New Jersey

  • January 11, 2018

    NJ Atty Of Movie Fame Gets Home Confinement In Tax Case

    A former prosecutor who was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the movie “American Gangster” was sentenced to three years' probation, including 10 months of home confinement, for failure to pay taxes after a New Jersey federal judge said Thursday that the suspended lawyer deserved leniency.

  • January 11, 2018

    Christie Signs Bill To Attract Amazon HQ With $5B Tax Breaks

    Outgoing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday signed into law a measure to provide up to $5 billion in tax credits to entice Amazon to build its second U.S. headquarters in Newark, saying the project would mean thousands of jobs for state residents and bring economic growth to the region.

  • January 11, 2018

    3rd Circ. Revives Fee Claim In Failed Philly Casino Ch. 11

    The Third Circuit on Thursday revived a bid from the bankrupt developer of a failed Foxwoods casino project in Philadelphia to recoup a $50 million licensing fee paid to the state more than a decade ago.

  • January 11, 2018

    Crystallex Seeks 3rd Circ. Redo In $1.4B Venezuela Mine Row

    Canadian mining company Crystallex said Wednesday it will ask the Third Circuit to reconsider a ruling that it cannot sue the Delaware subsidiary of Venezuela's national oil company to collect a $1.39 billion arbitral award over a canceled mining contract, saying lower courts are split on whether the subsidiary was wrongly targeted.

  • January 11, 2018

    3rd Circ. Asked To Affirm Biz Co-Founder's $1.9M Liability

    The government asked the Third Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday to uphold a District of New Jersey decision imputing $1.94 million owed by a New Jersey business in income and employment taxes to one of its founders.

  • January 11, 2018

    Outgoing NJ AG Porrino To Rejoin Lowenstein Sandler

    New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino will rejoin Lowenstein Sandler LLP as chair of the firm’s litigation department once Gov. Chris Christie leaves office this month, capping off a public career that included roles as the Republican governor’s chief counsel and a stint at the helm of the state’s Civil Law Division.

  • January 10, 2018

    Christie Wants NJ Coast Out Of Offshore Drilling Plan

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined a chorus of state leaders pleading with the U.S. Department of the Interior not to allow future oil drilling off its coast, saying Wednesday he was asking the agency to give the Garden State the same exemption it granted Florida on Tuesday.

  • January 10, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Lets Telecom's NASA Contract Challenge Lie

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday refused to revive a bid protest by a New Jersey telecom that had been removed from an up-to-$20 billion NASA information technology contract, affirming a federal claims judge’s decision that the company didn’t meet the project’s size standard.

  • January 10, 2018

    NJ Estate Atty Convicted Of Looting $1.5M From Clients

    A New Jersey jury convicted a disbarred estate lawyer Wednesday of stealing more than $1.5 million from five clients — including a young boy who lost his father — and failing to report the ill-gotten gains on his tax returns, prosecutors said.

  • January 10, 2018

    3rd Circ. Won’t Ground Allegiant Air Flights From Trenton

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday upheld the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision allowing Allegiant Air to start operating out of Trenton-Mercer Airport, quashing a legal challenge by a Pennsylvania-based activist group that argued adding an airline would cause excessive noise pollution in the surrounding area.

  • January 10, 2018

    New Info Won't Cause 3rd Circ. To Rethink Nixing $30M Award

    A Third Circuit panel declined Wednesday to reconsider its decision that a New Jersey bankruptcy court was right to throw out a $30 million judgment against a Wall Street stockbroker accused of fraud for an attorney's failure to disclose a settlement with other executives at the brokerage.

  • January 10, 2018

    Custom Items Covered By NJ Consumer Fraud Act: Court

    The purchase of a custom-built item may constitute a “sale of merchandise” covered by New Jersey's Consumer Fraud Act, a state appeals court said Tuesday in a published opinion that revived a lawsuit over the sale of a malfunctioning tow truck.

  • January 10, 2018

    Former Sedgwick Partner Lands At Porzio Bromberg

    An experienced litigator and former Sedgwick LLP partner has joined the 82-lawyer central New Jersey firm Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC, the firm announced on Tuesday.

  • January 10, 2018

    Reps In High-Tax States NY, NJ Keep Fighting SALT Cap

    Lawmakers in New Jersey and New York, still deeply unhappy about the cap on deductions of state and local taxes included in the new tax reform law, are continuing to fight back.

  • January 10, 2018

    Greenspoon Marder Adds 3 Immigration Attys In NJ

    Greenspoon Marder LLP has expanded its immigration and naturalization practice group with the hire of three new immigration attorneys in New Jersey, the firm has announced.

  • January 10, 2018

    Bayer, Merck Want Suit Questioning Coppertone SPF Tossed

    Bayer Healthcare LLC and Merck & Co. Inc. on Tuesday urged a New Jersey federal court to toss a potential class action accusing them of selling Coppertone sunscreen that wasn’t as effective as its bottle claimed, arguing the buyer can’t prove they didn’t meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards.

  • January 10, 2018

    NJ Doc Accused Of Killing Wife To Protect Opioid Drug Ring

    A New Jersey doctor has been charged with orchestrating his wife's 2012 killing after she sought a favorable divorce settlement by threatening to expose an opioid distribution ring involving the physician and members of a motorcycle gang, authorities announced Tuesday.

  • January 10, 2018

    Archer & Greiner Beats Malpractice Suit Over Leaky Church

    A New Jersey appeals court on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of a church’s malpractice claim against Archer & Greiner PC over allegedly bad advice related to a construction project, ruling that issue was already litigated in the church’s unsuccessful underlying suit against an engineering firm.

  • January 9, 2018

    Reseller's Antitrust Suit Against Jaguar Goes Nowhere

    A New Jersey federal judge Tuesday dismissed claims that Jaguar Land Rover North America LLC violated state and federal antitrust laws by preventing purchasers from reselling its vehicles abroad, finding the suit failed to identify illegal concerted actions or to identify a clear market being impacted.

  • January 9, 2018

    NJ Gov.-Elect Names Ex-Paul Weiss Atty, Others To Top Posts

    Democratic New Jersey Gov. Elect Phil Murphy on Tuesday unveiled his incoming administration’s senior leadership team, including a former Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP associate and a current general counsel for the state’s Assembly, with a mission to "change the culture in Trenton."

Expert Analysis

  • When Gov't Knowledge Of Industry Practice Bars FCA Claims

    Barbara Rowland

    In its recent decision in Spay v. CVS Caremark, the Third Circuit adopted the government knowledge inference defense, thereby offering False Claims Act defendants in the circuit another weapon in their arsenal of defenses to obtain dismissal of FCA claims, say Barbara Rowland and Carolyn Kendall of Post & Schell PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • NJ Case Bolsters The Limitations Defense Against SEC

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    A New Jersey federal court's recent decision in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Gentile has opened the door to the possibility that Section 2462's five-year statute of limitations serves as a complete defense to an SEC enforcement action, say Joseph Dever and Matthew Elkin of Cozen O’Connor.

  • 4 Ways Tax Reform May Affect The Sports World

    Michael Rueda

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 limits deductions on state and local income, sales and property taxes up to $10,000 per year. This new limitation may provide certain sports teams, particularly those in states like Texas and Florida, an advantage in attracting and signing talent, say Michael Rueda and David Lehn of Withers Bergman LLP.

  • The Tide Could Be Turning On The Bare Metal Defense

    Rachel Farnsworth

    The Third Circuit recently vacated part of a ruling that turned on the application of the “bare metal defense,” the theory that a manufacturer of an asbestos-free product cannot be held liable for injuries caused by other manufacturers’ later-added asbestos-containing parts. Now the state law tide is turning in the same direction, says Rachel Farnsworth of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • Diagnosing Juror Bias Against Foreign Witnesses

    Christina Marinakis

    In an effort to study jurors' attitudes toward foreign witnesses, a representative sample of over 1,000 jury eligibles across the U.S. were surveyed over the course of several years. The results revealed two important findings, says Christina Marinakis, director of jury research at Litigation Insights.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Telehealth In 2017: What Changed And What's Ahead

    Kristi Kung

    As the U.S. shifts from a fee-for-service to a value-based health care system, telemedicine is viewed by many as the solution for achieving access to care and cost-efficiency. Kristi Kung and Matthew Shatzkes of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP look back on some of the telemedicine-related legal and regulatory changes that occurred in 2017 and discuss potential areas of interest in 2018.

  • Roundup

    My Strangest Day In Court

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    Every seasoned litigator has his or her fair share of courtroom stories. Check out the strange experiences that captured reader interest in this popular 2017 series.