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  • March 21, 2019

    NJ Nurse Can't Duck Suit Over Fatal Allergic Reaction

    A nurse accused of failing to properly monitor a patient who died from an allergic reaction to a medication she administered can’t escape a malpractice suit solely because the man’s widow didn’t learn her name until late in the game, a New Jersey appellate court said Thursday.

  • March 21, 2019

    17 Alleged Misstatements Cut From Dr. Reddy’s Investor Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge told a pension fund on Wednesday that it only has standing to pursue securities claims against Dr. Reddy's for five alleged misstatements it made immediately prior to the fund's purchase of the pharmaceutical company's stock.

  • March 21, 2019

    Chicago O'Hare Injury Suit Not Covered, Insurer Says

    A New Jersey insurance company told an Illinois federal judge Wednesday it is not responsible for providing coverage to the city of Chicago and several construction companies for a personal injury suit stemming from a truck accident at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

  • March 21, 2019

    NJ Housing Official Says Accused Rapist Defamed Her

    A New Jersey housing official who alleged she was raped by a campaign staffer who later got a lucrative job in Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration said Wednesday his denial of her sexual assault claim to prosecutors, lawmakers and the media amounts to defamation.

  • March 21, 2019

    'Real Housewives' Star Settles Signature Apparel Suit

    An apparel company formerly owned by “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Christopher Laurita says it has reached a $500,000 settlement of its claims that Laurita and his family's spending habits sent the company into Chapter 11.

  • March 21, 2019

    Rejected J&J Job Seeker Must Arbitrate Claim, 3rd Circ. Told

    A Johnson & Johnson unit on Thursday urged the Third Circuit to toss a would-be employee's proposed class claims that he was unfairly denied a job due to an erroneous criminal background check, arguing that his agreement to arbitrate claims with a temporary employment staffing agency extended to the pharmaceutical company.

  • March 20, 2019

    Religious Leader, Treasurer Cop To NJ Tax Fraud Scheme

    The head of a religious organization and the group's high-ranking treasurer admitted in New Jersey federal court to unlawfully taking millions of dollars from the church and using the funds for the leader's personal benefit, while concealing the income from the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

  • March 20, 2019

    What’s In A Judgeship? More Than Meets The Eye

    Figuring out what constitutes a manageable workload for the nation’s district judges is no simple task. Getting the judiciary the resources it needs is even harder.

  • March 20, 2019

    Swamped: How Magistrate Judges Salvaged Louisiana's Judicial Crisis

    The Western District of Louisiana is supposed to have seven district judges. But for a year, most of the courthouses were operating without a single Article III judge. As usual, magistrate judges picked up the slack.

  • March 20, 2019

    FedEx Beats Fired NJ Worker's Racial Harassment Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday nixed an African-American former FedEx Ground worker’s suit alleging that a manager made several racial remarks about him and that he was fired for complaining, saying the statements were all either not race-related or inadmissible hearsay.  

  • March 20, 2019

    States Join Push For DC Circ. To Rehear FERC Dam Dispute

    Several states, including Oregon, New Jersey and Massachusetts, have urged the D.C. Circuit to reconsider its determination that the one-year time limit for states to act on Clean Water Act permit requests doesn't reset if applications are withdrawn and resubmitted.

  • March 20, 2019

    Disaronno Claims Rival Liqueur Maker Copied Cap

    Liqueur maker Illva Saronno SpA slapped a competitor with a trademark infringement lawsuit Wednesday in New Jersey federal court claiming one of its packaging designs looks too much like the distinctive cap on Disaronno beverages, causing confusion in the marketplace.

  • March 20, 2019

    J&J Talc Supplier's Ex-Owners Ask For Ch. 11 Shield

    The former owners of bankrupt Johnson & Johnson talc supplier Imerys Talc America Inc. asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge Wednesday to extend to them the protections of the automatic stay granted to the debtor in Chapter 11 cases so a dispute over insurance policy proceeds can be resolved.

  • March 20, 2019

    NCAA Can't Strike Parts Of Athletes' Closing Argument In MDL

    A California federal judge has denied the NCAA's bid to strike portions of student-athletes' closing argument in multidistrict litigation over whether they can get paid to play, saying the facts the class cited in the closing are admissible.

  • March 20, 2019

    Roche Accuses Health Co. Execs Of $87M Test Strip Fraud

    Two Roche units have accused the former leaders of a bankrupt health care services company of a scheme to fraudulently obtain pharmacy insurance benefits from diabetes testing strips not meant for drug store sales, causing the drugmaker to pay $87 million in unwarranted rebates.

  • March 20, 2019

    Sailors' Supreme Court Win Buoys Hopes For Tort Victims

    The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to sailors who claim they developed mesothelioma in a decision that potentially broadens the liability of manufacturers of so-called bare metal products to which other companies later added asbestos.

  • March 19, 2019

    J&J Talc Supplier Tort Claimants Fight Insurance Fund Bid

    The official committee of tort claimants in Johnson & Johnson talc supplier Imerys Talc America Inc.'s Chapter 11 told the Delaware bankruptcy court Tuesday that Imerys' former owners aren't entitled to access insurance proceeds.

  • March 19, 2019

    Red Robin Customer Fights To Keep TCPA Suit In NJ

    A New Jersey resident accusing Red Robin International of sending unauthorized text messages to customers in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act told a federal court Monday the restaurant chain's bid to move the proposed class action to Colorado should be denied.

  • March 19, 2019

    ‘In A Timely Manner’: Three Decades Of Judgeship Bills

    Partisanship has played a large role in the small passage rate of new judgeship bills since 1990. New judgeships create new vacancies, and neither party wants to give the other the upper hand.

  • March 19, 2019

    From Showdowns To Hotlines, Frazzled Judges Get Creative

    Using magistrate hotlines, “showdown” hearings and extra mediation, many courts with heavy dockets have pioneered methods for moving cases along. But not every program succeeds, and the techniques have their detractors.

Expert Analysis

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Trial Counsel's Role On A Mass Tort Virtual Law Team

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    Trial counsel’s contribution to the virtual law team throughout the life cycle of a mass tort litigation rests in the key skill of viewing the case through the eyes of the ultimate audience for the defense, the jury, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Taxpayers Benefit From Courts Declining Agency Deference

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    Taxpayers should be encouraged by the recent state and federal challenges to existing judiciary deference standards — including a case set for hearing at the U.S. Supreme Court this month, say Carley Roberts and Mike Le of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • State Net

    Federal, State And Local Governments Vie For Control Of 5G

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    The next generation of wireless technology, 5G, could bring major advancements in everything from entertainment to public safety. But federal, state and local governments are at odds over how 5G should be deployed and who should regulate it, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • 3rd Circ. FDCPA Opinion A Rude Awakening For Debt Buyers

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    Federal courts may look to the Third Circuit's recent opinion in Barbato v. Greystone Alliance — which sidestepped the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2017 holding in Henson v. Santander Consumer — as the leading analysis of whether debt purchasers are subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, say Melanie Brody and Francis Doorley of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.