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New Jersey

  • October 4, 2018

    Purdue Must Face Trimmed Suit Over Opioid Marketing

    The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and OxyContin producer Purdue Pharma LP on Thursday each heralded different parts of a state court decision finding the company must face a trimmed lawsuit alleging its deceptive marketing practices contributed to the opioid epidemic.

  • October 4, 2018

    Feds Get Win In Suit Over WWII Hazardous Waste Cleanup

    A New Jersey federal judge said a company that purchased land contaminated during World War II and the Korean War could not recover cleanup costs from the government under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, granting a win to the U.S. government. 

  • October 4, 2018

    IQVIA Can't Nix Counterclaims In Trade Secrets Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge has refused to dismiss pharmaceutical information technology company Veeva Systems Inc.’s monopoly claims in its countersuit against life sciences data giant IQVIA Inc., ruling Wednesday that it plausibly alleged IQVIA tried to block customer access to its product.

  • October 4, 2018

    3rd Circ. Won't Rehear Talc Suit That Could Move To Calif.

    The Third Circuit has declined to reconsider a California woman’s proposed federal class action alleging that Johnson & Johnson falsely advertised its baby powder as safe, and her attorneys say they now plan to move the case to state court.

  • October 4, 2018

    NJ Med Mal Firm Britcher Leone Adds 2 Attys, Opens Outpost

    New Jersey personal injury and medical malpractice boutique Britcher Leone LLC has welcomed attorneys Tyrone Sergio and Stephen S. "Skippy" Weinstein, both formerly of the practice Weinstein founded, and has opened a second office in the Garden State.

  • October 4, 2018

    NJ Justices Order Judge To Defend Ethics Charges

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has ordered a state court judge accused of misusing her staff to prove why she shouldn’t be disciplined after ethics authorities found she’d violated professional conduct rules, according to an order made public Thursday.

  • October 4, 2018

    DOJ Asks High Court To Curb Discovery In Census Challenge

    The federal government asked the U.S. Supreme Court to shield several high-ranking government officials from court orders forcing them to answer questions about the decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, telling the justices that the expanded discovery is unconstitutional as well as arbitrary and capricious.

  • October 4, 2018

    FERC Says Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Can Start Shipping Gas

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday gave Williams Cos. the green light to put its $2.65 billion Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline expansion project into service, even as the D.C. Circuit continues to mull a challenge to the commission's approval of the project.

  • October 4, 2018

    NJ Atty Can't Escape Sanctions Over 'Vexatious' Motions

    A New Jersey attorney cannot avoid paying legal fees to his ex-partner’s new firm and their former practice as sanctions for his “vexatious and harassing motion practice” in a defamation suit against them by another firm, a state appeals court said Thursday in upholding trial court rulings.

  • October 4, 2018

    Gucci Must Face ERISA Suit Over Allegedly Mismanaged Plan

    A New Jersey federal judge has denied Gucci America Inc. and its parent company's bid to toss an Employee Retirement Income Security Act brought by a former employee pension benefit plan participant who claims the plan was mismanaged.

  • October 4, 2018

    Senate Dems Seek To Boost Native American Voter Turnout

    A bill introduced by Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and several of his Democratic colleagues aims to remove potential barriers to election participation for Native Americans they argue have been exacerbated by the Supreme Court's overturning of a section of the Voting Rights Act.

  • October 4, 2018

    J&J Unit Strikes $3.7B Hepatitis B Gene Therapy Deal

    Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. on Thursday struck a deal with Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Inc. worth as much as $3.7 billion to help develop and commercialize a gene therapy candidate that may serve as a treatment for chronic hepatitis B.

  • October 3, 2018

    J&J Expert: Mesothelioma In Women Rarely Due To Asbestos​​​​​​​

    A Johns Hopkins epidemiologist testifying for Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday told a New Jersey jury that more than three-quarters of mesothelioma cases in women are not attributable to asbestos exposure, citing studies as the company defends against a woman's claims that her alleged exposure to asbestos in J&J’s baby powder caused her cancer.

  • October 3, 2018

    Takings Claims Should Go Right To Fed. Court, Justices Told

    Owners of property taken by the government should have the right to take their claims of constitutional violations straight to a federal court, despite a 33-year precedent that forces them to first seek compensation in state courts, the attorney for a Pennsylvania woman told the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday.

  • October 3, 2018

    Talc From EBay Wrongly Kept Out Of P&G Trial, NJ Court Told

    A New Jersey trial court improperly barred evidence about vintage talcum powder purchased on eBay in a suit alleging a woman developed mesothelioma from using asbestos-contaminated talcum powder sold by a Procter & Gamble Co. predecessor, her husband’s attorney told a state appellate panel Wednesday in seeking to overturn a judgment in the company’s favor.

  • October 3, 2018

    Full 3rd Circ. To Rehear Flyer's TSA Screener Abuse Suit

    The Third Circuit said Wednesday the entire court will hold a rehearing to reconsider its previous decision finding Transportation Security Administration airport screeners to be immune to civil suits over alleged traveler abuse.

  • October 3, 2018

    NJ Justices Say Garden State Law Topples Accutane Cases

    The New Jersey Supreme Court handed a victory to F. Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc. in multidistrict litigation alleging its acne drug Accutane labels didn’t adequately warn users of possible gastrointestinal side effects, ruling Wednesday that the labels were adequate under New Jersey law and that only Garden State law applies.

  • October 3, 2018

    Amazon Liable As Seller Of Faulty Dog Collar, 3rd Circ. Told

    An Amazon Inc. user who was blinded in one eye by an allegedly defective dog collar she purchased through the internet retail giant urged the Third Circuit to revive her product liability case, telling a three-judge panel on Wednesday that while the company didn't manufacture the product, it was still liable because it directly controlled the sale.

  • October 3, 2018

    J&J Suit Over Talc-Cancer Link Sent Back To Pa. State Court

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday remanded one of the lawsuits alleging Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder causes cancer to Pennsylvania state court, ruling that Rite Aid, considered a Pennsylvania resident, was not fraudulently included in the complaint to defeat diversity jurisdiction.

  • October 3, 2018

    3rd Circ. Revives Medical Costs Row Over Navy's Toxic Spills

    A Third Circuit panel has reversed in part a ruling that barred residents from demanding the government cover the costs of monitoring their health after they discovered local Navy facilities contaminated their drinking water, finding the requests are not considered challenges to cleanup efforts.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Why State Marijuana-Impaired Driving Laws Need Reform

    Ian Stewart

    Because current state laws relating to marijuana-impaired driving lack an objective impairment standard, only those who clearly demonstrate impaired driving are likely to be prosecuted and convicted, says Ian Stewart of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

  • Why The 3rd Circ. Allowed Removal In Encompass

    Brittany Wakim

    The Third Circuit recently ruled in Encompass v. Stone Mansions that a defendant can remove a case to federal court on the basis of diversity jurisdiction before the plaintiff formally serves the forum state defendant. This may be the first appellate decision on this issue, says Brittany Wakim of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • How Reckless Judicial Impeachments Threaten Rule Of Law

    Jan van Zyl Smit

    Judicial impeachment fever seems to be spreading through the states, with West Virginia legislators recently voting to remove their state's entire Supreme Court, and lawmakers in Pennsylvania and North Carolina threatening the same. These actions are a serious threat to judicial independence, says Jan van Zyl Smit of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Fogel Reviews 'Good Judgment'

    Judge Jeremy Fogel

    In this time of partisan conflict over judicial selection, a new book by Canadian jurist Robert J. Sharpe —​ "Good Judgment" — represents a refreshing, deeply thoughtful departure from binary arguments about how and why judges make decisions, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center.

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.

  • NJ Ruling On Same-Sex Couple Could Reignite Old Claims

    Thomas Regan

    A New Jersey appeals court’s recent decision reviving the emotional distress claims of a same-sex partner has set a precedent that could reignite previously dismissed suits involving unmarried couples in the state. Insurance companies with clients in New Jersey, and self-insureds with New Jersey exposure, may want to adjust their reserves accordingly, says Thomas Regan of LeClairRyan LLP.

  • Treasury Limits State Plans To Fight SALT Deduction Cap

    Radha Mohan

    Newly proposed regulations from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS provide clarification on the relationship between the federal charitable contribution deduction, the availability of corresponding state or local tax credits and deductions, and the recently enacted SALT cap, say Radha Mohan and Harold Hancock of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.