New Jersey

  • December 22, 2016

    The Biggest​ NJ​​ Policy Developments Of 2016

    A deal to boost transportation funding, waterfront access rules and the state takeover of a struggling Atlantic City were among New Jersey's defining legislative and regulatory measures in 2016, but the year also was marked by failed efforts to increase the minimum wage and give raises to judges.

  • December 22, 2016

    TD Bank, Target Trim Robocall Suit, But Not Calif. Claim

    TD Bank and Target may have put a dent in a putative class action over repeated unsolicited phone calls to customers, but according to a New Jersey federal court ruling Tuesday, they could not defeat a consumer’s claim for violating a California debt collection law at the dismissal stage.

  • December 22, 2016

    NJ 'Housewives' Star Wants To Revive Malpractice Suit

    "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice wants a state judge to reinstate a malpractice complaint against her former lawyer now that a dispute over whether the claims belonged to her or her bankruptcy estate has been resolved, according to court papers filed Wednesday.

  • December 22, 2016

    Partial Fees OK'd In Restaurant.com Expiring-Discount Row

    A New Jersey federal judge awarded about a quarter of the fees and costs sought by counsel for Restaurant.com Inc. consumers who unsuccessfully brought class claims over discount certificates, ruling Wednesday that the full fees amount was not justified.

  • December 22, 2016

    NJ Justices Won't Hear Ex-Merck Worker’s Sex Bias Suit

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to take up a lower court ruling that found a former Merck & Co. worker didn’t prove the pharmaceutical giant fired him because he’s a man, according to a high court order released Wednesday.

  • December 22, 2016

    NJ High Court Won't Hear Raymours Abitration Dispute

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to review an Appellate Division panel's determination that a former Raymours Furniture Co. Inc. employee must arbitrate her race bias claims per the company’s employment agreement, although she isn’t restricted by the company’s now-invalidated time limit on filing claims.

  • December 21, 2016

    First Data Urges Fed. Circ. To Reinstate IP Case

    Payments processor First Data Corp. asked the Federal Circuit on Tuesday to reverse a New Jersey district court's dismissal of the company's claims in a dispute with sports memorabilia dealer Inselberg Interactive LLC over patents for wireless interactive technology. 

  • December 21, 2016

    Day-Trading Firm Owner Accused In Fake-Account Scam

    A Thai man was arrested and charged with fleecing investors of $1.4 million by running a day-trading firm that gave fake training accounts to investors to conceal that their funds had been stolen, the U.S. attorney for New Jersey announced Wednesday.

  • December 21, 2016

    Taro, Perrigo Hit With Price-Fixing Suit Over Skin Cream

    An Illinois workers union's benefits plan hit Teligent Inc., Perrigo Co. and Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. with a putative class action in New Jersey federal court Tuesday, accusing the pharmaceutical makers of fixing the price of a popular antifungal generic skin cream and hiking the cost by 539 percent.

  • December 21, 2016

    Kayak Lands Attys' Fees In Price Quote Patent Case

    A New Jersey federal judge has ordered the owner of an invalidated patent for matching online buyers and sellers to pay $578,085 in attorneys' fees to travel website Kayak after an earlier determination that the patent owner litigated the case unreasonably.

  • December 21, 2016

    NJ High Court Won't Hear Ex-Penske Worker's Bias Suit

    New Jersey’s Supreme Court won’t take up a whistleblower’s appeal of a court ruling that overturned his $90,000 jury verdict against Penske Truck Leasing in a case alleging he’d been fired for raising concerns about a maintenance program, according to orders made public Wednesday.

  • December 21, 2016

    Court Deals Players Losing Hand In Canceled Casino Tourney

    The New Jersey Supreme Court Wednesday declined to review an Appellate Division decision to reject a putative class action by three gamblers claiming they were not fairly compensated for a canceled poker tournament at the Borgata Hotel & Casino.

  • December 21, 2016

    Real Estate Rumors: Carl Icahn, Emerald Equity, AIG

    Carl Icahn is reportedly in discussions to sell a majority stake of the Atlantic City Trump Taj Mahal, Emerald Equity is said to have picked up a New York residential portfolio for $358 million, and a Quadrum Global venture is said to have scored $150 million from AIG for a Long Island City, Queens, project.

  • December 21, 2016

    NJ AG Sues Rent-A-Center Over Workplace Racial Slurs

    Rent-A-Center Inc. has been slapped with a lawsuit by the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights alleging it tolerated a workplace culture in which employees freely used racial slurs, state officials announced Wednesday.

  • December 21, 2016

    'Creed' Infringement Suit Knocked From NJ To Calif.

    A New Jersey man who accuses Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., actor Sylvester Stallone and others of stealing his idea for the 2015 boxing film “Creed” will get to fight another round after a federal judge refused to toss the suit Tuesday and transferred it to California.

  • December 21, 2016

    NJ Dodge Dealership Steers Clear Of Squeaky Car Dispute

    A New Jersey appeals court on Wednesday said a man accusing a Dodge dealership of failing to fix an excessive squeaking problem in his newly purchased vehicle failed to show that the issue even existed, or that it warranted repayment of the car’s entire purchase price.

  • December 21, 2016

    Suspended NJ Atty Indicted For Stealing Settlement Funds

    A suspended New Jersey attorney was indicted by a state grand jury Wednesday for allegedly bilking clients out of more than $70,000 in unremitted settlement funds, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office announced.

  • December 21, 2016

    DuPont Hit With $1B Enviro Cleanup Suit In NJ

    E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co. has been slapped with a $1 billion lawsuit by a New Jersey town alleging the chemical giant unlawfully spun off a subsidiary that dumped millions of pounds of hazardous waste in order to avoid responsibility for remediating the contamination.

  • December 21, 2016

    Consol Can't Toss Pa. Mine Citations, 3rd Circ. Rules

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday declined to overturn an administrative law judge’s findings that a Consol Energy subsidiary engaged in “high negligence” when it failed to report problems with a hoist at a Pennsylvania coal mine.

  • December 21, 2016

    The Biggest New Jersey Cases Of 2016

    Federal and state appeals courts in 2016 delivered a quintet of key rulings in New Jersey's employment, legal malpractice, gaming and health care spaces, bolstering aggrieved workers looking to sue, jury award overrides and continued coverage for firm partners while again shooting down the state’s sports-betting plans. Here’s a look at five notable opinions that helped shape the Garden State’s legal landscape this year.

Expert Analysis

  • OPINION: 3rd Circ. Should Rehear Product-Hopping Case

    David Balto

    How is the Third Circuit like Donald Trump? It wants to build a wall preventing drug competition and have consumers pay for it. The recent decision in Mylan v. Warner Chilcott is divorced from established precedent and will leave consumers in the lurch for billions of dollars, says David Balto, a former policy director at the Federal Trade Commission.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 5

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    The clarion call from the top of Corporate America over the past several years to its workers to do more with less, eliminate redundancy, and work cooperatively across disciplines toward the goal of corporate profitability is reaching BigLaw, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • Can Use Variance Grants Be 'Reasonably Probable'?

    Christopher John Stracco

    New Jersey's Appellate Division recently reversed a ruling in which defendant condemnees' experts offered "legally inadequate and legally incorrect" testimony. This case, New Jersey Transit v. Franco, raises questions regarding presumption of use variance and road dedication, says Christopher Stracco and Katharine Coffey of Day Pitney LLP.

  • 4 Ways To Get Associates Trial-Ready

    Stephen B. Crain

    For young trial associates who want to evolve into young trial lawyers, getting the necessary experience is increasingly challenging. The only surefire way associates can become first chair advocates is through effective mentoring, and the best way to achieve effective mentoring is to incorporate it in your approach to cases, say Stephen Crain and Drew Taggart of Bracewell LLP.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 4

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    Compensation isn't what it used to be — and never will be again, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • Lessons Learned From Hanjin Shipping's Bankruptcy

    Peter S. Goodman

    The global insolvency of Hanjin Shipping represents a case study of what can go wrong for an international transportation company that files for insolvency protection in an uncontrolled fashion and in the wrong country, says Peter Goodman of Baker & McKenzie LLP.

  • Introducing E-Sports, A Newcomer To The Gambling Arena

    Ashley Brinn

    Under current New Jersey law, e-sports tournaments featuring video game competitions can legally be held in casinos, but several questions concerning the legality of wagering on such tournaments remain unanswered, says Ashley Brinn of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 3

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    In part 3 of this series on law firm evolution, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp., addresses the problem of ad hoc client development and the challenge of associate training.

  • When Your Client Is The President: Part 8

    Robert Bauer

    It is natural in an environment like the White House, particularly for lawyers who have an active interest in public life, to wish to be in every conversation, on any topic, of general interest or major importance. It is a trap, says Perkins Coie LLP partner Robert Bauer, who served as White House counsel for President Barack Obama.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 2

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    Despite the fact that many corporate clients are demanding deviations from the billable hour, and the fact that there are more varieties of alternate fee arrangements than ever before, the billable hour is still here. But it is gasping for breath, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.