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New Jersey

  • July 23, 2018

    NJ Justices Won't Review Toss Of $25M Accutane Verdict

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has refused to examine a second appellate opinion overturning a $25.1 million jury verdict against Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. over the adverse effects of the company’s acne drug Accutane, saying a consumer could seek the court’s review down the road, according to an order made available Monday.

  • July 23, 2018

    State AGs Ask Congress For Election Security Fixes

    A bipartisan group of attorneys general from California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and 16 other states wrote to congressional lawmakers on Monday to call for increased efforts to protect the integrity of the electoral process and prevent acts such as Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

  • July 23, 2018

    Morgan Lewis Ducks Sanctions Over Explosion Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge has declined to impose sanctions on Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and Sun Chemical Corp. Inc. stemming from their complaint over a purportedly faulty explosion protection product, reasoning that an unsuccessful lawsuit doesn't necessarily equate to frivolous litigation.

  • July 20, 2018

    Law360's Satisfaction Survey: By The Numbers

    Being a lawyer is not easy. But among private practice attorneys, in-house counsel and government lawyers, who's feeling the greatest pressure in finances and stress? Law360's 2018 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey provides a snapshot.

  • July 20, 2018

    The Least-Stressed Attorneys In A Stressed-Out Profession

    Law360's 2018 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey shows that when it comes to career and overall well-being, one type of firm is a lawyer's happy place — at least relatively speaking.

  • July 20, 2018

    Atty Sues NJ Firm Over Fees In Legal Malpractice Action

    An attorney has slammed a New Jersey firm with a state lawsuit accusing it of violating a deal that entitles her to half of the legal fees recovered in a malpractice action against another lawyer over his handling of an employment discrimination case.

  • July 20, 2018

    Pharma Co. Can Peek At Just 1 Email In Cancer Research Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Friday denied most of a biopharmaceutical company’s bid to access more than 170 emails by a cancer researcher it claims stole proprietary materials relating to an antibody, but agreed to unshield one message between the researcher and an executive of another biopharmaceutical firm.

  • July 20, 2018

    NJ Atty Ducks Malpractice Suit From Client's Ex-Biz Partner

    A New Jersey man cannot pursue a legal malpractice claim against his onetime business partner’s attorney over an allegedly bogus real estate transaction because they did not have an attorney-client relationship and the lawyer did not breach a fiduciary duty owed to him, a state appeals court ruled Friday.

  • July 20, 2018

    Uncertain Clauses Revive Insurer's Bid To Ditch NJ Mold Suit

    A New Jersey appellate court ruled Friday that insurers may not be obligated to defend a policyholder facing a coverage lawsuit if its duty to cover the underlying claim is uncertain, in a decision stemming from a nurse’s mold illness claims against her employer.

  • July 20, 2018

    NJ Contractor, Developer Hit With $3.8M Payment Suit

    A New Jersey general contractor and a developer owe Dobrinski Brothers Inc. $3.76 million for work done on an excavation contract on a project in Newburgh, New York, the Pennsylvania contractor alleged in federal court Thursday.

  • July 20, 2018

    Job Duties, Not Gender Bias, Determined Pay: NJ Court

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Friday refused to revive a Public Employment Relations Commission employee's lawsuit alleging her gender was the reason she was paid less than her male counterpart, siding with a lower court's finding that the two workers had different duties.

  • July 19, 2018

    16 AGs Sue EPA Over 'Super-Polluting' Truck Rule Rollback

    The attorneys general for New York, California and other states sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday for suspending a rule that limited the number of remanufactured, heavy-duty trucks that could be sold, a decision issued on Scott Pruitt's last day as agency administrator.

  • July 19, 2018

    Hernia Mesh Maker Takes IP Suit Coverage Row To 3rd Circ.

    Tela Bio Inc. on Thursday urged the Third Circuit to revive its bid to force a Chubb Ltd. insurer to cover its costs to defend against a trade secrets and unfair competition lawsuit brought by competitor LifeCell Corp. over a hernia treatment product, saying a lower court applied the wrong state’s law to the dispute and ignored potentially covered defamation claims in LifeCell’s complaint.

  • July 19, 2018

    NJ Atty Suspended Over $4.5M Theft By Partner's Brother

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has suspended an attorney from practicing law in the state for six months after he received the same sanction in New York for not properly supervising his law partner’s brother when that former bookkeeper stole more than $4.5 million in client funds.

  • July 19, 2018

    Party Line Splits Senators On Kavanaugh Records Requests

    The Senate Judiciary Committee cleared four U.S. Circuit Court and three district court nominees Thursday, but the panel's main focus was the clash between Republican members trying to limit document requests on U.S. Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh and Democrats pushing for more access.

  • July 19, 2018

    NJ College Prof Says He Was Fired Over Alt-Right Views

    A former New Jersey Institute of Technology professor has filed a $25 million First Amendment lawsuit claiming he was unjustly fired after a sensationalized version of his political views was published without his knowledge in a New York Times opinion piece.

  • July 19, 2018

    NJ Gov't Leader To Join Archer & Greiner As Partner

    A leader in the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs who's helped to oversee Atlantic City's ongoing fiscal recovery will be joining Archer & Greiner PC as a partner in its public finance and governmental affairs practice groups, the firm announced Thursday.

  • July 19, 2018

    Citizens Bank Didn't Discourage OT Reports, 3rd Circ. Hears

    RBS Citizens Bank NA on Thursday urged the Third Circuit to decertify a collective action over allegedly unpaid overtime for mortgage loan officers, arguing that the differing accounts provided by the employees defeated their claims of an unwritten policy encouraging workers to toil off the clock.

  • July 19, 2018

    Lack Of Evidence Dooms NJ Firefighters' Political Bias Suit

    A New Jersey state appellate court declined Thursday to revive a suit filed by a group of Hoboken firefighters against the city and their union, which they claim conspired to deny them promotions due to their political beliefs, ruling that the lower court was right to say the accusations lacked support.

  • July 19, 2018

    Nike Gets Default Win In TM Suit Over Counterfeit Shoes

    A New Jersey federal judge handed a win Wednesday to Nike Inc. in a lawsuit against several shipping companies who helped transport thousands of counterfeit shoes from China to the United States.

Expert Analysis

  • FCPA Enforcement Activity In Early 2018: Part 1

    Collmann Griffin

    Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was relatively slow during the first quarter of 2018, with only three fairly low-value corporate enforcement actions announced between January and March of the year. But the announced second quarter settlements and likely future dispositions suggest that 2018 still may be an active year overall for FCPA enforcement, says Collmann Griffin of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.

  • States' Crypto Enforcement Onslaught Has Only Just Begun

    John Reed Stark

    It should come as no surprise that state securities administrators have boosted their cryptocurrency enforcement efforts. Because while cryptocurrency promoters can find easy prey in today’s excitable retail investor marketplace, initial coin offerings and digital trading platforms are also easy to surveil and easy to charge, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Why IRS Will Struggle To Respond To State SALT Cap Bypass

    Radha Mohan

    High-tax states are responding to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's state and local tax deduction cap by passing workaround laws and programs to protect their residents. It is now up to the IRS to show that these programs aren't eligible for a federal deduction — a challenging task as similar programs existed pre-TCJA in over 30 other states, say Rahda Mohan and Lai King Lam of McGuireWoods.

  • PFAS: Not Your Typical Emerging Contaminants — Part 2

    Jeffrey Dintzer

    The emerging contaminants known as perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances have captured the attention of regulators and courts across the country. In the final part of this series, Jeffrey Dintzer and Nathaniel Johnson of Alston & Bird LLP discuss how to prepare for the growing risk that PFAS regulations and litigation can pose.

  • Marine Businesses, Get Ready For Hurricane Season

    Matthew Guy

    Hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. The start of the season is a good time for vessel owners, shipyards, marinas, other marine businesses and their insurers to consider the risks, and make sure they have plans already in place when a storm approaches, says Matthew Guy of Adams and Reese LLP.

  • PFAS: Not Your Typical Emerging Contaminants — Part 1

    Jeffrey Dintzer

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently held its National Leadership Summit with the goal of “taking action” on the emerging contaminants known as perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances. In part one of this two-part series, Jeffrey Dintzer and Nathaniel Johnson of Alston & Bird LLP discuss the possible legal consequences for businesses that manufacture, sell or consume PFAS products.

  • The Potentially Far-Reaching Impact Of Sports Betting Case

    Cory Lapin

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association was focused on sports betting but could be construed as conferring substantially more power on states in general, on issues including gun control, marijuana legalization and sanctuary cities, says Cory Lapin of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.