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New Jersey

  • December 14, 2018

    Hearing Aid Co. Owner Gets 7 Years For Role In Opioid Ring

    The operator of a New Jersey hearing aid company was sentenced Friday to seven years in state prison for colluding with a doctor to supply tens of thousands of highly addictive opioid pain pills to a drug ring, state prosecutors announced.

  • December 14, 2018

    Louis Berger Hit With OT Suit Over Post-Maria Recovery

    A Louis Berger Group Inc. unit was slapped Friday in New Jersey federal court with class claims the company improperly failed to pay overtime to workers involved in government-funded recovery efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.

  • December 14, 2018

    Covington & Burling Steers Merck's €2B Animal Tech Biz Buy

    New Jersey-based Merck & Co. Inc. said on Friday that it has agreed to buy all outstanding shares of privately-held animal intelligence technology group Antelliq Group for €2.1 billion ($2.4 billion) and assume its debt in a deal that was guided by Covington & Burling LLP.

  • December 14, 2018

    PennEast Can Take NJ Land For $1B Pipeline, Judge Says

    A New Jersey federal judge said Friday that developers of the $1 billion PennEast gas pipeline can immediately seize over 100 Garden State properties along the project's route, saying they've satisfied the requirements for pursuing eminent domain under the Natural Gas Act.

  • December 14, 2018

    Rite Aid Asks 3rd Circ. To Keep Nix Of Background Check Suit

    Retail pharmacy company Rite Aid Corp. asked the Third Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday to uphold the dismissal by a Pennsylvania federal judge of a suit that accused the company of refusing to hire a job applicant based on a background check conducted by a third party, saying the lower court was correct in finding the applicant had suffered no harm.

  • December 14, 2018

    AstraZeneca Sues Again Over Breast Cancer Drug Patents

    AstraZeneca has hit more generic-drug makers with a patent infringement suit in New Jersey federal court over a generic alternative to Faslodex, its injection-administered drug for battling breast cancer past menopause.

  • December 14, 2018

    The Medicines Co. Prices $150M Private Notes Offering

    The Medicines Co. said late Thursday that it priced a $150 million private convertible senior notes offering, the proceeds of which the New Jersey-based biopharmaceutical company plans to use to fund the development of a therapy that has been shown to significantly reduce cholesterol linked to heart attacks and strokes.

  • December 14, 2018

    Sanofi Fires Back Against Mylan In Its Bid To Exit EpiPen MDL

    Sanofi-Aventis US LLC told a Kansas federal court Friday that Mylan Inc. missed the mark when pointing to overlaps between Sanofi’s case accusing the EpiPen maker of employing anti-competitive tactics and suits from consumers over prices of the drug, arguing there’s enough difference to warrant transferring its case out of multidistrict litigation.

  • December 14, 2018

    Ex-NJ Fire Chief Convicted In $10M Ponzi Scheme

    A New Jersey investment manager and former fire chief was convicted at trial for operating a Ponzi scheme that bilked hundreds of clients, including friends, family and associates, out of more than $10 million, federal prosecutors said Friday.

  • December 13, 2018

    New Jersey City Can't Duck Islamic Center's Bias Suit

    A federal judge Thursday quashed a New Jersey city's move to dismiss an Islamic center’s suit alleging that the assessment of tax liens against it and a refusal to approve a permit for construction of a mosque amount to discrimination.

  • December 13, 2018

    NJ Health Care Co. Execs Indicted In $300M Investment Fraud

    Four former executives of the bankrupt Constellation Healthcare Technologies Inc. have been indicted for bilking investors out of $300 million in connection with a merger designed to take their publicly traded company private, New Jersey federal prosecutors said Thursday.

  • December 13, 2018

    NJ Judge Denies 'Sexual Innuendo' Behind Courtroom Remark

    A New Jersey municipal court judge has been hit with an ethics complaint for making an allegedly inappropriate remark to a criminal defendant about a year ago regarding the conditions of her release, a comment the jurist denied could be interpreted as “sexual innuendo.”

  • December 13, 2018

    Levi & Korsinsky To Lead Glencore Investor's FCPA Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday appointed Levi & Korsinsky LLP as lead counsel in a proposed class action against Glencore PLC over investor losses allegedly tied to announcements that the United Kingdom and the United States are investigating the Swiss company’s overseas dealings.

  • December 13, 2018

    The Biggest Sports Cases Of 2018

    With the U.S. Supreme Court opening the door to sports betting and criminal convictions stemming from a wide-ranging corruption probe into the dark underworld of college basketball, this year has seen some of the most significant sports law cases in years. Here, Law360 takes a look back at those cases and others that made 2018 such a big year for sports law.

  • December 13, 2018

    Moldy Mercedes-Benz HVAC Systems 'Foul,' Suit Claims

    Mercedes-Benz USA LLC and its parent company Daimler AG were hit with a lawsuit in New Jersey federal court Wednesday, claiming in the third putative class action of its kind that the companies knowingly sold vehicles with defective HVAC systems that create mold build-up and cause an "unbearable," foul smell.

  • December 13, 2018

    Allstate Underpaid Auto Crash Injury Benefits, Suit Says

    A putative class of auto insurance customers and a putative class of health care providers are jointly suing Allstate over allegedly failing to properly reimburse health costs over car accidents that happened in Pennsylvania but occasioned treatment outside Pennsylvania, according to a suit removed to New Jersey federal court Wednesday.

  • December 13, 2018

    'Contradictory' Collection Letter Class Certified In NJ

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday certified a proposed class action alleging a letter sent by a debt collector contained contradictory health insurance instructions, ruling among other things that the common claims in the suit would predominate over individual issues.

  • December 13, 2018

    Merck Loses Zoning Challenge Against Jersey Township

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Thursday upended a trial court ruling in favor of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. in its rezoning challenge against Branchburg, saying the court improperly applied a new standard that presumed a municipal ordinance was invalid and placed the burden on the township to justify its necessity.

  • December 13, 2018

    Direct Buyers Win Cert. In Lamictal Antitrust Suit

    Drug wholesalers who directly purchased GlaxoSmithKline PLC's epilepsy drug Lamictal or a generic version from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. won certification Wednesday in their antitrust suit alleging a settlement agreement struck between the two drugmakers delayed generic options from entering the market.

  • December 13, 2018

    Top Product Liability Cases Of 2018

    A since-slashed $289 million jury verdict in the first case to go to trial over claims that Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller causes cancer and a mix of verdicts in Johnson & Johnson topped the list of significant product liability cases of 2018.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

    Judge Michael Mills

    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • State Net

    New Year, New Opportunities For State Governments

    Lou Cannon

    While gridlock may prevail between the Democratic House and GOP Senate in Washington next year, it will be another story at the state level. For the first time since 1914, a single political party will control both chambers of every legislature except one, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • In A Landlord Bankruptcy Sale, What Happens To The Lease?

    Michael Cook

    Few cases address a landlord debtor’s bankruptcy and its effect upon tenants. The matter of Revel AC, decided by the Third Circuit on Nov. 30, deals not only with that issue but also with the effect of a Section 363(f) bankruptcy court’s asset sale order, says Michael Cook of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    He was White House counsel to two presidents. When Reagan was shot, he explained the chain of command to a four-star general. And until a few years ago, many people still thought he was Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal. Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius may be the quintessential Washington insider. White and Williams attorney Randy Maniloff learned more.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • TC Heartland's Impact In 2018

    Alex Chachkes

    The U.S. Supreme Court decided TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods in May 2017, revitalizing the patent venue statute. Alex Chachkes and Josh Montgomery of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP review its impact over the past year and a half.

  • Employee Arbitration Agreements In NJ Face New Hurdles

    Benjamin Teris

    New Jersey state courts have been less favorable to employers than federal courts when it comes to enforcing arbitration agreements. The latest example is the Appellate Division’s precedential decision in Flanzman v. Jenny Craig, says Benjamin Teris of Post & Schell PC.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Top 10 Whistleblowing And Retaliation Events Of 2018

    Steven Pearlman

    This year saw significant changes in the landscape of whistleblower and retaliation law, including a game-changing decision from the U.S. Supreme Court and the three largest bounty awards issued in the history of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, say Steven Pearlman and Meika Freeman of Proskauer Rose LLP.