New Jersey

  • August 11, 2017

    NJ Finance Co. Settles Claims Over Strippers, Biz Practices

    A New Jersey-based financial services enterprise on Friday quickly settled claims that it promoted a sexually hostile working environment — which included exotic dancers performing in the workplace — and engaged in predatory lending practices, then fired employees who complained about the activities.

  • August 11, 2017

    High Court Ruling Won't Sink Education Co. FCA Suit: Judge

    A New Jersey federal judge on Friday said that a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that a for-profit education company falsified student achievement records to get federal funding still stands, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that limited liability for noncompliant companies receiving public aid.

  • August 11, 2017

    NJ Sierra Club Blasts PennEast For Pipeline Approval Push

    The New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club on Friday blasted a bid by PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC to promptly advance its $1 billion natural gas pipeline project running from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to follow the lead of state environmental regulators and flat-out deny the company's permit application.

  • August 11, 2017

    Attys File Dueling Motions For Class Cert. Against Aetna

    Dueling motions for class certification were filed Thursday in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit accusing Aetna Inc. of shortchanging its customers on reimbursements for out-of-network services, with two groups of consumers in the multidistrict litigation seeking to certify based on different theories of class certification.

  • August 11, 2017

    Rakoff Puts $360M Transmar Bank Fraud Case On Fast Track

    Transmar Commodity Group Ltd. CEO Peter G. Johnson, his son and a financial executive at the belly-up New Jersey cocoa distributor denied charges Friday that they engaged in a massive $360 million bank fraud, and Manhattan U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff put the case on track for an April trial.

  • August 11, 2017

    VW Hit With 2 Suits In NJ, Fla. Over Tire Wear

    In a one-two punch, Volkswagen AG was hit by two proposed class actions, filed in Florida and New Jersey federal courts on Thursday and Friday, alleging that the automaker failed to tell drivers that a defect in its Model CC cars caused tires to wear down prematurely.

  • August 11, 2017

    3rd Circ. Remands Forfeiture In $5M Racket Post-Honeycutt

    The Third Circuit concluded Friday that two contested $5 million forfeiture orders connected to the racketeering convictions of two Pennsylvania men accused of loan sharking and illegal gambling must be re-examined in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the recent Honeycutt case.

  • August 11, 2017

    NJ Town To Appeal Dune Construction Green Light

    A New Jersey city on Friday said it would appeal a federal judge’s decision to greenlight and lift temporary restraints on construction of a dune system designed to mitigate severe weather on the state's shores in a suit against the state’s environmental regulators and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the project.

  • August 11, 2017

    Ex-Best Buy Worker Never Agreed To Arbitrate, NJ Panel Says

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Friday revived a fired Best Buy Co. employee’s age discrimination lawsuit, ruling that the company’s policy that workers’ disputes must be arbitrated wasn’t enforceable in his case because the worker never agreed to it.

  • August 11, 2017

    Philly Bridge Project To See New Bids After 3rd Circ. Ruling

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday ruled the Delaware River Port Authority of Pennsylvania and New Jersey must re-do the bidding process for a Philadelphia bridge painting project, after the Third Circuit affirmed the original process was tainted but overturned a decision to award the contract to the original lowest bidder.

  • August 10, 2017

    Brothers Admit Roles In $428K ATM Skimming Scheme

    Two brothers admitted Thursday in New Jersey federal court to taking part in a scheme to steal bank account information from customers and withdraw about $428,000 by installing secret card-reading devices and pinhole cameras on PNC Bank and Bank of America ATMs, authorities announced.

  • August 10, 2017

    Eye Doc Tied To Sen. Menendez Gets Sentencing Postponed

    The sentencing hearing for Salomon Melgen, the Florida eye doctor convicted of fraud, that was scheduled for Friday has been postponed until after the September bribery trial in which he and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., are co-defendants, according to a Florida federal judge's brief Thursday order. 

  • August 10, 2017

    Digital Printer Maker Hit With Stock-Drop Suit In NJ

    A digital printing company was hit with a would-be shareholder class action in New Jersey federal court Thursday over claims that the company deceived investors by failing to inform them of faulty accounting practices.

  • August 10, 2017

    NJ Town Dodges Atty Fees After Losing Ordinance Challenge

    A New Jersey state appeals court ruled Thursday that Montclair no longer has to pay attorneys' fees to a township property owner after his successful challenge to a municipal ordinance permitting the construction of an assisted living facility, saying a trial court improperly granted the award under the “fund in court” doctrine.

  • August 10, 2017

    Judge Halts Disclosure Of Leaked Wells Fargo Customer Data

    In a brusque ruling from the bench, a New York state court judge on Thursday enjoined a former Wells Fargo financial adviser from disseminating further any information that the financial firm inadvertently turned over in response to a subpoena, barking out his order and clearing the well.

  • August 10, 2017

    7 Cities Hit Ga. Chemical Co. With Alum Antitrust Suit

    Several municipal water systems and cities on Wednesday hit Atlanta-based Kemira Chemicals Inc. with allegations that it took part in a conspiracy to fix prices for a water treatment chemical, according to a complaint filed in a New Jersey federal court.

  • August 10, 2017

    WTC Owner Says Trademark Suit 'Defies Common Sense'

    The owner of the World Trade Center is pushing to end a trademark lawsuit over the name of the famous complex, saying the claim that it needs to pay to use the name "defies common sense."

  • August 10, 2017

    Federal Gov’t Faces NJ Suit Over Botched C-Section, Sepsis

    A woman has alleged in New Jersey federal court that a doctor from a federally funded clinic who delivered her baby by cesarean section also perforated her bowel during the birth, a mishap which was not noticed for several days and led to sepsis.

  • August 10, 2017

    NJ Nurse Accused Of Sexual Assault Gets License Suspended

    The license of a New Jersey registered nurse has been temporarily suspended in the wake of sexual assault and related charges against him in connection with two patient incidents at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, authorities announced on Thursday.

  • August 9, 2017

    3rd Circ. Revives Retaliation Claims Against Ex-Pa. AG Kane

    A Third Circuit panel told five former high-ranking Pennsylvania law enforcement officials on Wednesday they can bring retaliation claims against former attorney general Kathleen Kane in continued fallout from a yearslong saga over grand jury leaks, alleged investigatory missteps and the scandal over lewd emails circulated on state email addresses.

Expert Analysis

  • Some Needed Certainty On Administrative Expense Status

    Mark Sherrill

    Debtors in bankruptcy have often used the ambiguity surrounding the meaning of the word “received” as a tool to fight against administrative expense claims. Earlier this month, the Third Circuit issued an opinion in the case of World Imports that will likely be highly influential on this matter, says Mark Sherrill of Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Heller Sequels And 2nd Amendment, Still Undecided: Part 1

    Robert Ludwig

    In the first installment of this three-part series, attorney Robert W. Ludwig takes a deep dive into the controversial history of Second Amendment jurisprudence.

  • How Industry Is Responding To FERC On State Policies

    Stephen Hug

    In May, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held a conference focused on the interplay between state policy goals and the organized energy markets in the eastern U.S. The subsequent comments from more than 70 interested parties reflect a basic lack of consensus among industry participants on the best approach going forward, say attorneys with Bracewell LLP.