New Jersey’s federal and state courts served as key legal battlegrounds in the health care, competition and consumer protection realms this year, and hosted white collar prosecutions that ended with a congressman’s mistrial and a lawyer facing prison time. Here’s a look at four notable cases that taught lawyers a thing or two in 2017.
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The Biggest New Jersey Cases Of 2017

New Jersey’s federal and state courts served as key legal battlegrounds in the health care, competition and consumer protection realms this year, and hosted white collar prosecutions that ended with a congressman’s mistrial and a lawyer facing prison time. Here’s a look at four notable cases that taught lawyers a thing or two in 2017. Read more »

NFL Fan Wins 3rd Circ. Challenge To Super Bowl Ticket Suit

A Third Circuit panel issued a precedential opinion on Friday in an NFL fan's putative class action alleging the National Football League violated New Jersey's consumer fraud law by failing to make enough 2014 Super Bowl tickets available for sale, finding that the economic factors presented created a plausible theory that the league’s conduct inflated prices. Read more »

NJ Justices Won't Mull 'Exotic Dancers As Employees' Ruling

The New Jersey Supreme Court has refused to second-guess a state appellate opinion issued this year that a now-defunct strip club owed money to state funds meant for employees who lose their jobs or become disabled because exotic dancers there were employees, not independent contractors. Read more »

Pa. Man Cops To Celator Insider Trading Scheme

A Pennsylvania man on Friday copped to his role in an insider trading conspiracy that profited from nonpublic tips about Celator Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s cancer drug and the company’s impending $1.5 billion sale, prosecutors said. Read more »

POLICY & REGULATION

Final GOP Tax Bill Settles On 21% Corporate Rate

Republicans unveiled the final version of their tax cut bill on Friday that would impose a 21 percent flat rate on corporations, set the maximum individual tax rate at 37 percent and largely adopt the Senate’s proposal for pass-through businesses. Read more »

House-Senate Negotiators Approve GOP Tax Bill

Republicans on Friday signed off on changes to their $1.5 trillion tax cut bill to settle differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation, even as details of the final bill remain largely hidden. Read more »

LITIGATION

Mitsubishi Says Generics Co.'s ANDA Infringes Diabetes Med

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp. filed suit Friday in New Jersey federal court against India-based drugmaker Macleods Pharmaceuticals Ltd., alleging that the company had filed an abbreviated new drug application for a generic diabetes medication that would violate two of Mitsubishi’s patents. Read more »

THIRD CIRCUIT

EPA Stalling On Good Neighbor Enforcement, Delaware Says

Delaware on Thursday said that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's bid to nix a suit claiming it failed to act on petitions seeking to force it to curb pollution seeping across Delaware's border from power plants in neighboring states is merely another unlawful delay tactic. Read more »

DEALS

Taxation With Representation: Skadden, Cravath, Shearman

In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Disney shelled out $52.4 billion for 21st Century Fox’s film and television studios, Unibail snapped up Westfield for $15.7 billion, and Corning bought most of 3M’s communication markets business for $900 million. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Will New Jersey’s Bet On Sports Gambling Pay Off?

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Christie v. NCAA, considering New Jersey's bid to permit sports gambling at the state's casinos and racetracks. There appears to be a very real possibility that the Supreme Court will find some of the state's Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act unconstitutional, say David Apfel and Brian Burgess of Goodwin Procter LLP. Read more »

Opinion

Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials. Read more »

Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, and stating my biases upfront, it is possible for me to look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on the pros and cons of one version of alternative fees, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

2nd Circ. Gets Kozinski Sex Probe Amid New Reports

Federal court leaders moved quickly Friday to answer accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior by U.S. Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, sending a misconduct investigation to an oversight council at the Second Circuit amid new reports that brought the total number of public accusers to 15. Read more »

IRS Floats Tiered Partnership Rules Under New Audit Regime

The IRS on Friday released highly anticipated guidance on a new partnership tax audit regime to address, among other things, how tax adjustments should be taken into account by so-called tiered partnerships that have pass-through entities as partners. Read more »

Litigation Attorney Hiring To Tick Up In 2018

Litigation is expected to be a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster legal hiring market during the first six months of 2018, a survey of 200 law firm and corporate legal department hiring professionals has found. Read more »

Law Firm Diversity Is Uneven Across US Cities

African-American and other minority lawyers continue to be underrepresented in U.S. law firms, a nationwide report released Thursday has found, but the failure to build a diverse workforce is much more stark in some cities, such as Boston, than in others, such as Miami. Read more »

Social Media Can Create Confidentiality Exception, ABA Says

The fact that a piece of information about a former client is publicly available doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not subject to the lawyer’s duty to keep their confidences close, according to a Friday opinion from the American Bar Association. Read more »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Experts shared with Law360 tips for helping employers keep the holiday festivities merry while limiting their legal risk, President Donald Trump tapped the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Chai Feldblum for a new term and two Senate Democrats challenged the National Labor Relations Board's new general counsel. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed this past week. Read more »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read more »

Q&A

A Chat With Orrick COO Laura Saklad

In this new monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The first conversation is with Laura Saklad, chief operations officer for Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Read more »

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