New Jersey

  • April 17, 2017

    Drug Co. Investors Seek OK For Early $3.8M Settlement

    A putative class of investors in Amicus Therapeutics Inc. who said the company’s misleading statements about their interaction with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amounted to securities fraud asked a New Jersey federal court on Friday to approve a $3.75 million settlement that would end the litigation before the court even considered dismissal.

  • April 17, 2017

    High Court Won't Hear NY Nonresident Attorney Law Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it would not review a New Jersey lawyer’s challenge to a New York law requiring nonresident attorneys to maintain a physical office in the state as a prerequisite for doing business there.

  • April 14, 2017

    Docs In GWB Scandal Reveal Juror Issue Behind Mistrial Bid

    Two former public officials convicted in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal had sought a mistrial in November on the grounds that New Jersey federal court officials had inappropriate contact with a distraught juror who had asked to be dismissed during deliberations, according to recently unsealed documents in the case.

  • April 14, 2017

    3rd Circ. Backs 12-Year Sentence In Oil Investment Scheme

    The Third Circuit on Friday upheld a 12-year prison sentence for a Pennsylvania man who was accused of defrauding investors with false claims of owning more than a billion dollars worth of oil and attempting to file for bankruptcy with false petitions.

  • April 14, 2017

    3rd. Circ. Backs Dow Unit In Ex-Worker's Retaliation Suit

    The Third Circuit on Friday backed Rohm & Haas Co.’s victory over a former employee’s allegations that the Dow Chemical Co. unit retaliated against her for filing bias complaints, ruling that flaws in the company lawyer’s testimony were understandable given the time span of the litigation.

  • April 14, 2017

    NJ Beachfront Homeowners Drop Suit Over Storm Project

    A group of Margate, New Jersey, homeowners Thursday dropped their New Jersey federal court lawsuit over a dune and berm system to be built along the city's beach as part of a joint state-federal storm risk reduction project, slightly more than two months after a judge nixed their bid to halt the work.

  • April 14, 2017

    German Solar Co. Reprieved As Affiliate Fights $1.8M Award

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday struck down a clerk of court’s order of default and denied a construction company's bid for a quick win in its effort to confirm a $1.8 million arbitral award against a German solar panel company over its U.S. affiliate’s alleged failure to deliver on an order of panels to be used in New Jersey construction projects.

  • April 14, 2017

    Ex-Marketing Head Hits Meda Pharmaceuticals With Bias Suit

    Meda Pharmaceuticals Inc. was hit with a lawsuit last month in New Jersey by its former marketing director alleging a female superior treated him poorly because he is male and Hispanic and then fired him the day after he told the company’s attorney about an unrelated ethics issue.

  • April 14, 2017

    Email Proves Eli Manning Gave Fake Helmets, Dealer Claims

    A sports memorabilia dealer has told a New Jersey state court that a 2010 email exchange between New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and the team's equipment director proves that Manning knowingly provided fake game-used helmets for a memorabilia retailer to sell to fans.

  • April 13, 2017

    Ex-DuPont Worker Urges Court To Halt Trade Secrets Suit

    A former DuPont Co. employee urged a Delaware federal court Thursday to stay the company's lawsuit accusing him of stealing its trade secrets until his related criminal case is resolved in New Jersey, saying he cannot participate in civil discovery and protect his Fifth Amendment rights.

  • April 13, 2017

    Who's On Hook Unclear In Shoddy Construction Coverage Suit

    A Liberty Mutual unit can’t force another to pay a share of the costs in an underlying shoddy workmanship suit just yet, a New Jersey federal judge ruled Wednesday, because it’s still unclear when coverage should have been triggered for allegedly faulty windows installed by Elite Construction Co.

  • April 13, 2017

    Weinberger Law Group Sues Atty Over Soliciting Clients

    Weinberger Law Group LLC has hit a former firm attorney with a lawsuit in New Jersey state court over claims she unlawfully solicited its clients to leave the firm, removed case files as part of her alleged scheme and offered free legal services while working for the firm to lure clients to her new employer.

  • April 13, 2017

    Judge Nixes Two Experts In NJ Accutane Litigation

    The New Jersey judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation alleging the Hoffman-La Roche Ltd. acne drug Accutane caused inflammatory bowel disease excluded two of the plaintiffs’ expert witnesses on Thursday, concluding their opinions are motivated by preconceived conclusions rather than objective science.

  • April 13, 2017

    Porzio Bromberg Nabs Former Asst. US Atty As Principal

    Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC has welcomed former federal prosecutor William “Bill” J. Hughes Jr. as a principal in the firm’s Morristown, New Jersey, outpost, where he’ll spearhead its new white collar practice.

  • April 13, 2017

    Charter, TWC Escape Merger Suit Over Race Bias Claims

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Thursday rejected claims from an African-American-owned TV production firm and an advocacy group that a state agency should have investigated racial discrimination issues before approving the merger of Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications without such concerns being previously raised.

  • April 13, 2017

    3rd Circ. Will Decide Lipitor, Effexor Pay-For-Delay Suits

    The Third Circuit on Thursday said it has jurisdiction to consider the merits of two appeals of lower court dismissals of alleged pay-for-delay litigation over the drugs Lipitor and Effexor XR, rejecting calls by the pharmaceutical companies involved in the cases to transfer them to the Federal Circuit.

  • April 12, 2017

    3rd Circ. Revives Ex-Vanguard Atty's Dodd-Frank Claim

    The Third Circuit partially revived on Wednesday a wrongful termination suit brought by a former in-house tax attorney for Vanguard Group Inc. who tried to blow the whistle on alleged violations of corporate and tax laws, finding that a ruling in the attorney’s state court suit doesn’t preclude him from pursuing a Dodd-Frank claim in federal court.

  • April 12, 2017

    Roxane Could Owe $2M After Patent Row Ruled 'Exceptional'

    Roxane Laboratories Inc. could be on the hook for upward of $2 million in legal fees, after a New Jersey federal judge decided Wednesday the infringement claim it brought against two generic-drug makers over a kidney medication patent was unreasonable.

  • April 12, 2017

    2 More Ex-Birdsall Execs Cop To NJ Pay-To-Play Violations

    Two former executives of defunct engineering firm Birdsall Services Group admitted Wednesday in New Jersey state court to taking part in a more than $1 million pay-to-play scheme that has now led to guilty pleas from eight former company employees and the business itself, state officials said.

  • April 12, 2017

    Greenbaum Rowe Principal, Real Estate 'Dean,' Dies At 91

    Attorney Arthur M. Greenbaum, who with his father and brother built New Jersey-based Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP into a real estate powerhouse, died Tuesday at age 91, the firm announced Wednesday, after a career that spanned six decades and earned him the title "Dean of Real Estate Law" in the state.

Expert Analysis

  • The Future Of Off-Label Promotion And Product Liability

    James Beck

    It has recently been suggested that legalization of off-label promotion could lead to more drug company liability, but this looks like simply the plaintiffs bar's wishful thinking. If truthful off-label promotion becomes legal, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may order more warnings about off-label uses to appear on drug/device labeling. That would actually be good for preemption, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Series

    Advocate For An Agency: Ex-FERC GC Cynthia Marlette

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    Cynthia Marlette, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's general counsel from 2001 to 2005 and from 2007 to 2009, reflects on how she addressed the job's many responsibilities, including advising the commission on laws and enforcement actions, developing policy, seeking consensus among commissioners, and overseeing defense of agency actions in court, as well as dealing with historic events like the California energy crisis.

  • Potential Class Cert. Pitfalls Lurking In Local Rules

    Stephen R. Smerek

    Is there a deadline to move for class certification? When is the deadline? Should the parties stipulate to an extension? And, if they do, will the court grant it? Every practitioner must carefully evaluate these questions at the outset of any putative class action to develop a cohesive strategy for addressing certification issues and avoid potential risks hidden in local rules, say Stephen Smerek and Shawn Obi of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Are Your In-House Lawyers Happy?

    Aric Press

    What is the mood of the nation’s in-house lawyers? Aric Press — a partner at Bernero & Press LLC and former editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer — shares the findings of a recent survey of more than 800 in-house counsel.

  • Trump's Skinny EPA Budget Could Have Far-Reaching Impacts

    Jim W. Rubin

    A review of President Donald Trump's recent budget proposal suggests that none of his goals for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would be well-served. In fact, the EPA, states, tribes and other federal agencies would all face serious issues in protecting human health and the environment, says Jim Rubin of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • The Legalization Of Sports Betting: Lessons From Nevada

    Dennis Gutwald

    For now, Nevada operators have a monopoly on legal sports betting while other states are faced with prohibition. With the increasing likelihood that sports betting soon will be legalized in many states, there are five key things to know about Nevada’s success, says Dennis Gutwald of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP.