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New Jersey

  • 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.

  • May 24, 2007

    Judge Throws Out Slew Of Cases Against Pfizer

    More than a dozen cases in the multidistrict litigation over Pfizer Inc.’s anti-inflammatory pain medications Bextra and Celebrex have recently been tossed by the federal judge overseeing the case.

  • May 24, 2007

    Class Certified In ERISA Case Vs. HSBC

    A U.S. District judge has granted class certification to employees of a computer consulting company who claim that HSBC Bank failed to pay them wages and pension plan contributions for two years after it took over the company.

  • May 23, 2007

    State Supreme Court Spurns Citigroup Request

    The Supreme Court of New Jersey has rejected Citigroup Inc.'s attempt to move a $10 billion lawsuit brought by Parmalat SpA from the Garden State to Italy, Parmalat said Wednesday.

  • May 22, 2007

    California Will Sue If EPA Denies Waiver Request

    California Attorney General Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he would sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency if it blocks the state’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • May 22, 2007

    Altana, Sun Squabble Over Discovery Motions

    Drug companies Altana Pharma AG and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. traded barbs on Monday over whether Altana could assert an exceptional case claim in an ongoing battle over Protonix’s ulcer treatment patent.

  • May 22, 2007

    Calpine Asks To Take Over Power Plant

    Bankrupt energy company Calpine Corp. has asked for court permission to take over the lease for a New York power facility, arguing that the profitable plant will boost the company’s revenues.