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New Jersey

  • November 21, 2018

    Toys R Us Creditors Challenge Releases In Ch. 11 Plan

    Toys R Us Inc.’s unsecured creditors committee has asked a Virginia bankruptcy judge to reject a Chapter 11 plan for a group of the toy chain’s subsidiaries, saying it shorts creditors by releasing possible legal claims against some of the entities.

  • November 21, 2018

    Jersey City Approves 1% Payroll Tax To Fund Schools

    Jersey City council members have approved a 1 percent payroll tax for employees who don’t live in the city, an ordinance that came after New Jersey state lawmakers, having cut back on state-provided school aid, authorized the maneuver earlier this year.

  • November 21, 2018

    Janssen Turns To High Court In Bid To Block Zytiga Generics

    Janssen Biotech Inc. said on Tuesday it was going to sprint to the U.S. Supreme Court after the Federal Circuit refused to block sales of generic versions of Zytiga while Janssen appeals a ruling that invalidated a patent on the blockbuster oncology medication.

  • November 21, 2018

    Software Co.'s Noncompetes Unlawful In Calif., Rival Says

    SHI International Inc. was hit with a lawsuit Tuesday in California federal court by a rival software seller that claims it unlawfully bound its California employees to restrictive noncompete agreements under New Jersey law.

  • November 21, 2018

    Scarinci Hollenbeck Adds Watson Farley Real Estate Atty

    Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC has added as counsel to its commercial real estate practice group in New Jersey a seasoned attorney from Watson Farley & Williams LLP with a record of handling deals involving luxury hotels, office developments and other properties.

  • November 21, 2018

    Labaton Sucharow Pro Bono Team Secures 2 Asylum Grants

    In their first foray into immigration law, pro bono lawyers from Labaton Sucharow LLP recently secured asylum grants for a Pakistani persecuted on account of his Shia faith and a Ugandan targeted for his sexual orientation.

  • November 21, 2018

    Atty Could Get Fees Despite Suspension, 3rd Circ. Says

    The Third Circuit has ruled that an attorney who represented a couple while administratively suspended isn’t entitled to a contingency fee, but could recoup payment for work he performed for the clients before they fired him.

  • November 21, 2018

    NJ Hospital Revives Bid To Arbitrate Whistleblower Claims

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Wednesday revived a hospital’s effort to force arbitration of a former executive’s whistleblower claims, after the trial court failed to spell out its reasons for not allowing oral argument on the hospital's bid to compel arbitration.

  • November 20, 2018

    Investment Adviser Gets Prison For Fraud, Sham Atty Letter

    An investment adviser was slapped with a more than eight-year prison sentence Tuesday in New Jersey federal court for bilking investors out of millions of dollars, forging his former attorney's signature as part of the scheme after he was arrested and released on bail, and preparing false tax returns for clients.

  • November 20, 2018

    Dr. Reddy’s, Mylan Win Challenge To Arthritis Drug Patents

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday invalidated patents covering Horizon Pharma Inc.’s arthritis drug Vimovo in its suit against Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Inc. and Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. over their plans to manufacture and market generic versions, finding a claim term in the patents to be indefinite.

  • November 20, 2018

    Acting EPA Head Tags 3 Superfund Sites For Special Attention

    The acting head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday designated Superfund sites in Michigan, Missouri and New Jersey for special attention, continuing a focus on contaminated areas that began with his predecessor.

  • November 20, 2018

    Vikings Owners Can't Get NJ High Court To Review RICO Suit

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to review a ruling against the owners of the Minnesota Vikings on racketeering and other claims by former partners in a real estate project.

  • November 20, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Says Analysis Lacking In Nix Of Quillivant IP

    The Federal Circuit ruled Tuesday that a Delaware federal court failed to adequately explain why it invalidated patent claims covering Tris Pharma Inc.’s ADHD treatment Quillivant XR, breathing new life into the drugmaker’s infringement lawsuit against a unit of Teva Pharmaceuticals.

  • November 20, 2018

    J&J Again Asks Pa. Mesh Judge To Recuse Over Family Ties

    After unsuccessfully pushing the issue in another case this year, a Johnson & Johnson unit is asking a Pennsylvania judge to step aside from an upcoming pelvic mesh injury trial based on concerns that his mother was pursuing her own product liability claims against the company.

  • November 20, 2018

    Pension Fund Slams Firm's Bid To Shed Valeant Fraud Suit

    An Arizona public pension fund shot back at a hedge fund management company seeking to escape a multibillion-dollar securities class action over Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.’s massive stock drop, reminding a New Jersey federal court Monday that it already rejected their bid to duck insider trading allegations.

  • November 20, 2018

    NJ Atty Makes Coy Push For Lead In Danish Tax Fraud MDL

    Cryptic concerns about international criminal investigations were not enough Tuesday to secure New Jersey attorney John M. Hanamirian a leadership role defending hundreds of American pension plans against multidistrict litigation accusing them of cheating Danish tax authorities, a Manhattan federal judge said in court.

  • November 20, 2018

    Ignore AGs Meddling In Popular $84M AOA Deal, Docs Urge

    A group of doctors urged a New Jersey federal judge to accept their $84 million antitrust settlement with the American Osteopathic Association, arguing that a group of attorneys general who have stepped in at the last minute to oppose it are misinterpreting U.S. Supreme Court precedent and that no actual class members have objected.

  • November 20, 2018

    Opera House Insurer Says HVAC Co. Owes For Burst Pipe

    The insurer for a Delaware opera house launched a federal lawsuit Monday against a company tasked with installing and monitoring the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, alleging the business is directly responsible for a system failure that led to widespread water damage at the facility.

  • November 20, 2018

    Ex-Atty Can't Avoid Prison Time For Bilking Foreign Nation

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday nixed a former attorney’s bid to set aside his six-year prison sentence for using a bogus law and accounting firm to defraud a foreign nation of more than $3.5 million, rejecting claims that he received ineffective legal assistance.

  • November 20, 2018

    NJ Justices Turn Away Malpractice Suit In Prudential Bias Row

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to consider a suit brought by a former Prudential employee against a local law firm that she says improperly steered her racial bias suit against the company into arbitration.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    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 Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Fortress Ruling Helps Temper Overzealous SEC Enforcement

    Perrie Weiner

    The insider trading action against certain Fortress securities traders is one more example of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relying upon analytical data to pursue what may be suspicious activity. But a New Jersey federal court's recent decision in the case reinforces that suspicious trades are not enough, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • State Tax Codes Can Help Mitigate Poverty

    Misha Hill

    There are several tools at the disposal of state policymakers — particularly within their state tax codes — to help alleviate some of the financial pressure families face when living at or near the poverty level, say Aidan Davis and Misha Hill of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

  • Sweeping Business Tax Changes Continue In New Jersey

    David Gutowski

    As part of Gov. Phil Murphy’s efforts to “modernize” business taxes, New Jersey recently enacted significant changes to its corporation business tax — furthered by a bill the governor signed on Oct. 4. Meant to provide only "technical corrections," the bill includes even more substantive tax changes, say attorneys from Reed Smith LLP.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • More Automation Means Less Busy Work For Legal Teams

    Rebecca Yoder

    Legal departments have been slow to adopt artificial intelligence and automation solutions for the sort of mundane tasks attorneys dread. But such tools can make legal teams more efficient and accurate, allowing members to focus on big-picture challenges and mission-critical strategies, says Rebecca Yoder of Docusign Inc.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • NJ Order Gives Offshore Wind A Firmer Footing

    H. David Gold

    Earlier this year, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation strengthening the state's offshore wind power goals. Last month, his administration issued the largest offshore wind energy solicitation of any state to date, giving the industry a strong foundation in New Jersey, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.