New Jersey

  • July 30, 2021

    House Dems Want More District Judges, Too — 203 Of Them

    A group of House Democrats on Friday unveiled a proposal to create 203 new federal judgeships, introducing legislation a day after a bipartisan pair of senators proposed adding 77 federal district court seats in the coming years.

  • July 30, 2021

    J&J Wins Ill. Talc Cancer Trial Despite Contempt Finding

    An Illinois state court jury sided with Johnson & Johnson on Friday following a trial over claims that its talc products caused a woman's fatal ovarian cancer, unfazed by the company being found in contempt for failing to produce a witness.

  • July 30, 2021

    Lowenstein Sandler Beats Suit Over Pharma Exec's Estate

    Lowenstein Sandler LLP and a firm attorney knocked down a malpractice suit over their handling of a deceased pharmaceutical executive's estate after a New Jersey federal judge ruled Friday she didn't have the authority to hear the case since they each called the Garden State home.

  • July 30, 2021

    Allegheny County Sues Pa. AG Over $26B Opioid Deal

    The district attorney for Allegheny County on Thursday sued Pennsylvania's attorney general over the proposed $26 billion opioid settlement, following the Philadelphia district attorney's accusations a week ago that the deal with Johnson & Johnson and major distributors was a sellout.

  • July 30, 2021

    Cancer Patient Slams J&J's 11th-Hour Bid To Upend Talc Trial

    A day after Johnson & Johnson removed her claims to federal court on the eve of a scheduled trial, a woman seeking to hold the company liable over its allegedly carcinogenic talcum powder filed an emergency motion on Friday asking to have the case sent back to Philadelphia County.

  • July 30, 2021

    Concrete Supply Co. Investor Sues To Halt Planned Merger

    Construction supplier U.S. Concrete Inc. was hit with a lawsuit Friday in New Jersey federal court that seeks to halt the company's pending $1.3 billion merger with Vulcan Materials Co., saying shareholders need more information about the deal's finances before voting on it.

  • July 30, 2021

    FTC Drops AndroGel Antitrust Case Against AbbVie

    The Federal Trade Commission is dropping its long-running case accusing AbbVie of illegally delaying generic versions of the testosterone treatment AndroGel, saying Friday the case shows enforcers need new legislation to help them recover money for consumers.

  • July 30, 2021

    Lowe's Must Face NJ Suit Over Worker-Customer Skirmish

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Friday revived claims against Lowe's over a physical altercation between a sales associate and a customer, finding that a trial judge should have let jurors decide whether the employee's lack of training led to the incident.

  • July 30, 2021

    NJ Apparel Store's COVID Suit Doomed By Virus Exclusion

    West American Insurance Co. does not owe a New Jersey sports apparel store for financial losses it incurred when it was forced to close because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a New Jersey federal judge has ruled, citing the policy's virus exclusion.

  • July 30, 2021

    NJ Courts Poised To Reopen To The Public

    The New Jersey Judiciary on Friday announced that all of the state's courthouses will fully reopen to the public on Aug. 2.

  • July 29, 2021

    Imerys Ch. 11 Tort Group Delays J&J Talc Claim Spinoff Fight

    Attorneys for alleged talc injury victims on Thursday agreed to postpone an immediate fight over a temporary restraining order barring Johnson & Johnson from spinning off talc liabilities into a bankruptcy-eligible new company, after a Delaware judge questioned the urgency.

  • July 29, 2021

    Bipartisan Sens. Propose 77 New Fed. Judgeships Nationwide

    A bipartisan pair of senators on Thursday proposed adding 77 federal district court seats across the country, matching the judiciary's recommendations — except for omitted appellate seats — and splitting the new judgeships between 2025 and 2029 to sidestep partisan concerns.

  • July 29, 2021

    IP Forecast: Fed. Circ. To Mull Narcan Patents

    Emergent BioSolutions' grip on its blockbuster opioid overdose medication Narcan is at stake in a patent case that reaches the Federal Circuit on Monday. Here's a look at that case — plus all the other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

  • July 29, 2021

    NJ Town, Cops Still Can't Dodge Ex-Judge's Civil Rights Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge has rejected a town's new bid to toss a civil rights lawsuit by a former state court jurist over her arrest for allegedly harboring her fugitive ex-boyfriend, reasoning Thursday that the lawsuit was not barred by findings in criminal and ethics cases involving the same circumstances.

  • July 29, 2021

    MDL Objections In Big Tech Ad Monopoly Suits Perplex Judge

    A member of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday rebuked publishers and advertisers objecting to centralizing a Texas-led antitrust suit against Google with a slew of private actions accusing the company of monopolizing the display advertising market, saying their protest "is a little perplexing."

  • July 29, 2021

    Novartis Cancer Drug Suits Too Few To Centralize, JPML Told

    Novartis Pharmaceuticals Inc. told the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday that suits alleging its blood cancer drug Tasigna causes cardiovascular disease should not be consolidated, since the company believes it is unlikely that significantly more suits will be filed in federal court.

  • July 29, 2021

    Biden Admin. Agrees To Crack Down On Upwind Air Pollution

    The Biden administration on Thursday agreed to conduct long-neglected reviews of how certain states' pollution plans affect their downwind neighbors, after New York and other East Coast states claimed the delays are forcing millions of people to breathe dirty air.

  • July 29, 2021

    DraftKings, FanDuel Hit With More App Patent Claims In NJ

    DraftKings and FanDuel were hit with additional infringement claims in New Jersey federal court by WinView Inc. in litigation accusing them of copying patented features of its sports betting and fantasy game mobile application.

  • July 28, 2021

    Ex-NJ Judge Fights Ethics Charges Over Groping Accusation

    A former New Jersey municipal court judge accused of groping a woman in his law office has denied violating state standards for jurists as he seeks to escape an ethics complaint a few months after completing a probationary program for a related criminal charge.

  • July 28, 2021

    Liberty Mutual Leads Bid To Nix Hotels' $600M Virus Suit

    A Liberty Mutual Insurance unit and eight other insurers don't owe Highgate Hotels LP $600 million in coverage for COVID-19-related losses, the companies told a New Jersey state court Monday.

  • July 28, 2021

    Starwood Capital Urges Monmouth Investors Against $3B Deal

    Starwood Capital Group on Wednesday publicly urged fellow shareholders in real estate investment trust Monmouth to reject a $3.4 billion all-stock buyout offer from a competing investor, a move that comes nearly a week after its own bid for the company was turned down.

  • July 28, 2021

    Ink Seller Accuses HP Of Illegally Forcing Out Competition

    HP Inc. has been accused of using intimidation and legal threats against discount printer ink sellers in order to maintain control over the prices at which HP-branded products are advertised and sold to consumers, according to a new lawsuit filed in New Jersey federal court.

  • July 28, 2021

    Port Authority Loses Coverage Bid Over Worksite Slip, Fall

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey lost its bid for coverage in a slip-and-fall lawsuit Wednesday after a New Jersey appeals court found that an exclusion in the construction company's insurance prevented extending the policy's benefits to the Port Authority.

  • July 28, 2021

    Amgen's Psoriasis Drug Patents Are Valid, NJ Court Told

    Amgen Inc. urged a New Jersey federal court on Wednesday to find that Sandoz Inc. and Zydus Pharmaceuticals Inc. infringed patents for the blockbuster plaque psoriasis medication Otezla, wrapping up a trial in which the generic-drug makers said the formulas were too obvious to warrant patent protection.

  • July 28, 2021

    NJ Hospital Ducks Disability Bias Suit At 3rd Circ.

    The Third Circuit has refused to revive a nurse's disability bias suit against a New Jersey hospital, backing a lower court's decision that a jury couldn't find that her former employer's reason for letting her go was just a smokescreen for discrimination.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Firms, Know Who's Responsible For Your Cloud Security

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    Lawyers generally know that files go into the cloud and that the files are then secured and protected, but it's necessary for firms to take a closer look at their cloud supply chain and then come up with a responsibility matrix that helps mitigate any potential risks or weaknesses, says Martin Ward at iManage.

  • Benefits For Law Firms Venturing Into New Services

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    By offering more services, law firms can deepen and strengthen their client relationships and truly become an extension of their clients' teams while generating new revenue streams, and while there are risks associated with expanding into consulting, they may be worth it, says Lou Ramos at Major Lindsey.

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    Embracing ESG: Exelon GC Talks Diversity Initiatives

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    Executing a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion programming, through recruitment, inclusive legal pipelines and community empowerment via pro bono efforts, can ensure a strong environmental, social and governance proposition, says Gayle Littleton at Exelon.

  • Revamping Law Firm Marketing Lists — With Partner Buy-In

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    Jackson Lewis’ Paige Bowser shares lessons from the firm's recent overhaul of an outdated email marketing database, including tips for getting partners on board, ensuring compliance with privacy laws and augmenting outreach strategies.

  • Recent High Court Decisions Signify 1st Amendment Direction

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recently concluded term saw a flurry of First Amendment cases, providing lessons for how the court, with its 6-3 conservative split, may rule next term on issues of free speech, religious freedom, association rights and more, as questions regarding social media and technological advances loom, says Samuel Mitchell at Michael Best.

  • The Murky World Of Legal Rankings Gets Some Clarity In NJ

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    New Jersey's new, stringent approach to legal rankings will make accolade advertising more transparent, benefiting both attorneys and clients and offering legal marketers a new set of best practices amid evolving standards, say Penny Paul at Lowenstein Sandler and Susan Peters at Greybridge.

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    Embracing ESG: Cigna Counsel Talks Employee Wellness

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    Building employee well-being into corporate environmental, social and governance priorities required our legal team to focus more closely on cross-functional collaboration within the company and increased communication with our board of directors and shareholders, says Julia Brncic at Cigna.

  • Courts' Clashing Standards For Evidence At Class Cert.: Part 2

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    While federal circuits continue to split on whether to approach fact and expert evidence differently at class certification, and there is no sign of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to resolve the issue, applying an admissibility standard to one and not the other appears illogical, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • Hybrid Work Models Are Key To Gender Parity In Law Firms

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    To curb the historically high rates of attrition among female lawyers, Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks suggest firms must normalize hybrid work schedules, and they recommend best practices to promote engagement among all attorneys, regardless of where they work.

  • Courts' Clashing Standards For Evidence At Class Cert.: Part 1

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    The Sixth Circuit's recent ruling in Lyngaas v. Ag highlights an ongoing circuit split on whether plaintiffs moving to certify a class must use admissible evidence and whether fact and expert evidence should be treated equivalently in this regard, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • NJ Justices' Ruling Instructs On Hostile Workplace Claims

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    The New Jersey Supreme Court’s recent decision in Rios v. Meda Pharmaceutical serves as a stark reminder that individual offensive comments alone can sustain hostile work environment claims, highlighting for employers an opportunity to reinforce prevention efforts and address relevant claims in a timely manner, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig.

  • 3 Keys To Winning Your Next Oral Argument

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    To leverage the unique opportunity oral arguments provide to talk directly to judges and contribute to their decision making, attorneys must mind the three hallmarks of persuasiveness: projecting credibility, exuding likability and gaining the listener's trust, says Daniel Karon at Karon LLC.

  • Employer Lessons From NJ Justices' Disability Claim Ruling

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    The New Jersey Supreme Court’s recent decision in Richter v. Oakland Board of Education clarifies that an adverse employment action is not required to establish a failure-to-accommodate claim under the state’s Law Against Discrimination — a ruling that reinforces the importance of engaging in an interactive process whenever an employer receives a worker's accommodation request, say attorneys at Seyfarth.

  • Keys To Efficient And Accurate Doc Review For E-Discovery

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    Attorneys involved in e-discovery can review information accurately and cost-effectively by understanding the data in a document collection and identifying its key pitfalls, drafting comprehensive review guidelines, and preparing ahead, says John Wertelet at Eckert Seamans.

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    Embracing ESG: Raytheon GC Talks Climate Change

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    Now that the climate crisis is seen as an existential threat, the stakes couldn't be higher — or the challenges more daunting — for the general counsel, who must enlist all parts of the company for support while providing both a legal and ethical road map on how to respond, says Frank Jimenez at Raytheon.

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