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New Jersey

  • 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.

  • September 13, 2018

    Monteverde Wants To Lead Fight Over $10.9B Pinnacle Deal

    Monteverde & Associates PC and Lite DePalma Greenberg LLC on Thursday moved for lead counsel positions in a securities class action challenging Pinnacle Foods Inc.’s proposed $10.9 billion acquisition by Conagra Brands, urging a New Jersey federal court to act quickly given the impending shareholder vote on the merger.

  • September 13, 2018

    Lowenstein Sandler Atty Among NJ Judgeship Nominees

    A Lowenstein Sandler LLP partner, along with New Jersey’s state comptroller and an administrative law judge, are among the attorneys nominated Thursday for seats on the Garden State’s bench.

  • September 13, 2018

    3rd Circ. Leaves EFH Off Hook For $275M Breakup Fee

    A divided Third Circuit panel on Thursday upheld a decision relieving the bankrupt Energy Future Holdings Inc. from paying a $275 million termination fee after a deal to sell its interest in a power distribution system to NextEra Inc. failed to win approval from Texas utility regulators.

  • September 13, 2018

    NJ Hospital's Malpractice Case Tossed Too Soon, Court Told

    The owner of Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center on Thursday urged a New Jersey appeals court to revive its malpractice complaint over Brach Eichler LLC's handling of its multimillion-dollar purchase of the facility from Liberty Health Systems Inc., saying during oral argument that the "very complex" suit was dismissed before discovery took place.

  • September 13, 2018

    Walmart Asks NJ Justices To Nix Rule Barring Medical Terms

    Walmart Stores Inc. urged the New Jersey Supreme Court Thursday to strike down a bright-line rule set by a state appellate panel barring the use of terms like “somatization” and “symptom magnification” by experts in civil jury trials to convey that personal injury claims are inconsistent with objective medical evidence.

  • September 13, 2018

    Rajaratnam’s Motley Rice RICO Suit Gets Cool Response

    A Brooklyn federal judge put tough questions to a lawyer for imprisoned fraudster Raj Rajaratnam on Thursday over his racketeering suit that accuses the law firm Motley Rice LLC of paying former federal agents for dirt on him, saying the case may belong before a judge in New Jersey who is overseeing a related case.

  • September 12, 2018

    Rosen Law Firm Gets Lead Counsel In Chinese Car Seller Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge has appointed The Rosen Law Firm PA as lead counsel and its clients as lead plaintiffs in a putative securities class action against a company that sells imported luxury vehicles in China over alleged misrepresentations about its operations.

  • September 12, 2018

    Law Schools Struggle To Find Themselves In Post-Recession Market

    Classes on blockchain and artificial intelligence. Crash courses in business and financial markets. These are a few ways law schools are preparing students for a job market that is struggling in the wake of the recession.

  • September 12, 2018

    3rd Circ. Joins Harsh Critique Of $900K Fee Request

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday endorsed a lower court's harsh denial of a $947,000 fee request following an insurance coverage trial, and instituted a formal policy that judges can deny awards of even reasonable fees if they come alongside “staggering” and “astonishing” unsupported fees like the ones on display in the case.

  • September 12, 2018

    Warranty Arbitration Clause Was Clear, NJ Justices Told

    Two home warranty companies on Wednesday urged the New Jersey Supreme Court to enforce their arbitration clause, arguing that a lower appeals court wrongly expanded the alternative dispute resolution language requirements set by high court precedent.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • States Sue Over Deduction Cap, But Midterms Are Coming

    Matthew Lee

    Four states are suing the federal government, alleging that the new federal cap on deductions of state and local income taxes is an unconstitutional interference with state sovereignty. Whether the suit proceeds through the federal courts will likely depend as much on the outcome of the midterm elections as on the merit of the claims, says Matthew Lee at Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • 'Ban The Box' Turns 20: Decoding The Current Framework

    Stephen Woods

    Twenty years ago, the first state "ban the box" law crystallized a movement that, in time, would yield similar background check restrictions across the U.S. The result is a crisscrossing jumble of requirements, putting employers in a difficult position when dealing with applicants in different jurisdictions, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.