New Jersey

  • July 21, 2017

    Could An NFL Diversity Rule Be A BigLaw Game-Changer?

    In a bid to elevate more women to positions of authority, law firms are taking a page from the National Football League's playbook.

  • July 21, 2017

    BigLaw Bias Suits New Wild Card In Fight For Gender Equity

    As gender bias suits pile up against law firms, it remains to be seen how they will impact recruiting in the industry. But some legal experts say firm leaders may want to look at the complaints as blueprints for change.

  • July 21, 2017

    The 2017 Law360 Glass Ceiling Report

    U.S. law firms have long been overwhelmingly dominated by men, particularly at the partnership level, and Law360’s latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that recent progress has been — at best — only incremental.

  • July 21, 2017

    How 4 Firms Are Moving The Needle On Gender Diversity

    A handful of law firms of various sizes and types are outpacing their peers on including women in their ranks. Here’s why four of them are positioned toward the front of the pack.

  • July 21, 2017

    NJ Knocked Out Of GWB Scandal Class Action Over Immunity

    New Jersey has been released from a putative consolidated class action over politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge after a New Jersey federal judge determined that the state was immune from liability and tossed the sole remaining claim against it.

  • July 21, 2017

    Man Gets 3 Yrs. For Role In Electronics Smuggling Scheme

    An Italian national who copped to smuggling counterfeit electronics, including fake Apple phones and tablets and items bearing phony Sony labels, was sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison Friday, authorities from multiple agencies announced.

  • July 21, 2017

    IDT Can't Escape $1.5M Verdict For Former Exec

    IDT Corp. lost its bid to avoid paying an additional $1.5 million in severance to a former company executive on Friday when a New Jersey state appeals court found there was sufficient evidence for jurors to conclude the parties had entered into an enforceable oral agreement for such a payment.

  • July 21, 2017

    Ex-HR Director Sues Tata For Gender Discrimination

    The former human resources director of Tata Communications Inc.'s New Jersey offices is alleging gender discrimination against the company, claiming in a lawsuit removed Friday to federal court that she was paid a salary tens of thousands of dollars less than the average of her male counterparts.

  • July 21, 2017

    NJ Court Upholds Judgment For Whistleblower City Atty

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Friday upheld a default judgment against the city of Orange in a whistleblower suit from a former assistant city attorney, saying a trial court properly struck Orange's answer with prejudice after the municipality failed to provide its reasons for firing the lawyer in writing.

  • July 21, 2017

    NJ Court Won't Halt Christie's IT Dept. Decentralization

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Thursday declined to halt Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s executive order to decentralize the state’s Office of Information Technology workers and disband them to the respective agencies they serve, a move the office’s union says could compromise the quality of the state’s computer systems.

  • July 21, 2017

    Widow Sues NJ Medical Facilities Over Husband's Bedsores

    A New Jersey hospital and two rehabilitation facilities have been slapped with a medical malpractice complaint in state court by a woman claiming her husband, who had undergone spinal surgery, developed serious bedsores that led to his death last year.

  • July 21, 2017

    Christie Rejects 'Airbnb' Tax, Citing Cost To Tourists

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday vetoed a bill that would have levied a tax on short-term online rental accommodations such as Airbnb and FlipKey, saying the proposed tax would hurt New Jersey’s economy.

  • July 21, 2017

    SEC Fights To Keep Alive Suit Over $17M Stock Scheme

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a New Jersey federal judge on Friday that injunctive relief sought against a broker-dealer alleged to have taken part in a $17.2 million pump-and-dump scheme is not a time-barred punishment but a remedy designed to protect the public.

  • July 21, 2017

    Feds Settle NJ Mom’s Suit Over Newborn’s Arm Paralysis

    The federal government has agreed to settle a mother’s lawsuit alleging that her child suffered arm paralysis due to improper delivery and post-delivery care for $225,000, according to a filing in New Jersey federal court.

  • July 20, 2017

    NJ Water Contractor Gets 2 Years For $1M Kickback Scheme

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday handed down a two-year prison term to a former contractor for his role in a nearly $1 million kickback scheme at a defunct Newark water agency, saying the sentence was needed to deter others from engaging in such public corruption.

  • July 20, 2017

    PC Richard Resolves Shopper's Suit Over Card Receipts

    P.C. Richard and a consumer agreed Thursday to dismiss a putative class action against the retailer in New Jersey federal court, after telling a judge this week that the parties had reached a tentative deal over claims the company unlawfully printed credit or debit card expiration dates on sales receipts.

  • July 20, 2017

    NJ Couple To Pay $2.1M Settlement Over Illegal Securities

    A New Jersey couple and the companies they own have agreed to pay $2.1 million to settle allegations by the state Bureau of Securities that they sold unregistered securities on a real estate investment that failed, Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the state Division of Consumer Affairs announced Thursday.

  • July 20, 2017

    Jersey Casino Seeks $10M From Maker Of Defective Cards

    An Atlantic City hotel casino asked a New Jersey federal court on Wednesday for an award of $10.13 million from the manufacturer of defective playing cards at the heart of a broader lawsuit against two professional gamblers who exploited a card abnormality while playing Mini Baccarat.

  • July 20, 2017

    FTC Approves Baxter $625M Claris Buy With Antitrust Fixes

    The Federal Trade Commission gave its seal of approval Thursday to medical products company Baxter International Inc.’s $625 million purchase of Claris Lifesciences Ltd.’s injectables business, on the condition that Baxter and Claris leave the market for a pair of pharmaceutical products.

  • July 20, 2017

    Mister Softee Files TM Suit Over NJ Ice Cream Biz’s Sales

    Mister Softee Inc. has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in New Jersey federal court against the owner of two ice cream stands on the Jersey Shore, claiming he is selling sweet frozen treats under the company's brand name without its permission.

Expert Analysis

  • Talc Talk: 1 Of These Verdicts Is Not Like The Others

    Amy Rubenstein

    Last month a jury awarded a fourth verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a series of suits alleging that the use of talc caused ovarian cancer. But another recent case brought against the company resulted in a defense verdict. A closer look at these trials points to key reasons for the divergent outcomes, say attorneys with Schiff Hardin.

  • What Counsel At Retailers Should Know About Data Breaches

    Donald Houser

    Just last week it was announced that Target reached a record $18.5 million settlement with 47 states and Washington, D.C., in its data breach case. Unfortunately, Target was not the high-water mark for data breaches: They will continue, and the cost of responding to them will continue to rise, says Donald Houser of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Series

    The Return Of Attorney-Conducted Voir Dire

    Stephen Susman

    If we truly believe in providing litigants with a jury of one’s peers, we must adopt strategies to ensure that parties and their representatives have a say in selecting their jury. When only judges participate, the result is a less representative and less fair cross section of the community, say Stephen Susman, Richard Jolly and Roy Futterman of NYU School of Law's Civil Jury Project.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Identities Are Us


    Lawyers faced with clients who can’t or won’t listen to their advice must consider that the core of this risky decision may be a person's inability or refusal to relinquish a prime identity in times of uncertainty, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Series

    Revisiting Affiliated Ute: A Rare Presumption In 11th Circ.

    Brian Miller

    The Eleventh Circuit has made clear that it will strictly construe the U.S. Supreme Court's Affiliated Ute decision as well as the omission language of Rule 10b-5(b). This will continue to present challenges to the plaintiffs bar in this circuit, say Brian Miller and Samantha Kavanaugh of Akerman LLP.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.

  • Noncompete Agreements Under Siege At The State Level

    James Hammerschmidt

    Compared with many other areas of employment law, the law of noncompetition agreements has been relatively static. More recently, however, many states have turned their attention to noncompetes and considered significant changes in how they are used and enforced, say attorneys with Paley Rothman.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

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    Revisiting Affiliated Ute: And Its Limits In The 5th Circ.

    Susanna Buergel

    Given the perceived higher hurdles to class certification, it is likely that counsel for plaintiffs in securities cases will seek to recharacterize their claims as omission claims to take advantage of the 45-year-old Affiliated Ute presumption. In the Fifth Circuit, that will be a challenging task, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

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    Revisiting Affiliated Ute: Back In Vogue In The 9th Circ.

    Michele Johnson

    While there are still very few district court decisions within the Ninth Circuit to have analyzed the relationship between the Affiliated Ute and the fraud-on-the-market presumptions of reliance since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 Halliburton decision, plaintiffs are increasingly attempting to plead both theories, as demonstrated by several recent decisions, say Michele Johnson and Colleen Smith of Latham & Watkins LLP.