New Jersey

  • July 21, 2017

    Ex-HR Director Sues Tata For Gender Discrimination

    The former human resources director of Tata Communications Inc.'s New Jersey offices is alleging gender discrimination against the company, claiming in a lawsuit removed Friday to federal court that she was paid a salary tens of thousands of dollars less than the average of her male counterparts.

  • July 21, 2017

    NJ Court Upholds Judgment For Whistleblower City Atty

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Friday upheld a default judgment against the city of Orange in a whistleblower suit from a former assistant city attorney, saying a trial court properly struck Orange's answer with prejudice after the municipality failed to provide its reasons for firing the lawyer in writing.

  • July 21, 2017

    NJ Court Won't Halt Christie's IT Dept. Decentralization

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Thursday declined to halt Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s executive order to decentralize the state’s Office of Information Technology workers and disband them to the respective agencies they serve, a move the office’s union says could compromise the quality of the state’s computer systems.

  • July 21, 2017

    Widow Sues NJ Medical Facilities Over Husband's Bedsores

    A New Jersey hospital and two rehabilitation facilities have been slapped with a medical malpractice complaint in state court by a woman claiming her husband, who had undergone spinal surgery, developed serious bedsores that led to his death last year.

  • July 21, 2017

    Christie Rejects 'Airbnb' Tax, Citing Cost To Tourists

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday vetoed a bill that would have levied a tax on short-term online rental accommodations such as Airbnb and FlipKey, saying the proposed tax would hurt New Jersey’s economy.

  • July 21, 2017

    SEC Fights To Keep Alive Suit Over $17M Stock Scheme

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a New Jersey federal judge on Friday that injunctive relief sought against a broker-dealer alleged to have taken part in a $17.2 million pump-and-dump scheme is not a time-barred punishment but a remedy designed to protect the public.

  • July 21, 2017

    Feds Settle NJ Mom’s Suit Over Newborn’s Arm Paralysis

    The federal government has agreed to settle a mother’s lawsuit alleging that her child suffered arm paralysis due to improper delivery and post-delivery care for $225,000, according to a filing in New Jersey federal court.

  • July 20, 2017

    NJ Water Contractor Gets 2 Years For $1M Kickback Scheme

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday handed down a two-year prison term to a former contractor for his role in a nearly $1 million kickback scheme at a defunct Newark water agency, saying the sentence was needed to deter others from engaging in such public corruption.

  • July 20, 2017

    PC Richard Resolves Shopper's Suit Over Card Receipts

    P.C. Richard and a consumer agreed Thursday to dismiss a putative class action against the retailer in New Jersey federal court, after telling a judge this week that the parties had reached a tentative deal over claims the company unlawfully printed credit or debit card expiration dates on sales receipts.

  • July 20, 2017

    NJ Couple To Pay $2.1M Settlement Over Illegal Securities

    A New Jersey couple and the companies they own have agreed to pay $2.1 million to settle allegations by the state Bureau of Securities that they sold unregistered securities on a real estate investment that failed, Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the state Division of Consumer Affairs announced Thursday.

  • July 20, 2017

    Jersey Casino Seeks $10M From Maker Of Defective Cards

    An Atlantic City hotel casino asked a New Jersey federal court on Wednesday for an award of $10.13 million from the manufacturer of defective playing cards at the heart of a broader lawsuit against two professional gamblers who exploited a card abnormality while playing Mini Baccarat.

  • July 20, 2017

    FTC Approves Baxter $625M Claris Buy With Antitrust Fixes

    The Federal Trade Commission gave its seal of approval Thursday to medical products company Baxter International Inc.’s $625 million purchase of Claris Lifesciences Ltd.’s injectables business, on the condition that Baxter and Claris leave the market for a pair of pharmaceutical products.

  • July 20, 2017

    Mister Softee Files TM Suit Over NJ Ice Cream Biz’s Sales

    Mister Softee Inc. has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in New Jersey federal court against the owner of two ice cream stands on the Jersey Shore, claiming he is selling sweet frozen treats under the company's brand name without its permission.

  • July 20, 2017

    Historical Society Sues NJ, Feds Over Home Demolition

    A New Jersey historical society on Thursday slapped state and federal transportation authorities with a federal lawsuit alleging the agencies demolished a Revolutionary War-era property for a highway construction project despite its historic significance, in violation of the National Historic Preservation Act and other laws.

  • July 19, 2017

    3rd Circ. Upholds Toss Of Oil Producer Claims To Sold Oil

    In a decision with broad implications for the nation’s oil and gas industry, the Third Circuit on Wednesday upheld a 2015 district court ruling that rejected unsecured oil producer claims against companies that purchased their oil from a bankrupt intermediary.

  • July 19, 2017

    Credit Card Processors Dodge NJ Man's Fee-Ducking Suit

    A New Jersey state appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a whistleblower’s qui tam suit against a group of credit card processors over claims they evaded various state fees, finding his allegations against the companies relate to tax obligations excluded from the state's False Claims Act.

  • July 19, 2017

    Horizon, Hospitals Reach Tentative Deal On $125M Claims

    Three New Jersey hospitals told a federal court Tuesday that they have reached a tentative deal with Horizon Healthcare Services Inc. to resolve claims that the insurer owes them more than $125 million for out-of-network services and that the company has made false and misleading statements in an effort to drive them into bankruptcy.

  • July 19, 2017

    Atty Gets Prison For Obstructing NJ Time-Share Co. Probe

    The former general counsel of a bogus time-share consultancy in New Jersey was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison on Wednesday for attempting to influence witnesses and for lying to investigators pursuing a criminal case against his onetime employers.

  • July 19, 2017

    Workplace Slur Harassment Ruling A Warning To Employers

    The Third Circuit's recent decision that a single use of a racial slur, rather than pervasive conduct, can sustain a workplace harassment claim sends a clear warning to employers to preempt potential liability by providing training to prevent even one-off incidents from happening in the first place, attorneys say.

  • July 19, 2017

    Retailer Rails Against Finding It Can't Move Toy Suit To NJ

    Telebrands Corp. hit back against the recommendation of a magistrate judge in Texas that its water balloon toy patent dispute not be moved to New Jersey, arguing that the Supreme Court decision in TC Heartland should allow the company to move the dispute to the state where it is headquartered.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Submitting Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel should be able to articulate why she is proposing an alternative fee arrangement for this matter. If the client has not requested an AFA or the case is unusually difficult to budget with accuracy, this might not be the case to propose an AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • How Mobile Apps Can Benefit Your Practice

    Sean Cleary.jpg

    Despite the boom in mobile application development, many lawyers are still reluctant when it comes to using apps in their daily work. Attorney Sean Cleary explores the benefits and shares some recommendations for apps geared toward attorneys.

  • Daubert And Product Liability: Mid-2017 Update — Part 1

    Max Kennerly

    A good way to understand the state of the Daubert standard in product liability cases is to examine the four most recent published circuit court opinions. All have one thing in common: The defendants framed Daubert as a matter of pseudoscientific absolutes, and the courts rejected the defendants at every turn, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Rebuttal

    The Future Of Litigation Finance Is Analytics

    Eva Shang

    In a recent Law360 guest article, Christopher Bogart of Burford Capital LLC claimed that "while theoretically well designed to find the proverbial needle in a haystack, big data and AI currently lack the ability to do so usefully in a commercial litigation financing context." But AI can manage many of the tasks that litigation financiers would otherwise perform, says Eva Shang, co-founder of Legalist Inc.

  • Specific Personal Jurisdiction: The Unanswered Questions

    HolmanDavid_400x600.jpg

    The tort bar eagerly awaited the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California. But the ruling did not address whether specific jurisdiction exists when the defendant markets a defective product nationwide, and the stream of commerce carries it into the forum state, where it injures the plaintiff, says David Holman of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP.

  • Where AI Meets Cybersecurity And The Legal Profession

    Randy Sabett

    Artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to be a major focus for the legal community, whether as an isolated topic, as it intersects with cybersecurity, or within the legal profession itself. Each of these raises unique concerns for attorneys, says Randy Sabett, vice chair of Cooley LLP's privacy and data protection practice group.

  • Avoid Becoming A Dreaded Mortgagee-In-Possession In NJ

    Joshua Howley

    Lenders in New Jersey beware. Although taking possession of a property and the cash flow therefrom after a borrower defaults might be tantalizing, being deemed a mortgagee-in-possession has costly implications, says Joshua Howley of Sills Cummis & Gross PC.

  • Mortgage Servicers Should Review Escheat Compliance

    Kendall Houghton

    Several significant developments have transpired in the world of unclaimed property law that could have a significant impact on mortgage servicers’ compliance efforts. Fortunately, there are several defenses to escheatment that a mortgage servicer could potentially rely on, at least in certain states, say attorneys with Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Insights From Recent Rise In Nuisance And Trespass Cases

    Carlos Romo

    Property owners are increasingly turning to common law nuisance and trespass claims for suits against neighboring industrial activities. Why has there been an upsurge in these cases? Carlos Romo of Lewis Bess Williams & Weese PC examines recent state and federal cases highlighting various legal issues associated with these types of claims.

  • No 'Real Intention To Prosecute' Means Fraudulent Joinder

    Steven Boranian

    The Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently entered a fraudulent joinder order that is worth highlighting. Fraudulent joinder is a type of forum manipulation seen all too often. The order in this case is the right result for the right reason, and the standard applied is one that courts should apply more broadly, says Steven Boranian of Reed Smith LLP.