New Jersey

  • 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.

  • March 12, 2017

    Trump’s Prosecutor Purge Stokes DOJ Strife

    The Trump administration on Friday abruptly forced out all remaining Obama-era U.S. attorneys, a move supporters were quick to defend as par for the course. But what made this different, critics say, was the hasty execution and suspicion that it was driven by a cable news pundit or the desire to head off a troublesome investigation or two. 

  • March 10, 2017

    Pastor In Coin.mx Bribery Trial Can't Be Trusted, Feds Say

    Prosecutors in the bribery and fraud trial of a New Jersey pastor and a Coin.mx bitcoin consultant told a Manhattan jury on Friday not to “trust a single word” said by the pastor, rounding out closing arguments by saying “corruption permeated the case.”

  • March 10, 2017

    NJ Town, Developer Defeat Rezoning Challenge

    A New Jersey town and a developer on Friday defeated a challenge to zoning changes that advanced retail and affordable housing projects when the Appellate Division affirmed that there was no proof the developer paid off the town to enact the law.

  • March 10, 2017

    Corzine Takes A Few Hits In $2B PwC Malpractice Scrap

    Jon S. Corzine, the former CEO of the now-defunct MF Global, was at the receiving end of a couple of sharp jabs just before the bell on Friday as he testified in a New York federal court in a $2 billion malpractice suit against PricewaterhouseCoopers, admitting none of the reasons Moody’s downgraded MF Global’s rating was the auditors’ fault.

  • March 10, 2017

    Food Tray Co. Tells 3rd Circ. $3M Award Should Stay Nixed

    A food tray supplier on Thursday asked the Third Circuit to uphold a decision that tossed a $3 million jury award against it on claims it breached a contract and lured away customers from a distributor, saying the lower court was right to determine Roberts Technology Group Inc. had misled the jury when estimating its losses.

  • March 10, 2017

    3rd Circ. Upholds Aetna Win On Benefits Reimbursement

    The Third Circuit has refused to revive a putative class action against Aetna Inc. and its affiliates by a woman alleging the insurer unlawfully demanded reimbursement for medical expenses because she settled a car accident lawsuit, saying she failed to exhaust her administrative remedies before filing the case.

  • March 10, 2017

    3rd Circ. Says State Univs. Subject To Some Antitrust Scrutiny

    The Third Circuit upheld a ruling Thursday that a Pennsylvania state university foundation could not face an antitrust suit over student housing policies under the state action doctrine, but rejected a finding that the school and its foundation were automatically immune.

  • March 10, 2017

    NJ Cost-Sharing Ruling May Speed Up Polluted Property Suits

    A recent New Jersey Appellate Division decision that all property owners potentially responsible for contamination should share in investigation costs, even before a concrete finding of liability, may spur earlier contribution lawsuits throughout the process of probing a polluted site, instead of just at the end, experts say.

  • March 10, 2017

    Sessions Asks Obama's 46 Remaining US Attys To Resign

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked for resignation letters from 46 U.S. attorneys including Manhattan's Preet Bharara, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday, reversing an assurance from Sessions and President Donald Trump that Bharara could stay.

  • March 10, 2017

    NJ Atty Dodges Disbarment Over Misspent Funds

    A New Jersey attorney avoided disbarment over an ethics complaint accusing him of misappropriating funds and dishonest conduct when the state Supreme Court opted Thursday to merely suspend him after finding only the first charge stuck.

  • March 10, 2017

    NJ Suit Revived Against Travelers, ERSIC On $92M Judgment

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Friday again revived a suit demanding that Travelers Indemnity Co. and a Chubb Corp. unit provide coverage for a $92 million judgment against an insolvent insured, finding that the suing parties are not bound by a Bermuda court ruling voiding the Travelers policy.

  • March 10, 2017

    Ex-Vanguard Atty Says Dodd-Frank Ruling Backs Revival Bid

    A former in-house tax attorney for Vanguard Group Inc. trying to revive whistleblower claims against the investment manager referred the Third Circuit on Thursday to another circuit's recent decision that Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation protections are not limited to allegations made directly to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • March 9, 2017

    Corzine Stands By Bond Bet Prior To MF Global’s Collapse

    Jon S. Corzine, the former New Jersey governor and U.S. senator who presided over the demise of MF Global, told a New York federal jury hearing a $2 billion malpractice suit against PricewaterhouseCoopers Thursday that the investment firm never lost money on the $6.3 billion in European sovereign bonds long blamed for its collapse.

Expert Analysis

  • When Personal Jurisdiction And Alter Ego Collide

    Beth Rose

    The increasing number of foreign entities with U.S.-based wholly owned subsidiaries virtually guarantees that issues of personal jurisdiction are not going away anytime soon. When a party seeks to support its jurisdictional argument against a foreign entity on grounds that the U.S. subsidiary is the alter ego of its parent, it presents a new wrinkle to an already complicated issue, says Beth Rose of Sills Cummis & Gross PC.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Health Republic's Curious Liquidation: Part 7

    James Veach

    In the seventh part of this series on Health Republic's liquidation process, James Veach of Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP summarizes his recent attempt to appear as a friend of the court overseeing the liquidation.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles The Courts

    Alexandra Wald

    This is not the first time that a president has criticized the judiciary. But what is unique about President Donald Trump's attacks is that they target not just a specific decision, but the judiciary and its decision-making power altogether. Every lawyer, regardless of political persuasion, must speak up, says Alexandra Wald of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.

  • State AGs Can Enforce Emoluments Clause Against Trump

    Jed Shugerman

    Many argue that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution's emoluments clause, because foreign states and officials are making payments to Trump through his businesses. Quo warranto — an obscure legal procedure previously used by "birthers" against President Obama — empowers state attorneys general to pursue Trump's business entities for emoluments clause violations, says Jed Shugerman of Fordham University Law School.

  • Post-Spokeo, Not All Statutory Violations Are Created Equal

    John G. Papianou

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo did not provide the hoped-for clarity on whether violation of a statute is sufficient for a plaintiff to sue in federal court. As practitioners and courts still struggle with this question, two recent decisions from the Seventh and Third Circuits highlight the issue, says John Papianou of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.