New Jersey

  • March 17, 2017

    Class Member Appeals ‘Token’ $9.6M NJ Lien Bid-Rigging Deal

    A class member unhappy with a $9.6 million settlement of a settlement in a criminal New Jersey tax lien bid-rigging scandal filed an appeal in the Third Circuit on Wednesday, claiming the prediscovery deal represents a pittance in comparison to hundreds of millions in alleged damages.

  • March 17, 2017

    Sheller Urges Justices To OK Standing In FDA Risperdal Row

    Sheller PC has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare it has standing to sue the FDA, arguing it was injured when the agency denied a citizen petition aimed at forcing a Johnson & Johnson unit to publicize documents about its antipsychotic drug Risperdal, in a related suit over side effects in adolescent boys.

  • March 17, 2017

    Trump's US Atty Pick For NJ Will Have Christie's Imprint

    Expected to play a pivotal role in selecting New Jersey’s next U.S. attorney, Gov. Chris Christie will likely eye lawyers he trusts who are no strangers to politics but have the kind of legal credentials, prosecutorial or otherwise, that could fend off controversy over the appointment, experts say.

  • March 17, 2017

    NY Nonresident Atty Law Not Protectionist, High Court Told

    The New York attorney general’s office has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to not take up a case challenging the requirement that nonresident lawyers maintain a physical office in the Empire State to practice there, contending that any burden created by the rule is incidental.

  • March 17, 2017

    Christie GWB Complaint Won't Go To Grand Jury, Judge Says

    A New Jersey state judge on Friday tossed an activist's bid to have a grand jury review his criminal complaint accusing Gov. Chris Christie of official misconduct over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, saying prosecutors did not abuse their discretion in dismissing the case.

  • March 17, 2017

    Phyllis Schlafly's Son Sues Over Life Insurance Proceeds

    A son of late conservative leader Phyllis Schlafly has hit an insurer with a New Jersey state court lawsuit over the proceeds of a life insurance policy on her life, saying the business is improperly planning to not pay him and fellow members of the political advocacy group his mother founded.

  • March 17, 2017

    Galena Lied About Illegal Fentanyl Marketing, Investor Says

    A Galena BioPharma Inc. investor on Thursday hit the California-based pharmaceutical company with a derivative suit in New Jersey federal court alleging that its directors misled investors and mismanaged the company in regard to illegal marketing practices of fentanyl tablets.

  • March 17, 2017

    3rd Circ. Says Pol Not Liable For Property Sales To Friends

    The Third Circuit affirmed Thursday that a Philadelphia City Council member did not violate a property developer’s constitutional rights when the politician pushed for the sale of city property to friends and political contributors rather than relying on a competitive bidding process.

  • March 17, 2017

    Pastor, Tech Expert Guilty Of Bitcoin Bank Bribery Scheme

    A Manhattan federal jury convicted New Jersey pastor Trevon Gross and Florida tech expert Yuri Lebedev on Friday on charges that they schemed to co-opt a small credit union in order to make it easier to process unlawful bitcoin-dollar exchanges and to obstruct a government investigation.

  • March 16, 2017

    'Housewives' Star's Ex-Atty Aims To Sink Bankruptcy Deal

    A former attorney for a onetime incarcerated star of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” on Thursday again took aim at a New Jersey federal court decision allowing her and a bankruptcy trustee to pursue a malpractice action against him, refuting their claims that he lacks standing to challenge the ruling.

  • March 16, 2017

    3rd Circ. Judge Halts Deportation Of Afghani Who Aided U.S.

    A man from Afghanistan who once provided aid to U.S. armed forces and saw his visa canceled after arriving in the United States will not be deported after a Third Circuit judge on Thursday granted an 11th-hour order allowing him to stay in the country while immigration activists fight his removal.

  • March 16, 2017 Jury Homes In On Bitcoin Fraud Evidence

    Jurors weighing bribery charges against New Jersey pastor Trevon Gross and Florida tech expert Yuri Lebedev in connection with, a shuttered bitcoin-dollar exchange, completed a fourth day of deliberations Thursday after asking for evidence related to fraud charges Lebedev faces.

  • March 16, 2017

    Port Authority Decision Threatens Bargaining, Union Says

    The union representing the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's police has sued the agency, alleging its employment dispute panel made a decision that jeopardizes the agency’s obligation to collectively bargain with the cops.

  • March 16, 2017

    NJ Assembly OKs Bill To Ease Dismissal Of SLAPP Lawsuits

    The New Jersey General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved legislation that would create a special dismissal process to throw out defamation and other frivolous lawsuits meant to stifle free speech on public issues.

  • March 16, 2017

    Patients Accuse Quest Of Excessive Out-Of-Pocket Charges

    A potential class of Quest Diagnostics Inc. customers accused the lab company in New Jersey federal court of overcharging them for tests not covered by insurance and not being transparent about pricing.

  • March 16, 2017

    Contract Confusion Can't Sink Drug Patent Row, Judge Says

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday declined to toss claims in a patent infringement lawsuit over the blood thinner Angiomax, ruling that it wasn’t clear if the plaintiff’s exclusive rights over the drug’s license survived the termination of the parties’ contracts.

  • March 16, 2017

    AstraZeneca, Zydus Reach Deal To End Nexium IP Suit

    AstraZeneca AB and Zydus Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., an American subsidiary of Indian drugmaker Zydus Cadila, have settled a New Jersey federal lawsuit alleging that Zydus' plans to manufacture generic versions of Nexium infringe AstraZeneca’s patents on the heartburn drug.

  • March 16, 2017

    Female Lawyers Are Still Struggling To Land Lead MDL Roles

    While more and more female attorneys are shattering the glass ceiling and securing leadership posts in multidistrict litigation, the high-stakes, high-paying world of MDLs is still largely male-dominated, with only 16.5 percent of lead attorney roles going to women over the past five years, a new study shows.

  • March 15, 2017

    Dow Hits Teva, Actavis With Suit Over Generic Acne Med

    Dow Pharmaceutical Sciences Inc. and Valeant Pharmaceuticals slapped Actavis Laboratories UT Inc. with a patent infringement suit in New Jersey federal court Wednesday over Actavis’ abbreviated new drug application to market a generic form of Valeant anti-acne gel Onexton.

  • March 15, 2017

    NJ High Court Won't Disturb Harrah's Win In Promo Case

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has refused to disturb an appellate panel ruling in favor of Harrah's Atlantic City casino in a class action against the resort over a customer promotion because the suing gambler is not a "consumer" and the offer is not a "consumer contract" under the applicable state law.

Expert Analysis

  • Reflections From A Mock Trial

    Lora Brzezynski

    Nerves were high on the day of the trial. While technically client interests were not at stake, our reputations were still on the line. We were not only presenting our case in front of our newly acquainted colleagues, but also for partners at our firm, expert witnesses, federal judges and in-house counsel — potential employers and clients, say attorneys with Dentons, sharing their recent mock trial experience.

  • Courts Should Act Broadly In Favor Of Claim Assignability

    Leonard R. Powell

    The Supreme Courts of Nebraska and New Jersey have recently joined the majority of U.S. jurisdictions in holding that the proper balancing of public policy concerns weighs against enforcement of nonassignment clauses, but these two decisions also reveal a schism in the majority position that should be addressed, say Leonard Powell and Brian Scarbrough of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • 4th Circ. Uranium Mining Ruling Narrows Federal Preemption

    Michael K. Murphy

    The Fourth Circuit's recent decision in Virginia Uranium v. John Warren demonstrates a narrowing of preemption in areas that were traditionally held to the dominion of federal law: federal regulation of radiological safety under the Atomic Energy Act, and of federal lands under the Mining Act and the U.S. Constitution’s property clause, says Michael Murphy of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Shining A Light On GOP Plan For Health Care Reform

    Andrew Bab

    Since the election of President Trump and Republican majorities in the House and the Senate, there has been a strong push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. However, there has been little detail as to what “repeal” or “replace” actually mean. Recent developments provide some clarity, say members of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

  • Beyond Pay-For-Delay: 3 Pharma Antitrust Cases To Watch

    Chad J. Peterman

    The First Circuit's decision Monday in Amphastar v. Momenta and two cases pending in New Jersey and Connecticut district courts highlight how antitrust implications may arise for pharmaceutical companies from their interactions and strategies with players across the industry — standard-setting bodies, active pharmaceutical ingredient suppliers and drugmakers, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Consumer Financial Services Cos., Prepare For New Dynamic

    Melanie Brody

    Appointment of a new, more industry-friendly Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director by President Donald Trump would most likely reduce the number of enforcement actions brought by the bureau. Nevertheless, providers of consumer financial services should not assume that their enforcement risk will disappear along with current CFPB Director Richard Cordray, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Data Analytics Now Cost-Effective For Smaller Firms

    Chris Paskach

    A recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of Am Law 200 firms are now using data analytics, compared to only about a tenth of regional and boutique firms. Yet the exploding market for data analytics technology in business is making these productivity tools available for any size matter or firm, say Christopher Paskach of The Claro Group and Douglas Johnston Jr. of Five Management LLC.

  • Shipping Act's Antitrust Preemption Is Powerful

    John Longstreth

    The Third Circuit's recent decision in the Vehicle Carrier Services Antitrust Litigation affirms that the Shipping Act of 1984 preempts both state and federal antitrust claims. The court’s decision fits comfortably into a line of U.S. Supreme Court decisions that reflect considerable concern that state antitrust laws not be allowed to interfere with regulatory regimes established by Congress, say attorneys with K&L Gates LLP.

  • Authentication Of Social Media Evidence: 2 Cases To Know

    Beth S. Rose

    Recently the Third Circuit and a New Jersey appellate court were presented with criminal cases in which defendants sought to overturn their convictions on the grounds that the lower courts improperly admitted unauthenticated social media evidence. Both courts concluded that the traditional rules of evidence were adequate to address social media evidence, says Beth Rose of Sills Cummis & Gross PC.

  • Don’t Underestimate The Value Of An Internal Audit

    Justin Gwin

    Most legal and business leaders know that internal culture — including tone, operating style, standard of behavior and shared values that guide employee decisions — can make or break a firm. An internal audit can assess a firm's culture and identify potential issues within the organization, says Justin Gwin of Kaufman Rossin PA.