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New Jersey

  • October 15, 2018

    NJ Judge Tosses Suit Over 'Back To The Future' Car Royalties

    A New Jersey federal judge has scrapped a lawsuit over royalties a DeLorean automobile dealer received from the car logo’s use in merchandising materials for the “Back to the Future” film franchise, ruling Friday that the suit was barred by a settlement resolving related litigation launched by the widow of the car’s visionary.

  • October 15, 2018

    Gender Disparity At The High Court: How Top Law Firms Measure Up

    For the women at elite law firms, an enduring gender gap among advocates can create a high hurdle for their high court ambitions. Here, Law360 looks at the law firms where women score Supreme Court arguments, and where they don’t. (This article is part of a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.)

  • October 15, 2018

    Couple Get Prison, House Arrest For Electronics Smuggling

    An Italian national was slapped Monday in New Jersey federal court with a 22-month prison term and his wife was sentenced to six months of home confinement for their roles in a scheme to smuggle thousands of counterfeit electronics into the U.S., including bogus Apple products and video cameras bearing phony Sony labels.

  • October 15, 2018

    3rd Circ. Upholds Hyatt Win In Banquet Wage-And-Hour Suit

    A Third Circuit panel on Friday upheld a lower court's finding that a banquet server who worked at Hyatt's four-star Bellevue Hotel couldn't prove that the hospitality giant stiffed her and others on wages and service charges.

  • October 15, 2018

    Uber's Negligence Led To Rider's Assault By Driver, Court Told

    A New Jersey man alleging Uber is liable for hiring a driver who assaulted him over a ride dispute told a Pennsylvania federal court Friday that the ride-hailing giant cannot dodge blame in his negligence suit and that his amended claims are fully fleshed out.

  • October 15, 2018

    Financial Investigator Seeks To Undo $40M Defamation Award

    A financial investigation company on Monday urged a New Jersey state appeals court to vacate a $40 million jury verdict in favor of an investment management firm claiming its reputation was damaged by the company's allegedly defamatory reports, arguing that the accusation is based on “nothing but presumptions.”

  • October 15, 2018

    TSA Immunity At Stake As Full 3rd Circ. Weighs Abuse Case

    The Third Circuit may flip its July ruling that Transportation Security Administration airport screeners accused of abusing travelers are immune to civil suits because the decision appears to flout a U.S. Supreme Court directive, experts say.

  • October 15, 2018

    Morgan Stanley Wins Bid To Arbitrate Ex-Exec's Bias Claims

    Morgan Stanley won its bid to force arbitration of a former executive’s claims that he was fired because of past alcohol and drug abuse in violation of state anti-discrimination law after a New Jersey federal judge concluded Monday that the individual had notice of an arbitration agreement via a company email sent to him.

  • October 12, 2018

    Will The Future Of The Supreme Court Bar Be Female?

    While women have made significant inroads into the elite world of U.S. Supreme Court advocacy, last term the number of women arguing at the court hit a decade low. Was it an off year? Or a sign of progress stalled? (This article is the first in a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.)

  • October 12, 2018

    Supreme Court Women: A Vet & 1st-Timer Talk Gender Disparity

    In exclusive on-camera interviews with Law360, the most prolific female U.S. Supreme Court advocate of the past decade and a first-timer reflect on the status of women in a field still dominated by men. (This article is part of a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.)

  • October 12, 2018

    Sanctuary Policies Vital To People Of Philly, 3rd Circ. Told

    Eight immigrant aid nonprofits urged the Third Circuit on Friday to uphold a Pennsylvania federal court ruling barring the Trump administration from denying Philadelphia federal public safety grants on the basis of its sanctuary policies, arguing that the policies have reduced crime and expanded the reach of social services.

  • October 12, 2018

    Sports Bets In NJ Soared To $184M As NFL Season Kicked Off

    Sports wagering through New Jersey casinos and racetracks soared to nearly $184 million in September as NFL and college football teams kicked off their new seasons, almost doubling the number of bets placed in August, according to figures released Friday by state gaming authorities.

  • October 12, 2018

    NJ Files Suit Over Unfilled FOIA Request For Drilling Docs

    New Jersey has sued the U.S. Department of the Interior in D.C. federal court over a months-old Freedom of Information Act request for documents related to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s allegedly special treatment of Florida that New Jersey says has been left to languish.

  • October 12, 2018

    NJ Atty Disbarred For Stealing $19K In Legal Fees

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has stripped an attorney of her license to practice law in the state for pocketing about $19,000 in legal fees owed to a firm where she worked as an associate and took steps to conceal her misconduct.

  • October 12, 2018

    NJ Surgical Center Says Horizon Low-Balled Reimbursements

    Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey flouted the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by using an improper formula for calculating reimbursements for certain benefit claims, an ambulatory surgical center alleged in New Jersey federal court Friday.

  • October 12, 2018

    $3.5M Verdict In NJ Corrections Agency Bias Row Upended

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Friday upended a more than $3.5 million jury verdict for a corrections officer in his racial discrimination suit against the state Department of Corrections, finding that improper evidentiary rulings deprived the agency of a fair trial.

  • October 12, 2018

    Ex-Hotel Exec Gets 46 Months For Stealing $13.8M

    A former hospitality executive from New Jersey was sentenced Thursday to nearly four years in prison for embezzling nearly $14 million from his New York-based employer and dodging taxes on nearly $28 million in income, federal prosecutors announced.

  • October 11, 2018

    Senate OKs 15 Judges As Dems Vow Fight On 9th Circ. Noms

    Over the “blue slip” objections of a senator from Pennsylvania, the U.S. Senate confirmed 15 federal judges Thursday, including in the Second, Third and Ninth circuits, as senators from California vowed to oppose Ninth Circuit nominees named Wednesday.

  • October 11, 2018

    NJ Atty Disbarred For Gross Neglect, Misuse Of Client Funds

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday disbarred an attorney, who had been licensed to practice in the state for more than 25 years, on a variety of ethics violations, including gross neglect, misappropriation of funds and failing to communicate with his client.

  • October 11, 2018

    Aetna Settles State AGs' Claims Over Health Info Breaches

    The New Jersey attorney general and three others have secured the latest settlement with Aetna Inc. over allegations that the health insurer improperly disclosed protected health information, including individuals' HIV status, through two separate mailings, with Aetna agreeing to change its data handling procedures and pay penalties to each enforcer. 

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Fortress Ruling Helps Temper Overzealous SEC Enforcement

    Perrie Weiner

    The insider trading action against certain Fortress securities traders is one more example of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relying upon analytical data to pursue what may be suspicious activity. But a New Jersey federal court's recent decision in the case reinforces that suspicious trades are not enough, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • State Tax Codes Can Help Mitigate Poverty

    Misha Hill

    There are several tools at the disposal of state policymakers — particularly within their state tax codes — to help alleviate some of the financial pressure families face when living at or near the poverty level, say Aidan Davis and Misha Hill of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

  • Sweeping Business Tax Changes Continue In New Jersey

    David Gutowski

    As part of Gov. Phil Murphy’s efforts to “modernize” business taxes, New Jersey recently enacted significant changes to its corporation business tax — furthered by a bill the governor signed on Oct. 4. Meant to provide only "technical corrections," the bill includes even more substantive tax changes, say attorneys from Reed Smith LLP.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • More Automation Means Less Busy Work For Legal Teams

    Rebecca Yoder

    Legal departments have been slow to adopt artificial intelligence and automation solutions for the sort of mundane tasks attorneys dread. But such tools can make legal teams more efficient and accurate, allowing members to focus on big-picture challenges and mission-critical strategies, says Rebecca Yoder of Docusign Inc.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • NJ Order Gives Offshore Wind A Firmer Footing

    H. David Gold

    Earlier this year, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation strengthening the state's offshore wind power goals. Last month, his administration issued the largest offshore wind energy solicitation of any state to date, giving the industry a strong foundation in New Jersey, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.