BASF Catalysts LLC and Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, who have been accused in a proposed class action of conspiring to conceal evidence of asbestos in BASF products, asked a New Jersey federal court Tuesday to appoint a new special discovery master, as lawyers for Cahill also represent the current special master’s firm.
L’Oréal asked the Third Circuit on Tuesday to rehear en banc a panel’s July decision to revive a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a patent attorney in New Jersey federal court, arguing the ruling was wrong because the attorney made no claim that the cosmetic giant asked him to break the rules.
A New Jersey state appeals court on Tuesday upended a ruling awarding the then-wife of a Lowenstein Sandler LLP partner a portion of his interest in the firm as part of the couple's divorce, saying a trial court failed to spell out its findings and used flawed figures.
The Seventh Circuit’s unanimous decision Monday to uphold the conviction of Michael Coscia for a market manipulation tactic known as “spoofing” is a landmark ruling that removes questions about the constitutionality of the law banning such conduct, strengthening government efforts to crack down on the practice, experts said Tuesday.
The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review an Appellate Division ruling that a ShopRite operator's challenge to an environmental permit of a planned Wegman’s supermarket was merely an attempt to stave off competition, according to an order made public Tuesday.
Avis and a consumer leading a New Jersey federal court suit accusing it of secretly charging car renters for an electronic toll-payment service have renewed their class-certification battle, with the customer saying the proposed class was affected by common issues and the company claiming its patrons had different experiences, according to Tuesday filings.
Construction of Delta Air Lines’ new terminal at LaGuardia Airport began Tuesday with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey inking a long-term lease with the airline that advances a key component of the ongoing $4 billion redevelopment of the Queens airport.
The chief of New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs is leaving his post in September after a little more than three years on the job to take a deputy general counsel position at Comcast Corp., Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced Tuesday.
Novo Nordisk Inc. and pharmacy benefits manager OptumRx Inc. on Monday urged a California federal judge to transfer the putative class action accusing them of inflating prices for a diabetes medication to New Jersey, where five nearly identical suits are already pending.
Five insurers have reached a settlement with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in New Jersey federal court on Monday to resolve claims that the retail giant overpaid in an earlier “huge” settlement with actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, after a sleep-deprived Walmart trucker struck the actor’s tour van in a grisly accident in 2014.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to review an appeals panel’s decision that a disbarred attorney wasn’t entitled to the $1.2 million fee he took for his representation in a New York case because ethics authorities already determined as much.
The chief of New Jersey-based Transmar Commodity Group Ltd., his son and a finance executive at the belly-up cocoa trader were hit with fraud charges Tuesday, two weeks after their bid to restructure more than $360 million of bank debt was converted by a bankruptcy judge into a liquidation.
Mortgage servicer PHH Corp. on Tuesday agreed to pay nearly $75 million over claims that it originated mortgages backed by three different federal agencies that did not meet the requirements for federal guarantees.
An attorney has launched a pro se lawsuit in New Jersey state court against left-leaning think tank New Jersey Policy Perspective, alleging he suffered discrimination on the basis of his sexual orientation while serving as a member of the organization's board of trustees.
Prosecutors urged a New Jersey federal court on Monday to quash subpoenas served on federal agencies by Sen. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist for documents in preparation for their upcoming corruption trial, saying the "overly broad and unduly burdensome" requests were seeking irrelevant material.
The Seventh Circuit on Monday upheld the first-ever conviction for a market manipulation tactic known as "spoofing," ruling against a New Jersey futures trader and becoming the first federal appellate court to provide guidance on the crime.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday signed into law bipartisan legislation that gives military personnel and veterans increased protections from discrimination while at work, when applying for mortgages and in other situations.
A New Jersey Tax Court judge has ruled that BASF Corp. can't boot a municipality’s expert witness before trial in a challenge of a contaminated parcel's tax assessment, reasoning that a land development planning professional isn’t necessarily less qualified than a licensed real estate appraiser to weigh in on a zoning question.
Ford Motor Co. on Friday beat the last remaining claim in a proposed class action claiming that the automaker purposefully kept diesel truck and van buyers in the dark about an alleged fuel tank defect, as a New Jersey federal judge found that Ford wasn’t required to disclose the problem.
A split Third Circuit panel said in a published decision on Friday that nonreligious entities don't qualify for an exemption to the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act, while also finding in a matter of first impression that individual employees can’t claim the mandate violates their rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to be a major focus for the legal community, whether as an isolated topic, as it intersects with cybersecurity, or within the legal profession itself. Each of these raises unique concerns for attorneys, says Randy Sabett, vice chair of Cooley LLP's privacy and data protection practice group.
Lenders in New Jersey beware. Although taking possession of a property and the cash flow therefrom after a borrower defaults might be tantalizing, being deemed a mortgagee-in-possession has costly implications, says Joshua Howley of Sills Cummis & Gross PC.
Several significant developments have transpired in the world of unclaimed property law that could have a significant impact on mortgage servicers’ compliance efforts. Fortunately, there are several defenses to escheatment that a mortgage servicer could potentially rely on, at least in certain states, say attorneys with Alston & Bird LLP.
Property owners are increasingly turning to common law nuisance and trespass claims for suits against neighboring industrial activities. Why has there been an upsurge in these cases? Carlos Romo of Lewis Bess Williams & Weese PC examines recent state and federal cases highlighting various legal issues associated with these types of claims.
The Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently entered a fraudulent joinder order that is worth highlighting. Fraudulent joinder is a type of forum manipulation seen all too often. The order in this case is the right result for the right reason, and the standard applied is one that courts should apply more broadly, says Steven Boranian of Reed Smith LLP.
By allowing attorneys to summarize what has just occurred in testimony and how it fits into the wider case narrative, courts can substantially improve juror comprehension through every step of a trial. Yet interim arguments are not practiced regularly, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.
Recent amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure mean issues like spoliation, sanctions and adverse impacts are focus areas for many attorneys, providers and clients. David Turner of FTI Consulting Inc. discusses the technological best practices regarding preservation and proportionality, as well as the challenges associated with clients' structured data.
Outside counsel experienced with alternative fee arrangements will have many war stories regarding successful — and less successful — fee arrangements. Asking outside counsel to share these experiences can provide useful insight into the strength of a proposed AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.
Conventional wisdom says that oral argument is a mere formality; that in courts where judges read briefs in advance, their minds are made up and will rarely — if ever — change. But conventional wisdom notwithstanding, oral argument can be critical, says Stewart Milch of Goldberg Segalla LLP.
Though teaching a law school class may be one of the last things on a busy practitioner's to-do list, it's a misconception that teaching will benefit only those who are looking to leave the practice of law and enter academia. It also offers several practical benefits, especially for more junior lawyers looking for stand-up experience, say Steven Allison and Samrah Mahmoud of Crowell & Moring LLP.