New Jersey

  • May 8, 2017

    3rd Circ. Urged To Rethink Travelers' Asbestos Coverage Win

    General Refractories Co. urged the Third Circuit to reconsider its nix of a $36 million judgment holding Travelers responsible for some of the company's asbestos liabilities, arguing Friday that the circuit ignored evidence of industry customs in finding the insurer could enforce an exclusion for asbestos-related claims.

  • May 5, 2017

    NJ Judge Upholds Remand Of $36.3M Superfund Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Friday upheld a federal bankruptcy court’s decision to send a lawsuit over responsibility for the estimated $36.3 million cleanup of a 26-acre Superfund site back to state court, agreeing with the finding that the case is a contract, not bankruptcy, dispute.

  • May 5, 2017

    Late Tax Forms Can't Free Tax Debts In Bankruptcy: 3rd Circ.

    A former franchisee for DirectBuy failed to escape three years of federal tax liabilities in bankruptcy proceedings when the Third Circuit ruled on Friday that his late-filed tax forms cannot legitimately be classified as “returns.”

  • May 5, 2017

    General Cable Hit With Million-Dollar Waste Cleanup Suit

    General Cable Corp. was hit with a lawsuit in New Jersey federal court Friday over more than a million dollars in cleanup costs, alleging a factory it used during World War II to manufacture cables that were coated in PCBs and heavy metals contaminated a nearby site and saying the company was negligent in using hazardous substances that have since seeped into the soil.

  • May 5, 2017

    Former Senior LG Atty Reprimanded Over Ineligibility In NJ

    The Supreme Court of New Jersey has reprimanded a former senior in-house counsel at LG Electronics USA Inc. for practicing law while ineligible after he failed to pay annual fees to the state.

  • May 5, 2017

    MIA Atty Suspended For 2 Years For Unauthorized Practice

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday suspended an attorney who went missing in action on two federal class action suits and was found to be practicing law while ineligible, pulling his license for two years.

  • May 5, 2017

    Sanofi Escapes Health Plans' 'Deficient' Kickback Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday permanently dismissed two health plans’ suit accusing Sanofi-Aventis, a fellow drug company and two consulting firms of engaging in a kickback scheme, finding the plans don’t have standing to sue and haven’t laid out enough details to support their case.

  • May 5, 2017

    Alcoa Wins Consolidation Bid In NJ Environmental Suits

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday approved Alcoa Inc.'s bid to consolidate a lawsuit brought against it by the borough of Edgewater with another action over environmental contamination at a site the company once owned, saying that the cases involve the same contracts and contamination.

  • May 4, 2017

    Jackson Lewis Looks To Toss Ex-Coach's NJ Malpractice Suit

    Jackson Lewis PC has urged a New Jersey state court to toss a malpractice suit from the former women's basketball coach at Kean University over the firm's representation of her during the NCAA probe that led to her removal from the team, claiming she has not adequately met discovery demands.

  • May 4, 2017

    Ex-NJ Fire Official Gets Hearing On Atty Misconduct Claim

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Thursday ordered a hearing to determine if an ex-fire official can withdraw his guilty plea to theft, ruling that a trial court judge may have mistakenly assumed the official could lodge his ineffective counsel argument in a post-conviction relief petition.

  • May 4, 2017

    NJ High Court OKs $4M Allstate Award Over Sham Biz Model

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated a nearly $4 million judgment awarded to Allstate Insurance Co., saying a trial court correctly found that an attorney and a consultant knowingly violated state law by assisting a chiropractor in setting up an unlawful medical practice that submitted claims to the insurer.

  • May 4, 2017

    NJ Atty's Employment Status Sinks Public Benefits Bid

    A New Jersey attorney lost his bid for public retirement benefits Thursday when a state appeals panel ruled that the Public Employee Retirement System properly placed the burden on him to prove that the work he did for government entities made him eligible for benefits.

  • May 4, 2017

    Trump Golf Club, Ex-Employee Settle Age Bias Suit

    The Third Circuit on Thursday dismissed an appeal by a former Trump National Golf Club Colts Neck employee challenging a decision to end his age discrimination suit after the parties reached an agreement to end the case.

  • May 4, 2017

    Firm, CEO To Pay $4M In Ponzi-Like Life Settlement Scheme

    An investment company and its CEO agreed Thursday to pay more than $4 million to settle a New Jersey federal suit alleging they took in new money to pay off earlier investors in a Ponzi-like scheme and cut the owner an outsize take of the capital raised, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced.

  • May 4, 2017

    NJ Developer Beats Appeal Over Project's Automatic Approval

    The New Jersey Appellate Division affirmed Thursday that a lower court properly gave automatic approval to an 87-unit residential project that Jersey City failed to act upon within the legal time limit, ruling the municipality didn’t have a good excuse to toll the 95-day period.

  • May 4, 2017

    Kennedys Inks US Merger, Creating 1,000-Atty Heavyweight

    International insurance and litigation giant Kennedys is set to merge with midsize U.S. law firm Carroll McNulty & Kull, the firms announced Thursday, creating a law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers and continuing Kennedys’ march into the Americas.

  • May 3, 2017

    Mylan Won't Appeal 3rd Circ. Loss On Doryx Generic

    Generic-drug maker Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. won’t be appealing the Third Circuit’s decision affirming a Pennsylvania federal court’s dismissal of the company's antitrust suit alleging Warner Chilcott restrained competition for acne medication Doryx, as the deadline for petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court has passed.

  • May 3, 2017

    Travelers Suit Nixed Over Tate & Lyle Enviro Coverage In NJ

    Travelers Indemnity Co. and related entities lost their bid Tuesday to litigate a dispute in Illinois state court over insurance coverage for remediation costs facing a unit of British ingredients firm Tate & Lyle PLC in the more than $1 billion cleanup of a heavily polluted river in New Jersey.

  • May 3, 2017

    Generic-Drug Makers Want 40-State Price-Fix Suit Dropped

    Six generic-drug makers accused of conspiring to fix the prices of an antibiotic and a diabetes medication have asked a Connecticut federal court to toss the suit now joined by 40 states, saying the complaint contains a multitude of legal flaws.

  • May 3, 2017

    NJ Judge Accused Of Influencing Friend's Custody Case

    A New Jersey state court judge has been targeted in an ethics complaint alleging she tried to use her position to fast-track a child custody case for a family friend, a judicial investigatory panel announced Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    ABA Needs A New Model Legal Ethics Rule

    Kevin L. Shepherd

    Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.

  • What Does Lateral Partner Success Look Like?

    Howard Flack

    In the final segment of his series on lateral recruitment, Howard Flack, a partner of Volta Talent Strategies LLC and former leader of the lateral partner recruiting team at Hogan Lovells, shares a number of factors law firms should consider when measuring lateral hire success.

  • NJDEP Seeks Further Flexibility For Cleanup Standards

    Adam H. Cutler

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s recently proposed rule related to groundwater cleanup standards, which seeks further shortcuts around Administrative Procedure Act protections, is bad public policy. Due process protections like public notice, public comment, and social and economic evaluations of any new rule or rule change are fundamental requirements of New Jersey and U.S. law, say attorneys with Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch, Roe And 'Superprecedent'

    Nancy Northup

    The Senate must now make a decision that holds the potential of striking at the essence of what it means to live in a free nation of laws, where each of us has the right to define who we love, who we are, and the very purpose of our lives — and it must do so without the benefit of essential information, says Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

  • Are Lateral Recruitment Opportunities Shaping Your Strategy?

    Howard Flack

    In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.

  • How Patchwork State Regs Could Benefit Driverless Cars

    Michael R. Nelson

    While a patchwork of autonomous vehicle regulations that vary from state to state is ultimately unsustainable, it may prove to be quite beneficial for short-term, early stage development and could serve as a blueprint that offers a safe and effective means of regulating the autonomous vehicle without severely limiting its development, say Mike Nelson and Trevor Satnick of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Natural Resource Damages: A New Angle In PCB Litigation

    Graham Zorn

    In an effort to use product liability theories to impose liability on manufacturers of products found in the environment, Washington state recently sued polychlorinated biphenyl manufacturer Monsanto in state court. This could signal a new era in PCB litigation, and should be closely watched by manufacturers and marketers of similar products, say Graham Zorn and Eric Klein of Beveridge & Diamond PC.

  • Lateral Partner Hiring: Time To Look In The Mirror

    Howard Flack

    The surveys that report lateral partner hiring as more or less a 50-50 proposition keep being published, and yet the lateral partner market is as robust as ever. So, what are firms looking at to measure their success and justify the level of investment they continue to make in the lateral market? asks Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC.

  • A Closer Look At The Current State Of Equal Pay

    Eve H. Wagner

    While progress has been made toward eliminating gender-based wage disparity, Equal Pay Day, observed Tuesday, is a reminder that more work needs to be done, and long before the next 50 years tick past. But hopefully it will be done through education about the law, and not more litigation, says Eve Wagner of Sauer & Wagner LLP.

  • Opinion

    Untold Stories: Trump's Budget Would Silence Legal Services

    Kevin Curnin

    President Trump's draft budget proposes total defunding of the Legal Services Corporation. Yet leaders of over 160 of the nation's top law firms and 185 general counsel from leading corporations, who make their living at the intersection of business and law, make the case that destroying the LSC is bad for both, says Kevin Curnin of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.