New Jersey

  • November 17, 2017

    NJ Court Revives Fired Worker's Mayoral 'Hit List' Suit

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Friday revived a former school employee's suit alleging that she was on a town mayor's so-called hit list and fired in retaliation for not lending him political support, ruling that she presented sufficient evidence to go before a jury.

  • November 17, 2017

    Avis Customers Score Cert. In E-Toll Hidden Fee Dispute

    A New Jersey federal judge granted class certification Thursday in litigation alleging that Avis secretly charged car renters for an electronic toll-payment service, noting that the requirements were clearly met by the class of nearly 18 million people united by common questions surrounding whether the fees were properly disclosed.

  • November 17, 2017

    Duane Morris Adds Ex-Drinker Biddle Enviro Partner In NJ

    Duane Morris LLP has welcomed a former Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP attorney as an environmental partner in the firm’s Cherry Hill, New Jersey, office, where she’ll tackle complex litigation and advise clients with respect to the environmental considerations in real estate and corporate transactions.

  • November 17, 2017

    Trader Wants SEC Attys DQ’d Over Alleged Privilege Breach

    A trading firm that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued for allegedly giving foreign fraudsters access to U.S. markets asked a federal court in Manhattan on Thursday to throw the SEC’s trial team off the case, saying it seems to have had access to privileged attorney-client emails for two whole years.

  • November 17, 2017

    NJ Atty Malpractice Suit Revived To Weigh Timeliness

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Friday upended a ruling that dismissed a legal malpractice action as being filed too late, finding that the record is unclear as to when a construction worker allegedly knew he had been harmed by his former lawyer in litigation over a job-related injury.

  • November 17, 2017

    Feds Claim Ignorance Over Mobster's Money-Laundering Atty

    Prosecutors shot back Thursday at convicted Lucchese crime family mobster Salvatore Pelullo's assertion they were aware his attorney had a conflict of interest due to the lawyer’s own criminal investigation, telling a New Jersey federal judge they have emails that prove otherwise.

  • November 17, 2017

    Scientists See No Solution As Talc Cases Test The System

    Cases alleging talcum powder causes ovarian cancer have exploded in recent years, with thousands of plaintiffs filing suit in hope of following the massive multimillion dollar verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in Missouri and California, but these claims carry no water in other courts, and experts researching the issue are divided on which side the science supports.

  • November 16, 2017

    Feds Likely To Give Menendez Trial Another Shot, Attys Say

    The government will likely pursue a second bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and a Florida ophthalmologist in the wake of Thursday's mistrial, with prosecutors and defense lawyers expected to pore over the first trial's record to prepare for the battle ahead, attorneys say.

  • November 16, 2017

    DOL, First Bankers Strike $16M Deal Settling 3 ERISA Suits

    First Bankers Trust Services Inc. has agreed to pay nearly $16 million to resolve a set of lawsuits alleging it breached its fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act in purportedly letting three employee stock ownership plans overpay for their own companies’ stock, the U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday.

  • November 16, 2017

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive FCA Suit Against CVS Caremark

    In a precedential ruling Thursday, the Third Circuit affirmed a Pennsylvania federal judge’s dismissal of a False Claims Act lawsuit against CVS Caremark Corp., finding that although the lower court’s reasoning was wrong, the whistleblower failed to show the alleged misrepresentations were important to the government’s decision to pay claims under Medicare Part D.

  • November 16, 2017

    SALT Deduction Debate Stokes Fight Over Fairness

    The highly emotional and largely partisan battle over the deductibility of state and local taxes is not only dividing lawmakers and citizens, it is also pitting states against one another in a fight over the fairness of repealing the tax benefit.

  • November 16, 2017

    NJ Atty, Investor Charged In $30M Mortgage Fraud Scheme

    A New Jersey attorney and a real estate investor are accused of bilking financial institutions out of $30 million by using phony documents to push through sales of defaulted homes and then flipping them for profit, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

  • November 16, 2017

    Toys R Us Asks For $100M In Incentives For Execs, Workers

    Toys R Us Inc. on Wednesday asked a Virginia bankruptcy court for permission to pay its employees up to $100 million in bonuses, saying the incentives are needed to navigate the company through a Chapter 11 holiday season.

  • November 16, 2017

    NJ Says Entire Sports Betting Ban Should Be Struck Down

    New Jersey told the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday that the entire federal statute banning sports betting violates the Tenth Amendment, reiterating, along with a thoroughbred horse owners and trainers group, its call for the high court to overturn a Third Circuit decision upholding the ban.

  • November 16, 2017

    NJ Yanks Doctor's License Over Unjustified Opioid Rx

    A New Jersey psychiatrist has been stripped of his license to practice after he allegedly prescribed 62,000 oxycodone pills to patients without justification and flouted new rules for prescription history monitoring, authorities said Thursday.

  • November 16, 2017

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive RICO Claims Over Allied Bankruptcy

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday found that investment firm Yucaipa Cos. Ltd. had no standing for its $170 million RICO suit claiming two hedge funds conspired to wipe out its debt claim against bankrupt car hauler Allied Systems Holdings Inc.

  • November 16, 2017

    NJ Board Can Order Drug Evaluation For Nurse, Court Says

    A New Jersey appeals court on Thursday backed the state nursing board’s order that a nurse suspected of being intoxicated at work undergo substance abuse evaluation and monitoring, ruling that the order was warranted for the nurse’s questionable, if not confirmed, conduct.

  • November 16, 2017

    Menendez Trial Ends With Hung Jury

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday declared a mistrial in the case of Sen. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist after jurors said they could not reach a unanimous decision on any charges, with the panel divided over whether the two men engaged in a bribery scheme or were just friends.

  • November 16, 2017

    Theater Denied 3rd Circ. Rehearing Over Movie Interpreter

    The Third Circuit refused to revisit a decision obligating movie theater chain Cinemark USA Inc. to provide tactile interpreters for a deaf-blind moviegoer in an order filed Wednesday.

  • November 15, 2017

    NJ Hospital, Doc Hit With More Claims Over Baby's Death

    The federal government brought additional claims against a doctor and Inspira Medical Center Vineland in New Jersey federal court Wednesday, alleging they were responsible for the death of a baby shortly after a breech birth and that they should cover its expenses as a defendant in an underlying medical malpractice suit.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • Federal Claims Must Meet Diversity Jurisdiction Burden

    Jeffrey Odom

    The Third Circuit recently dismissed a plaintiff’s fear of cancer claims arising from a chemical spill, and found the diversity jurisdiction burden was not met. Defendants should look beyond the sensational facts of toxic tort claims and challenge the evidence presented at filing to determine whether jurisdiction is proper, says Jeffrey Odom of Lane Powell PC.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Stats On How TC Heartland Is Affecting Patent Litigants

    Chase Perry

    When the U.S. Supreme Court decided the now-famous TC Heartland case in May 2017, a robust discussion began regarding how significant its effects would be. Chase Perry of Ankura examined statistics from recent months in search of changes in case filing patterns and patent holder success metrics.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Perception Vs. Reality At Trial

    Martha Luring

    The long litigation life cycle for large, complex civil lawsuits provides ample time for clients and counsel to form strong opinions — often negative when based on adversarial exchanges — about the opposing trial team, their witnesses and their experts. Martha Luring of Salmons Consulting shares some common perceptions not always shared by jurors.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.