A New Jersey federal judge Wednesday approved Mercedes-Benz USA LLC’s bid to remand to state court its antitrust suit alleging international shipping companies conspired to fix prices, rejecting their stance that the Shipping Act provided for federal jurisdiction since that statute does not allow such claims to be originally filed in federal court.
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Mercedes-Benz Can Remand Antitrust Row Against Shippers

A New Jersey federal judge Wednesday approved Mercedes-Benz USA LLC’s bid to remand to state court its antitrust suit alleging international shipping companies conspired to fix prices, rejecting their stance that the Shipping Act provided for federal jurisdiction since that statute does not allow such claims to be originally filed in federal court. Read full article »

Ex-Tesla Worker Forced To Arbitrate Whistleblower Claims

Tesla Inc. has won its bid to force arbitration of a former employee’s whistleblower claims he was fired for reporting to supervisors that the automaker had engaged in illicit conduct in dealing with customers, with a New Jersey federal judge finding that the worker waived his right to go to court under the parties’ arbitration agreement. Read full article »

'Bundle' Buys Don't Avert FCA Liability, Feds Say In Bayer Suit

The federal government has weighed in on a whistleblower suit accusing Bayer Corp. of paying kickbacks to get doctors to use a surgery drug called Trasylol, saying the company can still be held liable under the False Claims Act even though the government pays for the drugs as part of a bundle rather than individually. Read full article »

LITIGATION

Rutgers Cop Still Can't Arbitrate Suspension, NJ Court Says

The New Jersey state appeals court affirmed Wednesday the dismissal of a Rutgers University security officer’s lawsuit over his employer’s refusal to engage in arbitration before suspending him, ruling that it had already determined the grievance procedure in the collective bargaining agreement at issue didn’t apply to campus cops. Read full article »

NJ Tribe's Prayer Suit Back On After Mediation Fails

A New Jersey federal judge has approved a tribe and a township’s request to restart litigation after the parties said their mediation talks failed to resolve the tribe's suit seeking to halt the issuance of summonses for prayer gatherings allegedly in violation of local zoning rules. Read full article »

THIRD CIRCUIT

IMMC Trustee Wants 3rd Circ. Redo In Ch. 11 Transfer Fight

A liquidating trustee of bankrupt mining company IMMC Corp. asked the full Third Circuit Wednesday to revisit its precedential November decision that a Delaware bankruptcy court lacked jurisdiction to transfer his $250 million adversary proceeding to Pennsylvania district court, arguing that the ruling contravened U.S. Supreme Court precedent along with the applicable law. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Employee Arbitration Agreements In NJ Face New Hurdles

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. Read full article »

TC Heartland's Impact In 2018

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. Read full article »

Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

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. Read full article »

10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

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. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

The 6 Law Firms Clients Say Provide The Most Value

Six law firms have been recognized by in-house counsel as the best of the best at providing value for their dollar in a new report released Wednesday. Read full article »

In-House Attys Name Best Firms For Client Service

Corporate clients have named the 30 law firms they think provide the best client service in the industry, and three law firms are on that list for the 18th year in a row, according to a report released Wednesday. Read full article »

Cohen Gets 3 Years For Russia Lies, Paying Trump Women

A Manhattan federal judge sentenced Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, to three years in prison Wednesday for a “smorgasbord” of crimes, including paying off two women who said they had affairs with the president, lying to Congress about Russia, and dodging taxes on $4.1 million of income. Read full article »

Ex-Judges Urge ICE Not To Detain Immigrants In Courthouses

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement should refrain from making arrests or conducting other enforcement activities at the nation’s courthouses, 68 former state and federal judges argued Wednesday in a letter to the federal agency. Read full article »

NY Judge Resigns After Allegations Of Homophobic Remarks

An upstate New York judge has resigned following an ethics complaint that claimed he made homophobic remarks to a local attorney, allegedly using "gay" as a derogatory term when referring to a film festival and suggesting that the attorney and film star Viggo Mortensen should "get a hotel room." Read full article »

Texas Law School Walks Back Student's Exam Ban

The University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law on Wednesday agreed to let a first-year student back on campus to take his final exams despite a suspension over alleged threats he made, after the student filed suit in Texas state court. Read full article »

Law Firm Leaders: Frankfurt Kurnit's Jeffrey Greenbaum

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC managing partner Jeffrey Greenbaum spoke to Law360 about the challenges and advantages of operating as a midsize firm, why firm culture is paramount to success and why the firm takes a contrarian view when it comes to law firm growth. Read full article »

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