New Jersey

  • January 10, 2017

    Volvo North America Sued Over Rear Camera Glitch

    Volvo Cars of North America LLC was hit Tuesday in New Jersey federal court with a putative class action over allegedly defective rear cameras that fail to properly display an image on a screen when the car is in reverse mode, according to the complaint.

  • January 10, 2017

    3rd Circ. Voids Immigrant's 12-Month Sentence For Re-Entry

    The Third Circuit on Monday issued a precedential decision vacating a Dominican man’s 12-month prison term for illegal re-entry into the United States after finding that a trial judge had misrepresented the offender’s arrest record.

  • January 10, 2017

    Ex-NJ Pharma Execs Admit To Generic Drug Price-Fixing Plot

    Two former Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc. executives admitted Monday in Pennsylvania federal court to plotting to fix prices of antibiotics and diabetes treatments, marking the first charges in the U.S. Department of Justice's ongoing antitrust investigation into the generic drug industry.

  • January 10, 2017

    Port Authority Misled Investors On Project Risks, SEC Finds

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will admit wrongdoing to settle allegations that it knew about legal risks associated with Garden State roadway projects, but failed to inform the projects' funding investors, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday, noting it’s the first municipal issuer to admit wrongdoing in an SEC enforcement action.

  • January 9, 2017

    The Firms That Dominated In 2016

    Law360's Firms of the Year rose above the competition in 2016 by earning a combined 20 Practice Group of the Year awards on the strength of work that helped their clients attain game-changing judgments and close record deals.

  • January 9, 2017

    NJ Pair Indicted In $6.6M Health Care Benefits Fraud Scheme

    A former union official and an insurance broker have been indicted on conspiracy charges related to a scheme to defraud Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield and the union's self-insured health care plan out of a combined $6.6 million for medical benefits claims, the U.S. attorney for New Jersey announced Monday.

  • January 9, 2017

    NJ Transit Sued Again After $3.65M Racial Bias Settlement

    A New Jersey Transit employee has slapped the agency with a lawsuit in New Jersey state court alleging that she has suffered retaliation since she and other plaintiffs reached a $3.65 million settlement with the agency last year over racial discrimination claims.

  • January 9, 2017

    3rd Circ. Revives Rate-Hiking Suit Against Ambit

    The Third Circuit on Monday revived a putative class action accusing an Ambit Energy unit of boosting customers' rates after luring them into switching energy providers with promises of lower prices, concluding that a pricing clause in the contracts in question was ambiguous.

  • January 9, 2017

    Griffin Capital REIT Nabs NJ Office Building In $44M Deal

    A real estate investment trust controlled by Griffin Capital Corp. has purchased an office building in Parsippany, New Jersey, that's fully leased to an animal health company for $44 million, according to a statement Monday from Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP, which represented the sellers.

  • January 9, 2017

    NJ Condo Assoc. Sues Toll Bros. For Construction Defects

    Residential construction company Toll Bros. Inc. and others have been accused in a state court lawsuit of design and construction failures at a luxury condominium complex in Hoboken, New Jersey, which were discovered after control of the development board was turned over to the condominium association.

  • January 9, 2017

    Menendez Doc, Gov't Fight Limits On Evidence In Fraud Case

    Maneuvering ahead of trial, federal prosecutors and a Florida doctor accused of committing Medicare fraud and bribing Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., in an attempt to clear himself continued to spar over the admissibility of evidence on his billing records, Medicare regulations and numerous other topics.

  • January 9, 2017

    Atty Suspended After Usher Suit Won't Get High Court Hearing

    The Pennsylvania lawyer fighting a three-month-and-a-day suspension for tricking a songwriter targeted in a copyright suit over the Usher song "Bad Girl" won’t be getting a U.S. Supreme Court look at the federal misconduct finding.

  • January 9, 2017

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2016 Practice Group of the Year awards, the law firms that racked up victories in litigation and closed the big deals to make their mark among clients and throughout the legal industry.

  • January 9, 2017

    Rail Unions Sue Christie, NJ Transit Over Engineer DUI Law

    A pair of railroad labor unions filed suit Monday in New Jersey federal court to undo a state law that prohibits New Jersey Transit engineers from operating passenger trains if they have a suspended or revoked driver’s license due to a DUI conviction, saying it is preempted by federal law.

  • January 9, 2017

    Supreme Court Won't Review Calif., NJ Admission Restrictions

    An advocacy group dedicated to breaking down jurisdictional practice barriers for lawyers lost on Monday the final round of challenges to rules in California and New Jersey on out-of-state attorneys.

  • January 9, 2017

    NJ Bill To Add More Judges, Reform Bail, Signed Into Law

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday signed into law bipartisan legislation that would add 20 more judges to the state court roster, a $9.3 million initiative its backers say will help the judiciary better implement criminal justice reforms underway. 

  • January 9, 2017

    Tate & Lyle Sues Insurers Over NJ Enviro Cleanup Costs

    A unit of British ingredients firm Tate & Lyle PLC has sued various insurers in New Jersey state court, alleging that they must cover the company's share of remediation costs in the more than $1 billion cleanup of a roughly 8.3-mile stretch of the heavily polluted Passaic River.

  • January 9, 2017

    Hanjin Creditors Blast Bid For Asset Sale Approval

    Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd. creditors objected Friday to the Korean courier’s efforts to secure a New Jersey bankruptcy court approval of an asset sale to Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd., saying Hanjin may not have fetched the best offers and may sidestep outstanding debts without closer scrutiny.

  • January 9, 2017

    Man Who Forged Mets Exec Signature Sued In $3.5M Scheme

    A New Jersey man who copped to forging New York Mets executive Jeffrey Wilpon’s signature as part of a $3.5 million fraud scheme now faces a civil suit alleging fraud, after his business partner claimed that he falsified loan documents to secure $3.54 million in financing.

  • January 9, 2017

    SEC Trims ‘Big Short’ Adviser’s Fine, Denies ALJ Challenge

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday partially overturned an administrative law judge’s decision penalizing an investment adviser featured in the book and movie “The Big Short” on remaining claims over collateralized debt obligations but rejected his challenge to the agency’s administrative judges.

Expert Analysis

  • 6 Key Commercial Litigation Finance Trends For 2017

    Ralph J. Sutton

    With commercial litigation funding gaining acceptance throughout the U.S., law firms and corporations are investigating how they can benefit from the capital that funders provide, and which criteria they should use in selecting a funder. Ralph Sutton, chief investment officer of Bentham IMF, discusses several major trends to watch in 2017.

  • 2016 Environmental Case Law Highlights: Part 1

    Anthony B. Cavender

    In part 1 of his three-part review of 2016's most significant environmental cases, Anthony Cavender of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP analyzes decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and the D.C., First, Second, Third and Fourth Circuits, noting, among other observations, the unusual number of Endangered Species Act cases decided by the D.C. Circuit.

  • 2016 Kept Employers On Their Toes, Expect The Same In 2017

    Debra S. Friedman

    There was no shortage of action in the world of labor and employment law in 2016. Looking back on the year behind us, several areas in particular emerge as significant, both because of what happened in 2016 and what those developments will mean as we look toward 2017 and beyond, say attorneys at Cozen O'Connor PC.

  • 5 Ways To Fight Costlier Legal Malpractice Claims In 2017

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    There are a number of concrete, practical steps that law firms can take to address the high cost of defending legal malpractice claims, both before and after a claim is made, says Richard Simpson, a partner with Wiley Rein LLP who serves on the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.

  • 2016 Highlights From Indirect Purchaser Class Actions

    Christopher T. Micheletti

    While there were no major U.S. Supreme Court decisions that impacted indirect purchaser cases in 2016, and only a few circuit court decisions, some notable rulings shed light on strategies related to class certification, Article III and antitrust standing, settlement objectors, and other indirect purchaser-related issues, say Chris Micheletti and Christina Tabacco of Zelle LLP.

  • State AGs May Turn Up Enforcement Under Trump

    Joseph W. Jacquot

    With the incoming Trump administration, regulatory and enforcement priorities will likely change, but if federal agencies scale back their consumer protection efforts, attorneys general can be expected to pick up the slack, says Joseph W. Jacquot of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Building Momentum For The Pay Equity Movement In BigLaw

    Stephanie A. Scharf

    A decade’s worth of multiple bar association initiatives, conferences, corporate law summits, detailed research reports and opinion pieces on the pay gap has seemingly fallen on the deaf ears of BigLaw. However, recent events presage substantial movement toward pay equity in law firms, say Stephanie Scharf of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, Michele Coleman Mayes, general counsel for the New York Public Library, and Wendi Lazar of Outten & Golden LLP.

  • Are You Prepared For A 'Post-Fact' Jury?

    Ross Laguzza

    The media has been full of stories lately about the death of facts and the rise of “fake news.” It is reasonable to wonder if people sitting on juries will be able to function appropriately in this post-fact world, says Ross Laguzza of R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • The 10 Most Significant Coverage Decisions Of 2016

    Randy Maniloff

    Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP shares his list of 2016's most notable insurance coverage decisions, based primarily on the cases' potential to influence other courts nationally.

  • Keeping Pro Se Litigants At Bay

    Michael Walden

    Pro se litigation can be a time-consuming cost of doing business, particularly for large, well-known companies. Though pro se cases occasionally include interesting, even amusing, claims, like all litigation, they must be taken seriously. In this article, attorneys from Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP detail several practical approaches to dealing with the problems posed by pro se litigants.