New Jersey

  • December 21, 2017

    Simpson, Goodwin Steer $1.8B Blackstone-Cabot Deal

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP represented Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust Inc. in connection with its roughly $1.8 billion purchase, announced Wednesday, of an industrial portfolio from Goodwin Procter LLP-counseled Cabot Properties Inc. that includes properties in Illinois, California, Texas, Florida, New Jersey and beyond.

  • December 21, 2017

    Atty Relieved In $3M Scam Case After Not Getting Paid

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday granted an attorney's request to be relieved as counsel for a doctor who has not paid the lawyer for nearly a year in a case in which the physician has admitted to bilking Medicare and private insurers out of about $3 million.

  • December 21, 2017

    Ex-McElroy Deutsch Partner Rejoins Bressler Amery In NJ

    Bressler Amery & Ross PC has nabbed former McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP labor attorney and onetime UBS Financial Services Inc. associate general counsel as a principal in the firm’s employment practice group in New Jersey, the firm announced on Wednesday. 

  • December 20, 2017

    Health Care Charity's UBIT Exclusions Denied In Tax Court

    The U.S. Tax Court said Wednesday that fees a charitable organization received from third-party vendors were subject to unrelated business income tax, rejecting the organization’s arguments that they were excludable royalties or were received in a trade or business primarily carried on for its members’ convenience.

  • December 20, 2017

    NJ Hospital Ducks Emotional Distress Claims In Med Mal Suit

    A New Jersey couple who filed a medical malpractice lawsuit over the death of their infant son can’t include the father’s emotional distress among their claims, because he didn’t immediately associate the alleged wrongdoing with the baby’s injuries, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • December 20, 2017

    Ex-LeClairRyan Atty Stays As Ch. 11 Trustee Despite Conflict

    A New Jersey federal court Wednesday found a former LeClairRyan attorney can stay on as trustee of a bankrupt real estate holding company, saying previously undisclosed connections between LeClairRyan and the company’s ownership were not serious enough to disqualify him.

  • December 20, 2017

    NJ Appellate Panel Says Industrial-Site Cleanup Plan Is Safe

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Wednesday upheld the state’s approval of contamination cleanup activities at a former metal production plant, ruling that the remediation proposal offered by the site’s present owner was safer than alternative plans.

  • December 20, 2017

    Public Can't Access Christie's Town Lists, NJ Panel Says

    Certain documents used by a New Jersey government office unit that came under scrutiny when the George Washington Bridge scandal erupted in 2014 are shielded from public access even though the office has since been disbanded, a state appeals panel ruled Tuesday.

  • December 20, 2017

    Boehringer To Pay $13.5M To End Off-Label Marketing Claims

    Drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. has agreed to distribute $13.5 million among all 50 states and the District of Columbia to end allegations that it marketed four of its prescription drugs for off-label uses, attorneys general announced Wednesday.

  • December 20, 2017

    Bayer, Merck Accused Of Falsely Advertising Sunblock's SPF

    Bayer Healthcare LLC and Merck & Co. Inc. advertised their Coppertone Sport High Performance SPF 30 sunscreen as providing greater sun protection than the product actually does, causing consumers to overpay, according to a proposed class action removed to New Jersey federal court Tuesday.

  • December 20, 2017

    House Sends $1.5T Tax Cut Bill To Trump's Desk

    The Republicans’ $1.5 trillion tax bill is expected to become law after the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday again voted to affirm deep and permanent tax cuts for corporations and lower rates for most American households until 2025.

  • December 19, 2017

    GOP Tax Cut Bill Nears Finish Line After Senate Passage

    The Republicans' expansive $1.5 trillion tax cut bill cleared its penultimate hurdle in Congress early Wednesday and appeared to be mere hours away from being sent to the president's desk after the Senate approved the legislation by a simple majority vote.

  • December 19, 2017

    Pass-Through Deduction Affects Few States, Analysis Finds

    Only a few states would need to worry about losing revenue from a new deduction for pass-through businesses in the federal tax bill, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the Tax Foundation.

  • December 19, 2017

    Ex-Broker Cops In NJ To Accepting Kickbacks For Stock

    A former broker at two investment banking firms admitted in New Jersey federal court on Tuesday to accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks over several years from three clients in exchange for giving them more favorable stock allocations, authorities said.

  • December 19, 2017

    Top State & Local Tax Legislation Of 2017: Year-In-Review

    From California enacting one of the nation’s biggest tax regime changes in decades to Illinois and Kansas raising taxes after voting to override a governor’s veto, 2017 was a busy year for state and local tax legislation.

  • December 19, 2017

    Atty Legislator Tapped As NJ Banking And Insurance Czar

    New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that he planned to nominate New Jersey Assemblywoman Marlene Caride, a partner with Gonzalez & Caride, to lead the state Department of Banking and Insurance, saying she will be a “watchdog” for Garden State residents.

  • December 19, 2017

    NJ Water Quality Standard For Chemical Declared Invalid

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Tuesday invalidated a state groundwater quality standard for a toxic chemical used to make consumer products, finding that what were adopted as interim measures have become in effect permanent regulations in violation of state rulemaking procedures.

  • December 19, 2017

    Dr. Reddy’s To Pay $5M To End Feds' Packaging Safety Suit

    Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Inc. agreed Monday in New Jersey federal court to pay $5 million to end the federal government’s accusations it violated the Consumer Product Safety Act by selling prescription drugs that were in packages not tested for child safety.

  • December 19, 2017

    House Must Vote Again On Final GOP Tax Bill

    The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to cast a second vote on the nearly $1.5 trillion Republican tax cut bill after the Senate parliamentarian ruled Tuesday that provisions in the bill violate procedures to pass the measure in the Senate with a simple majority.

  • December 18, 2017

    Lockheed Scores Redo Of $50M Age Discrimination Verdict

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday vacated a jury’s $50 million verdict against Lockheed Martin Corp. in an age discrimination suit brought by a former engineer, ruling that the jury could not have determined that the government contractor’s upper management actually participated in the discrimination.

Expert Analysis

  • Core Functions And Cooperative Federalism At The EPA

    Dan Jordanger

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently released draft strategic plan for 2018-2022 starkly narrows the items on which the EPA will focus its resources and turns the agency’s back on many objectives contained in the previous plan — things that the Trump administration and Administrator Scott Pruitt believe should not be done at all, says Dan Jordanger of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • Federal Claims Must Meet Diversity Jurisdiction Burden

    Jeffrey Odom

    The Third Circuit recently dismissed a plaintiff’s fear of cancer claims arising from a chemical spill, and found the diversity jurisdiction burden was not met. Defendants should look beyond the sensational facts of toxic tort claims and challenge the evidence presented at filing to determine whether jurisdiction is proper, says Jeffrey Odom of Lane Powell PC.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Stats On How TC Heartland Is Affecting Patent Litigants

    Chase Perry

    When the U.S. Supreme Court decided the now-famous TC Heartland case in May 2017, a robust discussion began regarding how significant its effects would be. Chase Perry of Ankura examined statistics from recent months in search of changes in case filing patterns and patent holder success metrics.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Perception Vs. Reality At Trial

    Martha Luring

    The long litigation life cycle for large, complex civil lawsuits provides ample time for clients and counsel to form strong opinions — often negative when based on adversarial exchanges — about the opposing trial team, their witnesses and their experts. Martha Luring of Salmons Consulting shares some common perceptions not always shared by jurors.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.