New Jersey

  • February 1, 2010

    Ex-Bernstein Partners Open Mass Tort Firm In NY

    Two former Bernstein Liebhard LLP partners have launched a boutique plaintiffs firm in New York, through which they will specialize in mass tort product liability and qui tam cases, while continuing to work with former securities clients.

  • February 1, 2010

    Tierra Hits Qwest, Others With VoIP Patent Suit

    Level 3 Communications LLC, Global Crossing Ltd. and Qwest Communications International Inc. have been accused of infringing a patent for Voice Over Internet Protocol technology by Tierra Telecom Inc.

  • February 1, 2010

    Asbestos Abatement Co. Settles Workers' OT Suit

    Asbestos abatement and construction contractor The Mack Group LLC has reached a settlement with a group of hazardous-abatement workers who accused the company of failing to pay them overtime wages.

  • January 29, 2010

    3rd Circ. Affirms Port Authority Pilots' FLSA Victory

    A federal appeals court has upheld a decision to award two helicopter pilots employed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey two years of damages for the agency's unwillful misclassification of them as exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • January 29, 2010

    Glass Ceiling Still Looms Over Judge's Bench: Study

    Women are still underrepresented on the nation’s federal and state judicial benches, holding only 22 percent of all federal judgeships and 26 percent of all state-level positions, according to a new study.

  • January 29, 2010

    Staples Settles Assistant Manager OT Suits For $42M

    Staples Inc. agreed Friday to pay $42 million as part of a global settlement resolving several wage-and-hour collective actions claiming the office supply vendor misclassified its assistant store managers as exempt from federal overtime pay requirements.

  • January 29, 2010

    3rd Circ. Sinks Ex-Health Net Atty's Defamation Suit

    A federal appeals court has affirmed the dismissal of a defamation and negligence suit brought against two New Jersey health care oversight officials by a former lawyer for Health Net Inc. after she was fired by the insurer.

  • January 29, 2010

    MegaPhase Sues Insurers For Coverage Of IP Suit

    Coaxial cable manufacturer MegaPhase LLC has sued its insurers for failing to provide defense and indemnification coverage in a patent infringement, unfair competition and breach of contract suit brought by rival Flexco Microwave Inc.

  • January 29, 2010

    EPA Tells NY Coke Facility To Clean Up

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has begun a crackdown on alleged violations by Tonawanda Coke Corp., vowing to end lax environmental practices at the company's facility near Buffalo, N.Y.

  • January 28, 2010

    Macquarie To Sell Parking Unit For $111M Via Ch. 11

    In the face of a nationwide decline in air travel, Macquarie Infrastructure Co. announced Thursday a deal to sell its airport parking lot business — Parking Corp. of America Airports — to Bainbridge ZKS Corinthian Holdings LLC for $111.5 million through a Chapter 11 sale.

  • January 28, 2010

    EPA Deal Likely To Save Elan Millions In Fines

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked a federal court to approve a consent decree settling its allegations of hazardous waste law violations against Elan Chemical Company Inc., potentially saving the company hundreds of millions of dollars in statutory fines.

  • January 28, 2010

    Corps Of Engineers Gets OK To Dredge Delaware River

    A federal judge has given the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the green light to deepen a portion of the Delaware River, denying a request from Delaware state authorities to stop the project.

  • January 28, 2010

    Citigroup Stock Plan Plaintiffs Appeal To 1st Circ.

    Though multidistrict litigation over the forfeiture provision in one of Citigroup Inc.'s employee stock plans recently has been trimmed down, class action plaintiffs in Colorado and Louisiana are not giving up without a fight.

  • January 27, 2010

    Lawyer Fights Muzzle On 'Levinson Axelrod Sucks' Site

    A fired associate who ran a Web site he called Levinson Axelrod Sucks appealed a federal judge's order on Wednesday barring him from using a domain with the name of the maligned New Jersey plaintiffs firm.

  • January 27, 2010

    Home Depot National Origin Bias Action Tossed

    A federal judge has dismissed a putative class action brought by laborers who claimed The Home Depot USA Inc. gave them short shrift on training, pay and promotions because they were born outside the U.S., rejecting the assertion that the Civil Rights Act of 1991 broadened another law to cover claims based on place of birth.

  • January 27, 2010

    Credit Suisse To Pay Texas $1.4M In ARS Fines

    Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC has negotiated a $1.37 million fine with Texas securities regulators, resolving yet another prong of a multistate investigation into the Swiss firm's role in the now-defunct auction rate securities market.

  • January 27, 2010

    Wal-Mart Hit With Consumer Suit Over Service Plans

    A New Jersey shopper has launched a putative class action accusing Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of fraud and breach of contract for selling customers at its Sam's Club stores service plans on “as-is” items that are explicitly excluded from coverage under the plan.

  • January 27, 2010

    Subclasses Dismissed In Dentsply Negligence Case

    A federal judge has dismissed two periodontists, as well as the negligence and fraud claims brought on behalf of their respective subclasses, in a putative class action that accuses Dentsply International Inc. of providing dental practices with faulty Cavitron ultrasonic teeth-cleaning tools.

  • January 26, 2010

    Shareholder Suit Over Cadbury-Kraft Deal Dismissed

    A federal judge has ruled that the United Kingdom would be a better place than New Jersey for a suit brought by Cadbury PLC shareholders against the candymaker's board in connection with a proposed sale to Kraft Foods Inc.

  • January 26, 2010

    Lawyers Warn Cos. To Take Heed Of Weed Laws

    While courts have largely ruled in favor of employers in cases brought by workers disciplined over their use of prescription pot, attorneys say ignoring new state medical marijuana laws will put businesses at increased risk of suits by employees who argue that their state gave them a green light to light up.