New Jersey

  • January 31, 2017

    Flood Limit Includes Sandy Debris Removal, NJ Justices Hear

    Travelers Excess and Surplus Lines Insurance Co. told New Jersey's high court on Tuesday that an apartment complex owner is not entitled to additional coverage for debris removal after Hurricane Sandy, arguing that those costs are subject to a $1 million sublimit for all flood-related losses.

  • January 31, 2017

    NJ Developer Can't Dodge Casino License Requirement

    The New Jersey Casino Control Commission said Tuesday that the owner of the defunct Revel Atlantic City resort must obtain a license in order for his tenant to operate a new casino because he’ll still retain control of a portion of the facility.

  • January 31, 2017

    3rd Circ. Denies Robert Half Workers' Class Arbitration

    The Third Circuit on Monday upheld a judgment against a proposed collective action of Robert Half International Inc. workers, saying the district court got it right when it that found that the staffing agency can address employees’ overtime claims in individual arbitration, rather than on a classwide basis.

  • January 30, 2017

    Covanta Sues Co. Over $2.7M In Fire Damage At NJ Plant

    A Covanta Holding Corp. unit and its insurers have slapped an electrical services company with a lawsuit in New Jersey state court alleging that the business caused a fire at an energy-from-waste facility in Newark, leading to more than $2.7 million in damages.

  • January 30, 2017

    NJ Lawmakers Advance Bill On Fantasy Sports Regulation

    A New Jersey Assembly panel on Monday advanced a bill that would regulate fantasy sports games, a measure lawmakers say will increase consumer protections and generate an estimated $1 million for the state each year.

  • January 30, 2017

    Capital One Closes $535M Loan For Starwood REIT

    Capital One Financial Corp. closed a $534.9 million loan it arranged for Starwood Property Trust’s purchase of a multi-state portfolio of medical office properties on Monday, nearly three months after the real estate investment trust announced its purchase.

  • January 30, 2017

    NJ Tax Court Quashes CEO Depo Bid Over 'Harassment' Risk

    The Tax Court of New Jersey granted a request from affiliates of HD Supply Holdings to quash a bid from the state's taxation division to depose the industrial distributor's CEO, ruling in a decision released Friday that he likely does not have information relevant enough to outweigh risks of “harassment and annoyance.”

  • January 30, 2017

    NJ Ambulance Operator Gets 18 Years For Insurance Fraud

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday imposed an 18-year prison sentence on the operator of an ambulance company convicted of obtaining federal health care program reimbursements despite his ouster from such programs following a previous fraud charge.

  • January 30, 2017

    Uber Wins Bid To Send Driver Suit To Arbitration

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday sent to arbitration proposed class claims that Uber Technologies Inc. misclassified its drivers as contractors in order to avoid operation expenses and sidestep labor laws, rejecting a driver’s argument that the arbitration clause was not prominent enough in an electronic employment agreement.

  • January 30, 2017

    Allied Can't Dodge Nagel Rice Malpractice Coverage Suit

    Allied World Insurance Co. can’t escape claims from Nagel Rice LLP that an underlying malpractice action should be covered under its insurance policy, after a New Jersey federal court ruled Monday it’s up for debate whether Nagel attorneys could have reasonably expected the underlying suit.

  • January 30, 2017

    FieldTurf Faces NJ Lawmakers Over Consumer Allegations

    FieldTurf USA Inc.’s top executive on Monday defended allegations that the company knowingly sold defective athletic fields to school districts that eventually sued, telling New Jersey lawmakers probing the issue that the media has inaccurately portrayed the matter.

  • January 30, 2017

    Bail-Jumping Former Analyst Found Guilty Of Insider Trading

    A Manhattan federal jury on Monday needed less than three hours to convict former MSD Capital LP analyst John Afriyie on charges that he used his mother's brokerage account to turn a $1.5 million profit from inside knowledge of a $15 billion private equity buyout.

  • January 30, 2017

    3rd Circ. Upends Email Ruling In $688M Loan Scheme Suit

    The Third Circuit ruled in a published opinion Friday that a lower court erred by allowing a grand jury to view an email from a Pennsylvania man facing a federal indictment over a $688 million payday loan scheme, finding attorney-client privilege applies because the email didn't spur fraudulent activities.

  • January 27, 2017

    3rd Circ. Upholds $116K Atty Sanction Over Age Bias Suit

    The Third Circuit on Thursday said scoring permission to amend a suit doesn’t excuse stuffing an earlier complaint with misleading claims, affirming about $116,000 in sanctions against an attorney who propped up an age bias suit without evidence against energy company PPL Corp. and a union.

  • January 27, 2017

    Attys Leave 'Housewives' Case Over $290K In Unpaid Fees

    Seidman & Pincus LLC has won a New York federal bankruptcy judge's approval to withdraw as counsel for “Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars Christopher and Jacqueline Laurita in a lawsuit against the couple after claiming they have not paid more than $290,000 in legal fees.

  • January 27, 2017

    Lockheed Martin Owes $50M For Age Discrimination: Jury

    A New Jersey federal jury on Thursday awarded a former Lockheed Martin engineer $50 million in punitive damages over his claims that he was fired because of age discrimination.

  • January 27, 2017

    Maxus Energy's Unsecured Creditors Lambaste Ch. 11 Plan

    Unsecured creditors of Maxus Energy Corp., whose bankruptcy filing halted a New Jersey trial over Passaic River remediation, tore into the debtor’s Chapter 11 plan on Friday, calling it “patently unconfirmable” and arguing that soliciting creditor votes would be an “utter waste of time and money.”

  • January 27, 2017

    $61M Ends Sanofi Vaccine Antitrust Dispute

    Sanofi Pasteur Inc. has agreed to pay $61.5 million in a five-year class dispute brought by doctors alleging the drug company violated antitrust laws with contracts for its pediatric vaccines, according to an agreement filed in New Jersey federal court Friday.

  • January 27, 2017

    States Battle Over Review Of Clean Power Plan In DC Circ.

    A group of states want the Clean Power Plan dead, and on the first full business day of President Donald Trump’s term in office, they asked the D.C. Circuit to review the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s denial of petitions to reconsider or delay the rule that aims to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.

  • January 27, 2017

    ABA Urges High Court To Review 3rd Circ.'s Asylum Denial

    The American Bar Association on Thursday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a precedential Third Circuit decision that more than two dozen families who petitioned to stay in the U.S. on fears of returning to their home country must leave, arguing that the opinion unjustly denies the asylum seekers constitutional protections.

Expert Analysis

  • Key Trade Secret Developments Of 2016: Part 1

    Randy Kahnke

    This year brought significant developments in trade secret law, the most important of which was the passage of the long-awaited federal Defend Trade Secrets Act. In the few months since the act took effect, litigants have already asserted DTSA claims in more than 75 federal cases, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • The Path To The California Bench

    Judge George F. Bird

    Ever consider applying for a judicial appointment in California? Get the lay of the land from Judge George Bird of the Los Angeles Superior Court and Kimberly Knill, a senior appellate court attorney for the California Court of Appeal. Additionally, hear what several recent appointees to the LA Superior Court thought of the judicial selection process.

  • 3 Tips To Avoid Being On The Outs With In-House Counsel

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    When trial lawyers fail to recognize the unique challenges faced by in-house counsel, it jeopardizes not only the outcome of the case, but also the opportunities for future representation. These few simple strategies are hardly rocket science, but they are too often neglected, says Matthew Whitley
 of Beck Redden LLP.

  • The Horrible Conflict Between Biology And Women Attorneys

    Anusia Gillespie

    Women leave law firms for many of the same reasons men do, but also face challenges including headwinds with respect to assignment delegation and social outings, as well as potential disruptions if they choose to have children. Firms can increase investment in talent management and improve retention and engagement of women attorneys, says Anusia Gillespie of Banava Consulting.

  • The 2 Very Different Types Of Cosmetic Talc Claims

    Stephen Hoke

    Despite the high-profile nature of cosmetic talc litigation, there is confusion about the nature of the underlying cases. Cosmetic talc litigation is currently settling into two distinct paths of cosmetic talc causing ovarian cancer and cosmetic talc causing mesothelioma, says Stephen Hoke of Hoke LLC.

  • Managing Intergenerational Differences Within Your Law Firm

    Najmeh Mahmoudjafari

    We are privileged to be part of an employment market that hosts employees from various generations. While “differences” may imply inherent conflict, intergenerational differences can actually be used to an advantage for organizations — especially law firms, say Najmeh Mahmoudjafari, founder of ImmigraTrust Law, and William Martucci of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.

  • Philip Hirschkop: Quietly Making Noise For 50 Years

    Randy Maniloff

    The first paragraph of Philip Hirschkop’s obituary is going to contain the word "Loving." That’s undeniable. But many of Hirschkop’s other cases are just as groundbreaking in their own right. They aren’t household names like Loving, but they have affected millions in the nation’s households, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Using Payroll Cards To Pay Employees’ Wages

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Kevin E. Vance

    When advising employers on the use of payroll card programs as an alternative method of paying employees there are several considerations lawyers should adopt. Kevin Vance of Duane Morris LLP discusses key issues concerning payroll cards and best practices for establishing and maintaining a payroll card program.

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: MDL Venue Choices

    Alan Rothman

    A critical — and arguably the least predictable — facet of the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation's practice is the selection of the venue for a new MDL proceeding. In this installment of his bimonthly series on the panel, Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP looks at the panel’s reasoning for its selection of particular venues, as well as arguments advanced by the parties, over the past year.