New Jersey

  • February 16, 2017

    Port Authority OKs $32.2B Capital Plan For Transpo Projects

    The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on Thursday signed off on a $32.2 billion, 10-year capital plan, advancing plans to fund a new bus terminal on Manhattan's west side, the long-awaited third tunnel under the Hudson River, and the ongoing redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport.

  • February 16, 2017

    Hacker Gets Prison In Bank Data Theft Scheme

    The administrator of two criminal online hacking forums was sentenced on Thursday to 41 months in federal prison for stealing login and payment card data from victims in New Jersey and elsewhere as part of an international hacking conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

  • February 16, 2017

    Gas Station Chain Sues NJ Over Fuel Price Law

    Gas station chain Speedway LLC has filed a lawsuit alleging New Jersey’s law prohibiting below-cost vehicle fuel sales is unconstitutional because it violates the common-law right to sell goods at any price upon which the retailer and purchaser agree.

  • February 16, 2017

    NJ Judge Again Finds Probable Cause In Christie GWB Case

    A New Jersey judge on Thursday again found probable cause in an activist's criminal complaint accusing Gov. Chris Christie of official misconduct over politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, sending the matter to prosecutors who have already said they won't pursue charges against the governor.

  • February 16, 2017

    Judge Pares Wyndham Customers' Suit Over Resort Fees

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday cut Wyndham Worldwide Corp. and another Wyndham entity from a proposed class action claiming that the hotel giant is sneaking a resort fee into its room prices, but he concluded that claims against two corporate affiliates hold up.

  • February 16, 2017

    Anglers’ Bid To Halt $43M NY Wind Farm Lease Denied

    A D.C. federal court on Wednesday refused to block a $43 million wind energy lease for an area off the coast of New York, deciding the deal would not cause sufficient harm to a coalition of fishing groups and municipalities that argues the project poses a grave economic threat.

  • February 15, 2017

    Dr. Reddy's Generic Infringes Aloxi Patents, Judge Rules

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday found that Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Inc.’s planned generic version of Helsinn Healthcare SA’s anti-nausea drug Aloxi infringes three patents for the drug and rejected Dr. Reddy’s contention that two of those patents are invalid.

  • February 15, 2017

    NJ, MGM Resorts Ink $72M Deal Over Property Tax Appeals

    New Jersey officials on Wednesday announced a deal to pay $72 million to MGM Resorts International to resolve outstanding property tax appeals filed by the company's Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, saying the move would save taxpayer dollars as the state oversees the fiscal recovery of the struggling resort town.

  • February 15, 2017

    NJ Developer Loses Appeal Over Application Timing Rule

    The New Jersey Appellate Division has said a developer is not protected by a rule requiring a municipality to follow regulations in place at the time of an application because the business did not submit every required document, marking the first time a state court defined an application entitled to such protection.

  • February 15, 2017

    Pastor, Tech Whiz Blame Coin.mx Boss As Bribery Trial Opens

    New Jersey pastor Trevon Gross and tech expert Yuri Lebedev told a Manhattan federal jury Wednesday that Anthony Murgio, the founder of Coin.mx who has pled guilty in the bribery and fraud case, is to blame for an illegal scheme to take over a credit union for bitcoin payment processing.

  • February 15, 2017

    Insurers Can't Beat Coverage Of Cigarette Filter TM Fight

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday rejected three insurers' request to dismiss claims that they refused in bad faith to defend or indemnify a cigarette filter manufacturer in trademark litigation over a filter product called "Nic Out," finding that the manufacturer's complaint contains sufficient supporting facts.

  • February 15, 2017

    Sunovion Gets 2 Latuda Generics Blocked, Sues Over A 3rd

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday blocked Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. from moving forward with generic versions of Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s bipolar disorder medication Latuda, and that same day, Sunovion filed another infringement suit against MSN Laboratories and Sandoz Inc. over the drug.

  • February 15, 2017

    NJ Justices To Review Time Limits In Defamation Claim

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to review a ruling that a company’s defamation lawsuit against an online publisher was filed too late because the limitations period began running when the at-issue article was first published, not when it was modified.

  • February 15, 2017

    Med-Mal Jury Charge Didn't Force Verdict, NJ Panel Says

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Wednesday refused to revive a medical malpractice lawsuit that resulted in a trial verdict favoring the defendant doctors, ruling that the jury had not been forced render an expeditious verdict after the court’s confusion over proper instructions.

  • February 15, 2017

    No Need For More Discovery In Med-Mal Row, NJ Panel Says

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Wednesday declined to revive a medical malpractice lawsuit against Somerset County Medical Center and two of its doctors, ruling that a lower court properly refused to grant the plaintiff a third discovery extension.

  • February 15, 2017

    CUNY Athletics Official Charged With Embezzling $600K

    A former City University of New York basketball coach and athletics official was charged on Tuesday in New York federal court with pocketing $600,000 in gym rental fees intended for Baruch College, a school still shaken by an NCAA violations scandal.

  • February 15, 2017

    Insurer Enters Electrolux Igniting Dishwasher Fracas

    A Pennsylvania insurer hit Electrolux Home Products Inc. with a suit in New Jersey federal court Tuesday, alleging a faulty wiring issue with the company's dishwashers that is at the center of eight proposed class actions is also to blame for a fire that erupted at a policyholder’s home.

  • February 15, 2017

    NJ Ordered To Defend Atlantic City Layoffs, Contract Changes

    A New Jersey state judge has ordered state officials to appear in court later this month in a lawsuit brought against them by the union representing Atlantic City firefighters and address whether the officials should be restrained from laying off firefighters and implementing changes to their contract.

  • February 15, 2017

    Latham Guides Integra In $1B Offer For J&J Neurosurgery Unit

    Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corp. said Wednesday that it has made a binding offer to purchase medical device maker Codman Neurosurgery from Johnson & Johnson for $1.05 billion in cash, led by Latham & Watkins LLP, as the company looks to accelerate its international expansion.

  • February 14, 2017

    NJ Condo Owners Lose Bid To Admit Kushner Dad's Jail Stint

    A New Jersey state judge on Tuesday shot down a bid by five condominium owners suing the real estate firm formerly run by President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to elicit trial testimony about Kushner's father being incarcerated, saying the conviction is irrelevant to the case and would prejudice jurors against the defendants.

Expert Analysis

  • State AGs Can Enforce Emoluments Clause Against Trump

    Jed Shugerman

    Many argue that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution's emoluments clause, because foreign states and officials are making payments to Trump through his businesses. Quo warranto — an obscure legal procedure previously used by "birthers" against President Obama — empowers state attorneys general to pursue Trump's business entities for emoluments clause violations, says Jed Shugerman of Fordham University Law School.

  • Post-Spokeo, Not All Statutory Violations Are Created Equal

    John G. Papianou

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo did not provide the hoped-for clarity on whether violation of a statute is sufficient for a plaintiff to sue in federal court. As practitioners and courts still struggle with this question, two recent decisions from the Seventh and Third Circuits highlight the issue, says John Papianou of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.

  • New Data Breach Rulings — 4th Circ. Vs. 3rd Circ.

    Karin McGinnis

    On the heels of the Third Circuit’s data breach decision last month in Horizon Healthcare, the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion this week in Beck v. McDonald that weighs in on the standing debate. A few things can account for the differences between the rulings, says Karin McGinnis of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.

  • Don't Overlook Pleading Challenges In State Pharma Suits

    John DeBoy

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s Twombly and Iqbal decisions released a torrent of challenges to the sufficiency of plaintiffs’ pleadings in federal court, including in pharmaceutical product liability cases. This strategy has been less common in state courts, but it can help pharmaceutical defendants narrow the scope of litigation and educate the court on important issues, say John DeBoy and Annie Wang of Covington Burling LLP.

  • Much More Than East Texas Is At Stake In TC Heartland

    Steven Pollinger

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in TC Heartland has received a considerable amount of press regarding the potential impact on the Eastern District of Texas's ability to retain patent infringement litigation. But commentators have neglected to address how the overruling of VE Holding would, in many cases, prohibit patent holders throughout the country from filing suit in their home districts, say Steven Pollinger and Yu... (continued)

  • Law Firm Margin Improvement: The Long Game

    Jack Diggle

    For all the lessons learned since 2008, it's surprising that margin management remains so tactical, rather than an ongoing strategic endeavor, for law firms. The firms that will survive and thrive must invest in ongoing margin-improvement capability, which will combine enhanced business- and change-management skills and take a long-term view to drive out the more difficult changes, says Jack Diggle of Elevate Services Inc.

  • 2017 Check-Up: Is Your Law Firm Positioned For Success?

    William G. Johnston

    Over the next few weeks, a slow trickle of news about one measure of law firm success — law firm financial results — will gradually become a flood as more firms open up about their performance in 2016. Law firm leaders would be wise to focus on nine factors that determine success, says law firm management consultant William Johnston.

  • The Missing Key To 3rd-Party Litigation Funding

    Tripp Haston

    Unlike other forms of commerce and unlike in other nations, litigation investment and funding in the U.S. is largely unregulated with few disclosure requirements. Where darkness exists, ignorance and mistrust breed. Disclosure and transparency in litigation investment and funding is the first and proper step to better understand this opaque dynamic in the U.S. civil justice system, says Tripp Haston of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Myth Of The Forceful Mediator

    Jeff Kichaven

    When mediators rely on force to get cases settled, it doesn’t work. It’s time to suggest more productive ways for top-gun litigators and top-flight mediators to engage, says Jeff Kichaven of Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation.

  • Opinion

    Love And Law In The Age Of Trump

    Kevin Curnin

    Love is not a subject that lawyers typically devote themselves to professionally. But as we witness this historic transition to a new administration, lawyers in particular are reminded that love is tied, however imperfectly, to our cherished founding ideals, says Kevin Curnin, president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.