New Jersey

  • January 28, 2009

    Challenges Await New NAIC Heads

    Amid a new administration and a headquarters move to Washington, D.C., the National Association of Insurance Commissioners has chosen new leaders who will be tasked with handling major regulatory questions for the industry in the coming weeks and months.

  • January 26, 2009

    Judge Refuses To Dismiss De Beers Antitrust Suit

    A federal judge has refused to dismiss an antitrust case against diamond powerhouse De Beers Group and ordered the parties to engage in jurisdictional discovery to reveal how the defendants are connected to one another.

  • January 26, 2009

    GE Adds Cost Of Water Line To Hudson Cleanup

    General Electric Co. has agreed to pay millions to fund the cost of a water line that, if needed, will provide fresh water to towns in the Adirondack Mountains when dredging operations begin this spring to clean poisonous chemicals from the Hudson River.

  • January 26, 2009

    Obama Accelerates State Auto Emissions Limits

    President Barack Obama directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to move quickly to allow California and more than a dozen states to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles, wasting no time in addressing his promise to step up state and federal climate change initiatives.

  • January 23, 2009

    Science Must Guide Decisions: New EPA Head

    In a memo to her new employees, the recently confirmed head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that the agency won't “disguise policy decisions as scientific findings.”

  • January 23, 2009

    3rd Circ. Nixes Real Estate Co. Legal Malpractice Suit

    A federal appeals court has rejected a real estate management company's challenge to the dismissal of malpractice claims against Waters McPherson McNeill PC, Budd Larner Gross Rosenbaum Greenberg & Sade PC and McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP over the handling of an environmental case against PPG Industries Inc.

  • January 22, 2009

    NJ Loses Fight To Sue Rail Co. Over Permits

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has lost its appeal of a judge's finding that federal law preempts the state's claims that a railroad company failed to secure the necessary permits and follow environmental requirements when it built a new facility.

  • January 22, 2009

    NJ Plugs Energy Efficiency In Public Facilities

    New Jersey's governor has signed off on a bill that encourages schools, local governments, hospitals and other public entities to work with energy companies to implement energy-saving measures such as efficient lighting and air conditioning.

  • January 22, 2009

    Ex-Call Center Worker Drops OT Suit Against AmEx

    An overtime class action alleging that American Express Co. failed to properly compensate its customer service representatives and other call center employees has been dismissed without a settlement after the plaintiff decided not to pursue the matter.

  • January 21, 2009

    Smith Barney Sues Ex-Employee Over Office Raid

    Smith Barney has accused a former office manager of poaching more than half the financial advisers at its Marlton, N.J., branch office for a rival firm, in violation of an employment agreement.

  • January 21, 2009

    2 Of King's Skelaxin Patents Invalidated

    A federal judge has invalidated two of King Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s patents that cover the muscle relaxant Skelaxin, although the company still has one patent for the drug not affected by the decision.

  • January 21, 2009

    Edwards Angell Hires 3 Former Thacher Lawyers

    Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP has hired George R. Talarico of now-defunct firm Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP to join its litigation department in its Madison, N.J., office, where he will focus on product liability and environmental law.

  • January 21, 2009

    Senate Approves Climate Expert Chu To Helm DOE

    The U.S. Senate confirmed President Barack Obama's pick for secretary of energy on Tuesday, tasking Nobel Prize-winning physicist and climate change expert Steven Chu to head the agency.

  • January 21, 2009

    SLUSA Doesn't Doom Lord Abbett Case: 3rd Circ.

    A federal appeals court has revived litigation accusing Lord Abbett & Co. LLC of charging investors excessive fees, holding that the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998 doesn't require an entire case be thrown out when the suit includes some claims preempted by SLUSA and some that are not.

  • January 20, 2009

    3rd Circ. Rejects Injunction In Wachovia, Ace Spat

    A federal appeals court ruled Friday a lower court was right in refusing to grant a preliminary injunction blocking Wachovia Insurance Agency Inc. from selling E-Risk Services assets to a newly created entity after a lawsuit was filed by Ace American Insurance Co.

  • January 20, 2009

    Account Exec Cut From RICO Suit Against CMH

    Finding that APP Pharmaceuticals LLC failed to plead its claims with sufficient particularity in a complaint accusing C.M.H. Care Group Inc. and several officers and wholesalers of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act violations, fraud and unjust enrichment, a judge has dismissed the complaint against one defendant but gave APP the chance to file an amended complaint.

  • January 20, 2009

    House Panel To Mull BPA Ban In Baby Products

    Amid rising concerns over the controversial chemical's safety, a congressional committee is set to consider one of two bills that would impose a ban on bisphenol A for use in food or drink containers for young children.

  • January 20, 2009

    NJ Court Revives Celanese Suit Over Site Cleanup

    A New Jersey appellate court has revived a suit brought by Celanese Ltd. alleging the Essex County Improvement Authority is liable for contamination from a site that the industrial chemical maker sold to the county.

  • January 20, 2009

    EPA To Revisit Cement Plant Mercury Emissions

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled a lawsuit brought by nine states and a handful of environmental groups by agreeing to set new limits on the amount of mercury and other pollutants that cement plants can emit.

  • January 21, 2009

    Merck Strikes Teva With 3rd Singulair Suit

    A Merck & Co. affiliate has filed a third lawsuit over its blockbuster allergy and asthma drug Singulair against Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.