A New Jersey state appeals court on Tuesday revived a whistleblower suit against Rutgers University from an ex-employee alleging he was fired in retaliation for his objecting to the school's procurement methods, saying a trial court failed to spell out its reasons for dismissing the case and denying a bid to extend discovery.
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Rutgers Whistleblower Row Revived Over Judge's Silence

A New Jersey state appeals court on Tuesday revived a whistleblower suit against Rutgers University from an ex-employee alleging he was fired in retaliation for his objecting to the school's procurement methods, saying a trial court failed to spell out its reasons for dismissing the case and denying a bid to extend discovery. Read more »

ShopRite Operator On Losing Streak In Battle Over Wegman's

The New Jersey Appellate Division on Tuesday rejected a ShopRite operator's challenge to an environmental permit for road construction to redirect traffic, marking the latest defeat in the supermarket chain’s long-running series of legal challenges to a planned Wegman’s supermarket. Read more »

Woman's Distress Not Enough To Save Restroom-Privacy Suit

A New Jersey appellate court Tuesday upheld the dismissal of a woman's suit claiming emotional distress after she was surreptitiously photographed in the women's room of the office building where she worked, agreeing that her distress did not rise to the legal level that warrants a lawsuit. Read more »

POLICY & REGULATION

NJ Payroll Tax Bill Advances Amid Biz Groups' Objections

A New Jersey state Assembly committee voted Tuesday to move forward a bill that would allow certain municipalities to impose a payroll tax to pay for school districts, amid industrial groups' complaints that the bill would make businesses in those municipalities uncompetitive. Read more »

Former Top Attys, State AGs Condemn Family Separations

A flood of condemnation over the Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” immigration policy that’s left nearly 2,000 children separated from their parents at the border poured in on Monday and Tuesday from former U.S. attorneys and state attorneys general who called for an end to the “cruel and illegal attack” on immigrant families. Read more »

ENFORCEMENT

Air Charter Founders Lose Retrial Bid In Fraud Case

A New Jersey federal judge on Monday denied a new trial to two co-founders of a now-defunct public air charter company who were convicted of looting millions in passenger payments from the company, finding prosecutors proved their case and didn’t impugn their character at trial. Read more »

LITIGATION

Buyer Wants Nissan '0% Financing' Suit Back In State Court

The car buyer accusing a Nissan contractor and a New Jersey dealership of falsely claiming their vehicle service agreements could be financed with no-interest payments defended his putative class action from a dismissal bid on Monday, arguing that his case should be returned to state court. Read more »

THIRD CIRCUIT

3rd Circ. Backs Pa. School District Trans Bathroom Policy

The Third Circuit has ruled in a precedential decision not to block a Pennsylvania school district's policy allowing transgender high school students to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity rather than their biological sex, a move experts say matches reasoning from similar cases in other courts. Read more »

Doctor Can't Shake Convictions In Motorcycle Gang Drug Ring

The Third Circuit on Tuesday refused to overturn a former Philadelphia doctor's convictions on charges of causing a patient's death and taking part in a drug trafficking conspiracy with members of a motorcycle gang in which he wrote bogus prescriptions in exchange for cash and sexual favors. Read more »

Q&A

Q&A

A Chat With Holland & Knight CFO Mia Stutzman

In this monthly series, legal recruiters at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Mia Stutzman, chief financial officer at Holland & Knight LLP. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Scrutinizing Noncash Settlements In Consumer Class Actions

In consumer class action settlements, cash provides the class and the court evaluating a proposed settlement with a quantitatively measurable benefit. Noncash settlements require heightened scrutiny by the court, since they are generally worth less to consumers than cash, and may benefit defendants and class counsel more than class members, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson. Read more »

#MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Jones Day Sued Over Alleged Gender Bias, 'Fraternity Culture'

A former Jones Day partner sued the firm in California court Tuesday for allegedly treating women as “second-class citizens,” providing preferential treatment to men and firing her for speaking out against its alleged “fraternity culture.” Read more »

Analysis

3 Takeaways From The Recent Round Of Associate Raises

The recent race among law firms to raise salaries and bonuses for associates is likely to change the recruitment landscape for young lawyers and put further distance between an elite echelon of highly profitable firms that can attract the top talent and everyone else, but the upshot for clients is less clear. Read more »

Reed Smith And Greenberg Opt Out Of Associate Pay Raises

As more law firms each day announce their decisions to raise associate pay to match new industry benchmarks set earlier this month by Milbank Tweed Hadley McCloy LLP and Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, a few law firms have made it clear they plan to opt out. Read more »

2 More Law Firms Match Cravath's Associate Pay Raises

Vinson & Elkins LLP and Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP have both announced associate raises matching the new pay scale set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP last week, according to internal memos made public over the past days. Read more »

Ex-Prof Slams For-Profit Law School's Bid To Slip FCA Suit

A former professor and an alumnus of the now-closed Charlotte School of Law slammed it and its parent company, Infilaw Corp., in a filing in Florida federal court Monday, deriding their attempts to escape a False Claims Act suit over how the for-profit institution was operated. Read more »

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