New Jersey

  • November 14, 2017

    3rd Circ. Skeptical Of Philly Cabbies’ Uber Antitrust Claims

    A Third Circuit panel on Tuesday expressed skepticism over claims by the attorney representing a group of Philadelphia taxi drivers that Uber’s entry into the city created an illegal monopoly in the vehicle-for-hire market, with multiple judges suggesting the company’s arrival was good for the consumer.

  • November 14, 2017

    Investment Firm Says Records Sought By IRS Irrelevant

    An investment firm organized in the British Virgin Islands has asked multiple federal courts to block the IRS’ bid to obtain its records from several banks, saying the records are irrelevant and the requests circumvent procedural safeguards.

  • November 14, 2017

    No-Conference Claim Fails To Revive Wrongful Death Suit

    A New Jersey federal court declined Monday to reconsider its order tossing claims in a wrongful death suit, rejecting the argument that the court did not hold a necessary conference before ruling that an expert affidavit could not support the claims against a doctor, his practice and a hospital.

  • November 13, 2017

    Deadlocked Menendez Jurors Are Told To 'Clear Your Heads'

    The jurors hearing the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist said Monday that they were deadlocked on all charges, leading a New Jersey federal judge to tell them to break for the day, “clear your heads” and resume deliberations Tuesday morning.

  • November 13, 2017

    Equifax Hit With Rare '50-State' Complaint Over Data Breach

    Credit reporting agency Equifax, which suffered a data breach over the summer that left vulnerable the personal financial information of nearly half of all Americans, was served Friday with a rare "50-state" complaint that aims to combine the dozens of individual suits filed against Equifax since September.

  • November 13, 2017

    NJ Doctor Accused Of Recklessly Pushing Addictive Opioids

    A family physician has been temporarily suspended after he was accused of indiscriminately prescribing medically unnecessary, highly addictive opioids to patients, the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General announced Monday.

  • November 13, 2017

    Pharma Salesman Cops To Defrauding NJ Insurance Programs

    A New Jersey pharmaceutical sales representative on Monday copped to defrauding state health benefits programs and other insurers out of nearly $500,000 by submitting fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions as part of a conspiracy, federal and state prosecutors said.

  • November 13, 2017

    Truth Sinks Amateur Radio Boss’ Libel Suit, 3rd Circ. Says

    The former regional chairman of a national amateur radio network cannot pursue defamation claims against the group’s leadership over an article explaining his ouster, the Third Circuit ruled Monday, finding statements that he improperly coordinated with FEMA to be true.

  • November 13, 2017

    Former NJ Federal Prosecutor Joins Ballard Spahr

    Ballard Spahr LLP has added a former New Jersey federal prosecutor, who is also the former attorney-in-charge of the U.S. attorney's office's outpost in Camden, as a partner to the firm’s white collar and internal investigations practice group, the firm announced Monday.

  • November 13, 2017

    Virgin Media Settles $8.8B Suit Over Consulting Fees

    Virgin Media Inc. has agreed to a confidential settlement of claims in an $8.8 billion New Jersey state court lawsuit alleging the company and its predecessors never paid for crisis management and turnaround services rendered by investment management services firm W.R. Huff Asset Management Co. LLC.

  • November 13, 2017

    Honda Ducks Defective Engine Starters Suit For Now

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday tossed a driver's putative consumer fraud class action alleging Honda sold Accord and Crosstour vehicles with defective engine starter systems, but gave the driver a second chance to clarify allegations that Honda knowingly sold consumers impaired cars.

  • November 9, 2017

    Menendez Trial To End In Hung Jury, Excused Juror Predicts

    A juror excused on the third full day of deliberations in the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist predicted Thursday the jury would be unable to reach a verdict, telling reporters she believed the two men were not guilty.

  • November 9, 2017

    Christie Taps Land Use Atty For NJ Superior Court Seat

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday nominated a Gloucester County land use attorney for a judge seat on the state Superior Court, submitting his pick for state Senate approval.

  • November 9, 2017

    New NJ Gov. Poised To Pit State's Legal Muscle Against Trump

    With the election of a new, Democratic governor, New Jersey will likely join California, New York and other states where attorneys general are actively challenging Trump administration policies on the environment, immigration and health care, experts say.

  • November 9, 2017

    NJ Scrap Metal Co. Owner Cops To Longtime Customer Scam

    The minority owner of a New Jersey recycling company pled guilty in Newark federal court Thursday to a scheme to underpay for scrap metal and sell it for profit, defrauding customers out of millions of dollars over 17 years, prosecutors said.

  • November 9, 2017

    NJ Steakhouse Settles Sexual Harassment, Race Bias Claims

    A New Jersey steakhouse has created an anti-discrimination policy, vowed to provide related training to employees and will pay workers $80,000 in order to resolve allegations the restaurant allowed a former manager to sexually harass workers and make racist remarks to Hispanic staff members, the state attorney general's office announced Thursday.

  • November 9, 2017

    NJ Towns Shorted In Tax Adjustment Payments, Panel Says

    A New Jersey appellate court ruled Thursday that the state’s Sports and Exposition Authority had mistakenly calculated payments to municipalities within a conservation and recreation district, saying the authority will need to make up for the error when it calculates the rate for 2018 payments.

  • November 9, 2017

    Amazon HQ2 Competition Spurs Scrutiny Of Tax Incentives

    Outside of a handful of site selection committee executives at Amazon, the details of 238 economic incentive packages the company has received to locate its second U.S. headquarters are largely secret, even though the proposals involve billions of dollars in forgone tax revenues and other public funding.

  • November 8, 2017

    Ex-Softball Coach Sues Univ., Claiming Anti-LGBT Bias

    Fairleigh Dickinson University’s ex-softball coach on Tuesday sued the school in New Jersey state court, claiming her former employer discriminated against her for being bisexual and fired her for speaking out against bullies on the team in violation of its own policies and state law.

  • November 8, 2017

    Doc Gets Nearly 3 Years In $100M NJ Lab Referral Scheme

    A doctor was slammed with a nearly three-year prison sentence by a New Jersey federal court for taking part in a bribery scheme that involved referring patient blood samples to a testing lab and netting more than $100 million in Medicare and private insurance dollars for the business, authorities announced on Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Rejecting FTC Drug-Level Standard On Dietary Supplements

    Benjamin Mundel

    Over the past decade the Federal Trade Commission has attempted to raise the standard for dietary supplements to require drug-level randomized clinical trials. However, as demonstrated by a New York federal court's recent decision in FTC v. Quincy Bioscience Holding Company, when companies have refused to give in, courts have dismissed the FTC’s attempt to apply this standard, say Benjamin Mundel and Jacquelyn Fradette of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • Recipe For Legal Project Management: Look To BBQ Champs

    Anthony Rospert

    As a master certified barbecue judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, I have noticed that the top pitmasters follow a consistent process in approaching each and every competition. Their "secret sauce" — employing project management principles — can also help lawyers achieve success, says Anthony Rospert of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Can You Practice In Your State?

    Eve Runyon

    The justice gap is a well-documented problem and over the past two decades, law firms have mobilized attorneys to provide millions of hours of pro bono every year. But for many in-house counsel, there remains a big hurdle — restrictive multijurisdictional practice rules, says Eve Runyon, president and CEO of Pro Bono Institute.

  • Opinion

    Representing Women At The Intersection Of Law And Finance

    Andrea Mitchell

    To the extent that companies have tolerated predominantly male leadership in the past because it was deemed necessary for growth and prosperity, or viewed diversity and the underrepresentation of women strictly as human resources issues, a growing body of research suggests otherwise, say Andrea Mitchell and Valerie Hletko of Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Clean Water Act Challenges To Pipeline Projects: Part 2

    Joel Beauvais

    A slew of recent court rulings have addressed challenges to state pipeline permitting decisions under the Clean Water Act. The cases include industry appeals of high-profile permit denials by the state of New York, and environmental groups' objections to project certifications by other states. These rulings set important precedents, say Joel Beauvais and Janna Chesno of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Trending In Telehealth: Behavioral Health Services

    Amy Lerman

    An increasing number of behavioral health care professionals are becoming more and more interested in using telehealth platforms to connect with their patients, and there is much new and updated guidance from states regarding the practice of providing such services in this space, says Amy Lerman of Epstein Becker & Green PC.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Beyond The Hurdles

    Ann Warren

    There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.

  • When Exempt Employees Don't Meet Work Expectations

    Shlomo Katz

    At some point in the coming months, some employers may begin to suspect that some of their recent hires aren’t going to live up to their promise. Shlomo Katz of Brown Rudnick LLP examines whether such an employee should be classified as nonexempt and paid overtime, and whether there is a minimum level of performance necessary to qualify for exemption.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Pryor Reviews 'Scalia Speaks'

    Judge William Pryor

    Christopher Scalia and Edward Whelan have published an indispensable collection of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's best speeches. "Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived" puts on full display Justice Scalia’s skilled writing, quick wit and uncommon wisdom on a wide range of topics — from law to turkey hunting, says Judge William Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit.