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New Jersey

  • June 11, 2007

    Judge Dismisses Sunoco's Force Majeure Claim

    A district court judge has delivered two blows to Sunoco Inc., dismissing without prejudice the petrochemical company's motion to excuse it from missing the deadline of a consent decree it signed with federal and state environmental protection agencies and to seal certain documents in the case.

  • June 11, 2007

    Pfizer Seeks To Toss Celebrex, Bextra Cases

    Pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer Inc. has asked a judge to dismiss complaints filed in multidistrict litigation over anti-inflammatory painkillers Celebrex and Bextra on the grounds that the plaintiffs didn't claim that deceptive advertising drove them to buy the drugs.

  • June 11, 2007

    Judge Stays Schering Clarinex Patent Suit

    A district judge has put on hold one of two lawsuits Schering-Plough Corp. has filed against several generic drug makers over patents covering Clarinex allergy medication after finding that there would be a “substantial” danger of unfair prejudice to Schering if the case moved forward.

  • June 8, 2007

    AstraZeneca Hit With Wage-And-Hour Suit

    AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP was hit with a proposed wage-and-hour class action Wednesday, which joined similar suits against the pharmaceutical giant in at least three other states.

  • June 7, 2007

    Sea Containers' Exclusivity Extension Bid Granted

    The judge overseeing Sea Containers Ltd.'s Chapter 11 proceedings has signed off on the company's request to extend its exclusive rights to file and seek support for its reorganization plan.

  • June 7, 2007

    LIPA OKs KeySpan Deal Amid DOJ Probe

    KeySpan Corp. has won approval from local power authorities for its proposed merger with U.K.-based National Grid PLC, though it faces scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice over concerns about competition in New York's electricity market.

  • June 7, 2007

    Court Rules N.J. Tree Battle Merits Another Look

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has kicked back down to a lower court a longstanding dispute between a New Jersey town and Duke Energy Corp. over the removal of fifty shade trees from a public avenue.

  • June 7, 2007

    Judge Strikes FedEx Docs In Class Action Suit

    A judge overseeing the multidistrict action against FedEx Ground Package System Inc. for misclassifying delivery drivers as independent contractors on Tuesday granted the plaintiffs’ motion to strike certain documents submitted by the delivery company during the class certification process.

  • June 7, 2007

    Lawmakers Decry Plan Blocking State Emissions Laws

    As the battle over how best to regulate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions heats up, lawmakers on Thursday indicated their intention to try to block a congressional energy plan that would limit states' regulatory powers on the issue.

  • June 6, 2007

    Attorneys Score $30M In Zurich Case

    Policyholders affected by the antitrust scandal at insurer Zurich American Insurance Co. are not the only ones that will benefit from the $121.8 million settlement in the case. Plaintiffs attorneys will receive nearly $30 million in fees paid by the insurance company as part of the settlement.

  • June 6, 2007

    Union Sues J&J Over Off-Label Uses Of Risperdal

    Pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson has been slapped with another lawsuit over its popular anti-psychotic Risperdal, this one alleging that the company attempted to market the drug for nonapproved uses.

  • June 5, 2007

    Rite Aid Acquires 1,800+ Stores With Divestitures

    Rite Aid Corp. has completed its approximately $3.5 billion deal to acquire more than 1,850 Brooks and Eckerd pharmacies from the Jean Coutu Group Inc., but agreed to sell off 26 stores to win regulatory approval.

  • May 31, 2007

    NJ Judge Certifies Wal-Mart Employee Class Action

    The latest bad news for the world's biggest big box retailer, employees of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. won class certification Thursday in a lawsuit alleging the company altered time cards and deprived employees of breaks.

  • May 30, 2007

    Cordis Gets New Stent Patent, Sues Abbott

    In a move that could impede Abbott Laboratories' efforts to become the third company selling drug-eluting coronary stents in the United States, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary has filed a lawsuit accusing Abbott of infringing a patent that was issued Tuesday.

  • May 30, 2007

    Becton Dickinson Seeks More Time In Antitrust Suit

    Becton Dickinson & Co. has asked for more time to respond to pending motions for partial summary judgment filed by direct and indirect purchaser groups regarding which group has standing in the multidistrict antitrust litigation pending against the company.

  • May 30, 2007

    States Consider Law Against Office Bullies

    A dozen U.S. states are considering legislation that aims to crackdown on workplace bullying, but some employment attorneys worry that making office bullying illegal would lead to a wave of frivolous lawsuits.

  • May 29, 2007

    Roche Loses First Accutane Trial, Jury Awards $2.5M

    Swiss drug maker Roche Holding AG has lost the first of hundreds of cases set for trial over its acne medication, with a jury awarding $2.5 million to an Alabama man who developed bowel disease after taking the drug.

  • May 25, 2007

    Congoleum Heads Back To Negotiating Table

    Congoleum Corp. has decided to head back to the drawing board and create a new plan of attack after a New Jersey judge ruled that insurers are not required to fund the global asbestos settlement at the heart of the flooring manufacturer’s proposed bankruptcy plan.

  • May 25, 2007

    Marcal's Proposed Hires Raise Objections

    Marcal Paper Mills Inc. is seeking a bankruptcy court’s permission to employ two top executives, including a new president, a bid that has drawn objections from unsecured creditors alleging inadequate disclosure.

  • May 29, 2007

    Whistleblower Suit Against Schering To Proceed

    An appellate court has given the green light to a longstanding whistleblower suit that charges Schering-Plough Corp. with illegally firing a slew of employees in retaliation for their complaints about shady marketing practices.