New Jersey

  • April 16, 2018

    Doc Says Atty For Patient's Estate Repped Prior Counsel

    A doctor accused of sinking the medical malpractice suit of a patient's estate by failing to deliver on expert testimony called on a New Jersey federal court Friday to disqualify the estate's counsel, saying the lawyer has represented the estate's previous attorney who may be held liable in the case.

  • April 16, 2018

    High Court Won't Hear NJ Station's Channel Switch Case

    The Supreme Court has declined to hear a case over a New Jersey classic rock radio station’s proposed broadcasting channel swap, letting stand a previous D.C. Circuit decision that affirmed the Federal Communications Commission was justified in denying the frequency switch over a student-run station with an expired license.

  • April 16, 2018

    NJ Scales Back Former AG's Role In Atlantic City Finances

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday that former state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa's role as overseer of Atlantic City's fiscal recovery will conclude in a month, although Chiesa's firm will still handle some litigation as part of the state's bailout of the struggling resort town.

  • April 16, 2018

    NJ Man Must Pay $750K Over Woodbridge-Linked Securities

    A New Jersey man must pay $750,000 to the state’s Bureau of Securities for selling $7 million worth of unregistered commercial mortgage notes caught up in the Woodbridge Group’s $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme, New Jersey state officials announced Monday.

  • April 13, 2018

    Law360 Reveals 400 Largest US Firms

    The annual Law360 400 ranks the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component by domestic attorney headcount.

  • April 13, 2018

    How 5 Firms Grew Without Merging

    These firms saw double-digit growth in 2017 — one hire at a time. Here, their leaders tell Law360 of their varied approaches to attracting top talent.

  • April 13, 2018

    Megafirms Find New Heights In Grounded Market

    The biggest of BigLaw are widening the gap between themselves and their rivals, as firms of all sizes grapple with fluctuating demand and seek out their place in the legal landscape.

  • April 13, 2018

    NJ Atty Suspended Over Role In Living Trust Scheme

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has suspended an attorney who was previously disbarred in Pennsylvania for his involvement in a scheme to aggressively market living trusts to senior citizens using nonattorneys who used exaggerations and misrepresentations to make sales.

  • April 13, 2018

    Russian Must Pay $302M In International Data Hacking Case

    A Russian national was ordered Thursday to pay $302 million in restitution to five corporate victims after he copped to his role in what officials have dubbed one of the world’s largest data breaches that targeted Nasdaq, Dow Jones Inc. and a slew of other companies, according to documents filed in New Jersey federal court.

  • April 13, 2018

    NJ Tribe Asks For Win In State Recognition Row

    The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation told a New Jersey federal court on Friday that it deserved an early win on its claims that the state improperly refused to recognize the tribe in violation of its due process rights, adding that it was the victim of discrimination.

  • April 13, 2018

    Horizon Didn't Justify Sealing Tiered Plan Docs, Judge Says

    A New Jersey judge has ruled that Horizon Healthcare Services Inc. must give a news outlet the key report linked to its controversial tiered coverage plan that sparked litigation by hospitals, saying the insurer hasn’t provided enough specifics to justify the report’s continued sealing.

  • April 13, 2018

    Funds Fight Bids To Toss $80B Valeant Price-Gouging Suit

    A proposed class of Valeant Pharmaceuticals shareholders told a New Jersey federal judge Thursday that all of the claims against the company, its executives and several banks over a price-gouging scheme that cost shareholders $80 billion were adequately pled, contrary to a volley of partial dismissal bids pushed by the defendants.

  • April 13, 2018

    A Conversation With Baker Botts CMO Gillian Ward

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Gillian Ward, chief marketing officer at Baker Botts LLP.

  • April 13, 2018

    Cooper's Insurance Transfer Was Valid, NJ Court Affirms

    Cooper Industries LLC can tap into a slew of liability policies to cover a U.S. Environmental Protection action over the cleanup of a New Jersey Superfund site because it received a valid transfer of a corporate predecessor's insurance rights, a state appeals panel affirmed on Friday.

  • April 13, 2018

    Experts Bet On High Court's Blessing For Sports Wagering

    A panel of sports law experts appearing at a symposium at Villanova University on Friday expressed optimism that the U.S. Supreme Court would clear the way for legalized sports betting as it weighs an appeal over New Jersey’s efforts to strike down the state's ban on the activity.

  • April 13, 2018

    NJ Senate Passes Construction Worker Rights Bill

    The New Jersey Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a measure that would require employers in the construction industry to notify employees of certain rights, including their rights to minimum wage and overtime.

  • April 13, 2018

    Bard Hit With $35M Punitive Damages In NJ Mesh Case

    C.R. Bard Inc. was slammed Friday with $35 million in punitive damages in a New Jersey state lawsuit alleging its pelvic mesh devices caused a woman debilitating pain, a day after jurors hit the company with a $33 million verdict in compensatory damages.

  • April 13, 2018

    Ed Groups Urge 3rd Circ. To Leave Penn ERISA Suit Dead

    A group of higher education associations told the Third Circuit on Thursday that a lower court was right to throw out a putative class action alleging the University of Pennsylvania’s employee retirement plan was rife with mismanagement, arguing the assertions are built on an improper comparison.

  • April 13, 2018

    Celgene Sues To Block Dr. Reddy's Revlimid Generic

    Celgene Corp. on Thursday tried to block Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd. from making and selling a generic version of its blockbuster chemotherapy drug Revlimid, accusing the Indian drugmaker in New Jersey federal court of infringing five patents.

  • April 13, 2018

    NJ Disbars NY Atty Over Immigration Fraud Conviction

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has disbarred a New York attorney who was sentenced to prison for immigration fraud after admitting that he submitted asylum applications to court despite knowing they were false, according to a decision and order released Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • NY Slams Door On 'Unavailability Of Insurance' Exception

     Scott Seaman

    On March 27, the New York Court of Appeals issued a unanimous decision in KeySpan v. Munich, rejecting the so-called "unavailability of insurance" exception. This ruling sends a strong message that policyholders cannot hoist upon insurers responsibility for damage taking place outside policy periods, says Scott Seaman of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Cybersecurity Framework For Law Firms

    Shaun Jamison

    In order to enable lawyers to best meet cybersecurity challenges, state bars should pass rules that adopt a cybersecurity framework to be developed by a national committee, says Shaun Jamison, associate dean of faculty and professor at Purdue University's Concord Law School.

  • How NY And NJ Medical Cannabis Regulations Are Evolving

    Joshua Bauchner

    Medical marijuana programs in New York and New Jersey restrict the number of medical conditions that qualify for cannabis treatment. But both states are moving toward expanding their programs, creating opportunities for patients and businesses alike, say Joshua Bauchner and Anthony D'Artiglio of Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC.

  • Equity Partnership Isn’t What It Used To Be

    Jeff Liebster

    To many young attorneys, becoming an equity partner shows a firm's long-term commitment, meaning job security and a voice in important firm matters. However, the industry has changed and nowadays it may not be better to enter a new firm as an equity partner, says Jeffrey Liebster of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hardiman Reviews 'Without Precedent'

    Judge Thomas Hardiman

    In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise​. ​What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.

  • Top Tax Changes For Law Firms: What Lawyers Need To Know

    Evan Morgan

    For law firms structured as corporations, a lower maximum corporate tax rate and repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax are good news. But many law firms are pass-through entities, so deduction limitations mean they'll see less benefit from the new tax law, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have used this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • How State AGs Can Fight Student Loan Crisis The Right Way

    Douglas Gansler

    For both consumer protection and political reasons, state attorneys general desperately want to assist constituents who have taken out federal student loans and are now struggling with repayment. However, state AGs will undoubtedly fail in the courtroom if they attempt to do so through litigation, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Betting On Change: States Plan For Sports Gambling Decision

    Aaron Swerdlow

    If New Jersey wins its sports betting case at the U.S. Supreme Court, expect many states to implement new legislation legalizing sports betting and industry regulation. If New Jersey does not win, it will anger many state legislators that were preparing to implement their own legislation, says Aaron Swerdlow of Gerard Fox Law PC.