New Jersey

  • 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."

  • January 9, 2018

    Kamala Harris, Cory Booker Get Seats On Judiciary Panel

    Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., on Tuesday were set to have seats on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee following a shake-up after the resignation of Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and election of Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala.

  • January 9, 2018

    'Jersey Shore' Star, Brother Reject Plea Deals In Tax Case

    “Jersey Shore” star Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino and his brother, Marc Sorrentino, said Tuesday in New Jersey federal court that they had each rejected a plea offer made by the government last month in their criminal case over tax-related charges.

  • January 9, 2018

    Firms Duck 'Mafia-Style' RICO Accusations, For Now

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday tossed a debt collector’s lawsuit accusing law firms of running a “Mafia-style” racketeering operation of class actions initiated primarily to generate attorneys’ fees, but left the door open to amended claims without “unsupported accusations” and “inflammatory language.”

  • January 9, 2018

    Millionaires' Tax Debate Continuing In Cities, States

    With the newly signed federal tax reform law, H.R. 1, widely characterized as disproportionately benefiting the wealthy, the debate over so-called millionaires' taxes is advancing in several state and city jurisdictions, a move that could theoretically take back some of the potential windfall for the affluent.

  • January 9, 2018

    Christie Beats Suit Over Lead Poisoning In Newark Schools

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday tossed a putative class action alleging that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and related parties exposed Newark school children to lead-contaminated water and tried to cover up the health hazard, saying students' parents have failed to back up their claims.

  • January 8, 2018

    Dems Back Suit Over Immigration-Related Funding Cuts

    Dozens of Democratic lawmakers have rallied behind Chicago’s challenge to the Trump administration’s attempt to impose new conditions on a federal public safety grant, saying that they are meant to coerce localities into adopting the president’s immigration policies.

  • January 8, 2018

    Developer Grabs Atlantic City's Revel For $200M

    A subsidiary of Denver-based Integrated Properties Inc., a commercial and real estate development company, said Monday it has paid $200 million for the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, which cost about $3 billion to develop and went bankrupt back in 2014.

  • January 8, 2018

    Kid Brands Ch. 11 Case Tossed, Remainder To Be Disbursed

    A New Jersey bankruptcy judge issued an order Friday tossing the 2014 Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of defunct children’s products manufacturer Kid Brands Inc., finding it more in the interest of the estate to dismiss the case and have the remaining cash distributed than to convert the matter and appoint a liquidating trustee.

  • January 8, 2018

    NJ Assembly, Senate Send $5B Amazon Tax Break Bill To Gov.

    The New Jersey Legislature on Monday passed a bipartisan measure to provide up to $5 billion in tax credits to lure Amazon to build its second U.S. headquarters in the Garden State, with supporters cheering the potential job growth and critics blasting the subsidies to the online retail giant.

  • January 8, 2018

    3rd Circ. Urged To Revive Improper Pa. Email Search Claim

    The Third Circuit was urged during oral arguments in Philadelphia on Monday to upend a decision throwing out a lawsuit that accused a pair of state investigators of illegally obtaining a Penn State University employee’s work emails as part of an investigation into her husband’s trucking company.

  • January 8, 2018

    NJ Appeals Court Clears Israeli Olympian In Atty Fees Fight

    The Israel Ice Skating Federation is not entitled to attorneys' fees in excess of $500,000 in the aftermath of a lawsuit brought by an Olympic skater who claimed the governing body impeded her ability to skate for the United States despite her dual citizenship, a New Jersey state appellate court ruled Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Ohio's New Practical Approach To Waste Management

    David Edelstein

    Ohio will soon join Texas and New Jersey as the only states to regulate “paint and paint-related waste” as universal waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The move is a positive change for Ohio industries from both an economic and “practicality of handling waste” perspective, says David Edelstein of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Will New Jersey’s Bet On Sports Gambling Pay Off?

    David Apfel

    Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Christie v. NCAA, considering New Jersey's bid to permit sports gambling at the state's casinos and racetracks. There appears to be a very real possibility that the Supreme Court will find some of the state's Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act unconstitutional, say David Apfel and Brian Burgess of Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.