New Jersey

  • February 11, 2010

    FirstEnergy To Acquire Allegheny For $8.5B

    FirstEnergy Corp. on Thursday announced plans to buy Allegheny Energy Inc. for $8.5 billion, though the companies don’t expect the deal to close for at least a year due to necessary regulatory approvals from the U.S. government and a number of states — one of which helped block another utility merger in 2006.

  • February 10, 2010

    US Fights Rohm & Haas Bid To Kill Superfund Suit

    The federal government has fired back at a bid by Rohm and Haas Co. to kill a suit over a New Jersey Superfund site, saying a recent change in appellate case law should toll the statute of limitations to allow the U.S. to recover past cleanup costs.

  • February 10, 2010

    $12M Vioxx Deal Requires Merck To Add Safety Checks

    A New Jersey state judge has preliminarily approved a settlement of a Vioxx-related shareholder derivative action that will see Merck & Co. Inc. institute stronger drug-safety measures, appoint a chief medical officer and pay nearly $12.2 million in attorneys' fees.

  • February 9, 2010

    Rohm & Haas Bests Insurer's Bid For Reimbursement

    A federal judge has dismissed an insurer's claims for reimbursement from Rohm and Haas Co. and Morton International Inc. for defense and settlement costs stemming from four separate lawsuits over asbestos and chemical exposure and an allegedly tainted landfill.

  • February 9, 2010

    Senate Confirms Greenaway For 3rd Circ. Seat

    The U.S. Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to confirm U.S. District Judge Joseph A. Greenaway Jr. to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

  • February 9, 2010

    Howrey To Remain As BSC Counsel In Stent IP Suit

    A district judge has reversed a magistrate judge's order disqualifying Howrey LLP from defending Boston Scientific Corp. in a patent infringement suit brought by Wyeth over drug-eluting stents, holding that the firm's representation of Wyeth in an unrelated case does not create a significant conflict of interest.

  • February 9, 2010

    UK Firm Clyde & Co. Launches NJ Insurance Practice

    British law firm Clyde & Co. LLP has opened its third U.S. outpost, setting up shop in New Jersey with six insurance law practitioners nabbed from Connell Foley LLP.

  • February 8, 2010

    IFF's Tort Claims Barred In Tainted Vanilla Spat

    A federal appeals court has barred an extract producer from treating a products liability claim against a contractual partner as a torts claim, upholding a lower court's decision.

  • February 8, 2010

    Aussie Court OKs $1M Cartel Fine For DRS

    American-based defense supplier DRS C3 Systems Inc. has agreed to pay a $1 million penalty to resolve the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's allegations that the company engaged in cartel behavior in the international military defense training systems industry.

  • February 8, 2010

    Class Actions Over Toyota Accelerator Recalls Pile Up

    Amid recalls of millions of Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles over sticky accelerator pedals and reports that brake problems could lead to another recall of its hybrids as soon as Tuesday, the Japanese automaker now faces more than 30 proposed class actions in North America over its electronic throttle system.

  • February 8, 2010

    Lucent Strikes Settlement In ERISA Class Action

    The plaintiffs in a class action accusing Lucent Technologies Inc. of violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by improperly reducing medical benefits for its retirees have reached a settlement with the company, according to court papers.

  • February 8, 2010

    DLA Piper Picks Up King & Spalding Litigator

    DLA Piper has lured a new partner to its litigation practice from King & Spalding LLP who is steeped in white-collar experience, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry.

  • February 8, 2010

    Fed. Circ. Affirms $5M Patent Award For SEB

    Detecting no error in the lower court's decision, a federal appeals court has upheld an award of $4.88 million in damages and interest for French home cooking appliance maker SEB SA in its suit accusing Pentalpha Enterprises Ltd. of infringing a patent for a plastic skirt on a deep fryer.

  • February 8, 2010

    New Bill Would Install 10M Solar Units By 2019

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., have introduced companion bills to get 10 million solar power systems installed on U.S. rooftops over the next decade as part of an effort to support energy independence and create green jobs.

  • February 5, 2010

    Money Managers Sentenced To 9, 5 Years In Jail

    Alberto Vilar and Gary Tanaka, two former money managers who were also well-noted philanthropists, have been sentenced to nine and five years in prison, respectively, for allegedly running a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud investors.

  • February 5, 2010

    5 Surefire Ways To Annoy A Judge

    Did you hear the one about the lawyer who asked the judge to postpone a trial so he could catch a football game? Or the one who read his brief, word for word, to the whole courtroom? How about the one where the lawyer dissed Cornell University Law School — only to discover it was the judge's alma mater?

  • February 4, 2010

    Exchanges Face Copyright Suit Over Symbol System

    A New Jersey company that provides business products and services to the financial services industry has hit seven major stock exchanges with a suit accusing them of breaching various software agreements by illegally creating derivative versions of the company's copyrighted computer programs.

  • February 4, 2010

    Expert Testimony Back In Play In Accutane Death Suit

    A New Jersey appeals court has remanded a wrongful death suit over Roche Laboratories' acne medication Accutane, ordering the trial court to reconsider whether to allow expert testimony that would support a link between the drug and suicide.

  • February 3, 2010

    3rd Circ. Tosses False Claims Suit Against Organon

    A federal appeals court has thrown out a doctor's suit alleging Organon Inc. made false claims to Medicare and Medicaid programs when it failed to disclose the harmful effects of the anesthetic Raplon, which was withdrawn from the U.S. market in 2001.

  • February 3, 2010

    TiVo Adds Verizon Affiliates To DVR Patent Suit

    TiVo Inc. has widened the scope of its lawsuit accusing Verizon Communications Inc. of violating three patents related to digital video recording technology, adding two Verizon affiliates as defendants.