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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.