit Urges NJ Panel To Restore $271M Tax Deduction

    Counsel for MCI Communication Services Inc. urged a New Jersey state appellate panel Thursday to restore a roughly $271 million tax deduction, saying a lower court erred in requiring the business to pay tax on cancellation of debt income belonging to its parent company.

  • January 19, 2017

    NJ Disbars Atty Convicted Of Pa. Bank Robbery

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney who was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to robbing a Pennsylvania bank in 2013, according to a high court order and ethics decision that were made public Thursday.

  • January 19, 2017

    Travelers Can't Escape NJ Pollution Cleanup Coverage Battle

    Travelers Indemnity Co. on Thursday narrowly lost its bid to slip a lawsuit over coverage for a chemical company's environmental pollution cleanup costs, as a New Jersey federal judge said that scant indirect evidence of decades-old policies coupled with expert testimony are "barely sufficient" to keep the case alive.

  • January 19, 2017

    Over A Dozen Firms Guided 2016's Top Real Estate Deals

    More than a dozen law firms grabbed work on the 10 largest U.S. real estate deals of 2016, a year that saw New York continue to lead, with transactions involving Manhattan office buildings taking eight spots on the list.

  • January 19, 2017

    'Antiquated' NY Law Harms Legal Profession, ACC Says

    An “antiquated” and “protectionist” New York law that requires attorneys practicing in-state to maintain offices there prevents clients from hiring the attorneys of their choice and conflicts with the global, interstate nature of law practice today, according to an Association of Corporate Counsel brief submitted Wednesday to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • January 19, 2017

    NJ Lawmakers Advance Bills Tackling Gender Pay Gap

    New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday advanced proposals aiming to close the gender pay gap with one bill prohibiting companies that receive state assistance from paying women less than men and another establishing an office to advocate for women in the workplace.

  • January 19, 2017

    NJ Atty Disbarred For Misappropriating Client Funds

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has disbarred a malpractice attorney who deposited more than $350,000 in client funds from his Haddonfield firm into his own account, according to a high court order and ethics decision made public on Thursday.

  • January 18, 2017

    Duane Morris Litigation Partner To Lead Newark Office

    Duane Morris LLP has appointed a new managing partner who specializes in business and bankruptcy litigation and consumer protection disputes to head its Newark, New Jersey, office, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • January 18, 2017

    Feds Fight Defendants' Bid To Toss GWB Scandal Convictions

    Prosecutors on Tuesday urged a New Jersey federal court to uphold the guilty verdict against two former public officials in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial, rejecting their bid to toss the convictions over a contentious jury instruction and allegations that some jurors deliberated when they were not supposed to.

  • January 18, 2017

    Ex-Trump Golf Employee Takes Age Bias Case To 3rd Circ.

    A former employee at the Trump National Golf Club Colts Neck alleging he was not rehired due to his age is taking his claims to the Third Circuit after his lawsuit was thrown out by a federal district judge, filing a notice of appeal on Tuesday.

  • January 18, 2017

    Hanjin Wins Approval Of $78M US Asset Sale

    A New Jersey bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved Hanjin Shipping Co.’s request to sell off its stake in a terminal operator for $78 million, over the objections of U.S.-based creditors, saying that the Korean courier showed a sincere effort to enhance the sale value in a limited amount of time.

  • January 18, 2017

    Newark Beats Taxi, Limo Cos. Suit Over Uber Agreement

    The city of Newark on Wednesday beat a suit brought against it by a group of New Jersey taxicab and limousine companies over the city's agreement allowing Uber Technologies Inc. to operate outside of regulations that the taxi and limo companies must follow, after a federal judge dismissed the case.

  • January 18, 2017

    Merck Says K-Dur Buyers Can't Save Pay-For-Delay Suit

    Merck & Co. Inc. and Upsher-Smith Laboratories Inc. have asked a New Jersey federal court to deal them a quick win in long-running pay-for-delay litigation over potassium supplement K-Dur, saying direct purchasers of the medication can’t prove the drug was a market unto itself and that they were wrongly edged out of that market.

  • January 18, 2017

    Trenk DiPasquale Can't Escape Suit From NJ Water Agency

    Trenk DiPasquale Della Fera & Sodono PC fell short Wednesday in escaping a lawsuit from a defunct Newark, New Jersey, water agency when a New Jersey federal bankruptcy judge said an attorney was qualified to provide an affidavit stating that the firm deviated from professional standards in representing the organization.

  • January 18, 2017

    Private Education Giant, Biotech Launch IPOs Totaling $687M

    Laureate Education, the largest for-profit education network globally, launched an estimated $537 million initial public offering Wednesday while biotech Braeburn Pharmaceuticals set terms on a $150 million offering, continuing a burst of activity to start the new year.

Expert Analysis

  • Attracting And Retaining The Millennial Lawyer

    Christopher Imperiale

    Instead of trying to change the new workforce to follow a law firm's existing processes and procedures, perhaps it's time for firms to start changing their processes and procedures to better accommodate the mentality of this next generation of lawyers, says Christopher Imperiale, a law firm adviser with Berdon LLP.

  • Trump's EPA: Be Careful What You Wish For

    Mitchell J. Klein

    Trying to prognosticate what President-elect Donald Trump will do is very difficult. But assuming he does seek to implement change at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if it's perceived as backing off of environmental enforcement, private parties will step in and cases will likely be even more expensive, more problematic and more unreasonable than those brought by the EPA and the states, says Mitchell Klein of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 11, Teacher’s Pet

    Roy Futterman

    In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.

  • Amended Rule 37(e): 1 Year Later

    Samantha Southall

    After a full year in effect, the amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) has been tested in a variety of district courts. A sampling of these decisions reveals that courts seem to be adhering closely to the amended rule and ordering adverse inference instructions only where there was intent to deprive another party of access to relevant information, say Carrie Amezcua and Samantha Southall of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • What Trump High Court Candidates Say About 1st Amendment

    Gayle C. Sproul

    As media advocates, we wondered how President-elect Donald Trump's soon-to-be-announced U.S. Supreme Court nominee might react to Trump’s vow to shred the hard-won protections now embedded in the law of libel. We found that none of the opinions from judges on his shortlist hint at any inclination to depart from these established rules, say Gayle Sproul and Max Mishkin of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

  • State Attorneys General Play Growing Data Privacy Role

    Jasen Eige

    State attorneys general play an active role in data privacy and security, bringing evolving state laws and broad consumer protection authority to bear on changing technologies and threats. Private sector custodians of personal data such as retailers, financial institutions, technology companies and health systems must understand the role of state attorneys general before a crisis occurs, say Jasen Eige and Kassie Schroth of McGuireWoods LLP.