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New Jersey

  • November 8, 2018

    Patent Venue Questions Persist 18 Months After TC Heartland

    Eighteen months after the U.S. Supreme Court limited where patent suits can be filed, courts continue to wrestle with questions about venue rules. Here is a look at recent decisions that have provided some guidance.

  • November 8, 2018

    NJ Justices Won't Revisit Axed Guilty Plea In Giants Tix Scam

    Prosecutors in New Jersey have fallen short in their bid to reinstate a man’s theft conviction in an alleged scheme involving the sale of New York Giants tickets, after the state Supreme Court declined to review a ruling that nixed his guilty plea because he did not admit to obtaining the victims’ money by deception.

  • November 7, 2018

    Pa. Sen. Fights Fees In Gerrymandering Case At 3rd Circ.

    Pennsylvania’s top state senator has urged the Third Circuit to vacate a lower court’s finding that he is personally responsible for legal fees stemming from a failed attempt to remove a landmark gerrymandering case to federal court, arguing Thursday he had been acting in his professional, not personal, capacity.

  • November 7, 2018

    LabMD Appeals Dismissal Of Frivolous-Lawsuit Claims

    Just a day after a Pittsburgh federal judge tossed his frivolous-lawsuit claims against Tiversa Holding Corp., Reed Smith LLP and Clark Hill PLC, the head of LabMD Inc. filed a notice of appeal to the Third Circuit Wednesday.

  • November 7, 2018

    DOL Gets Support In Bid To Nix Association Health Plan Suit

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Society for Human Resource Management have thrown their support behind the U.S. Department of Labor's bid to nix a lawsuit challenging the agency's association health plan rule, saying the rule would help small-business employees have greater access to affordable care.

  • November 7, 2018

    Motley Rice To Lead Riot Investors In Bitcoin Fraud Case

    Motley Rice LLC won the position of lead counsel Tuesday in the consolidation of two proposed securities fraud class actions in New Jersey federal court accusing biotech company-turned-cryptocurrency investor Riot Blockchain Inc. of making bogus claims to shareholders about its bitcoin trading practices. 

  • November 7, 2018

    Atty Arrested In NJ Shooting Death After Fleeing To Cuba

    A New York City attorney accused of fatally shooting the mother of his daughter in their New Jersey home has been apprehended after fleeing to Cuba, authorities said Wednesday.

  • November 7, 2018

    NJ Court Skeptical Of Bid To Nix Beachfront Condemnations

    A New Jersey appeals panel expressed skepticism Wednesday over an argument from three homeowners that Long Beach Township did not have a legitimate public purpose in seeking to acquire portions of their properties via eminent domain in order to comply with federal funding requirements for a beach replenishment project.

  • November 7, 2018

    Drexel Debt Collection Fight Isn’t Barred, Alum Tells 3rd Circ.

    A former Drexel University student urged the Third Circuit on Wednesday to revive his lawsuit alleging the school and a Pennsylvania law firm used deceptive means to serve a complaint seeking to collect on outstanding tuition, arguing a lower court wrongly found the issue had already been litigated.

  • November 7, 2018

    3 Firms Steer Newell's $2.5B Fishing, Memorabilia Sale

    Newell Brands said Wednesday that the consumer and commercial products marketing company has agreed to sell its fishing business and its memorabilia manufacturer to two private equity firms in separate deals that carry a combined value of approximately $2.5 billion of after-tax proceeds and were guided by Jones Day, Latham & Watkins LLP and Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • November 6, 2018

    Kavanaugh Fallout Fuels GOP's Senate Expansion

    A backlash over Justice Brett Kavanaugh's bitter confirmation battle played a key role in Republicans adding to their Senate majority, as so-called “Trump state” Democrats who opposed confirmation fell to GOP challengers in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

  • November 6, 2018

    Dems Pump Brakes On Trump Agenda With House Win

    Democrats won back the House on Tuesday night and with it divided the chambers of Congress, putting them in position to step up investigations into President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and to run interference on his conservative agenda.

  • November 6, 2018

    Senate Republican Win Cements Trump's Judicial Makeover

    With Senate Republicans returning from a slew of victories at the ballot box, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell looks to continue a two-year project to remake the federal courts by confirming waves of conservative judges to the bench.

  • November 6, 2018

    Voting Machine Critics Tout Low-Tech Fix For Hacking Fears

    Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election pushed U.S. voting security into the spotlight, leaving officials scrambling to shore up the infrastructure before midterms. But efforts remained uneven two years later, with a number of states on Tuesday shirking the surprisingly low-tech fix touted by election-integrity experts: paper ballots.

  • November 6, 2018

    Freedom Mortgage OT Suit Deal Gets Preliminary OK In NJ

    A New Jersey federal judge granted preliminary approval Tuesday to a proposed $4 million settlement of class claims against Freedom Mortgage Corp. filed by employees alleging the company deprived them of overtime pay for three years.

  • November 6, 2018

    Francesca's Store Managers Win Conditional Cert. In OT Row

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday granted conditional certification to a class of current and former store managers at Francesca’s in a suit alleging the clothing store chain misclassified them as exempt from federal and state overtime pay requirements.

  • November 6, 2018

    Welch's, Sunkist Fruit Snack Cos. End Trademark Battle

    The company behind Welch's Fruit Snacks has agreed to drop a trademark lawsuit over a rival candymaker's planned line of Sunkist gummies after the competitor agreed to scrap allegedly look-alike packaging.

  • November 6, 2018

    NJ Justices To Review Widow's Apportioned Asbestos Award

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to determine whether a widow whose asbestos judgment was reduced when damages were allocated among nine companies should get a new trial, as a lower appeals court had found after determining that certain evidence should have been scrapped.

  • November 6, 2018

    Trenk DiPasquale Can't Escape Newark Water Agency Suit

    A New Jersey federal bankruptcy judge on Tuesday nixed a bid by Trenk DiPasquale Della Fera & Sodono PC and two former firm attorneys to escape a suit alleging they enabled corruption at a defunct Newark water agency, rejecting their argument that the organization did not have enough trustees when it filed the claims.

  • November 6, 2018

    SEC Isn't Trying To Punish Broker-Dealer, 3rd Circ. Told

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission urged the Third Circuit to revive the agency's civil case against a penny stock broker-dealer who was criminally charged, but not convicted, of a $17.2 million pump-and-dump scheme, arguing Tuesday that the lower court judge who tossed the suit wrongly characterized it as punitive.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Opinion

    AGs Are Now The 1st Round Draft Picks Of American Politics

    Joshua Spivak

    Given their recent track record and growing policy power, state attorneys general should be the group everyone is watching on Election Day. Chances are the winners of these races will move to higher offices soon enough, says Joshua Spivak, senior fellow at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In A Divided Post-Election Congress

    Evan Migdail

    The outcome of next week's election remains uncertain, but it is possible to predict some of the policy changes and legislative initiatives likely to arise during lame duck and 116th congressional sessions if Democrats regain a majority in the House of Representatives, say Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Brown Reviews 'Dangerous Leaders'

    Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown

    Anthony Thompson’s "Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead" explores the conflict many lawyers face when charged with the responsibility of leadership. The book is an excellent read for all lawyers, says U.S. District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • Breaking The Rules: 3 Ways To 'Lead' A Direct Examination

    Matthew Menchel

    Trial lawyers are frequently taught that they should appear invisible during direct examination — that their job is merely to prompt the witness to start speaking. But the most powerful direct examinations are the ones in which the examiner, not the witness, is controlling the pace, say attorneys with Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • The Fight Against No-Poach Agreements Is Expanding

    Paul Eckles

    Washington state's attorney general has reportedly reached agreements with 30 national chains to remove no-poach clauses from their U.S. franchise contracts. A flurry of private lawsuits has followed, and other states are beginning investigations. Franchises must prepare for scrutiny, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Emerging Trends In State And Local Equal Pay Efforts

    Brian Murphy

    In the face of relative inaction by the federal government, state and local governments are increasingly combating the gender pay gap with various legislative efforts. Employers must be cognizant not only of laws existing in their jurisdictions, but also of those in others, say Brian Murphy and Jonathan Stoler of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.