New Jersey

  • March 1, 2017

    Utilities Hit With NJ Class Action Over Charges To Solar Users

    Two utilities that service New Jersey have been slapped with a putative class action alleging they’re overcharging their customers who use solar energy panels, in violation of the state’s consumer fraud and contract laws.

  • March 1, 2017

    NJ Court Won't Toss GWB Scandal Convictions

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday refused to toss the convictions of two former public officials in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal, rejecting claims that she issued an incorrect jury instruction and allegations that some jurors deliberated when they were not supposed to.

  • March 1, 2017

    Hard Rock Leads Buyers Of Trump Taj Mahal From Icahn

    The former Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City has been sold to a group of investors led by Hard Rock International Inc., current owner and billionaire Carl Icahn said in a statement Wednesday through his Icahn Enterprises LP.

  • March 1, 2017

    Porzio Bromberg Names First New Leader After 20 Years

    Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC has named Vito A. Gagliardi Jr. as its first new managing principal in two decades and created a management committee to support him, the firm announced on Wednesday.

  • March 1, 2017

    Trial Witness Says US Agent Told Him To Grab Coin.mx Cash

    A witness in the bitcoin-exchange bribery and fraud trial of New Jersey pastor Trevon Gross and tech expert Yuri Lebedev drew concern Tuesday from U.S. District Judge Alison M. Nathan, after testifying that a U.S. Secret Service agent suggested he extract money from the Coin.mx exchange before it was shut down.

  • March 1, 2017

    Menswear Retailer Slapped With Suit Over Sales Ads

    JoS. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. was hit with a putative class action in New Jersey, alleging that its advertisements for sales dupe customers because they promote maximum price reductions, but not the minimum, in violation of consumer protection laws.

  • March 1, 2017

    NJ Disbars Atty Over Conviction In $24M Tax Evasion Scheme

    New Jersey’s Supreme Court on Tuesday permanently disbarred a tax attorney convicted of participating in a $24 million tax obstruction and evasion scheme and ordered him to reimburse the court’s Disciplinary Oversight Committee for administrative costs related to the matter.

  • March 1, 2017

    Hartford Financial Beats Suit Over Management Fees

    Hartford Investment Financial Services LLC on Tuesday defeated a putative class action alleging that it charges excessive mutual fund management fees when a New Jersey federal judge found that the suing clients failed to prove the services provided didn’t warrant what they paid. 

  • March 1, 2017

    Ex-NJ Atty General Seeks Probation In Airline Bribery Plot

    David Samson, a former New Jersey attorney general and ex-chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has urged a New Jersey federal court to keep him out of prison in a United Airlines Inc. bribery scheme, saying his conduct was an aberration in an otherwise exemplary life.

  • March 1, 2017

    Citgo Wants 3rd Circ. To Dump $100M Oil Spill Judgment

    Three Citgo units asked the Third Circuit on Tuesday to overturn a $100 million-plus judgment against the company handed down by a lower court in an oil spill liability suit brought by the federal government and a pair of shipping companies, arguing that the lower court inconsistently applied the law and improperly faulted Citgo over other, more liable parties.

  • March 1, 2017

    SEC Freezes Assets In SoftBank-Fortress Insider Trading Row

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has frozen the assets of traders accused of reaping about $3.6 million in profits using inside information about telecommunications and internet giant SoftBank Group Corp.'s $3.3 billion acquisition of private equity firm Fortress Investment Group LLC.

  • March 1, 2017

    NJ Doc Cops To Taking Bribes In $100M Lab Referral Scheme

    A New Jersey physician on on Tuesday pled guilty to receiving $130,000 in bribes from the now-defunct Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC as part of a $100 million test referral scheme.

  • February 28, 2017

    Atlantic City Firefighter Cuts Unsafe, Illegal, Judge Told

    The union representing Atlantic City’s 225 firefighters urged a New Jersey judge Tuesday to halt a state fiscal designee’s proposal to slash the department’s workforce and cut its pay, arguing during a hearing that the plan compromises safety and violates contract law.

  • February 28, 2017

    Horizon Balks At Christie Idea To Tap Its Reserves For Rehab

    Horizon took issue with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's call Tuesday to fund improved access to drug abuse treatment by tapping into the billions of dollars in capital reserves held by the state's largest health insurer, saying such a move would drive up insurance costs.

  • February 28, 2017

    HHS Asks Justices Not To Review Medicare Billing Suit

    The government has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a bid for review of a determination that a Florida ophthalmology clinic connected to criminal charges against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., overbilled Medicare by nearly $9 million by extracting multiple doses of a macular degeneration drug from a single-dose vial.

  • February 28, 2017

    NJ Judge Axes Vestiges Of Morgan Stanley Advisers' OT Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge tossed what remained of multidistrict litigation encompassing four Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC financial advisers’ claims they were stiffed on overtime in violation of federal and state labor law Tuesday, saying other courts and the U.S. Department of Labor are clear that financial advisers are exempt from extra pay.

  • February 28, 2017

    NJ City's Stance On Riverfront Project Faces Skepticism

    A New Jersey state appeals court raised doubts Tuesday about claims that the planning board in Hoboken, New Jersey, could not hear a developer's application for two high-rise residential buildings along the Hudson River because the city was suing the builder over the proposal.

  • February 28, 2017

    Fox Rothschild Merges North Jersey Offices

    Fox Rothschild LLP has merged its two northern New Jersey locations into a new “state-of-the-art” building in Morristown to achieve operating efficiencies and better serve its North Jersey clientele.

  • February 28, 2017

    NJ Court Revives Gastric Sleeve Surgery Med Mal Suit

    A New Jersey appeals court on Tuesday revived a medical malpractice suit accusing a surgeon of botching a stomach-shrinking “gastric sleeve” surgery, saying the patient made a good-faith effort to submit expert testimony and should be given another chance.

  • February 27, 2017

    Coin.mx Witness Tells Jury Pastor 'Wanted Out' Of Bank Biz

    A cooperating witness told Manhattan jurors Monday that he agreed to help Coin.mx operator Anthony Murgio take over a small New Jersey credit union after Murgio told him he had found a New Jersey pastor, defendant Trevon Gross, who was ready to exit the banking business for a price.

Expert Analysis

  • State Attorneys General Play Growing Data Privacy Role

    Jasen Eige

    State attorneys general play an active role in data privacy and security, bringing evolving state laws and broad consumer protection authority to bear on changing technologies and threats. Private sector custodians of personal data such as retailers, financial institutions, technology companies and health systems must understand the role of state attorneys general before a crisis occurs, say Jasen Eige and Kassie Schroth of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • Door Closing On 'Unavailability' Insurance Exception: Part 2

    Scott M. Seaman

    Historically, decisions applying New Jersey law have applied the "unavailability of insurance" exception in the context of some asbestos and environmental coverage claims, but the already narrow exception may potentially be further limited in the near future, says Scott Seaman of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.

  • Apparent Settlement Authority In A Paragraph IV Dispute

    Gaston Kroub

    While a patentee settling with multiple defendants at once may be an unusual circumstance, what is even more unusual is where a defendant in a multidefendant case needs to seek judicial intervention to preserve a settlement it had reached with the patentees. The recent decision in Horizon v. Actavis from the District of New Jersey suggests that patentees looking to enforce such a settlement may not be powerless, says Gaston Kroub o... (continued)

  • Door Closing On 'Unavailability' Insurance Exception: Part 1

    Scott M. Seaman

    Over the last 20 years, policyholders have often tried to use the "unavailability of insurance" exception to counteract the consequences of pro rata allocation, but recent activity suggests that the exception is losing support even in the few jurisdictions that have recognized it, says Scott Seaman of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.

  • Top 5 Drug And Device Developments Of 2016

    Christine Kain

    This is a moment to reflect on some of the past year’s biggest developments in drug and device litigation. From video streaming of witness testimony to exclusion of plaintiff experts on scientific grounds, 2016 saw many significant decisions that may impact future cases, say Christine Kain, Patrick Reilly and Joseph Price of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • In Congress: Obamacare, The Cabinet

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    Republican leaders in Congress plan to take the initial steps toward repealing and replacing Obamacare this week, hoping to deliver on the campaign promises made by most Republicans over the past six years and by President-elect Trump during the 2016 election cycle, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • The Biosimilars Litigation Landscape For 2017

    Michael B. Cottler

    This may be the most active year for biosimilars litigation yet, with three scheduled trials, several cases on appeal, and the potential for several new litigations, among other things. Michael Cottler, Joshua Whitehill and Jacqueline Genovese of Goodwin Procter LLP discuss the biggest biosimilar cases to watch for in the coming year.

  • United Case Highlights Achilles’ Heel Of Fraud Prevention

    Joseph Moreno

    United Airlines recently paid a $2.4 million penalty to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for failing to follow its own anti-corruption policies, underscoring the fact that even a perfectly designed internal control environment will not operate effectively when management can circumvent or ignore controls, say attorneys with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.

  • Deciphering RJR Nabisco's 'Domestic Injury' Requirement

    Robert P. Reznick

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in RJR Nabisco v. European Union last year, courts have grappled with the ruling's articulation of the “domestic injury” requirement for private claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and their analyses and conclusions as to where an “injury” has occurred are all over the map, say attorneys at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • 2016 Environmental Case Law Highlights: Part 3

    Anthony B. Cavender

    The final article in this series reviews some of the most significant environmental cases of 2016 decided in the Tenth and Eleventh Circuits, as well as several state supreme courts. Anyone who reads these cases will be impressed by the painstaking approach these courts apply to some of the most vexing and complicated cases on their dockets, says Anthony Cavender of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.