New Jersey

  • October 30, 2017

    Justices Won't Hear Robert Half Class Arbitration Challenge

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case from former Robert Half International Inc. workers challenging a ruling by the Third Circuit that the staffing agency could address overtime claims in individual arbitration rather than on a classwide basis, according to its Monday order list.

  • October 30, 2017

    Consumer Gets 'Superfood' Fraud Suit Moved To Utah

    A New Jersey federal magistrate judge on Friday granted a consumer’s request to transfer to Utah federal court her proposed class action alleging "superfood" juice maker MonaVie Inc. promotes bogus health drinks through a predatory pyramid scheme, ruling a change in circumstances since the suit’s filing warrants transfer.

  • October 30, 2017

    NJ Hospital, Doc Hit With $17M Verdict In Brain Injury Case

    A New Jersey hospital and a pediatrician have been hit with a $17 million judgment after a state court jury found they were negligent in treating a child who visited the facility in 2008 with pneumonia and left with a brain injury, lawyers in the case said Monday.

  • October 30, 2017

    NJ Pastor Gets Five Years For Bitcoin Bribery Scheme

    A Manhattan judge on Monday hit a Jackson, New Jersey, pastor with a five-year prison sentence for accepting bribes in a scheme to hand control of a small credit union he controlled to a fraudster who had been looking for a way to process shady bitcoin transactions.

  • October 27, 2017

    NJ Judge Accused Of Rage, 'Extreme Emotional Immaturity'

    A New Jersey state judge has been accused of “explosive fits of rage,” “extreme emotional immaturity,” and “bizarre and uncomfortable” conduct toward his then-law clerk, a supervising jurist said in a certification filed in federal court Friday.

  • October 27, 2017

    Pipeline Threatens Pinelands, NJ Sierra Club Suit Says

    The New Jersey Sierra Club on Friday announced its second challenge to a controversial plan for a 30-mile pipeline that includes the ecologically sensitive Pinelands region in its route, arguing that the plan violates state environmental rules because the system wouldn’t even primarily serve that area.

  • October 27, 2017

    Merck Can’t Escape Fosamax MDL, Patients Tell High Court

    Patients suing Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. over its alleged failure to warn about potential femoral fractures from its osteoporosis drug Fosamax have urged the Supreme Court to keep the multidistrict litigation alive, saying the Third Circuit properly determined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took issue with the words “stress fracture."

  • October 27, 2017

    'Too Similar' Rutgers Logos Threaten Deals, Apparel Co. Says

    The owner of athletics-themed clothing brand Rare Breed told a New Jersey federal court Thursday it could lose important potential partnerships if Rutgers University and an assistant football coach aren’t forced to stop using logos it says are virtually identical to its own.

  • October 27, 2017

    NJ Lawmaker Sues AG For Docs In Whistleblower Case

    A New Jersey lawmaker sued Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino on Thursday in New Jersey state court in a bid for documents related to a settled whistleblower case filed by a former prosecutor who alleged he was fired for complaining that a public corruption indictment was dropped for political reasons.

  • October 27, 2017

    Theme Park Loses Fight With NJ Over Use Of Tainted Well

    An Old West theme park in New Jersey lost its bid Friday to resume using a well for drinking water when a state appeals court said an environmental agency properly ordered that the well be used for nonpotable purposes or decommissioned after the water tested positive for E. coli.

  • October 27, 2017

    NJ Homeowners Win Bid To Pause Shore Walkway Project

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to halt a shore reconstruction project involving three Long Beach Island parcels while homeowners fight a decision allowing their municipality to condemn portions of their properties to create a public walkway, which the residents say is a governmental overreach.

  • October 27, 2017

    Fired GNC Manager Wins $250K Verdict In Age Bias Suit

    General Nutrition Corp. intentionally discriminated against a store manager in his 50s when it fired him because of his age, a New Jersey federal jury found Thursday. 

  • October 27, 2017

    Fired Wells Fargo Bankers Lose Race Bias Suit

    Wells Fargo doesn’t have to face racial bias claims brought by three bankers it says it fired for opening accounts without authorization and falsifying time records, a New Jersey federal judge ruled Friday, saying the workers’ claims are undercut by the fact that they were replaced by individuals of the same racial and ethnic mix.   

  • October 27, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Nightingale, TD Bank, Izek Shomof

    Nightingale Properties is reportedly paying between $130 million and $140 million for a New York office and retail development project, TD Bank and Lakeland Bank are said to have loaned a combined $50 million for a New Jersey multifamily project, and developer Izek Shomof has reportedly dropped $18 million on a Los Angeles-area hotel.

  • October 26, 2017

    Menendez Lawyers Want Mistrial Over Excluded Evidence

    The New Jersey federal judge presiding over the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist battled Thursday with defense lawyers over their bid for a mistrial on the grounds that he has stopped them from presenting evidence and telling their side of the story.

  • October 26, 2017

    Cooper Covered For Pollution Cleanup, NJ Judge Rules

    Cooper Industries is entitled to coverage under several of a predecessor's insurance policies for any liability it incurs in connection with environmental remediation efforts along the Passaic River, a New Jersey judge has ruled.

  • October 26, 2017

    NJ Justices Decline To Hear Jersey City Zoning Case

    The New Jersey Supreme Court declined to review a lower court’s decision that a 2012 settlement resolving a Jersey City zoning dispute was binding on future municipal officials, letting stand a finding that local redevelopment projects must be allowed to traverse municipal administrations under state law.

  • October 26, 2017

    Occidental Owes Repsol $65M In NJ River Cleanup Saga

    A New Jersey judge has ordered Occidental Chemical Corp. to pay Spanish oil giant Repsol SA $65 million to cover its settlement with state environmental regulators over the cleanup of decades-old pollution in the Passaic River, ending the companies’ 12-year court battle.

  • October 26, 2017

    Tenant Not Liable For Broker Commission, NJ Panel Says

    The New Jersey Appellate Division ruled in a published decision Thursday that a tenant who agreed to purchase a property that was pending sale to another buyer didn’t owe the sales broker commission because there was no enforceable contract between the tenant and broker.

  • October 26, 2017

    Sanofi Says Mylan Infringing 18 Insulin Patents

    Sanofi filed a patent infringement suit Tuesday in New Jersey federal court alleging Mylan’s planned generic version of Sanofi’s insulin pen, Lantus, infringes 18 of its patents.

Expert Analysis

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.

  • It's On Plaintiffs To Prove No Scientific Substantiation

    Brett Taylor

    Historically, plaintiffs rest false advertising claims upon allegations that marketing claims are unsubstantiated and not supported by reliable scientific evidence. But two recent decisions out of California suggest courts may not recognize a private right of action for false advertising claims arising out of alleged improper scientific substantiation, say Brett Taylor and Amy Alderfer of Cozen O'Connor.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • Opinion

    We Must Protect Consumers From Illegal Debt Collectors

    Maura Healey

    Companies are allowed to collect the money they are owed, but they cannot break the law or cheat people in the process. Some of the biggest players in the debt collection industry are not focused on getting it right, says Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

  • Finding The Unicorn In Lender Liability Litigation

    Jerry Blanchard

    Investors frequently talk about trying to find the next unicorn, that small startup company that is going to turn into a billion-dollar valuation. The New Jersey district court's recent decision in PNC Bank v. Star Group offers debtors counsel hope that a unicorn has finally arrived in the lender liability context, says Jerry Blanchard of Bryan Cave LLP.

  • Implicit Bias' Questionable Role In Employment Litigation

    James McDonald Jr.

    Implicit bias has enjoyed a sustained focus of research and analysis in academia, and it is an increasingly popular topic of discussion among employment lawyers. However, whether implicit bias as a concept has any usefulness in employment discrimination litigation is not at all clear, says James McDonald Jr. of Fisher Phillips.

  • Failure To Show Personal Jurisdiction In 'Show Me' State

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    A federal judge recently said “show me” when 83 plaintiffs from 30 different states claimed personal jurisdiction in Missouri over a New Jersey-based talcum powder manufacturer. This ruling appears to be part of a trend that will likely lead to less talc-related litigation tourism in Missouri, says Steven Boranian of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Are Opioids The New Tobacco?

    Richard Scruggs

    Is the rising spate of opioid litigation comparable to the litigation that led to the mega-billion dollar settlement with Big Tobacco? According to ex-trial lawyer Richard Scruggs, who helped engineer the $248 billion tobacco settlement in the 1990s, the answer is "sort of."

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.

  • Potential Perils Of Employer Parental Leave Policies

    Debra Friedman

    In recent years, more and more private companies have been adopting parental benefit policies. However, as demonstrated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's recent suit against Estée Lauder, the agency is focusing on alleged disparities in employers’ parental benefit policies, and good intentions can lead to unintended consequences, says Debra Friedman of Cozen O'Connor.