New Jersey

  • October 13, 2017

    FDA Shuts Down Calif. Dietary Supplement Maker

    A California magistrate judge has banned a San Francisco Bay Area-based dietary supplement maker with ties to China and New Jersey from making its products until it complies with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s regulations.

  • October 13, 2017

    USCIS Told To Revisit NJ Co.'s Bid For Soccer Coach Visas

    A New Jersey federal judge on Friday ordered U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to re-evaluate its ruling denying partial approval of a visa petition made by a company for 10 foreign soccer coaches, saying the agency failed to explain its reasons for the decision.

  • October 13, 2017

    3rd Circ. Knocks Atty's 'Rudimentary' Error In Cops' Bias Suit

    A Pennsylvania lawyer who blew the handling of a “rudimentary” procedural rule when representing two Philadelphia cops suing the city has to inform his clients that they could have grounds to sue him for malpractice, a Third Circuit panel said Thursday.

  • October 13, 2017

    Health Hires: Boston Scientific, Mintz Levin

    Several companies and firms have bolstered their health and life sciences practices over the last few weeks, including Boston Scientific Corp., which named a new general counsel with a wealth of in-house experience, and Mintz Levin, which expanded its health practice with the former general counsel of a major New England health system.

  • October 12, 2017

    Mass. Ruling Doesn't End NJ Eyedrops Case, 3rd Circ. Told

    A potential class of eyedrops users alleging generic-drug makers such as Sandoz Inc. boosted prescription sales by using bottles that dispensed larger-than-needed drops told the Third Circuit Wednesday that a suit tossed in Massachusetts shouldn't end theirs.

  • October 12, 2017

    Sun Chemical Hit With $7.5M Suit Over NJ Contamination

    Print-ink producer Sun Chemical must shoulder the roughly $7.5 million its Newark facility's ex-operator has spent over contamination at the plant and a nearby Superfund site encompassing part of the heavily polluted Passaic River, according to a recent lawsuit filed in New Jersey.

  • October 12, 2017

    McDonnell Can't Void Ex-Rep. Fattah's Conviction, Feds Say

    Federal prosecutors are pushing the Third Circuit to reject arguments that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in the so-called McDonnell case, which limited what can be considered an "official act" from a government official sufficient to support a bribery charge, should upend former Rep. Chaka Fattah's corruption conviction.

  • October 12, 2017

    Sony Beats Bid To Revive NJ Suit Over Exploding TV Fire

    Sony Electronics Inc. maintained its trial victory in a case over a purportedly combustible television Thursday when the New Jersey Appellate Division refused to buy a customer’s contention that a juror held a grudge against him.

  • October 12, 2017

    Spectrum License Holder To Pay $9.4M To End Investor Suit

    Straight Path Communications has agreed to pay $9.45 million to settle a lawsuit with shareholders who accused the telecommunications asset holder of improperly acquiring and overstating the value of spectrum licenses, which caused the company’s stock price to drop when brought to light.

  • October 11, 2017

    NJ Judge Challenges Theory Under Menendez Bribery Trial

    The New Jersey federal judge presiding over the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist on Wednesday challenged the validity of the stream of benefits theory underlying the case in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark McDonnell decision, foreshadowing a potential blow to the government.

  • October 11, 2017

    Casino Can't Prove Baccarat Cards Had Defects, Maker Says

    Playing-card vendor Gemaco Inc. insisted Tuesday that the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa can't show that its cards were defective, so a New Jersey federal judge doesn’t need to take the case to trial to determine if the casino can recover the $10.13 million in winnings it paid out to a Poker Hall of Famer.

  • October 11, 2017

    Real Estate Partnership Investor Owes NJ Biz Tax, Judge Says

    A Michigan-based company is on the hook for millions of dollars in New Jersey’s corporation business taxes, a judge ruled in a decision released Wednesday, finding that the entity is more than just a passive investor in two partnerships that develop real estate in the Garden State.

  • October 11, 2017

    Convicted Ex-Simpson Thacher Tipper Gets Opening On Fine

    A New Jersey federal judge ruled Wednesday that a former clerk at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP who has been convicted of insider trading is liable for related civil offenses, but set the stage for penalty talks with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • October 11, 2017

    Athletic Clothing Brand Says Rutgers Swiped Logos

    Rutgers University and an assistant coach allegedly ripped off logos from an athletic lifestyle clothing brand as a way to feign sponsorship and bolster recruiting efforts, according to a complaint filed in New Jersey federal court.

  • October 11, 2017

    NJ Justices Question Nurse's Silence In Unemployment Row

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday pressed a nurse who was rejected for unemployment benefits because she voluntarily left her job to take a less physically demanding position to explain why she never informed her employer of her medical condition.

  • October 11, 2017

    Contract Suit In Wells Fargo Data Row Sent To Arbitration

    A New York state court judge on Wednesday ordered a contract dispute between Wells Fargo Advisors LLC and former Managing Director Gary Sinderbrand into arbitration, keeping in place an injunction preventing Sinderbrand from disseminating further any customer information that the financial firm inadvertently turned over in response to a subpoena.

  • October 11, 2017

    Builder Entitled To Abatement Law Update, NJ Justices Told

    A New Jersey developer urged the state’s highest court on Wednesday to apply a 2003 state law amendment allowing builders to reap more profits from city tax abatement deals to agreements it struck with Jersey City in 2000 and 2001, arguing the Legislature intended for the law to work retroactively.

  • October 11, 2017

    AGs Tell Experian, TransUnion To Halt Fees Post-Equifax

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan led a coalition of 37 attorneys general Tuesday urging Experian and TransUnion to stop charging fees to consumers seeking to put a credit freeze on their accounts following the massive Equifax data breach.

  • October 11, 2017

    Trenk DiPasquale Fights Probe Request In Water Agency Suit

    Attorneys from Trenk DiPasquale Della Fera & Sodono PC told a New Jersey bankruptcy court Tuesday that its former client, the now-defunct Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corp., was not entitled to search the firm’s electronics for missing documents.

  • October 10, 2017

    Menendez Advocacy Fell Between PAC Donations, Agent Says

    A Florida ophthalmologist's lawyer interacted with Sen. Bob Menendez's staff in 2012 on advocating to executive branch officials about a Medicare policy affecting the doctor around when the physician made $600,000 in political donations benefiting the New Jersey Democrat, according to testimony Tuesday at the senator and doctor's bribery trial.

Expert Analysis

  • Extending CalPERS V. ANZ Securities To Exchange Act Cases

    Alan Glickman

    The Third Circuit in North Sound Capital v. Merck became the first federal appellate court to extend the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in California Public Employees’ Retirement System v. ANZ Securities, applying it to claims brought under the Exchange Act. However, the decision's significance remains unclear, say attorneys with Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.

  • It's On Plaintiffs To Prove No Scientific Substantiation

    Brett Taylor

    Historically, plaintiffs rest false advertising claims upon allegations that marketing claims are unsubstantiated and not supported by reliable scientific evidence. But two recent decisions out of California suggest courts may not recognize a private right of action for false advertising claims arising out of alleged improper scientific substantiation, say Brett Taylor and Amy Alderfer of Cozen O'Connor.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • Opinion

    We Must Protect Consumers From Illegal Debt Collectors

    Maura Healey

    Companies are allowed to collect the money they are owed, but they cannot break the law or cheat people in the process. Some of the biggest players in the debt collection industry are not focused on getting it right, says Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

  • Finding The Unicorn In Lender Liability Litigation

    Jerry Blanchard

    Investors frequently talk about trying to find the next unicorn, that small startup company that is going to turn into a billion-dollar valuation. The New Jersey district court's recent decision in PNC Bank v. Star Group offers debtors counsel hope that a unicorn has finally arrived in the lender liability context, says Jerry Blanchard of Bryan Cave LLP.

  • Implicit Bias' Questionable Role In Employment Litigation

    James McDonald Jr.

    Implicit bias has enjoyed a sustained focus of research and analysis in academia, and it is an increasingly popular topic of discussion among employment lawyers. However, whether implicit bias as a concept has any usefulness in employment discrimination litigation is not at all clear, says James McDonald Jr. of Fisher Phillips.

  • Failure To Show Personal Jurisdiction In 'Show Me' State

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    A federal judge recently said “show me” when 83 plaintiffs from 30 different states claimed personal jurisdiction in Missouri over a New Jersey-based talcum powder manufacturer. This ruling appears to be part of a trend that will likely lead to less talc-related litigation tourism in Missouri, says Steven Boranian of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Are Opioids The New Tobacco?

    Richard Scruggs

    Is the rising spate of opioid litigation comparable to the litigation that led to the mega-billion dollar settlement with Big Tobacco? According to ex-trial lawyer Richard Scruggs, who helped engineer the $248 billion tobacco settlement in the 1990s, the answer is "sort of."

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.