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New Jersey

  • January 30, 2009

    Glassmaker Fails To Shatter FLSA Suit

    A federal judge has dismissed class action claims against AGC Chemicals Americas Inc., but has left intact collective action allegations that the glass and chemical manufacturer failed to pay proper overtime for pre- and post-shift work.

  • January 30, 2009

    Excess Liability Not Automatically Renewed: NJ Court

    Leaving responsibility for part of a $2 million settlement potentially in dispute, the New Jersey Supreme Court has found that Evanston Insurance Co. was not required to automatically renew an excess liability policy issued to Piermount Iron Works Inc., even though the insurer failed to notify Piermount that it would be dropping coverage.

  • January 28, 2009

    Judge Nixes $225M Award For Sprint Over ETFs

    Finding that the jury in a class action lawsuit over Sprint Spectrum LP's early termination fees did not follow instructions, a California judge has set aside a $225 million award for Sprint but left standing a $299 million award to the class, including a $74 million cash refund.

  • January 27, 2009

    Suit Against Subaru Over Gas Odor Dismissed

    A federal judge has handed a win to Subaru of America Inc., dismissing a class action that accused the automaker of negligence and demanded that it cover the costs of fixing a pervasive fuel odor caused by an alleged defect in some vehicles.

  • January 27, 2009

    Strikers Entitled To Unemployment: NJ High Court

    Affirming a state law, New Jersey’s high court has ruled that nurses striking from a hospital were entitled to unemployment benefits because their workplace remained open during a labor dispute.

  • January 27, 2009

    Valero Sued Over Slurry Discharge At NJ Refinery

    Valero Energy Corp. is facing a proposed class action from neighbors of its Paulsboro, N.J., refining plant who claim the company should pay for damage to their homes and other personal property that was allegedly caused by a hazardous slurry release from the refinery.

  • 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 27, 2009

    Aventis Files Another Patent Suit Over Allegra

    Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc. has taken another generics maker to court over a proposed generic version of the allergy drug Allegra.

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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.