New Jersey

  • September 19, 2017

    'Smears' Evidence Not Allowed In Menendez Trial, Judge Says

    The New Jersey federal judge presiding over the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist denied a defense bid Tuesday to let jurors see parts of public statements where the senator denied allegations that he had engaged with prostitutes, saying such material is irrelevant.

  • September 19, 2017

    Ex-Worker Cops To Trying To Sell ‘As Seen On TV’ Co. Info

    A New Jersey-based former employee of a New York company that develops and markets “As Seen on TV” merchandise admitted on Tuesday to his role in a scheme in which he attempted to sell the company’s information to its competitors.

  • September 19, 2017

    NJ Water Agency Asks To Probe Trenk DiPasquale Computers

    A defunct Newark, New Jersey, water agency on Monday asked a bankruptcy judge for permission to search electronic devices used by Trenk DiPasquale Della Fera & Sodono PC attorneys in order to fill a “giant email hole” of discovery in its lawsuit alleging the firm and others enabled unlawful and wasteful conduct at the agency.

  • September 19, 2017

    NJ Casino Property Owner Sues To Block Strip Club

    The owner of a planned Hard Rock Hotel & Casino filed a lawsuit on Monday in New Jersey federal court, seeking to stop a strip club from reopening its former outpost on the Atlantic City, New Jersey, property, arguing that the enterprise defaulted on its now-expired lease.

  • September 19, 2017

    Toys R Us Heads Into Bankruptcy Ahead Of Holiday Season

    Weighed down by more than $5 billion in funded debt and increasingly tougher online competition, iconic toy retailer Toys R Us Inc. filed for bankruptcy late Monday with plans to restructure its balance sheet and inject more than $1 billion in new investments into its global businesses.

  • September 18, 2017

    Menendez Friend Blocked Access To Flight Data, Witness Says

    The son-in-law of a Florida ophthalmologist accused of bribing Sen. Bob Menendez with rides aboard his private jet requested that the Federal Aviation Administration block certain public access to the plane's flight data in the hours after FBI agents raided the physician's offices, according to testimony Monday at the doctor's and senator's trial.

  • September 18, 2017

    Aerosoles' Parent Co. Takes First Steps In Brisk Ch. 11 Case

    Footwear producer and retailer Aerogroup International Inc. on Monday secured initial approvals needed to meet a Nov. 29 asset sale deadline in a Chapter 11 case to be financed from available cash that senior creditors agreed to release despite its designation as debt collateral.

  • September 18, 2017

    Chipotle Worker Says Overtime Suit Didn't Flout Texas Court

    A Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. worker who filed a putative class action in New Jersey seeking overtime pay under an enjoined U.S. Department of Labor overtime rule change urged a Texas federal judge on Monday not to hold her and her counsel in contempt over the suit.

  • September 18, 2017

    Ex-NHLer Fights Team, Insurer Bids To Bench Head Injury Suit

    Former NHL “enforcer” Michael Peluso on Friday hit back at motions to dismiss his Minnesota federal suit alleging the New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues and insurance companies intentionally hid the dangers he faced from continued head injuries, arguing that his claims fall outside the exclusivity of workers’ compensation frameworks of the states.

  • September 18, 2017

    Attys Shed Suit Over $1.3M In Insurance Claims At 3rd Circ.

    A three-judge Third Circuit panel agreed Friday that there was not enough evidence to force a pair of Claims Worldwide LLC attorneys to face trial on allegations that they conspired to submit $1.3 million in false insurance claims on behalf of a Philadelphia church.

  • September 18, 2017

    Novo Nordisk, Benefits Co. Get Price Hike Suit Moved To NJ

    A California federal judge agreed Monday to transfer to New Jersey a proposed class action accusing drugmaker Novo Nordisk Inc. and pharmacy benefit manager OptumRx Inc. of conspiring to drive up the price of Novo Nordisk's diabetes drug Victoza, noting that five suits over similar schemes have already been filed in New Jersey federal court.

  • September 18, 2017

    3rd Circ. Ends Suit Over UPenn Nuclear Researcher's Cancer

    The Third Circuit affirmed Monday the dismissal of a negligence suit alleging the University of Pennsylvania failed to protect a nuclear researcher from being exposed to radiation that purportedly caused him to get fatal brain cancer.

  • September 18, 2017

    Nigerian Resident Indicted In NJ For $10.2M Tax Fraud Scheme

    A resident of Nigeria was indicted Monday on federal charges that he and others filed fraudulent tax returns in hopes of defrauding the U.S. Treasury out of more than $10 million, and, in a separate scheme, possessed counterfeit credit cards, acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

  • September 18, 2017

    NJ 'Housewives' Star Blasts 'Insulting' Malpractice Suit Offer

    "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice and her Chapter 7 trustee told a bankruptcy judge Monday that they’re willing to take a second stab at mediating their state court malpractice lawsuit against Giudice’s former lawyer, despite having received an “insulting” settlement offer during a failed negotiation attempt last month.

  • September 18, 2017

    Duracell Can't Toss Case Over 'Gray Market' Batteries

    The U.S. Court of International Trade rejected Duracell's request to toss a "gray market" battery importer and distributor's challenge to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection restriction on the batteries’ U.S. entry, finding Friday that the court may hear the claims.

  • September 18, 2017

    Mary Kay Workers Say Exotic Dancer Ruling Revives Suit

    The leader of a proposed class of Mary Kay Inc. workers seeking to revive a lawsuit alleging the company forced beauty consultants to buy company merchandise as part of their employment has told the Third Circuit that its recent decision in a class action over underpayment at a New Jersey adult nightclub supports their claims.

  • September 15, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Toss Of Interactive Sports Patent Claims

    The Federal Circuit on Friday upheld a decision that dismissed patent claims and sent to New Jersey state court a dispute over interactive sports software that was invented by a memorabilia dealer who is in a separate legal battle with the New York Giants.

  • September 15, 2017

    SEC Settles With Day-Trade Schemer Over Thefts

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has reached a settlement with the owner of a day-trading website who pled guilty to a role in a $1.4 million customer theft scheme, the agency told a New Jersey federal judge on Friday, asking for approval of the deal.

  • September 15, 2017

    3rd Circ. Ends Union Pacific Employee's Pension Suit

    A split Third Circuit panel on Friday rejected a former Union Pacific employee's challenge to the calculation of his retirement payout, saying plan administrators should receive deference when interpreting ambiguous pension plan terms.

  • September 15, 2017

    Ill. Firm Wants Cut Of Suit It Didn't Work On, Ex-Client Says

    Patent law firm Niro Law Group LLC was sued in New York federal court Thursday by one of its former clients over claims the firm tried to collect a portion of a settlement the client reached in a separate suit that the firm had nothing to do with.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    We Must Protect Consumers From Illegal Debt Collectors

    Maura Healey

    Companies are allowed to collect the money they are owed, but they cannot break the law or cheat people in the process. Some of the biggest players in the debt collection industry are not focused on getting it right, says Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

  • Finding The Unicorn In Lender Liability Litigation

    Jerry Blanchard

    Investors frequently talk about trying to find the next unicorn, that small startup company that is going to turn into a billion-dollar valuation. The New Jersey district court's recent decision in PNC Bank v. Star Group offers debtors counsel hope that a unicorn has finally arrived in the lender liability context, says Jerry Blanchard of Bryan Cave LLP.

  • Implicit Bias' Questionable Role In Employment Litigation

    James McDonald Jr.

    Implicit bias has enjoyed a sustained focus of research and analysis in academia, and it is an increasingly popular topic of discussion among employment lawyers. However, whether implicit bias as a concept has any usefulness in employment discrimination litigation is not at all clear, says James McDonald Jr. of Fisher Phillips.

  • Failure To Show Personal Jurisdiction In 'Show Me' State

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    A federal judge recently said “show me” when 83 plaintiffs from 30 different states claimed personal jurisdiction in Missouri over a New Jersey-based talcum powder manufacturer. This ruling appears to be part of a trend that will likely lead to less talc-related litigation tourism in Missouri, says Steven Boranian of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Are Opioids The New Tobacco?

    Richard Scruggs

    Is the rising spate of opioid litigation comparable to the litigation that led to the mega-billion dollar settlement with Big Tobacco? According to ex-trial lawyer Richard Scruggs, who helped engineer the $248 billion tobacco settlement in the 1990s, the answer is "sort of."

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.

  • Potential Perils Of Employer Parental Leave Policies

    Debra Friedman

    In recent years, more and more private companies have been adopting parental benefit policies. However, as demonstrated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's recent suit against Estée Lauder, the agency is focusing on alleged disparities in employers’ parental benefit policies, and good intentions can lead to unintended consequences, says Debra Friedman of Cozen O'Connor.

  • Why Do I Have A Hurricane Harvey Claim From Hoboken?

    Shannon O'Malley

    As businesses and insurers sort out the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, businesses located far from the Lone Star State may choose to assert contingent business interruption claims under their own first-party property policies, says Shannon O'Malley of Zelle LLP.

  • Why Punishing Sexually Abusive Physicians Is Challenging

    Thomas Keech

    Last month, New York state revoked a doctor's medical license based on a vague order issued by the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners that potentially accused the doctor of sexual misconduct. The nationwide pressure to dumb down such orders is one of the reasons why sexual predation upon patients has been so difficult to root out, says Thomas Keech, consultant to the Maryland State Board of Physicians.

  • The Environmental Impact Of Hurricanes: From Sandy To Irma

    Robert Horkovich

    Five years ago, John Nevius of Anderson Kill PC wrote a Law360 article addressing the risks that followed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Today, those tasked with assessing and mitigating the enormous destruction wrought by Harvey and Irma will benefit from the late Nevius' analysis, which his colleague Robert Horkovich discusses in this update.