New Jersey

  • September 15, 2017

    Ill. Firm Wants Cut Of Suit It Didn't Work On, Ex-Client Says

    Patent law firm Niro Law Group LLC was sued in New York federal court Thursday by one of its former clients over claims the firm tried to collect a portion of a settlement the client reached in a separate suit that the firm had nothing to do with.

  • September 15, 2017

    Jury Awards $750K To NJ Man Injured By Tainted Beer

    A New Jersey jury awarded a former police lieutenant $750,000 in damages Friday for the injuries he suffered after he drank a beer from an Atlantic City casino restaurant’s tap system that contained residual corrosive cleaning solution.

  • September 15, 2017

    Ex-NJ Schools Chief Joins Porzio Bromberg As Of Counsel

    Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC has welcomed attorney David C. Hespe, New Jersey’s former education czar and onetime assistant attorney general, to the firm’s Morristown headquarters, where he’ll counsel public, private, charter school and university leaders on a wide range of legal matters, the firm announced Thursday.

  • September 15, 2017

    NJ Atty Gets Prison For Part In $873K Fake Mortgage Scheme

    A New Jersey attorney was sentenced to eight years in state prison Friday for her role in the filing of fraudulent mortgages worth $873,520 on two properties in order to pocket the proceeds from the loans, Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced.

  • September 15, 2017

    NJ Atty Disbarred After Stealing $1.1M From Clients

    An attorney who stole more than $1.1 million from his clients has been stripped of his license to practice law in New Jersey in the wake of the lawyer's related criminal convictions in New York state court, court documents state.

  • September 15, 2017

    Aerosoles Owner Seeks Ch. 11 For $72M Debt Rework, Sale

    Global footwear firm Aerogroup International Inc., maker of the well-known Aerosoles brand, sought Chapter 11 protection in Delaware early Friday, reporting plans to close most retail stores, restructure its $72 million debt and seek a buyer or new investor for the private equity-controlled business.

  • September 14, 2017

    Menendez Reimbursed Doc After Media Inquiry, Witness Says

    The government presented evidence Thursday at the bribery trial of Sen. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist that the senator reimbursed the doctor for certain flights aboard his private jet after a media inquiry, but defense lawyers noted that prosecutors withheld a related document from the jury.

  • September 14, 2017

    Lloyd's Off Hook In Ambulance Co. Worker's Harassment Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge Thursday agreed with Lloyd's of London that a sexual misconduct endorsement in an ambulance service’s professional liability policy it had underwritten doesn’t cover an employee’s sexual harassment suit.

  • September 14, 2017

    Judges Have Leeway On ‘Hardship’ Decisions, 3rd Circ. Says

    A real estate Ponzi schemer who challenged a sentencing enhancement based on his victims’ “substantial financial hardship” had his appeal rejected by the Third Circuit on Thursday, with the court saying district judges have substantial leeway on such decisions under federal guidelines.

  • September 14, 2017

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive Kimberly-Clark Employee's Bias Suit

    The Third Circuit on Thursday said that a lower court was right to give Kimberly-Clark Pennsylvania LLC a quick win in a suit brought by a female, African-American former employee, deciding that the company’s decision to fire her could not be clearly connected to her race or gender.

  • September 14, 2017

    NJ Justices Say Timing Of Condo Defects Suit Is Unclear

    The New Jersey Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s finding that a condominium association’s lawsuit over construction defects had been filed on time, ruling Thursday that the property’s ownership changes made it unclear when the statute of limitations began.

  • September 14, 2017

    NJ Town Drops Bid To Halt Shore Construction Project

    A New Jersey shore town has dropped its bid to halt a federally funded beach construction project, which it said produced pools of stagnant water during the height of tourist season, because authorities are working on the problem, according to a federal court filing Wednesday.

  • September 14, 2017

    Fed. Gov't Agrees To Settle Missed Cancer Diagnosis Suit

    The federal government has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle an accusation that a federally funded New Jersey clinic failed to diagnose a woman’s cervical cancer, resulting in her death.

  • September 14, 2017

    3rd Circ. Wellbutrin Ruling May Hinder Pay-For-Delay Suits

    The Third Circuit’s recent decision affirming a win for GlaxoSmithKline in litigation accusing the company of stifling generic competition for antidepressant Wellbutrin XL could make it much harder for drug buyers to bring antitrust suits over reverse-payment patent dispute settlements.

  • September 14, 2017

    Normandy-Greenfield JV Nabs $81M Loan From Natixis

    A joint venture of Normandy Real Estate Partners and private equity shop Greenfield Partners has scored $80.7 million in financing from Natixis Real Estate Capital for an office property in New Jersey, according to an announcement on Thursday from borrower-side broker Cushman & Wakefield Inc.

  • September 14, 2017

    NJ Pipeline Plan Gets Green Light From Pinelands Panel

    The New Jersey Pinelands Commission on Thursday greenlighted a controversial plan for a 30-mile pipeline that would course through sensitive forest areas in three of the state’s counties, delivering a split vote after a meeting frequently punctuated by protesters’ shouts and noisemakers.

  • September 13, 2017

    Feds Highlight Free Flights At Menendez Bribery Trial

    Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., received a first-class commercial plane ticket, a chartered plane trip where he was the sole passenger and flights aboard private jets owned by a Florida ophthalmologist as part of what prosecutors allege was a bribery scheme between the two men, witnesses testified Wednesday at their trial.

  • September 13, 2017

    Feds Say Ex-UBS Precious Metals Trader Manipulated Market

    Federal prosecutors have accused a former UBS trader of engaging in a scheme to manipulate the precious metals futures market through the use of a trading tactic known as “spoofing,” according to a complaint dated Tuesday in Connecticut federal court.

  • September 13, 2017

    NJ Law Firm Can't Stop IRS While It Fights Tax Debt

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday denied a bid from Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso LLC to halt IRS efforts to recoup a disputed tax debt, finding the firm has not met a narrow exception to a federal law that bars attempts to stop tax collection activities.

  • September 13, 2017

    Ogletree Deakins Adds Employment Law Team In Philadelphia

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC announced it had brought on board four attorneys from Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP, two of whom have decades of experience and have worked in high-level employment law positions, as additions to the firm’s Philadelphia office.

Expert Analysis

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Heller Sequels And 2nd Amendment, Still Undecided: Part 1

    Robert Ludwig

    In the first installment of this three-part series, attorney Robert W. Ludwig takes a deep dive into the controversial history of Second Amendment jurisprudence.

  • How Industry Is Responding To FERC On State Policies

    Stephen Hug

    In May, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held a conference focused on the interplay between state policy goals and the organized energy markets in the eastern U.S. The subsequent comments from more than 70 interested parties reflect a basic lack of consensus among industry participants on the best approach going forward, say attorneys with Bracewell LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?

  • Rebuttal

    The Rise Of Midsize Firms

    Ronald Shechtman

    Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Submitting Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel should be able to articulate why she is proposing an alternative fee arrangement for this matter. If the client has not requested an AFA or the case is unusually difficult to budget with accuracy, this might not be the case to propose an AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • How Mobile Apps Can Benefit Your Practice

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    Despite the boom in mobile application development, many lawyers are still reluctant when it comes to using apps in their daily work. Attorney Sean Cleary explores the benefits and shares some recommendations for apps geared toward attorneys.