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New Jersey

  • September 18, 2018

    Consultant Gets 4 Years For Kickback Scheme At NJ Agency

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday slammed a political consultant with a four-year prison term for her role in a kickback scheme at a defunct Newark water agency, saying she was part of the “inner circle of this tremendous fraud" that ultimately brought down the organization.

  • September 18, 2018

    Christie Critic Seeks To Revive GWB Scandal Complaint

    Counsel for an activist urged a New Jersey state appellate panel Tuesday to revive his criminal complaint accusing former Gov. Chris Christie of official misconduct over an alleged scheme to reduce local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge for political revenge, saying the prosecutors who dismissed the case had a conflict of interest.

  • September 18, 2018

    Utilities Float $11M Antitrust Deal With Chemical Supplier

    A class of public utilities has urged a New Jersey federal judge to approve a $10.7 million settlement with a company accused of rigging bids on a water treatment chemical, arguing the company’s bankruptcy could threaten their ability to recoup losses.

  • September 18, 2018

    NJ Man Can't Get Lab Tech Names In $1M Medicare Fraud Row

    A New Jersey federal judge refused to order the government to turn over a list of medical laboratory technicians who are witnesses in a $1 million Medicare fraud case against a lab salesman, siding Tuesday with the government's argument that the request was “entirely inappropriate.”

  • September 18, 2018

    J&J Cut Corners, Pelvic Mesh Jury Hears At Philly Trial's End

    A trial over a Johnson & Johnson unit’s pelvic mesh products came to a close Tuesday as jurors heard arguments that the company’s failure to properly study the device before it went to market resulted in defects that left a woman in chronic pain and unable to have sex after receiving an implant a decade ago.

  • September 18, 2018

    Drivers Say BMW, Bosch Can't Halt Emissions-Cheating Suit

    Car buyers have told a New Jersey federal judge that BMW of North America LLC and auto parts manufacturer Robert Bosch LLC can't duck allegations that they installed software to cheat emissions testing in diesel model vehicles, saying courts considering similar claims against the likes of Volkswagen AG have held that the conduct is fraud.

  • September 17, 2018

    J&J Talc Supplier Makes Last-Second Deal In Asbestos Trial

    Imerys Talc America, talc supplier for Johnson & Johnson, has settled a woman’s allegations that it knowingly sold talcum powder contaminated with asbestos, exiting the case shortly before a California jury on Monday began deliberations on the woman’s claim that J&J owes her millions for causing her mesothelioma.

  • September 17, 2018

    J&J Wages New Fight Over Asbestos In Talc After $117M Loss

    A few months after Johnson & Johnson and a co-defendant were hit with verdicts totaling $117 million in a similar case, the pharmaceutical giant called on a different panel of jurors in the same New Jersey courtroom Monday to reject claims that a woman’s alleged exposure to asbestos in its baby powder contributed to her mesothelioma.

  • September 17, 2018

    NY, NJ Agencies Aim To Dump Suit Over Excessive Toll Fees

    New York and New Jersey transportation agencies asked a federal judge Friday to dump a proposed class action alleging they're slapping motorists with improper fees and excessive penalties from cashless tolls, such as E-ZPass, saying the agencies are well within their authority to go after toll violators.

  • September 17, 2018

    NJ Court Sinks Attys' Fee Bid In Enviro Co. Row

    The New Jersey state appeals court has refused to grant attorneys’ fees to an environmental company who won a $91,000 arbitration award over a terminated business deal, ruling that the purchase agreement at the heart of the dispute didn’t guarantee attorneys’ fees to prevailing parties.

  • September 17, 2018

    IGT Offers $500M In Notes As NJ Sports-Betting Market Grows

    International Game Technology PLC on Monday said it is selling $500 million worth of senior secured notes to redeem a prior note issue as the London-based gambling company becomes active in the new sports-betting market in New Jersey.

  • September 17, 2018

    Valeant Must Face Deceptive Pricing Claims By Hedge Funds

    A New Jersey federal judge has refused to toss claims in a hedge fund group's lawsuit accusing Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. of duping investors about the sustainability of its business model, ruling on Friday that the claim wasn't filed too late under federal securities law.

  • September 17, 2018

    J&J Hit With Another Suit Over Alleged Talc-Related Death

    The husband of a woman who died of ovarian cancer in 2015 is suing Johnson & Johnson and a talc supplier, claiming the companies have known for decades about talc’s links to cancer but still sold and promoted products containing the substance as safe to use.

  • September 14, 2018

    Justices Told FDA's 'Smoking Gun' Sinks Fosamax MDL

    Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. has told the U.S. Supreme Court that “smoking gun” evidence from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should sink a Third Circuit decision reviving multidistrict litigation over the company’s alleged failure to warn about a risk of femoral fractures from its osteoporosis drug Fosamax.

  • September 14, 2018

    Security Tech Co., Execs Can't Escape Investors' Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Friday refused to release a Florida law enforcement technology company and its former executives from a securities class action accusing it of inflating essentially worthless stock, ruling that investors could have plausibly relied on alleged misrepresentations to make their purchases.

  • September 14, 2018

    McCarter & English Nabs Gibbons Product Liability Pro In NJ

    McCarter & English LLP has added former Gibbons PC litigator Natalie Mantell as a partner in its Newark, New Jersey office, where she’ll draw on her defense work in cases over pharmaceutical products and medical devices as a member of the firm’s product liability practice.

  • September 14, 2018

    NJ Doc's Med Mal Win Nixed Over Conflict Of Atty On Jury

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Friday overturned a jury verdict in a doctor's favor in a medical malpractice action alleging he performed a hysterectomy after incorrectly suspecting a woman had cancer, saying an attorney who represented the physician’s insurer in other matters was improperly allowed to temporarily serve as a juror.

  • September 14, 2018

    Valeant, PwC Shed State Law Claims In Investors' Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge trimmed state law claims from a suit by three investment funds accusing Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and others of fraud and price-gouging, ruling Friday that the claims are preempted by federal securities law.

  • September 13, 2018

    J&J Must Pay $29M For Selling Talc With Asbestos, Jury Told

    Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier should pay $29.2 million plus punitive damages for knowingly selling talcum powder contaminated with asbestos, counsel for a woman with mesothelioma told a California jury during Thursday closing arguments, while J&J countered the woman’s case was based on “data conjured” by paid experts, not actual science.

  • September 13, 2018

    Men Get Prison, House Arrest In $3.5M Home Equity Loan Plot

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday slapped one man with prison and another with home confinement for their roles in a $3.5 million “shotgunning” scheme to use bogus information on simultaneous applications with multiple banks to secure home equity lines of credit.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.

  • 5 E-Discovery Hurdles For Government Agencies

    Amy Hilbert

    Electronic discovery is a challenging process for even the most experienced law firms and corporations, but the challenges faced by government agencies may be even more daunting, says Amy Hilbert of Casepoint LLC.

  • Policing Bad Claims In Consolidated Litigation: Part 2

    Danielle Bagwell

    While conducting a pre-suit investigation sufficient to file a lawsuit may seem like a perfunctory enterprise, courts appear increasingly willing to affirm the importance of complying with this requirement — and this issue is particularly ripe in consolidated and multidistrict litigation, say Danielle Bagwell and Anne Gruner of Duane Morris LLP.

  • Policing Bad Claims In Consolidated Litigation: Part 1

    Danielle Bagwell

    With the proliferation of consolidated litigation, courts have lamented the lack of scrutiny often given to individual cases in these proceedings. Recent federal court decisions demonstrate an increased willingness to police meritless claims by assessing whether counsel’s pre-suit investigation was adequate, say Danielle Bagwell and Anne Gruner of Duane Morris LLP.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • NY Lawsuit Challenging Federal SALT Cap: The Complaint

    Irwin Slomka

    New York, along with the states of New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland, has brought suit in federal district court seeking to invalidate the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions enacted as part of the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Based on the complaint and the limited judicial precedent cited, the plaintiff states face considerable hurdles, says Irwin Slomka of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • The Future Of State-Subsidized Electric Generation Resources

    Joseph Cavicchi

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently ruled that PJM Interconnection’s current capacity market auction tariff is unjust and unreasonable. The decision raises a fundamental economic question as to the future of PJM's existing market-based approach to determining the region’s mix of generating assets, say Joseph Cavicchi and Kenneth Grant of Compass Lexecon​​​​​​​.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.