New Jersey

  • September 23, 2019

    Ex-FDA Director Says Agency Found J&J's Mesh Labels OK

    A former U.S. Food and Drug Administration's compliance director told a California judge Monday that the agency had reviewed the instructions and brochures for Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon's pelvic mesh devices and never found them misleading, as a bench trial over the state's claims that J&J falsely marketed the devices entered its eighth week.

  • September 23, 2019

    SEC Settles ICO Fraud Claims With 'Fantasy Market' Founder

    A tri-state area entrepreneur accused by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of running a fraudulent offering of digital tokens for an online peep show platform has reached a settlement agreement with the agency that comes with a $15,000 fine, according to Manhattan federal court filings on Friday.

  • September 23, 2019

    3rd Circ. Says Atty Must Prove NSA Illegally Read His Emails

    The Third Circuit on Monday pressed a civil liberties attorney to prove he has standing to challenge the government electronic communications surveillance program outed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, reasoning that the lawyer hasn't shown that his own emails were intercepted.

  • September 23, 2019

    Bridgegate Figure Seeks Ireland Trip Amid High Court Review

    One of the two former public officials ensnared in the so-called Bridgegate political revenge scandal is seeking a New Jersey federal judge's blessing to travel to Ireland amid a pending U.S. Supreme Court review of their convictions, citing the need to rebuild his life.

  • September 23, 2019

    Vaping Co. Seeks To Block Duracell's Optimum Batteries

    A New Jersey vaping company has asked a federal judge to order Duracell to stop using the Optimum name for its batteries, arguing it has held trademarks on the name for more than a decade. 

  • September 23, 2019

    NJ Energy Co. Can't Duck $1.1M In Penalties In Securities Row

    A New Jersey state appeals court will let stand roughly $1.1 million in penalties leveled against a green energy company for selling unregistered securities and misleading investors with false statements that the business would go public and had filed a federal registration form.

  • September 23, 2019

    NJ Joins NY In Disbarring Atty Over $170K Theft From Clients

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has disbarred a New York attorney who copped to stealing a collective $170,000 from two clients in matrimony and estate matters, according to a decision and order released Monday.

  • September 23, 2019

    J&J Beats Bias Suit From Woman Who Sought Exec Position

    A Florida federal judge has thrown out an employee's suit claiming Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc. refused to consider her for an executive position because she's a woman, finding that she hadn't shown the company's stated reasons for passing her over were a smokescreen for bias.

  • September 23, 2019

    Firm Swiped $1M From Settlement Payment, Insurer Says

    A New York-based law firm that has focused on insurance litigation matters allegedly pocketed $1 million that was meant as a settlement payment in another case, a New Jersey-based insurance carrier has contended in New York state court.

  • September 23, 2019

    3rd Circ. Halts FCC's Plan To Deregulate Media Ownership

    The Third Circuit on Monday ordered the Federal Communications Commission to wholly redo and better justify any changes to its media ownership rules, making sure that they are not at the expense of women and minorities seeking to gain a foothold in the industry.

  • September 20, 2019

    J&J Escapes Fla. Pelvic Mesh Suit Also Aimed At Subsidiary

    A Florida federal judge on Friday dismissed Johnson & Johnson from a suit alleging a pelvic mesh product from its Ethicon unit severely injured a woman, after agreeing with the pharmaceutical giant that the plaintiff failed to provide any legal ground to back up her claims against J&J.

  • September 20, 2019

    NJ Judge Cited For 'Close Your Legs' Remark Fights Removal

    An embattled New Jersey judge facing ethics charges over comments that included asking a domestic violence accuser if she'd tried to "close her legs" to avert an attack pushed back against the state Supreme Court's removal bid Friday, saying it's a harsh and disproportionate reaction to his infractions.

  • September 20, 2019

    Allergan Investor Tries To Block $63B AbbVie Deal Over Info

    Allergan was slammed Friday with a proposed securities class action in New Jersey federal court seeking to block its blockbuster merger with AbbVie until the company provides its shareholders with certain information related to the proposed $63 billion deal.

  • September 20, 2019

    J&J's Litigation Bravado In Sharp Relief After Epic Opioid Trial

    Johnson & Johnson's decision this year to risk a $17 billion penalty in the nation's first opioid-crisis trial added one of the most dramatic chapters yet to the company's increasingly remarkable willingness to spurn settlements and litigate financially perilous cases all the way.

  • September 20, 2019

    J&J Gets Woman's $20M Mesh Award Trimmed To $15M

    A woman who claims she’ll live in pain for the rest of her life because of Johnson & Johnson’s allegedly faulty pelvic mesh implant can keep $15 million of an earlier $20 million verdict, a Pennsylvania appeals court said Friday, rejecting calls by J&J to kill the award entirely.

  • September 20, 2019

    Ex-NJ Political Boss Disbarred Over Corruption Convictions

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has disbarred a former Democratic power broker despite his tearful plea to keep his law license following his 2015 federal convictions for accepting kickbacks to help a software developer secure municipal business.

  • September 20, 2019

    Ethicon Wants Court To Drop Pittsburgh Pelvic Mesh Suit

    Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc. asked a Pennsylvania federal court Friday to throw out a woman’s lawsuit over allegedly defective pelvic mesh, arguing that she had not sufficiently shown which mesh she had received or even that it was made by the company.

  • September 20, 2019

    Travelers Unit Files Counterclaim In Stage Dive Injury Suit

    A Travelers unit has told a New Jersey federal judge it is not responsible for defending a music label that was sued by two concertgoers who claim they were injured when audience members dove off the stage and collided with them.

  • September 20, 2019

    States Launch Challenge To Trump Auto Emissions Policy

    California and 22 other states sued the Trump administration in D.C. federal court Friday over its elimination of the Golden State's right to create its own greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and other vehicles, the opening salvo in what will be a long and bitter legal fight.

  • September 20, 2019

    NJ Firm Beats Malpractice Suit Claiming It Abandoned Client

    Lord Kobrin Alvarez & Fattell LLC convinced a New Jersey state judge Friday to toss a malpractice suit alleging the firm failed to defend a onetime client against a doctor's collection action, after the firm presented evidence that the man allegedly pocketed an insurance payment for the medical services and stiffed the physician.

  • September 19, 2019

    J&J, Expert Debate If Asbestos In Talc Is 'Urban Legend'

    Counsel for Johnson & Johnson on Thursday questioned an electron microscopist who said he found asbestos in J&J’s talc products about his testimony years ago that asbestos in cosmetic talc is an “urban legend,” prompting the expert to say he had been “dead wrong.”

  • September 19, 2019

    Suboxone Maker's 'Gross Manipulation' Prompts $3M Fee Bid

    Goodwin-backed Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories has asked a Delaware federal judge for more than $3 million in attorney fees after beating Indivior’s patent infringement suit over the opioid addiction treatment Suboxone, saying the company took a hopeless case to trial and undermined the litigation by filing a similar suit in New Jersey.

  • September 19, 2019

    Purdue Files Ch. 11 Suit Seeking Stay Of Opioid Litigation

    Bankrupt drugmaker Purdue Pharma LP filed an adversary complaint late Wednesday in New York court seeking a stay of the pending litigation brought by various states, Native American tribes and individuals who did not agree to a settlement framework reached before the company filed for bankruptcy.

  • September 19, 2019

    Stoner Comedian Cheech Rips Coffee Co. Name In TM Suit

    A New Jersey coffee company is trying to gain fame by using Richard “Cheech” Marin’s famous nickname, according to a new lawsuit that says the coffee peddler’s branding is harshing the comedian’s mellow.

  • September 19, 2019

    DC Circ. Grants EPA Bid To Postpone Ozone Limits Fight

    The D.C. Circuit has scrapped oral arguments previously scheduled for Friday to examine whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should have imposed stricter emission controls on certain states under the Clean Air Act.

Expert Analysis

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    Pursuing Wellness: Steps Toward A Supportive Firm Culture

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    As an early advocate of the American Bar Association's year-old well-being pledge, we launched an integrated program to create and sustain a supportive workplace culture with initiatives focused on raising mental health awareness, embracing creativity and giving back to the community, says Casey Ryan at Reed Smith.

  • NJ Tax Stop: Impact Of Retained Rights On Inheritance Tax

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    The New Jersey Tax Court’s revision of its recent decision in Shedlock v. Division of Taxation is significant in that it recognizes potential scenarios in which the substance of a transfer, and a transferor's retained rights thereafter, will take precedence over the form despite the three-year bright-line rule for inheritance tax determination, says Sarah Townsend of Cole Schotz.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Mental Health Education As A Firm Priority

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    Our firm drives a holistic concept of well-being through educational opportunities, such as a series of expert-led workshops intended to address mental health and substance abuse issues that we vowed to fight when we signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge one year ago, says Krista Logelin at Morgan Lewis.

  • State Net

    Comparing States' Preparations For An Economic Downturn

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    Statistics indicate that many states have learned lessons from the Great Recession, and are better prepared for the next recession. Those that are not setting aside money to see them through the inevitable fiscal crisis would be wise to start saving for a rainy day, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.

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    Pursuing Wellness: A Firm's Work With Mental Health Experts

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    Signing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge last year was a natural progression of our firm's commitment to employee wellness, which has included developing partnerships with professionals in the mental health space to provide customized programming to firm attorneys and staff, say Annette Sciallo and Mark Goldberg at Latham.

  • Searching For A Legal Pathway For CBD Products

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    Sales of products containing CBD are booming, but companies selling them are still faced with a regulatory quagmire, struggling to understand how to legally promote, label and distribute CBD consumables in light of gridlock at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and inconsistent state laws, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

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    Pursuing Wellness: When A Firm Brings Counseling On Site

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    One year ago, our firm signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge and embraced a commitment to providing on-site behavioral health resources, which has since become a key aspect of our well-being program, say Meg Meserole and Kimberly Merkel at Akin Gump.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Inside A Firm Meditation Program

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    After our firm signed the American Bar Association’s well-being pledge one year ago, we launched two key programs that included weekly meditation sessions and monthly on-site chair massages to help people address both the mental and physical aspects of working at a law firm, says Marci Eisenstein at Schiff Hardin.

  • Updated NJ Site Remediation Law Makes Public Outreach Key

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    New Jersey's newly updated Site Remediation Reform Act requires those responsible for conducting remediation to handle open records requests from the public, so companies should make public outreach strategy an integral part of site remediation planning, says Lori Mills of Duane Morris.

  • Early Sampling Of Electronic Info Is Underutilized In Discovery

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    The early and prompt provision of samples from all electronically stored information sources as a part of ESI protocol search methodology is consistent with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and may allow for significant cost savings during discovery, says Zachary Caplan at Berger Montague.

  • State Net

    How Online Wagers Are Shaping States' Sports Betting Regs

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    Just over a year after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized sports betting nationwide, the industry is seeing an explosion of activity online, but the influence of entrenched gambling interests means that some states are only allowing bets to be placed in person at casinos and racetracks, says Dave Royse of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • The Factors Courts Consider In Deposition Location Disputes

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    In the absence of a federal rule governing deposition location, federal courts are frequently called on to resolve objections to out-of-state deposition notices. Recent decisions reveal what information is crucial to courts in making the determination, says Kevin O’Brien at Porter Wright.

  • FDCPA Takeaways From 3rd Circ. QR Code Opinion

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    The Third Circuit's decision in DiNaples v. MRS BPO that a debt collection letter with a QR code on the envelope violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act may seem straightforward, but the opinion sheds light on how two common FDCPA defense tools remain somewhat viable, say Jason Tompkins and Jonathan Hoffmann at Balch & Bingham.

  • What To Consider Before Filing For A Rule 57 Speedy Hearing

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    Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 57 and its state counterparts provide a method for expediting claims for declaratory judgment that warrants closer attention than it has historically received from litigants and courts, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • Evolving No-Poach Landscape Requires A Vigilant Eye

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    As class actions challenging no-poach agreements are pending against multiple franchise organizations and the applicable analytical standard for analyzing such provisions hangs in the balance, it's a good time to review the current framework, say Bob Buchanan and Stefano Sharma at Choate.