New Jersey

  • January 11, 2017

    Heinz's $25M Tainted-Food Policy Void, 3rd Circ. Says

    A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that insurer Starr Surplus had a right to renege on a $25 million policy it sold to H.J. Heinz Co. after Heinz submitted a claim for lead-tainted baby cereal and an investigation revealed that Heinz's application had left out key information.

  • January 11, 2017

    NY, SC Lawmakers Lob Measures To Legalize Sports Betting

    Lawmakers this week in New York and South Carolina have proposed amending their state constitutions to allow sports gambling.

  • January 11, 2017

    $100K Cut In Atty Fees Upheld In NJ Consumer Fraud Suit

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Wednesday upheld a roughly $100,000 cut to an attorneys’ fees award in a consumer fraud row, ruling that the award was proportionate to the plaintiff's limited jury award in the case.

  • January 11, 2017

    NJ Casino Regulator Postpones Developer's License Row

    The plan to reopen the former Revel Atlantic City casino hit a roadblock Wednesday when the New Jersey Casino Control Commission postponed its decision on developer Glenn Straub's petition for a casino license waiver in order to review the admissibility of related documents.

  • January 11, 2017

    Age Bias Claims Revived In Pittsburgh Glass Works Suit

    The Third Circuit in a precedential ruling on Tuesday revived some claims in an age bias suit against Pittsburgh Glass Works, ruling that disparate impact claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act are not limited to 40 and older comparisons, and a policy that favors younger members of a protected class can still be illegal.

  • January 11, 2017

    Christie, Prosecutors Slam GW Bridge Probable Cause Ruling

    Counsel for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and prosecutors Wednesday urged a state judge to reverse another judge's probable cause finding in an activist's criminal complaint accusing the governor of official misconduct over politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.

  • January 10, 2017

    Harwood Lloyd Seeks $819K From Ex-Client In Generics Case

    Harwood Lloyd LLC has filed an action in New Jersey state court seeking payment from a former client who allegedly owes the law firm about $819,000 for representing him in a case concerning the development of a generic version of the hormone replacement drug Premarin. 

  • January 10, 2017

    Atty Who Sat Out Of Mortgage Closings Ducks Broker’s Suit

    A New Jersey state judge has tossed a lawsuit against a New York attorney by a mortgage firm that hired him to conduct real estate closings and then sued after finding out he had often sent notaries to the proceedings instead of going himself or finding another lawyer.

  • January 10, 2017

    NJ Investment Manager Denies KIT Digital Fraud

    A New Jersey investment manager on Friday denied charges that he aided his brother and others in mismanaging millions of dollars in investments from video software company KIT Digital Inc., losses which contributed to the company's spiral into bankruptcy.

  • January 10, 2017

    NJ Tax Court Reverses Course, OKs Software Services Levy

    The Tax Court of New Jersey ruled Monday that certain services an information technology company provided before October 2005 were subject to sales tax, finding that maintenance and installation were taxable even before a law enacted that year specified them as such.

  • January 10, 2017

    Another Doctor Indicted In NJ Blood Lab Bribery Scheme

    A 31st physician has been accused of taking part in a $100 million test referral scam operated by the defunct clinical lab Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC, New Jersey federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

  • January 10, 2017

    NJ Atty Gets 1-Year Suspension For Unauthorized Practice

    An Irvington, N.J., attorney admitted to the state bar more than 40 years ago has received a two-year suspension for failing to cooperate with disciplinary authorities and practicing law while previously suspended for failing to return $800 to a client in accordance with a fee arbitration ruling.

  • January 10, 2017

    Facebook Blocks Claims That Service Terms Break NJ Law

    A California federal judge on Monday dismissed a putative class action accusing Facebook of violating New Jersey consumer protection law by forcing its users to resolve disputes in California, noting California’s consumer protection laws are even stronger than New Jersey’s.

  • January 10, 2017

    NJ Hospital, Others Sued Over Missed Lung Cancer Diagnosis

    A Virtua Health Inc. hospital and others involved in the treatment of a woman who visited its emergency room are facing a negligence suit in New Jersey state court alleging their failure to tell her she had a mass on her lung led to her cancer escaping diagnosis for over two years.

  • January 10, 2017

    NJ Hospital Hit With Med Mal Suit Over Gallbladder Surgery

    Kennedy Health Alliance in New Jersey and its affiliates have been slapped with a medical malpractice lawsuit in state court by a gallbladder surgery patient who claims a doctor botched the procedure, which prompted the need for an additional operation.

  • January 10, 2017

    Volvo North America Sued Over Rear Camera Glitch

    Volvo Cars of North America LLC was hit Tuesday in New Jersey federal court with a putative class action over allegedly defective rear cameras that fail to properly display an image on a screen when the car is in reverse mode, according to the complaint.

  • January 10, 2017

    3rd Circ. Voids Immigrant's 12-Month Sentence For Re-Entry

    The Third Circuit on Monday issued a precedential decision vacating a Dominican man’s 12-month prison term for illegal re-entry into the United States after finding that a trial judge had misrepresented the offender’s arrest record.

  • January 10, 2017

    Ex-NJ Pharma Execs Admit To Generic Drug Price-Fixing Plot

    Two former Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc. executives admitted Monday in Pennsylvania federal court to plotting to fix prices of antibiotics and diabetes treatments, marking the first charges in the U.S. Department of Justice's ongoing antitrust investigation into the generic drug industry.

  • January 10, 2017

    Port Authority Misled Investors On Project Risks, SEC Finds

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will admit wrongdoing to settle allegations that it knew about legal risks associated with Garden State roadway projects, but failed to inform the projects' funding investors, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday, noting it’s the first municipal issuer to admit wrongdoing in an SEC enforcement action.

  • January 9, 2017

    The Firms That Dominated In 2016

    Law360's Firms of the Year rose above the competition in 2016 by earning a combined 20 Practice Group of the Year awards on the strength of work that helped their clients attain game-changing judgments and close record deals.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Ways To Fight Costlier Legal Malpractice Claims In 2017

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    There are a number of concrete, practical steps that law firms can take to address the high cost of defending legal malpractice claims, both before and after a claim is made, says Richard Simpson, a partner with Wiley Rein LLP who serves on the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.

  • 2016 Highlights From Indirect Purchaser Class Actions

    Christopher T. Micheletti

    While there were no major U.S. Supreme Court decisions that impacted indirect purchaser cases in 2016, and only a few circuit court decisions, some notable rulings shed light on strategies related to class certification, Article III and antitrust standing, settlement objectors, and other indirect purchaser-related issues, say Chris Micheletti and Christina Tabacco of Zelle LLP.

  • State AGs May Turn Up Enforcement Under Trump

    Joseph W. Jacquot

    With the incoming Trump administration, regulatory and enforcement priorities will likely change, but if federal agencies scale back their consumer protection efforts, attorneys general can be expected to pick up the slack, says Joseph W. Jacquot of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Building Momentum For The Pay Equity Movement In BigLaw

    Stephanie A. Scharf

    A decade’s worth of multiple bar association initiatives, conferences, corporate law summits, detailed research reports and opinion pieces on the pay gap has seemingly fallen on the deaf ears of BigLaw. However, recent events presage substantial movement toward pay equity in law firms, say Stephanie Scharf of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, Michele Coleman Mayes, general counsel for the New York Public Library, and Wendi Lazar of Outten & Golden LLP.

  • Are You Prepared For A 'Post-Fact' Jury?

    Ross Laguzza

    The media has been full of stories lately about the death of facts and the rise of “fake news.” It is reasonable to wonder if people sitting on juries will be able to function appropriately in this post-fact world, says Ross Laguzza of R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • The 10 Most Significant Coverage Decisions Of 2016

    Randy Maniloff

    Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP shares his list of 2016's most notable insurance coverage decisions, based primarily on the cases' potential to influence other courts nationally.

  • Keeping Pro Se Litigants At Bay

    Michael Walden

    Pro se litigation can be a time-consuming cost of doing business, particularly for large, well-known companies. Though pro se cases occasionally include interesting, even amusing, claims, like all litigation, they must be taken seriously. In this article, attorneys from Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP detail several practical approaches to dealing with the problems posed by pro se litigants.

  • A Trademark Year In Wine And Beer 2016: Part 5

    David Kluft

    David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP finishes off his comprehensive review of this year's beer and wine trademark disputes with 32 more cases for you to bring up at your holiday party.

  • High Court Ruling In Jevic Likely To Be Narrow

    Cathleen C. Moore

    Although the justices’ questions at oral argument suggest that the U.S. Supreme Court may well reverse the Third Circuit ruling in Czyzewski v. Jevic — which approved a structured dismissal of a Chapter 11 case — the court seemed well aware of the far-reaching implications that a broad holding could have on Chapter 11 practice, say Cathleen Moore and James Thurman of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Are Courts In The Discovery Driver’s Seat?

    Cristin K. Traylor

    I recently asked a panel of four federal court judges whether they expect courts to start taking a more active role in e-discovery. They answered with a resounding yes. However, their responses left me wondering whether courts are actually taking a more active role in discovery since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure amendments took effect in December 2015, says Cristin Traylor of McGuireWoods LLP.