New Jersey

  • December 16, 2016

    Energy Future Asks 3rd Circ. To Rethink Make-Whole Fight

    Energy Future Holdings Corp. has urged the Third Circuit to rethink its ruling allowing some $900 million in secured noteholder make-whole claims against the bankrupt energy company, saying New York’s highest court should decide the issue.

  • December 16, 2016

    US Moves To Seize Assets Of NJ Traders In $26M Scheme

    The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit in New Jersey federal court to seize money held in brokerage and bank accounts tied to two traders facing criminal charges for reaping $26 million in illicit profits by manipulating $10 billion worth of securities.

  • December 16, 2016

    IT Recruiter Cops To Immigration Work Visa Scam

    A U.S. immigration manager working for an information technology company on Friday admitted his role in a scheme to fraudulently obtain foreign work visas for consultants he placed with third-party companies, tendering a guilty plea to obstruction of justice in New Jersey federal court.

  • December 16, 2016

    NJ Pol Blasts Trump's SEC Chair Pick Over GWB Scandal

    A New Jersey legislative leader has urged four U.S. senators to block President-elect Donald Trump's anticipated nomination of a Gibson Dunn partner for chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, saying she took part in a sham investigation that cleared New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie of wrongdoing in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.

  • December 16, 2016

    The Biggest Sports Cases Of 2016

    With the NFL prevailing over New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in a legal fight over his Deflategate suspension and the Third Circuit once again foreclosing New Jersey’s attempt to legalize sports betting, 2016 has had its fair share of blockbuster sports cases that kept lawyers in the industry busy across the country. 

  • December 16, 2016

    Travel Site Dropped From Delta Fraud, Trademark Suit

    Delta Air Lines Inc. has agreed to dismiss Webflyts.com from a New Jersey federal lawsuit accusing a number of travel websites of posing as company representatives to charge customers inflated flight cancellation fees, after Webflyts agreed to an injunction barring the practice.

  • December 16, 2016

    Media Groups Want FCC Rules Challenge Moved To 3rd Circ.

    Two media policy groups intervening in a challenge to a Federal Communications Commission order imposing restrictive broadcast ownership rules on Friday urged the D.C. Circuit to bless the transfer of the appeal to the Third Circuit, citing the latter court’s experience in hearing similar challenges to the agency’s ownership rules.

  • December 16, 2016

    The Biggest Employment Cases Of 2016

    This year saw a historic decision allowing private college students to unionize, the president of Fox News toppled by a sexual harassment suit, the seeming demise of the Department of Labor's overtime rule update, and more. Here attorneys discuss the biggest employment law cases of 2016

  • December 15, 2016

    NJ Finalizes Chiesa Shahinian's Atlantic City Retainer Deal

    New Jersey firm Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC's lawyers will make up to $400 an hour for the firm's role as the state-appointed fiscal monitor of Atlantic City as it recovers from a near-crippling financial slump, according to a retainer agreement finalized Wednesday.

  • December 15, 2016

    Insurer Says Engineer Must Cover Sports Dome Collapse

    A New Jersey-based engineering company hired to ensure that the dome of an indoor recreational sports complex was properly strengthened to support extra weight was hit Wednesday with a $1 million negligence suit by Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co., blaming it for the structure’s “abrupt and catastrophic collapse.”

  • December 15, 2016

    Bills To Raise NJ Judge Pay, Hire More Jurists Move Ahead

    New Jersey legislators on Thursday advanced separate bills that would increase judges' salaries by 3 percent annually over the next two years and add 20 new judges to state courts to help implement historic bail reforms.

  • December 15, 2016

    Synthetic Grass Co. Hit With Deceptive Marketing Row

    A New Jersey borough slapped FieldTurf with a proposed class action in federal court Wednesday, alleging that the company duped customers into buying fake grass fields by touting them as long-lasting and cost-effective despite knowing the product was defective.

  • December 15, 2016

    Alcoa Loses Bid To Escape Liability In NJ Enviro Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge Wednesday rejected Alcoa Inc.'s bid to dodge liability in litigation over environmental contamination caused by the removal of materials from a formerly company-owned site, saying Alcoa may be in default of payment obligations related to the property sale and thus could be held responsible.

  • December 15, 2016

    Valeant Offering Needn't Meet Public Standards, SIFMA Says

    The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association urged a New Jersey federal court Wednesday to reject an attempt to hold Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.’s private securities sale up to public sale standards.

  • December 15, 2016

    Port Authority Can't Toss World Trade Center TM Suit

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey lost a bid Thursday for early dismissal of a lawsuit over the controversial trademark rights to the name of the iconic World Trade Center complex.

  • December 15, 2016

    Judge Says Gamblers Owe $15M To NJ Casino

    A New Jersey federal judge awarded a $15 million judgment to a casino Thursday after finding it relied on relevant case law in assessing the damages amount stemming from a scam by two professional gamblers who exploited a card abnormality while playing Mini Baccarat.

  • December 15, 2016

    Brach Eichler Can't Get Fees For Extra Ch. 7 Work

    Brach Eichler LLC lost its bid to recoup more fees for its work on another law firm's Chapter 7 case when a New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday affirmed a bankruptcy court’s “explicit” denial of fees beyond the date the debtor was dismissed from an adversary proceeding.

  • December 15, 2016

    FedEx Wants Atty Sanctioned For Bringing Preempted Suit

    FedEx Freight Inc. on Wednesday urged a New Jersey federal judge to not only toss a case alleging the company fired an employee in retaliation for his union activities but to also impose sanctions and attorneys' fees, arguing that the allegations fall under the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board. 

  • December 15, 2016

    Lonza Snaps Up KKR-Backed Capsugel In $5.5B Deal

    Lonza inked a $5.5 billion, including debt, deal to nab capsule product maker Capsugel from KKR on Thursday, as the Switzerland-based pharmaceutical products company looks to broaden its reach in the pharma and consumer health industries.

  • December 14, 2016

    Bill Cosby Wins 3rd Circ. Dismissal of Pa. Defamation Suit

    The Third Circuit Wednesday affirmed a Pennsylvania federal judge’s dismissal of a defamation suit against Bill Cosby by a woman who has accused the entertainer of sexual abuse, saying the statements in question did not rise to the level of actionable defamation.

Expert Analysis

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 5

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    The clarion call from the top of Corporate America over the past several years to its workers to do more with less, eliminate redundancy, and work cooperatively across disciplines toward the goal of corporate profitability is reaching BigLaw, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • Can Use Variance Grants Be 'Reasonably Probable'?

    Christopher John Stracco

    New Jersey's Appellate Division recently reversed a ruling in which defendant condemnees' experts offered "legally inadequate and legally incorrect" testimony. This case, New Jersey Transit v. Franco, raises questions regarding presumption of use variance and road dedication, says Christopher Stracco and Katharine Coffey of Day Pitney LLP.

  • 4 Ways To Get Associates Trial-Ready

    Stephen B. Crain

    For young trial associates who want to evolve into young trial lawyers, getting the necessary experience is increasingly challenging. The only surefire way associates can become first chair advocates is through effective mentoring, and the best way to achieve effective mentoring is to incorporate it in your approach to cases, say Stephen Crain and Drew Taggart of Bracewell LLP.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 4

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    Compensation isn't what it used to be — and never will be again, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • Lessons Learned From Hanjin Shipping's Bankruptcy

    Peter S. Goodman

    The global insolvency of Hanjin Shipping represents a case study of what can go wrong for an international transportation company that files for insolvency protection in an uncontrolled fashion and in the wrong country, says Peter Goodman of Baker & McKenzie LLP.

  • Introducing E-Sports, A Newcomer To The Gambling Arena

    Ashley Brinn

    Under current New Jersey law, e-sports tournaments featuring video game competitions can legally be held in casinos, but several questions concerning the legality of wagering on such tournaments remain unanswered, says Ashley Brinn of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 3

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    In part 3 of this series on law firm evolution, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp., addresses the problem of ad hoc client development and the challenge of associate training.

  • When Your Client Is The President: Part 8

    Robert Bauer

    It is natural in an environment like the White House, particularly for lawyers who have an active interest in public life, to wish to be in every conversation, on any topic, of general interest or major importance. It is a trap, says Perkins Coie LLP partner Robert Bauer, who served as White House counsel for President Barack Obama.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 2

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    Despite the fact that many corporate clients are demanding deviations from the billable hour, and the fact that there are more varieties of alternate fee arrangements than ever before, the billable hour is still here. But it is gasping for breath, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • Foreclosure Law Firms Get A Break At The 9th Circ.

    Richard B. Benenson

    Over the past year courts across the country have continued to grapple over whether foreclosures are “debt” for the purposes of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Despite the Ninth Circuit's recent ruling in Ho v. ReconTrust we anticipate that this issue will continue to create controversy among judges, regulators and practitioners, say Richard Benenson and Emily Garnett of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.