New Jersey

  • March 15, 2017

    Port Authority Ducks Ex-Worker's NJ Whistleblower Suit

    A New Jersey appeals court on Wednesday rejected a retaliation suit alleging the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey forced a police inspector into retirement, saying a lack of parallel whistleblower statutes in both New York and New Jersey bars the suit.

  • March 15, 2017

    DHS Tells High Court To Uphold 3rd Circ.'s Asylum Denial

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has urged the Supreme Court not to review a precedential Third Circuit decision that more than two dozen Central American women and children seeking asylum must leave, saying the appeals court correctly found that the families were not unlawfully denied any constitutional rights.

  • March 15, 2017

    'Real Housewives' Star, Husband Lose NJ Laundry Biz Row

    “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice and her husband lost their bid to shed a default judgment over a loan dispute involving a family laundry business Wednesday when a state appeals panel affirmed the couple didn’t prove a lower court agreed to adjourn the hearing on the judgment.

  • March 15, 2017

    Avis Says 3rd Circ. Ruling Supports Expert Nix In Fee Suit

    In its quest to hinder a proposed class action alleging it secretly charged car renters for an electronic toll-payment service, Avis urged a New Jersey judge Tuesday to nix the testimony of the suing group’s expert in light of a recent Third Circuit class certification ruling.

  • March 15, 2017

    Gas Co. Wants Enviros Kept Out Of Pa. Fracking Waste Case

    Seneca Resources Corp. has told the Third Circuit that three environmentally minded groups attempting to intervene in a dispute over a Pennsylvania municipality’s decision to drop an ordinance preventing the company from storing fracking waste underground do not have the right to intervene because they have suffered no actual injury that would involve them in the case.

  • March 14, 2017

    GWB Lane Closures Case Seals Ex-NJ Prosecutor's Legacy

    Among the U.S. attorneys recently ousted by President Donald Trump, Paul Fishman developed a reputation as New Jersey's chief federal prosecutor for discipline and selectivity in bringing cases, achieving results topped by the career-defining convictions of former public officials over the George Washington Bridge lane closings, attorneys say.

  • March 14, 2017

    Shareholder Accuses TD Bank Of False SEC Filings

    TD Bank has been slapped with a proposed class action in New Jersey federal court alleging the business made SEC filings that didn't disclose how certain revenue growth was spurred by a system that led its employees to break the law at customers' expense in order to meet sales targets.

  • March 14, 2017

    Defunct Zucker Goldberg, Creditors Reach 2nd Ch. 11 Plan

    Foreclosure law firm Zucker Goldberg & Ackerman LLC and its unsecured creditors have jointly filed a proposed Chapter 11 reorganization plan in New Jersey bankruptcy court, about 14 months after creditors objected to an initial plan.

  • March 14, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: R&R, Block Capital, GFI

    R&R Development is said to be buying the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in New Jersey and plans to covert it to a water park and restaurants, Block Capital has reportedly dropped $11 million on a pair of Miami buildings, and GFI Capital Resources is said to have bought a Kennedy Airport-area hotel for $60 million.

  • March 14, 2017

    NJ Senate OKs Bill To Crack Down On Pyramid Schemes

    New Jersey state legislators on Monday unanimously passed legislation cracking down on those who create and recruit for pyramid schemes, filling what advocates claimed was a major gap in the state’s laws.

  • March 14, 2017

    Experts Ordered To Produce Medical Records In Benicar MDL

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday ordered the disclosure of redacted medical records used by experts on behalf of litigants in multidistrict litigation alleging that the blood pressure drug Benicar caused gastrointestinal injuries, rejecting plaintiffs' claims that the experts do not control the records and that producing them would be burdensome.

  • March 14, 2017

    Cohen Milstein, Keller Rohrback Win ERISA Suit Counsel Nod

    Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC and Keller Rohrback LLP topped two other law firms Monday in their competing bids in New Jersey federal court to lead a putative consolidated class action alleging St. Joseph’s Healthcare System Inc. is violating the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act by underfunding an employee pension plan.

  • March 13, 2017

    Veeva Countersuit Alleges IMS Monopoly Over Data Products

    Veeva Systems Inc. lodged a countersuit Monday against Quintiles IMS Inc. in New Jersey federal court alleging anticompetitive conduct over the offering of software products to life sciences companies, the same day it sought partial dismissal of IMS’ suit alleging Veeva misappropriated health care data trade secrets.

  • March 13, 2017

    NJ Atty Censured Over Business Dealings With Client

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has censured a corporate attorney for engaging in improper business transactions with a client and helping him mislead a business partner, according to an order and decision released Friday.

  • March 13, 2017

    NJ Judge Greenlights Building Fire Class Action Settlement

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday tentatively approved a proposed settlement in a consolidated class action against the developer of a luxury apartment complex by residents whose units were destroyed in a fire, saying other residents opposing the deal could opt out.

  • March 13, 2017

    GWB Scandal Sentencings Delayed Due To Snowstorm

    The sentencings of two former public officials convicted in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal have been postponed for two weeks as a result of a fierce snowstorm expected to hammer the New Jersey region on Tuesday.

  • March 13, 2017

    NJ High Court Probes State's Subpoena Power In FCA Action

    The New Jersey Supreme Court questioned the state attorney general's argument Monday that the agency may issue subpoenas in False Claims Act cases even after a deadline has passed for the attorney general to intervene and take control of the state's claims in an action initiated by a whistleblower.

  • March 13, 2017

    3rd Circ. Sinks Bid For Lighter Corruption Sentence

    The Third Circuit on Monday declined to shorten a New Jersey public official’s nearly six-year prison term for corruption after finding that the sentencing judge didn’t abuse his discretion when denying the official's request for leniency since he cooperated with the government.

  • March 13, 2017

    Jury Considers Bitcoin Bribery Suspects' Ties To NYC Venue

    Jurors deliberating bribery and fraud charges against a New Jersey pastor and a Florida tech expert accused of scheming to turn bitcoin-dollar exchange Coin.mx into a money laundering haven asked a Manhattan federal judge Monday how they should assess the defendants' legal ties to their New York City trial venue.

  • March 13, 2017

    Samsung Hit With Privacy Class Action Over Smart TVs

    Samsung was hit with a proposed nationwide class action Friday in New Jersey federal court over its alleged practice of secretly recording consumers’ private conversations through its Smart TV devices, a capability the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has used to spy, according to a recent WikiLeaks revelation.

Expert Analysis

  • Finding Jurisdiction When Paragraph IV Shifts To Paragraph III

    Bruce M. Wexler

    The District of Delaware recently rejected Sandoz’s attempt to have an infringement action against it dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction based on its conversion from a Paragraph IV certification to a Paragraph III certification. A decade ago, the District of New Jersey rejected an attempt by Teva to do the same thing, say Bruce Wexler and Jason Christiansen of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • New Business Opportunities In Shared Workspaces

    Philippe Houdard

    For decades, law firms have taken on considerable expense to acquire or rent opulent office space, often with the intention of signaling seriousness and reliability to their clients. But more recently, solo practitioners and established firms alike have started breaking tradition, says Philippe Houdard, co-founder of Pipeline Workspaces.

  • How 401(k) Benefits Can Attract Millennial Legal Talent

    Nathan Fisher

    If today’s law firms are willing to rethink their perceptions of millennials, they may see greater success in attracting and retaining new talent by giving the younger generation the kind of retirement planning benefits they want and need, says Nathan Fisher of Fisher Investments.

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From Kellyanne Conway

    Michelle Samuels

    Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway's TV appearances provide some examples of what lawyers should and shouldn't do when speaking to the media, says Michelle Samuels, a vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • How States Might Challenge The OCC's Fintech Charter

    Brian G. Barrett

    Some state banking regulators see the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's plan to create a new charter for financial technology companies as a direct threat to their existing authority. Litigation challenging the preemptive effect of the fintech charter would likely involve an interpretation of the limitations on the OCC’s statutory preemptive power, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP.

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • Consensus Returns On Corporate Insurance Transfers In M&A

    Michael H. Ginsberg

    The California Supreme Court recently reversed its 2003 decision in Henkel v. Hartford, where it previously held that a no-assignment clause will bar the transfer of insurance coverage rights to a successor entity. The clear majority trend among courts across the country is to uphold the ability of parties to transfer coverage in corporate transactions and prevent the forfeiture of historical insurance assets, say Michael Ginsberg ... (continued)

  • Legal Pot Industry Bugged By Lack Of Pesticide Guidance

    Telisport W. Putsavage

    Marijuana cultivation suffers from the same pest and disease pressure as any large commercial greenhouse operation. However, the circumstance unique to this setting is that any use of a pesticide in the cultivation of marijuana is a violation of federal law, says Telisport Putsavage of Putsavage PLLC.

  • Trump’s Enviro Law Impact May Not Be What Many Anticipate

    Lester Sotsky

    Many posit a material decline in environmental enforcement and a retrenchment or reversal of environmental regulatory initiatives in the new Trump administration. We expect three concrete areas where activism and activity will be on the rise during this time, targeting a variety of environmental, public health and liability issues of considerable potential consequences, say Lester Sotsky and Andy Wang of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.