A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday handed down a one-year prison sentence to a sports medicine doctor who admitted to accepting more than $60,000 in bribes from a compounding pharmacy in exchange for referring prescriptions and falsifying health records.
Neal Katyal seemingly tried to educate Justice Samuel Alito about a well-known Latin phrase, Justice Sonia Sotomayor prayed aloud that she wouldn’t be assigned a mind-numbing opinion, and Justice Elena Kagan needled a lawyer who confused her with another justice. Here, Law360 wraps up the top moments of legal levity from the latest high court term.
Since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last year, a new U.S. Supreme Court justice has emerged as the most talkative at oral arguments — and the title holder should come as no surprise to court watchers.
The justices’ level of engagement at oral argument can provide a crucial window into their thinking on an issue, but interpreting what that might mean for how they’ll rule is an elusive art. Here, Law360 looks at the sessions in which each justice engaged the most.
A New Jersey state appeals court said Wednesday that a trial court erred in finding a public hearing notice deficient because it did not state that a proposed townhouse development in Garwood, New Jersey, would be age-restricted, saying that information was not necessary.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will hear a case over a federal law that prohibits states from legalizing sports betting, a surprise decision that could send leagues running to Congress for a solution.
A settlement advance company, accused by authorities of scamming 9/11 first responders, has sued Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson in New Jersey state court over claims the firm refused to pay about $500,000 owed to the business from money awarded to a retired police officer for injuries related to the terrorist attacks.
A former attorney for Newark, New Jersey, has accused the city, its mayor, his brother and other top officials of retaliating against him after he “snitched” to the mayor about his refusal to sign an allegedly bad development deal, according to a suit in Garden State federal court.
A real estate company has sued its onetime attorney in New Jersey state court for allegedly failing to include financing and environmental review conditions into the contract for its planned purchase of an industrial building, leading to the loss of a $1 million deposit when the sale collapsed.
An investor who sought to lead a class action against contraception patch company Agile Therapeutics Inc. has dropped his securities fraud suit filed after the company's stock plummeted, according to an agreement filed in New Jersey federal court on Monday.
In Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas seems to have found a U.S. Supreme Court justice after his own heart. The court’s newest member and its most silent one cast identical votes in case after case this year, at times taking positions deemed more conservative than those of their fellow Republican appointees on the court.
Weibo Corporation misled investors by telling them it had taken measures to comply with China’s censorship laws, ultimately leading to heavy losses when China banned political content from the social network, according to an investor's proposed class action filed in New Jersey federal court Tuesday.
A New Jersey federal judge sentenced a New York venture capitalist to 41 months in prison and ordered him to pay $3.1 million in restitution after he pled guilty to lying to investors about owning a CrossFit business, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.
Travelers Indemnity Co. and a New Jersey chemical company have reached a settlement in a dispute over Travelers’ responsibility to cover the company for environmental cleanup at a Superfund site, according to a document filed Tuesday in New Jersey federal court.
“Concurring opinion” can feel like a misnomer when a justice departs from — or downright slams — the reasoning of the majority. Here are the opinions from the latest U.S. Supreme Court term in which the biggest divisions bore the label of agreement.
While there were fewer dissents coming from the U.S. Supreme Court during its October 2016 term than in years past, justices still managed to come up with creative disses and blistering attacks when they were on the losing side. Here, Law360 highlights the term’s top dissents.
A pipeline installation company serving the oil, gas and telecommunications industries has launched a racketeering lawsuit against its former CEO in New Jersey state court over an alleged scheme in which a subcontractor overbilled the business for its services to pay kickbacks to the onetime executive.
Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi have escaped a whistleblower False Claims Act suit accusing them of prompting Medicaid overbilling through deceptive marketing of the blood thinner Plavix, after a New Jersey federal judge ruled Tuesday that automatic payment requirements made any implied certifications regarding the drug’s effectiveness immaterial to payment.
Domestic partnerships are not enough for same-sex couples to claim estate tax exemptions in New Jersey, according to rulings that could go to the state’s high court on a question of marriage treatment and a gay couple’s belief that a “civil union” wouldn't cut it.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday decided to review the state of New Jersey’s case over allowing casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting, keeping the hopes of the state and other sports betting proponents alive. Here, Law360 looks at New Jersey’s quarter-century-long dance with sports betting.
The simple practice of asking jurors important and substantive questions early can help make trial by jury a more reliable form of dispute resolution, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.
It was a privilege to spend a half-hour on the phone with the nation's foremost First Amendment lawyer. Floyd Abrams and I discussed his career, his new book and what he sees in his free-speech crystal ball. And he was a very good sport when I asked if it is constitutionally protected to yell inside a movie theater: “Citizens United is a terrible decision and should be set on fire,” says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.
Recent surveys show that law firms won't be able to rely on the flood of associates their business model demands as long as they require them to dedicate all day, most nights, every weekend and all holidays to firm business, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant GC at McKesson Corp.
Despite legal education training and the focus on logic and reason by the courts, lawyers address emotional issues on a daily basis — albeit more indirectly. But a shift to consciously and strategically addressing emotions gives us a powerful tool to help our clients reach faster, better decisions, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.
The U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision may be felt strongly in the Districts of New Jersey and Delaware, which are home to more than 75 percent of Hatch-Waxman cases. Brands and generics alike will be faced with important, strategic decisions that may reshape the landscape of Hatch-Waxman litigation in the years to come, says Mark Deming of Polsinelli PC.
The guessing game around Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement is reaching a crescendo. Yet the speculation does more than fuel bookmakers’ odds. It draws attention to his pivotal role as the court’s swing vote, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.
One way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.
Tutorials in the form of “science days” are an increasingly common way for judges to learn more about the science behind litigation over medical and consumer products and chemical exposures. The science day held recently by a California state court judge overseeing talcum powder litigation provides valuable insights into the process, say David Schwartz of Innovative Science Solutions LLC and attorney Nathan Schachtman.
Last month, the American Bar Association published revised guidance regarding an attorney’s duty to protect sensitive client material in light of recent high-profile hacks. The first step in compliance is understanding how your data is being stored and accessed. There are three key questions you should ask your firm’s information technology staff and/or external solution vendors, says Nick Holda of PreVeil.
One of the easiest ways to improve civil jury trials is to give juries substantive instructions on the law at the beginning of the trial rather than at its conclusion. It is also one of the most popular proposals we are recommending, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.