New Jersey

  • January 9, 2017

    NJ Pair Indicted In $6.6M Health Care Benefits Fraud Scheme

    A former union official and an insurance broker have been indicted on conspiracy charges related to a scheme to defraud Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield and the union's self-insured health care plan out of a combined $6.6 million for medical benefits claims, the U.S. attorney for New Jersey announced Monday.

  • January 9, 2017

    NJ Transit Sued Again After $3.65M Racial Bias Settlement

    A New Jersey Transit employee has slapped the agency with a lawsuit in New Jersey state court alleging that she has suffered retaliation since she and other plaintiffs reached a $3.65 million settlement with the agency last year over racial discrimination claims.

  • January 9, 2017

    3rd Circ. Revives Rate-Hiking Suit Against Ambit

    The Third Circuit on Monday revived a putative class action accusing an Ambit Energy unit of boosting customers' rates after luring them into switching energy providers with promises of lower prices, concluding that a pricing clause in the contracts in question was ambiguous.

  • January 9, 2017

    Griffin Capital REIT Nabs NJ Office Building In $44M Deal

    A real estate investment trust controlled by Griffin Capital Corp. has purchased an office building in Parsippany, New Jersey, that's fully leased to an animal health company for $44 million, according to a statement Monday from Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP, which represented the sellers.

  • January 9, 2017

    NJ Condo Assoc. Sues Toll Bros. For Construction Defects

    Residential construction company Toll Bros. Inc. and others have been accused in a state court lawsuit of design and construction failures at a luxury condominium complex in Hoboken, New Jersey, which were discovered after control of the development board was turned over to the condominium association.

  • January 9, 2017

    Menendez Doc, Gov't Fight Limits On Evidence In Fraud Case

    Maneuvering ahead of trial, federal prosecutors and a Florida doctor accused of committing Medicare fraud and bribing Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., in an attempt to clear himself continued to spar over the admissibility of evidence on his billing records, Medicare regulations and numerous other topics.

  • January 9, 2017

    Atty Suspended After Usher Suit Won't Get High Court Hearing

    The Pennsylvania lawyer fighting a three-month-and-a-day suspension for tricking a songwriter targeted in a copyright suit over the Usher song "Bad Girl" won’t be getting a U.S. Supreme Court look at the federal misconduct finding.

  • January 9, 2017

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2016 Practice Group of the Year awards, the law firms that racked up victories in litigation and closed the big deals to make their mark among clients and throughout the legal industry.

  • January 9, 2017

    Rail Unions Sue Christie, NJ Transit Over Engineer DUI Law

    A pair of railroad labor unions filed suit Monday in New Jersey federal court to undo a state law that prohibits New Jersey Transit engineers from operating passenger trains if they have a suspended or revoked driver’s license due to a DUI conviction, saying it is preempted by federal law.

  • January 9, 2017

    Supreme Court Won't Review Calif., NJ Admission Restrictions

    An advocacy group dedicated to breaking down jurisdictional practice barriers for lawyers lost on Monday the final round of challenges to rules in California and New Jersey on out-of-state attorneys.

  • January 9, 2017

    NJ Bill To Add More Judges, Reform Bail, Signed Into Law

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday signed into law bipartisan legislation that would add 20 more judges to the state court roster, a $9.3 million initiative its backers say will help the judiciary better implement criminal justice reforms underway. 

  • January 9, 2017

    Tate & Lyle Sues Insurers Over NJ Enviro Cleanup Costs

    A unit of British ingredients firm Tate & Lyle PLC has sued various insurers in New Jersey state court, alleging that they must cover the company's share of remediation costs in the more than $1 billion cleanup of a roughly 8.3-mile stretch of the heavily polluted Passaic River.

  • January 9, 2017

    Hanjin Creditors Blast Bid For Asset Sale Approval

    Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd. creditors objected Friday to the Korean courier’s efforts to secure a New Jersey bankruptcy court approval of an asset sale to Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd., saying Hanjin may not have fetched the best offers and may sidestep outstanding debts without closer scrutiny.

  • January 9, 2017

    Man Who Forged Mets Exec Signature Sued In $3.5M Scheme

    A New Jersey man who copped to forging New York Mets executive Jeffrey Wilpon’s signature as part of a $3.5 million fraud scheme now faces a civil suit alleging fraud, after his business partner claimed that he falsified loan documents to secure $3.54 million in financing.

  • January 9, 2017

    SEC Trims ‘Big Short’ Adviser’s Fine, Denies ALJ Challenge

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday partially overturned an administrative law judge’s decision penalizing an investment adviser featured in the book and movie “The Big Short” on remaining claims over collateralized debt obligations but rejected his challenge to the agency’s administrative judges.

  • January 9, 2017

    Investors Target Contraception Maker Over Stock Drop

    A women’s health care company led investors to believe its study for a low-dose birth control patch would lead to U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval despite the patch not meeting industry standards, which caused share values to drop, a putative class alleged in New Jersey federal court Friday.

  • January 9, 2017

    Justices Won't Hear Google Online Child-Tracking Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it won't weigh in on whether Google and Viacom violated the Video Privacy Protection Act and other federal statutes by allegedly tracking children's internet and video-viewing activities, letting stand a Third Circuit opinion that affirmed a lower court's decision to toss the claims.

  • January 6, 2017

    CFTC Settles For Small But Personal Fine In Corzine Deal

    Former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine seemed to strike an attractive bargain with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission when he agreed to pay the low-low price of $5 million over his role in the firm’s billion-dollar meltdown, but experts note the agency extracted more personal punishments on its way to wrapping up the five-year case.

  • January 6, 2017

    3rd Circ. Vacates Fee Award After Unjustified Fourfold Bump

    The Third Circuit on Friday vacated a Delaware federal court order last year granting about $1.1 million in attorneys' fees to class counsel in an action against a company providing invention promotion services, saying the lower court did not justify awarding what amounted to a more than fourfold enhancement.

  • January 6, 2017

    NJ Atty Disbarred For Paying Child Support With Client Funds

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has disbarred a Pennsylvania attorney suspended in that state for using client funds for personal expenses, including child support payments, according to an order and ethics decision posted publicly Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Key Trade Secret Developments Of 2016: Part 1

    Randy Kahnke

    This year brought significant developments in trade secret law, the most important of which was the passage of the long-awaited federal Defend Trade Secrets Act. In the few months since the act took effect, litigants have already asserted DTSA claims in more than 75 federal cases, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • The Path To The California Bench

    Judge George F. Bird

    Ever consider applying for a judicial appointment in California? Get the lay of the land from Judge George Bird of the Los Angeles Superior Court and Kimberly Knill, a senior appellate court attorney for the California Court of Appeal. Additionally, hear what several recent appointees to the LA Superior Court thought of the judicial selection process.

  • 3 Tips To Avoid Being On The Outs With In-House Counsel

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    When trial lawyers fail to recognize the unique challenges faced by in-house counsel, it jeopardizes not only the outcome of the case, but also the opportunities for future representation. These few simple strategies are hardly rocket science, but they are too often neglected, says Matthew Whitley
 of Beck Redden LLP.

  • The Horrible Conflict Between Biology And Women Attorneys

    Anusia Gillespie

    Women leave law firms for many of the same reasons men do, but also face challenges including headwinds with respect to assignment delegation and social outings, as well as potential disruptions if they choose to have children. Firms can increase investment in talent management and improve retention and engagement of women attorneys, says Anusia Gillespie of Banava Consulting.

  • The 2 Very Different Types Of Cosmetic Talc Claims

    Stephen Hoke

    Despite the high-profile nature of cosmetic talc litigation, there is confusion about the nature of the underlying cases. Cosmetic talc litigation is currently settling into two distinct paths of cosmetic talc causing ovarian cancer and cosmetic talc causing mesothelioma, says Stephen Hoke of Hoke LLC.

  • Managing Intergenerational Differences Within Your Law Firm

    Najmeh Mahmoudjafari

    We are privileged to be part of an employment market that hosts employees from various generations. While “differences” may imply inherent conflict, intergenerational differences can actually be used to an advantage for organizations — especially law firms, say Najmeh Mahmoudjafari, founder of ImmigraTrust Law, and William Martucci of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.

  • Philip Hirschkop: Quietly Making Noise For 50 Years

    Randy Maniloff

    The first paragraph of Philip Hirschkop’s obituary is going to contain the word "Loving." That’s undeniable. But many of Hirschkop’s other cases are just as groundbreaking in their own right. They aren’t household names like Loving, but they have affected millions in the nation’s households, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Using Payroll Cards To Pay Employees’ Wages

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Kevin E. Vance

    When advising employers on the use of payroll card programs as an alternative method of paying employees there are several considerations lawyers should adopt. Kevin Vance of Duane Morris LLP discusses key issues concerning payroll cards and best practices for establishing and maintaining a payroll card program.

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: MDL Venue Choices

    Alan Rothman

    A critical — and arguably the least predictable — facet of the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation's practice is the selection of the venue for a new MDL proceeding. In this installment of his bimonthly series on the panel, Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP looks at the panel’s reasoning for its selection of particular venues, as well as arguments advanced by the parties, over the past year.