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New Jersey

  • August 16, 2018

    Recom AG Can't Yet Escape $1.9M Arbitration Award Dispute

    A New Jersey federal judge said Thursday that Recom AG can’t hide behind its U.S. branch as it seeks to avoid paying a $1.9 million arbitration award to a construction company, rejecting the German solar panel supplier’s bid to escape the dispute.

  • August 16, 2018

    Feds Settle Woman's Suit Over Undisclosed Pregnancy's Loss

    The federal government has agreed to settle a suit accusing a doctor employed by a federally funded clinic of negligently performing a gynecological procedure on a woman which caused her to unknowingly lose her pregnancy, according to documents filed Thursday in New Jersey federal court.

  • August 16, 2018

    Food Service Workers Get Limited Cert. In Pay Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday rejected most of a former Flik International Corp. worker’s request for conditional certification of a collective class of employees who purportedly weren’t paid for all the hours they worked, but held that he made the required showing when it came to workers at the Bayer cafeteria in Whippany.

  • August 16, 2018

    NJ College Aims To Toss Suit Over No-Bid Vending Contract

    Kean University urged a New Jersey state court Thursday to toss a lawsuit from its former longtime vending machine provider over claims the public college unlawfully awarded a no-bid contract to a rival company as part of a kickback scheme, saying the school properly received a waiver from a public bidding requirement.

  • August 16, 2018

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive Allergan Medicaid Rebate Suit

    The Third Circuit on Thursday refused to revive a pharmaceutical executive's suit claiming Allergan Inc. and other drug manufacturers shorted the federal government on drug rebate payments, finding the companies did not knowingly violate any laws.

  • August 16, 2018

    NJ Man Charged With Illegal Import Of Scorpions, Millipedes

    A New Jersey man was arrested for allegedly smuggling shipments of live scorpions, millipedes and other invertebrate species into the U.S., Craig Carpenito, the U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, announced Thursday.

  • August 16, 2018

    Novo Nordisk Can't Dodge Shareholder Suit In NJ

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday refused to toss a putative class action accusing Novo Nordisk of misleading shareholders about its financial sustainability in the U.S. market, ruling that the investors had sufficiently alleged that the Danish insulin maker made materially misleading statements about its rebate program and the pricing pressures facing its drug Tresiba.

  • August 16, 2018

    Pa. Rehab Centers Say Some Issues Kept Secret Before Sale

    Liberation Behavioral Health LLC, which operates three substance abuse centers in Pennsylvania, has filed a lawsuit asking for damages in Delaware Chancery Court claiming shareholders failed to disclose compliance issues that resulted in the loss of millions since the company’s sale last year.

  • August 16, 2018

    NJ High Court Centralizes Some J&J Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has signed off on the centralized management of state lawsuits involving claims that a certain Johnson & Johnson hernia mesh product was defective and seriously injured consumers, while declining to consolidate cases dealing with similar devices.

  • August 16, 2018

    A Chat With Ogletree Knowledge Chief Patrick DiDomenico

    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 Patrick DiDomenico, chief knowledge officer at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • August 15, 2018

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive Suit Over Hartford Management Fees

    The Third Circuit refused Wednesday to disturb a victory for investment advisers in beating a proposed class action over mutual fund management fees, saying a district court properly found that the shareholders behind the suit failed to show the fees were excessive for the services provided.

  • August 15, 2018

    NJ Damages Cap Applies To Clinic Sued In Death Of Newborn

    A New Jersey federal judge has ruled that a state law capping damages for charities at $250,000 applies to a federally funded health clinic facing a medical malpractice suit over the death of a newborn.

  • August 15, 2018

    3rd Circ. Won't Boost Man's $500 Award Over Conrail Spill

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday shot down a higher damages bid by a man who alleged he was exposed to a dangerous chemical from a Conrail freight train derailment, ruling that a lower court properly found that his expert witness didn’t proffer reliable evidence that his cancer risk increased.

  • August 15, 2018

    NJ Justices Upend Fees In Injury Row Under Settlement Rule

    The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a rock wall parts manufacturer is not on the hook for attorneys’ fees in a product liability action under the so-called offer-of-judgment rule after its share of a liability verdict fell below the proposed settlement amount.

  • August 15, 2018

    Ex-NBA Player Aims To Sink NJ Conviction In Ponzi Scheme

    A former NBA player has called on a New Jersey federal court to throw out his conviction and nine-year prison sentence for bilking real estate investors out of more than $2 million in a Ponzi scheme, citing allegedly ineffective legal assistance by his former attorney and purportedly false testimony by government witnesses.

  • August 15, 2018

    3rd Circ. Affirms Convictions In NOVA Bank TARP Fraud Case

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the April 2016 convictions of two top officials from the now-defunct NOVA Bank for defrauding the Troubled Asset Relief Program in a ruling that also upheld an 11-month prison term for the bank's former chairman.

  • August 14, 2018

    How One Firm Moved The Needle On Disability Inclusion

    This global law firm has recently focused on creating opportunities for people with disabilities across its ranks, and its efforts are already showing results.

  • August 14, 2018

    Italian Engineering Co. Must Arbitrate Power Plant Row

    A New Jersey federal judge ordered an Italian engineering contractor to arbitrate its defamation lawsuit against a U.S. manufacturer of steam condensers, rejecting arguments that the dispute stemming from a power plant project fell outside an underlying arbitration clause.

  • August 14, 2018

    Third Circuit Revives Discrimination Suit Over Service Dog

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday revived a lawsuit by the parents of an epileptic girl who claim a Pennsylvania school discriminated against her by barring her service dog, clarifying in a precedential decision that the trial court erred in its application of federal disabilities laws in instructions to jurors who had ruled in the school’s favor.

  • August 14, 2018

    NJ Gov. Signs Bill Encouraging Public-Private Partnerships

    New Jersey expanded its public-private partnership capabilities beyond the education sector Tuesday, as Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation that allows any government entity within the Garden State to team up with private companies on projects that will benefit the public.

Expert Analysis

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • States Sue Over Deduction Cap, But Midterms Are Coming

    Matthew Lee

    Four states are suing the federal government, alleging that the new federal cap on deductions of state and local income taxes is an unconstitutional interference with state sovereignty. Whether the suit proceeds through the federal courts will likely depend as much on the outcome of the midterm elections as on the merit of the claims, says Matthew Lee at Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • 'Ban The Box' Turns 20: Decoding The Current Framework

    Stephen Woods

    Twenty years ago, the first state "ban the box" law crystallized a movement that, in time, would yield similar background check restrictions across the U.S. The result is a crisscrossing jumble of requirements, putting employers in a difficult position when dealing with applicants in different jurisdictions, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

  • An Upgrade For Expert Evidence Standards In New Jersey

    James Beck

    In the Accutane litigation, the New Jersey Supreme Court just unanimously upgraded the state’s standards for admission of expert testimony. This decision may finally break the back of the long-running — and scientifically bogus — Accutane litigation that has plagued New Jersey courts, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.