New Jersey

  • April 19, 2017

    Ex-NFLer Settles $1M Fraud Suit In NJ Against Ala. Atty

    A New Jersey federal judge said Wednesday that a former NFL linebacker's business has settled its lawsuit against an Alabama attorney and various entities he controls for allegedly failing to pay back a $1 million investment in the lawyer's waste-to-energy business.

  • April 19, 2017

    Sped-Up Pa. Pipeline Challenge Not Needed, Army Corps Says

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday urged the Third Circuit to deny an environmental group's bid to speed up its challenge of a Clean Water Act permit issued by the agency for a Kinder Morgan unit's Pennsylvania pipeline project, saying the appeals court already engaged in expedited consideration when it denied an emergency bid to halt construction.

  • April 19, 2017

    Rutgers' BioArray Licensing Suit Kicked Back To State Court

    Rutgers University’s lawsuit accusing BioArray Solutions Ltd. of fraud and breaching a chemical patent license agreement is now back in state court following a federal court judge’s finding that the case doesn’t lodge any federal claims.

  • April 19, 2017

    3rd Circ. Endorses New Test In Owner-Distributor Disputes

    The Third Circuit established Tuesday that a multifactor test laid out in a popular legal treatise should be used to resolve trademark disputes between manufacturers and distributors, but it said that test yielded the same outcome in a fight over reflective insulation as the incorrectly applied “first use” test.

  • April 18, 2017

    NJ Court Revives Suit Against Atty Over Back Surgery Case

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Tuesday revived a legal malpractice action filed by a man who alleges his former lawyer's mistakes forced him to settle a medical negligence case for less than what his claims were worth, saying a trial court prematurely dismissed the lawsuit without resolving numerous issues.

  • April 18, 2017

    2nd Circ. Pushed To Revive Claims JPMorgan Aided Madoff

    Investors asked the Second Circuit to reinstate class allegations Tuesday that JPMorgan Chase & Co. employees aided and abetted Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, saying even though the investors were net winners in the fraud, they had legitimate claims that were not time-barred.

  • April 18, 2017

    NJ State Court Fee Hikes Are Constitutional, Judge Told

     An attorney for New Jersey urged a state court judge Tuesday to ditch a constitutional challenge to the judiciary-set court filing fee increases instituted to fund the state's bail reform measure, arguing the process doesn't undermine the core functions of the three branches of government.

  • April 18, 2017

    Maxus Ch. 11 DIP, Disclosure Cleared Over YPF Objections

    Over objections from a jilted bankruptcy lender, Maxus Energy Corp. secured a Delaware federal judge’s approval Tuesday for its Chapter 11 disclosure and replacement debtor-in-possession borrowing deal, setting the stage for voting and a late May confirmation hearing on the multibillion-dollar plan.

  • April 18, 2017

    Travelers Owes For Damaged Syrup Shipment, 3rd Circ. Says

    Travelers Property Casualty Co. is on the hook for a shipment of damaged corn syrup transported by USA Container Co., the Third Circuit affirmed Tuesday, saying the exclusions Travelers cited in attempting to deny coverage were irrelevant but that the insurer owes only about $675,000 and not $1 million, as the lower court had originally ruled.

  • April 18, 2017

    Tribe Says NJ AG Must Cough Up Docs In Recognition Dispute

    The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation urged a New Jersey federal judge Monday not to let the state protect certain documents in the tribe's suit claiming state regulators wrongfully repudiated the tribe’s state recognition status, saying the state attorney general proposed an overly broad application of attorney-client privilege.

  • April 18, 2017

    $100M NJ Lab Referral Probe Yields 30th Doctor Conviction

    A New York City doctor pled guilty in New Jersey federal court to a bribery scheme for referring patients to a testing lab in exchange for kickbacks, the 30th physician convicted in the scheme, federal authorities said Tuesday.

  • April 18, 2017

    NJ Attys Say Suit Is Meant To Discourage Debt Class Actions

    A New Jersey law firm accused of running a “Mafia-style” operation of filing consumer protection class actions primarily to generate attorneys' fees asked a federal judge on Monday for sanctions, arguing that the litigation aims solely to tarnish its reputation and to discourage debtors from fighting predatory collection activities.

  • April 18, 2017

    Ex-NJ Mayor Gets Over 2 Years In Housing Bribery Scheme

    A former Passaic, New Jersey, mayor was sentenced Tuesday to more than two years in federal prison for soliciting and accepting $110,000 in illegal payments from developers looking to build low-income housing, making him the third city mayor in recent decades to go behind bars for public corruption.

  • April 18, 2017

    Enviros Push 3rd Circ. To Speed Up Pa. Pipeline Appeal

    The Delaware Riverkeeper Network on Monday urged the Third Circuit to speed up its challenge of a Clean Water Act permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a Kinder Morgan unit's Pennsylvania pipeline project, saying construction activity has already begun on the project.

  • April 17, 2017

    Ex-Atlantic City Pol Gets Prison For Dodging Biz Taxes

    A former Atlantic City, New Jersey, councilman was sentenced Monday in Camden federal court to a split one-year sentence of prison and home confinement for trying to dodge a $119,880 income tax debt stemming from his boardwalk rolling chair business.

  • April 17, 2017

    Cravath Guides Ashland In $660M Pharmachem Deal

    Ashland, led by Cravath, rolled out a $660 million cash deal for privately owned Pharmachem Laboratories on Monday, allowing the specialty chemicals company to bolster its portfolio with a developer and manufacturer of branded nutritional and fragrance products.

  • April 17, 2017

    NJ Tax Court Upholds $5M In Rite Aid Property Assessments

    The New Jersey Tax Court has upheld two property assessments of nearly $2.2 million each for a Rite Aid retail pharmacy, finding in a decision released Monday that alternative calculations put forth by Rite Aid's real estate expert failed to pass muster.

  • April 17, 2017

    NJ Panel Halts City's Contract Bidding Pending Appeal

    The New Jersey Appellate Division blocked Newark officials from soliciting proposals for janitorial services while the incumbent provider's challenge to an allegedly union-swayed bidding process plays out in court, finding Monday that the provider's status as the lowest bidder could be harmed otherwise.

  • April 17, 2017

    NJ Residents Fight Smelting Contamination Suit Dismissal

    Carteret, New Jersey, residents on Sunday shot back at three companies looking to sink a putative class action in New Jersey federal court accusing them of causing environmental contamination at a defunct smelting plant, rejecting their argument that the lawsuit failed to put each business on notice of the claims against it.

  • April 17, 2017

    Justices Won't Hear Appeal Of $76M Rare Coin Seizure

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear to an appeal from an en banc Third Circuit ruling that a set of rare gold coins valued at $76 million rightfully belonged to the government and not the heirs of an antique dealer accused of conspiring to smuggle them out of the U.S. Mint more than 70 years ago.

Expert Analysis

  • Crowdfunding For Legal Cases: 5 Trends Reshaping Justice

    Julia Salasky

    Most people have never had an opportunity to personally take part in a legal case that directly challenges laws or policies they don’t agree with. Now that crowdfunding is available for legal cases, people can engage directly with legal change in the community and be a check on the powerful, says Julia Salasky, CEO of CrowdJustice.

  • Opinion

    ABA Needs A New Model Legal Ethics Rule

    Kevin L. Shepherd

    Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.

  • What Does Lateral Partner Success Look Like?

    Howard Flack

    In the final segment of his series on lateral recruitment, Howard Flack, a partner of Volta Talent Strategies LLC and former leader of the lateral partner recruiting team at Hogan Lovells, shares a number of factors law firms should consider when measuring lateral hire success.

  • NJDEP Seeks Further Flexibility For Cleanup Standards

    Adam H. Cutler

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s recently proposed rule related to groundwater cleanup standards, which seeks further shortcuts around Administrative Procedure Act protections, is bad public policy. Due process protections like public notice, public comment, and social and economic evaluations of any new rule or rule change are fundamental requirements of New Jersey and U.S. law, say attorneys with Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch, Roe And 'Superprecedent'

    Nancy Northup

    The Senate must now make a decision that holds the potential of striking at the essence of what it means to live in a free nation of laws, where each of us has the right to define who we love, who we are, and the very purpose of our lives — and it must do so without the benefit of essential information, says Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

  • Are Lateral Recruitment Opportunities Shaping Your Strategy?

    Howard Flack

    In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.

  • How Patchwork State Regs Could Benefit Driverless Cars

    Michael R. Nelson

    While a patchwork of autonomous vehicle regulations that vary from state to state is ultimately unsustainable, it may prove to be quite beneficial for short-term, early stage development and could serve as a blueprint that offers a safe and effective means of regulating the autonomous vehicle without severely limiting its development, say Mike Nelson and Trevor Satnick of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Natural Resource Damages: A New Angle In PCB Litigation

    Graham Zorn

    In an effort to use product liability theories to impose liability on manufacturers of products found in the environment, Washington state recently sued polychlorinated biphenyl manufacturer Monsanto in state court. This could signal a new era in PCB litigation, and should be closely watched by manufacturers and marketers of similar products, say Graham Zorn and Eric Klein of Beveridge & Diamond PC.

  • Lateral Partner Hiring: Time To Look In The Mirror

    Howard Flack

    The surveys that report lateral partner hiring as more or less a 50-50 proposition keep being published, and yet the lateral partner market is as robust as ever. So, what are firms looking at to measure their success and justify the level of investment they continue to make in the lateral market? asks Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC.

  • A Closer Look At The Current State Of Equal Pay

    Eve H. Wagner

    While progress has been made toward eliminating gender-based wage disparity, Equal Pay Day, observed Tuesday, is a reminder that more work needs to be done, and long before the next 50 years tick past. But hopefully it will be done through education about the law, and not more litigation, says Eve Wagner of Sauer & Wagner LLP.