New Jersey

  • June 2, 2017

    Lawmakers Probe Kushner Cos. Over EB-5 Dealings

    Three prominent Democratic lawmakers pressed the Kushner Companies on Thursday for more details about the corporation’s dealings with the EB-5 investor program, citing reports that President Donald Trump’s extended family members may be attempting to cash in on their newly minted executive branch connections.

  • June 1, 2017

    Christie Taps Chief Counsel For Judgeship

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday nominated his chief counsel, Gregory L. Acquaviva, and six other attorneys for state court judgeships, a few months after Acquaviva rejoined the governor's administration.

  • June 1, 2017

    Insurer Off Hook For NJ School's Defense Of Sex Abuse Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge told a school district Thursday that its Zurich American insurance policy doesn’t cover it for a suit over alleged sexual abuse by an ex-teacher, even though the teacher was no longer working for them at the time in question.

  • June 1, 2017

    NJ Stryker Hip Implant Suits Consolidated In State Court

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has approved a bid from consumers to consolidate state court lawsuits against a Stryker Corp. unit over an allegedly defective hip replacement device that, when connected to another component, has caused corrosion and required patients to undergo corrective surgeries.

  • June 1, 2017

    NJ Senate Committee Advances 'Airbnb' Tax Bill

    New Jersey's Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Thursday advanced legislation to permit taxes and fees on online short-term rental marketplaces like Airbnb and FlipKey, a measure expected to pump millions of dollars into state and municipal coffers.

  • June 1, 2017

    JPML Won't Combine Suits Over Memory Booster Prevagen

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has shot down a dietary supplement maker’s attempt to centralize four cases brought in New York, New Jersey and California accusing it of falsely advertising the cognitive benefits of a jellyfish protein in its memory booster Prevagen.

  • June 1, 2017

    NJ Lawmakers Advance Salary History, Wage Violation Bills

    A New Jersey legislative panel on Thursday advanced bills that would bar employers from asking job applicants about their salary history and increase penalties for companies that run afoul of labor laws, measures that supporters say would help tackle gender bias and deter wage violations.

  • June 1, 2017

    REIT Inks $407M Deal For 18 Marriott, Hilton Hotels

    A Canada-based real estate investment trust announced Wednesday that it has agreed to purchase a portfolio of 18 Marriott and Hilton hotels in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania for about $407.4 million and that it would offer units to finance the deal.

  • June 1, 2017

    Santander's $2.5M Auto Payment Contract Suit Sent To NJ

    A New Jersey federal court should hear a Santander unit’s lawsuit claiming a Garden State auto dealership owes it $2.5 million for more than 100 auto payment contracts, a Texas federal judge said Wednesday, finding that the dealership isn’t remotely connected to the Lone Star State.

  • June 1, 2017

    NJ Panel Denies Extra Atty Fees To Hess Diesel Fuel Class

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Thursday declined to award a supplemental fee award to counsel representing class members who mistakenly received diesel gas from Hess Corp. Inc., siding with a trial court judge’s determination that the work performed didn’t benefit the class or the settlement.

  • June 1, 2017

    3rd Circ. Affirms Dismissal In $86M Steelworker Pension Row

    The Third Circuit affirmed Wednesday the dismissal of a Steelworkers Pension Trust suit over an alleged $86 million liability stemming from The Renco Group unit RG Steel’s bankruptcy, ruling that the trial court got it right when it found SPT’s dispute must be arbitrated.

  • May 31, 2017

    NJ Furniture Biz Contracts Had No Delivery Dates, Suit Says

    The owner of six Ashley HomeStores has been slammed with a putative class action in New Jersey state court alleging that the furniture retailers have unlawfully failed to list promised delivery dates on sales documents after the owner agreed to follow such regulations in settling a similar lawsuit.

  • May 31, 2017

    Janssen Can't Escape Bulk Of FCA Suit Over HIV Drug

    A New Jersey federal judge ruled Wednesday that Janssen Products LP must face the bulk of claims in a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging the drugmaker unlawfully benefited from promoting off-label uses of HIV/AIDS medication, but said Johnson & Johnson couldn’t be held liable simply because it’s Janssen’s corporate parent.

  • May 31, 2017

    Asbestos Victims Slam BASF Bid For Sanctions In Fraud Suit

    Lawyers for a proposed class hit back Tuesday in New Jersey federal court against claims they should be sanctioned for actions during discovery in a suit accusing BASF Catalysts LLC and Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP of destroying evidence that BASF talc contained asbestos, saying the manufacturer was attempting to improperly extend the scope of the case.

  • May 31, 2017

    Feds Can Take $160M From Convicted Biofuel Fraudsters

    An Indiana federal judge issued a series of preliminary forfeiture orders Tuesday allowing prosecutors to seize up to almost $160 million in cash from convicted fraudster Joseph Furando, his companies and other conspirators who have pled guilty in a $145.5 million biofuel credit fraud scheme that netted $55 million in profits.

  • May 31, 2017

    NJ Nursing Home Reaches $888K Deal Over Service Claims

    A New Jersey nursing home has agreed to pay a total of $888,000 to the United States and the state of New York to settle allegations that the facility billed New York's Medicaid program for materially substandard or worthless services, acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced Wednesday.

  • May 31, 2017

    Ex-Managing Atty Hits NJ Law Firm With Whistleblower Suit

    A New Jersey law firm has been slapped with a whistleblower suit by a former managing attorney who claims he was fired because he raised concerns that the firm was violating state law by failing to keep a trust account.

  • May 31, 2017

    'Hotel For Pets' Not An Actual Hotel, NJ Tax Court Says

    A pet hotel is not equivalent to a human hotel, a New Jersey Tax Court judge said in an opinion posted Tuesday, ruling in a property valuation dispute that a dog kennel does not produce real estate income for tax purposes the way a housing rental, hotel or nursing home would.

  • May 31, 2017

    Attys Sued For Malpractice Over Tossed Novartis Suit

    Two attorneys have been hit with a legal malpractice action in New Jersey state court by a widow alleging that the lawyers failed to keep alive a lawsuit against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. over jaw problems suffered by her late husband as a result of bone-strengthening drugs Zometa and Aredia.

  • May 30, 2017

    Lewis Brisbois Adds 7 Health Care, Insurance Defense Attys

    Seven new health care and insurance defense attorneys are joining Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in Newark, New York and Hartford, Connecticut, to boost its northeast health care practice, the firm announced Tuesday, led by partner Malinda A. Miller from LeClairRyan.

Expert Analysis

  • Crowdfunding For Legal Cases: 5 Trends Reshaping Justice

    Julia Salasky

    Most people have never had an opportunity to personally take part in a legal case that directly challenges laws or policies they don’t agree with. Now that crowdfunding is available for legal cases, people can engage directly with legal change in the community and be a check on the powerful, says Julia Salasky, CEO of CrowdJustice.

  • Opinion

    ABA Needs A New Model Legal Ethics Rule

    Kevin L. Shepherd

    Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.

  • What Does Lateral Partner Success Look Like?

    Howard Flack

    In the final segment of his series on lateral recruitment, Howard Flack, a partner of Volta Talent Strategies LLC and former leader of the lateral partner recruiting team at Hogan Lovells, shares a number of factors law firms should consider when measuring lateral hire success.

  • NJDEP Seeks Further Flexibility For Cleanup Standards

    Adam H. Cutler

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s recently proposed rule related to groundwater cleanup standards, which seeks further shortcuts around Administrative Procedure Act protections, is bad public policy. Due process protections like public notice, public comment, and social and economic evaluations of any new rule or rule change are fundamental requirements of New Jersey and U.S. law, say attorneys with Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch, Roe And 'Superprecedent'

    Nancy Northup

    The Senate must now make a decision that holds the potential of striking at the essence of what it means to live in a free nation of laws, where each of us has the right to define who we love, who we are, and the very purpose of our lives — and it must do so without the benefit of essential information, says Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

  • Are Lateral Recruitment Opportunities Shaping Your Strategy?

    Howard Flack

    In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.

  • How Patchwork State Regs Could Benefit Driverless Cars

    Michael R. Nelson

    While a patchwork of autonomous vehicle regulations that vary from state to state is ultimately unsustainable, it may prove to be quite beneficial for short-term, early stage development and could serve as a blueprint that offers a safe and effective means of regulating the autonomous vehicle without severely limiting its development, say Mike Nelson and Trevor Satnick of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Natural Resource Damages: A New Angle In PCB Litigation

    Graham Zorn

    In an effort to use product liability theories to impose liability on manufacturers of products found in the environment, Washington state recently sued polychlorinated biphenyl manufacturer Monsanto in state court. This could signal a new era in PCB litigation, and should be closely watched by manufacturers and marketers of similar products, say Graham Zorn and Eric Klein of Beveridge & Diamond PC.

  • Lateral Partner Hiring: Time To Look In The Mirror

    Howard Flack

    The surveys that report lateral partner hiring as more or less a 50-50 proposition keep being published, and yet the lateral partner market is as robust as ever. So, what are firms looking at to measure their success and justify the level of investment they continue to make in the lateral market? asks Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC.

  • A Closer Look At The Current State Of Equal Pay

    Eve H. Wagner

    While progress has been made toward eliminating gender-based wage disparity, Equal Pay Day, observed Tuesday, is a reminder that more work needs to be done, and long before the next 50 years tick past. But hopefully it will be done through education about the law, and not more litigation, says Eve Wagner of Sauer & Wagner LLP.