New Jersey

  • July 18, 2017

    Kirkland Guides Wyndham Hotel’s $170M Buy Of AmericInn

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP has advised Wyndham Hotel Group on the $170 million acquisition of AmericInn and its management company, Three Rivers Hospitality, from AmericInn’s parent, privately held Northcott Hospitality, in a deal announced by the companies on Tuesday.

  • July 18, 2017

    Jersey Meal Services Battle Over 'Bro' Trademarks

    A New Jersey-based meal delivery service called Eat Clean Bro is suing a local competitor for trademark infringement, saying the newer outfit is coming at the older company by also using “bro” in its name.

  • July 18, 2017

    Senate Agriculture Lawyer Picked For Dems' Spot On CFTC

    A top lawyer with the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee who previously worked in the New Jersey Attorney General's Office was nominated by the White House on Monday for a Democratic seat on the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

  • July 18, 2017

    Fox Rothschild Didn't Protect $2.4M Escrow Funds, Court Told

    A U.K.-based investor scammed by now-convicted New Jersey Ponzi schemer Eliyahu Weinstein urged a state appeals panel Tuesday to revive his fraud case against Fox Rothschild LLP, arguing the firm had a duty to protect $2.4 million he placed in escrow for an ill-fated real estate deal.

  • July 18, 2017

    Class Attys Seek $20M In Fees In Merck Pay-For-Delay MDL

    Attorneys representing direct purchasers of potassium supplements on Monday asked for a third of the $60.2 million settlement ending claims Merck & Co. Inc. and Upsher-Smith Laboratories Inc. engaged in a pay-for-delay scheme, saying a $20 million share was fair compensation after more than 16 years of litigating the landmark case.

  • July 17, 2017

    Judge Probes FCRA Definition In Horizon Data Breach Row

    A New Jersey federal judge expressed skepticism Monday over whether Horizon Healthcare Services Inc. meets the definition of a “consumer reporting agency” to sustain Fair Credit Reporting Act claims in a putative consolidated class action over a data breach involving stolen laptops that held unencrypted data on roughly 839,000 consumers.

  • July 17, 2017

    NJ College Hit With Whistleblower Suit Over VP's Conduct

    A New Jersey community college has been slapped with a whistleblower suit by its purchasing director, who claims she’s being subjected to a hostile work environment because she accused the school of skirting invoicing and contracting rules. 

  • July 17, 2017

    Resorts AC Launches Casino-Tied Daily Fantasy Contests

    Resorts Casino Hotel Atlantic City is launching an online daily fantasy sports product in which contestants will compete head to head with the house for money by picking which sports players will perform better, a new form of daily fantasy that comes amid continued scrutiny of the industry.

  • July 17, 2017

    NJ Towns Can't Block Housing Report Disclosure, Court Says

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Monday said more than 300 towns seeking declarations of their compliance with affordable housing obligations must reveal information from a preliminary report key to their case, reasoning that they’d gain an unfair advantage by keeping the draft under wraps.  

  • July 17, 2017

    VW Emissions Suits Not Preempted, NJ Appeals Court Says

    Volkswagen lost its bid to toss two consumer fraud lawsuits against the automaker over its emissions cheating scandal on Monday when a New Jersey appeals court rejected the company's argument that the federal Clean Air Act preempts such state court actions.

  • July 17, 2017

    German Solar Co. Can't Dodge $1.8M Award Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday declined to toss a construction company’s efforts to confirm a $1.8 million arbitral award against a German solar panel company, but found questions remain over whether the court has jurisdiction over the German firm.

  • July 17, 2017

    Harbor Group Rakes In $73M For NJ Apartment Community

    Real estate investor Harbor Group International LLC sold an apartment community near Princeton, New Jersey, to KRE Group, along with Oxford Realty Group, for more than $73 million, according to a statement on Monday from Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, which represented the sellers.

  • July 17, 2017

    Groups Can't Defend Ban On Frack Waste Wells: 3rd Circ.

    The Third Circuit ruled Monday that two environmental groups and the water provider for a northwestern Pennsylvania municipality could not step in to defend an ordinance — ultimately repealed — that prevented Seneca Resources Corp. from storing fracking waste in an underground well.

  • July 17, 2017

    Consumers Object To Letter Seeking New Look At RICO Suit

    DirecTV LLC customers in a proposed class action who claim a law firm and a telecom auditing company shook them down asked a New Jersey federal judge Friday how to respond to the defendants’ informal letter requesting the judge reconsider his refusal to dismiss state Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims.

  • July 17, 2017

    J&J Escapes Suit Over Talc-Based Baby Powder

    A New Jersey federal judge tossed a proposed class action alleging Johnson & Johnson didn’t disclose that its talc-based baby powder could contribute to a higher risk of ovarian cancer, saying the customer failed to prove that she suffered or will suffer an injury from the product.

  • July 17, 2017

    NJ Solar Co.'s Arbitration Clause Unclear, Court Says

    A New Jersey state court judge on Friday refused to dismiss a putative class action accusing a solar energy company of fraudulent marketing, ruling that the company’s arbitration clause didn’t clearly explain that customers would be forfeiting their right to sue.

  • July 14, 2017

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    We're pleased to announce Law360's Rising Stars for 2017, our list of 156 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.

  • July 14, 2017

    Objector To NJ Bid-Rigging Deal Must Pay Bond, Class Says

    A class member unhappy with a $9.6 million settlement in a criminal New Jersey tax lien bid-rigging scandal cannot avoid paying a bond while she appeals the deal’s approval, the class plaintiffs told a Garden State federal judge Friday.

  • July 14, 2017

    NJ Estate Atty Suspended For Selling Client's Home To Wife

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday handed down a six-month suspension to an estate attorney who admitted to ethics authorities that he sold the home of a late client to his wife for below market value.

  • July 14, 2017

    3rd Circ. Revives Ex-Chesapeake Workers' Discrimination Suit

    The Third Circuit issued a published decision Friday reviving workplace harassment claims from a pair of former contract workers for Chesapeake Energy Corp., as it ruled that a single use of a racial epithet was sufficient to bring suit.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Why You Should Argue Your Appeal

    Stewart Milch

    Conventional wisdom says that oral argument is a mere formality; that in courts where judges read briefs in advance, their minds are made up and will rarely — if ever — change. But conventional wisdom notwithstanding, oral argument can be critical, says Stewart Milch of Goldberg Segalla LLP.

  • 6 Ways Teaching A Law School Class Can Benefit Lawyers

    Steven Allison

    Though teaching a law school class may be one of the last things on a busy practitioner's to-do list, it's a misconception that teaching will benefit only those who are looking to leave the practice of law and enter academia. It also offers several practical benefits, especially for more junior lawyers looking for stand-up experience, say Steven Allison and Samrah Mahmoud of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    Congressional Forecast: July

    Richard Hertling

    July is looking increasingly important to the Republican agenda. And Democrats are likely to double down on their heretofore unwavering opposition, especially in the Senate, to that agenda in the hope of sending Republicans home without any significant accomplishments — aside from the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch — for the August recess, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • An Antitrust Reminder For Membership Organizations

    Brian Schneider

    A class of plaintiffs succeeded last month in persuading a New Jersey federal court that trade and professional associations may violate the antitrust laws by tying benefits to membership. While the dominance of the American Osteopathic Association may be unique, the decision presents considerations for other membership associations, say Brian Schneider and Andrew Murad of Arent Fox LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Openings Before Voir Dire

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    This week’s idea for improving civil jury trials is remarkably simple: Allow counsel to provide complete opening statements to the entire venire before voir dire begins instead of after the jury is impaneled, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Client Before Proposing A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    The first step in assembling an intelligent response to a request for an alternative fee arrangement is for outside counsel to be certain they understand the primary reasons that the client is making the request, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • 3 Key Areas Legal Operations Teams Should Focus On

    Jaime Woltjen

    These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • Recap

    What The Experts Said About High Court Rulings This Term

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    With the U.S. Supreme Court term now concluded, we take a look back at some first impressions from the experts when the most impactful decisions for corporate law were handed down.

  • Examining Subjective Damages In The Class Action Context

    Christopher Essig

    Despite a few recent complications, many plaintiffs have been successful in having their class action claims proceed in the early stages of litigation based solely on subjective values used to support theories of injury and/or damages. Chris Essig and Adrianne Rosenbluth of Winston & Strawn LLP summarize several recent consumer class actions where subjective proof formed the basis for classwide consumer fraud allegations.

  • Opinion

    The Future Of Law And The Demise Of The Midsize Firm

    Fredric Newman

    Since 1980, there has been a systemic supersizing of business enterprises, the growth of sovereign wealth, and the emergence of international businesses. The pressure this has put on national and regional law firms to go global or go home is enormous, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.