New Jersey

  • January 4, 2017

    Cuomo Proposes $10B Overhaul For New York's JFK Airport

    New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport could undergo a $10 billion overhaul complete with new terminals, improved roadway access and expanded mass transit under an ambitious redevelopment proposal unveiled Wednesday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

  • January 4, 2017

    3rd Circ. Won't Revisit Ex-Students' Malpractice Appeal

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday refused to reconsider its decision last month to not revive legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims brought against Carpenter Bennett & Morrissey by former Rutgers University students over allegations that the law firm represented them in a former professor's detenure proceedings nearly two decades ago.

  • January 4, 2017

    Six Flags Nixes Warranty Claims For Coaster Injury

    Breach of warranty claims by a Six Flags roller-coaster rider who was allegedly blinded in one eye after being hit by a flying cellphone were dismissed Tuesday, with a New Jersey district judge finding his admission ticket was not legally a “good” covered by warranty.

  • January 4, 2017

    NJ Halts Calif. Fertility Clinic's Bad Review Ban

    A California fertility clinic has agreed to stop barring its customers from posting negative commentary about the facility and its personnel on crowd-sourced review websites as part of a settlement with New Jersey, state Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced Wednesday. 

  • January 4, 2017

    NJ Wind Farm Misses Deadline, Shot At $40M In DOE Funding

    A proposed 24-megawatt wind farm off the coast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, remains dead in the water after the company behind the plan missed a year-end deadline that would’ve made $40 million in U.S. Department of Energy funding available for the project, the agency said Wednesday.

  • January 4, 2017

    GWB Defendants Ask Court To Toss Novel Convictions

    Two people convicted in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal urged a New Jersey federal court Tuesday to toss the guilty verdict based on a recent First Circuit decision, saying that ruling shows courts are reining in such novel uses of federal criminal statutes.

  • January 3, 2017

    OSHA Fines NJ Hospital For Worker's 'Preventable' Death

    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Tuesday that it has issued nearly $175,000 in fines against a New Jersey hospital for workplace safety violations related to the “preventable” death of an employee who was electrocuted while working on a light fixture and fell off a ladder.

  • January 3, 2017

    NJ, Allstate Bring Claims Of Massive Auto Insurance Fraud

    The New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance and Allstate Insurance Co. on Tuesday accused the criminally convicted owners of several New Jersey chiropractic centers of engaging in a massive fraud scheme involving a host of health care providers, lawyers and others who recruited automobile accident victims to file claims for treatment.

  • January 3, 2017

    GE Settles Technicians' OT Collective Action For $9.5M

    General Electric Co. has reached a proposed $9.5 million settlement in a collective action brought by service technicians alleging they were shorted overtime pay for off-the-clock duties in New Jersey federal court.

  • January 3, 2017

    NJ Again Urges High Court To Review Sports Betting Case

    New Jersey and its horse racing industry group have again urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the federal ban on sports betting in the Garden State, arguing that the restriction undermines state sovereignty.

  • January 3, 2017

    Trader Drops 3rd Circ. Appeal Of SEC Insider Trading Deal

    The Third Circuit has granted a bid by former medical device company executive George Holley to voluntarily dismiss his appeal of a $386,000 settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over insider trading claims in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last month in Salman v. United States, according to an order filed Thursday.

  • January 3, 2017

    Parking Rules Discriminated Against NJ Mosque, Judge Says

    Bernards Township, New Jersey, and several municipal officials accused of stymieing the construction of a mosque violated federal law by applying a municipal zoning ordinance in a way that created different requirements for building houses of worship on the basis of religion, a federal judge ruled Saturday.

  • January 3, 2017

    La. Bound To Flonase Settlement, GSK Tells 3rd Circ.

    Louisiana should be held to a settlement reached between GlaxoSmithKline and a class of purchasers over allegations that the company delayed generic competition for Flonase nasal spray, the company has told the Third Circuit.

  • January 3, 2017

    NJ Justices Question Car Dealer's Arbitration Clause

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday pressed a used-car dealership to prove its refusal to pay American Arbitration Association fees did not waive its right keep a customer dispute out of court, challenging the dealer's assertion it need not respond to the arbitration.

  • January 3, 2017

    NJ Developer Wins Appeal Over Apartment Buildings Denial

    A New Jersey appeals court on Tuesday revived a developer's proposal for two apartment buildings in Sea Girt, New Jersey, saying a lower court mistakenly upheld the denial of the application after the borough clarified that a building coverage limitation requirement did not apply to the project.

  • January 2, 2017

    New Jersey Regulation And Legislation To Watch In 2017

    Employee-friendly initiatives, a proposal barring granting state contracts to businesses with mandatory arbitration clauses and gaming-related measures for racetracks may be on the horizon across New Jersey's legislative and regulatory landscape in 2017, but the upcoming gubernatorial election could limit how much deal-making gets done.

  • January 2, 2017

    New Jersey Cases To Watch In 2017

    New Jersey’s courts will be bustling in 2017 as high-profile figures from the world of government and the law continue to battle corruption charges, a multimillion-dollar product liability award hangs in the balance and employment contracts and consumer agreements receive continued scrutiny.

  • December 23, 2016

    NJ Judge Again Sinks Special Prosecutor Bid In GWB Case

    A New Jersey state judge on Friday reaffirmed her decision rejecting a bid to appoint a special prosecutor to handle a criminal complaint against Gov. Chris Christie over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge, saying the activist who filed the complaint is not permitted to make that request.

  • December 23, 2016

    NJ Tax Judge Limits Access To Merck Property Sale Deal

    Merck Sharpe & Dohme Corp. won its bid to restrict public access to the sales contract for its global headquarters when a New Jersey Tax Court judge ruled that while the contract may not constitute protected trade secrets, it’s a “significant business asset” that warrants limited exposure.

  • December 22, 2016

    The Biggest​ NJ​​ Policy Developments Of 2016

    A deal to boost transportation funding, waterfront access rules and the state takeover of a struggling Atlantic City were among New Jersey's defining legislative and regulatory measures in 2016, but the year also was marked by failed efforts to increase the minimum wage and give raises to judges.

Expert Analysis

  • The Landlord-Tenant Relationship Post-Bankruptcy

    Stuart Brown

    The New Jersey bankruptcy court’s recent ruling in IDEA Boardwalk v. Polo North Country Club clarifies the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants under Section 365(h) of the Bankruptcy Code. The ruling will likely have a significant impact on third-party purchasers looking to acquire distressed real estate assets “free and clear,” say Stuart Brown and Grace Imafidon of DLA Piper.

  • OPINION: The US Supreme Court In 2017

    James Brosnahan

    The ideologue’s main problem is believing in conformity of thought. They will now search for true believers, but fortunately very few judges harbor the dark, conservative uniformity desired. If they do find one, the Senate will not confirm, says James Brosnahan, a senior trial counsel with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Merging Law Firms: Think Before You Tie The Knot

    John Remsen Jr.

    Getting larger isn’t a good enough reason to merge. Focus on whether the merger will make your firm better. Also, it’s possible that a merger can reduce profitability, says John Remsen Jr. of TheRemsenGroup.

  • Merging Law Firms: Why Deals Fail Or Underperform

    Lisa Smith

    While many law firm mergers have been successful, some have been spectacularly unsuccessful — to the point of firm dissolution. Some have exceeded expectations, while others have had little impact on the overall competitiveness of the combined firm. In both failed discussions and less-than-successful mergers, there are mistakes that are made along the way, says Lisa Smith of Fairfax Associates.

  • What To Expect From The New Senate

    Kay Bailey Hutchison

    A word of caution to our fellow Republicans — one lesson learned from President Obama’s first two years in office is that pushing through partisan legislation could come back to haunt a party and a presidency, say former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Curt Beaulieu of Bracewell LLP.

  • Merging Law Firms: Beware Conflicts Of Interest

    Allison Martin Rhodes

    Among the many ethical issues that can arise, conflicts of interest from current or past representation of each firm’s clients should be at the forefront of merger discussions. Recently, we have seen such conflicts disqualify firms in the middle of high-cost litigation, say Allison Martin Rhodes of Holland & Knight LLP and Robert Hillman of the University of California, Davis.

  • Man Vs. Machine: Or, Lawyers Vs. Legal Technology

    Abdi Shayesteh

    Some have claimed that emerging legal technologies and increasingly cost-conscious clients will mean the extinction of the legal profession as we know it. However, innovations in legal technology may actually benefit attorneys, allowing them to spend their time doing more meaningful work, say Abdi Shayesteh and Elnaz Zarrini of AltaClaro.

  • OPINION: The Verdict — A Rejection Of Politics As Usual

    Reuben Guttman

    The verdict on Nov. 8, was not unanimous, especially when Secretary Hillary Clinton will end up with a popular vote advantage. Yet, it is a message of extreme magnitude from voters willing to overlook the serious flaws of a candidate because they could not reconcile themselves to ratifying the perpetuation of politics as usual, says Reuben Guttman, a partner of Guttman Buschner & Brooks PLLC and adjunct professor at Emory Law School.

  • The New State AG Landscape

    Jesse Panuccio

    With another election in the books, the state attorney general landscape now takes another turn. Ten states held elections for attorney general last week. Five seats were retained by incumbents and five seats now belong to newcomers. Foley & Lardner LLP litigation partner Jesse Panuccio gives us the breakdown.

  • Merging Law Firms: Why Hogan Lovells Has Worked

    J. Warren Gorrell Jr.

    As shown by the impending merger between Arnold & Porter LLP and Kaye Scholer LLP, consolidation in the legal industry remains a popular strategy among firms looking to boost revenue and acquire new clients. J. Warren Gorrell Jr., a key architect of the 2010 merger that created Hogan Lovells, reflects on his own experience and why mergers of equals are particularly difficult.