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New Jersey

  • November 13, 2018

    10 Firms Vie For Lead Counsel In Opko Health Fraud Row

    As many as 10 law firms filed competing motions Tuesday urging a New Jersey federal court to appoint them as lead counsel and their respective clients as lead plaintiffs in a proposed class action against Opko Health Inc. over its alleged role in a pump-and-dump scheme that ultimately dealt a financial blow to investors.

  • November 13, 2018

    NJ Firm Can Drop Recalcitrant Client In Insurance Fraud Suit

    A law firm was allowed to withdraw as counsel for a New Jersey homeowner Tuesday in an insurance fraud suit brought by mortgage lender Wilmington Savings Fund Society FSB, after a federal judge determined the defendant has not been responsive with her attorneys or paid her legal bills.

  • November 13, 2018

    Janssen 'Doublespeak' Fueled Opioid Crisis, NJ Suit Says

    Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. fanned the flames of the opioid crisis by using an elaborate campaign of deceptive marketing, including “doublespeak” that touted the company’s opioid painkillers as unlike most opioids, New Jersey alleged in a suit filed Tuesday.

  • November 13, 2018

    Quicken Loans, Marketing Firm Shed Wiretap Class Claims

    A New Jersey federal judge has tossed most of a proposed class action alleging online marketing company NaviStone Inc. unlawfully intercepted keystrokes and mouse clicks by users of Quicken Loans Inc.'s website, ruling that the customer-tracking software was legal under federal privacy law because both Quicken Loans and NaviStone consented to the interception.

  • November 13, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Won't Revive Xactware Patent Challenges

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday refused to revive Xactware Solutions Inc.’s challenges to two patents related to aerial rooftop measurement software, rejecting the company’s bid to nix two Pictometry International Corp. patents that it had been accused of infringing.

  • November 13, 2018

    Merrill Lynch Workers Win Conditional Cert. In OT Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge has granted conditional certification to a class of current and former Merrill Lynch “email reviewers” in a suit alleging parent company Bank of America NA improperly failed to pay them overtime, but the judge said receiving final certification will be more difficult.

  • November 13, 2018

    No Bridgegate Role, 3rd Circ. Pick Says Of Work For Christie

    Lowenstein Sandler LLP partner Paul Matey, President Donald Trump’s choice for a Third Circuit vacancy, faced a grilling from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday over his time serving as an attorney for former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

  • November 13, 2018

    NJ Arbitration Clauses Must Specify Forum, Court Says

    A New Jersey appeals court Tuesday revived a former Jenny Craig Inc. worker's lawsuit alleging her hours were drastically cut because of her age, ruling that arbitration clauses that don't specify a forum are unenforceable.

  • November 9, 2018

    Third Point Scales Back Campbell Board Takeover Bid

    Hedge fund Third Point LLC on Friday scaled back its bid to control Campbell Soup Co.’s board following what it called “decades of underperformance,” announcing its intent to nominate five independent director nominees instead of the originally planned 12.

  • November 9, 2018

    Options Broker Must Stay In TIAA-Led Class In Valeant Suit

    An options brokerage can’t break away from a consolidated securities class action against Valeant Pharmaceuticals, a New Jersey federal judge ruled after finding that it was too early to tell whether the firm’s interests would diverge from the larger pool of equity investors led by TIAA.

  • November 9, 2018

    Atty Confessed To NJ Killing In Suitcase Note, Docs Say

    A New York City attorney accused of fatally shooting the mother of his daughter in their New Jersey home last month allegedly confessed in a note left in a suitcase when he dropped off the child with his brother before fleeing to Cuba, according to prosecutors and court documents.

  • November 9, 2018

    Attys Accused Of Scamming Artist Out Of Life Story Rights

    A New Jersey janitor turned successful artist has sued two partners of a north New Jersey law firm, claiming they manipulated him into signing over the rights to his life story to them for $10 after a Hollywood movie producer indicated he was interested in adapting it.

  • November 9, 2018

    Sam's Club Workers Lose Bid For Cert. In OT Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge has refused to conditionally certify assistant managers in Sam’s Club's grocery division who allege it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, ruling Thursday the fact that each of the proposed members was categorized as exempt from overtime pay doesn’t mean they experienced the same alleged wrongdoing.

  • November 9, 2018

    State AGs Call On Whitaker To Recuse Himself From Probe

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, along with 18 other state attorneys general, sent a letter Thursday to acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker asking him to recuse himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

  • November 9, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, Vinson, Wachtell

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Thoma Bravo inks a $950 million deal with Broadcom Inc. for Veracode, Newell Brands sells off its fishing business and memorabilia manufacturer for $2.5 billion, Western Gas Partners nabs Anadarko Petroleum Corp. midstream energy assets for $4 billion, and Edenred SA buys Corporate Spending Innovations for $600 million.

  • November 9, 2018

    3rd Circ. OKs 60-Month FCPA Sentence In $3.5M Bribery Case

    The Third Circuit has rejected arguments that the ultimate economic benefit of two Russian energy projects advanced through bribes from Philadelphia-area businessman Dmitrij Harder should have been considered a mitigating factor as Harder was sentenced to a 60-month prison term for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

  • November 9, 2018

    Dozens Of NJ Cos. Accused Of Unlawful Immigration Services

    More than two dozen tax preparers, travel agencies and other businesses in New Jersey have been slammed with notices of violation seeking more than $300,000 in civil penalties over claims they defrauded consumers by offering immigration assistance services they were not authorized to provide, authorities said Friday.

  • November 8, 2018

    4 Ballot Measures Construction Attys Should Know About

    Voters across the nation on Tuesday approved numerous ballot measures authorizing funding for housing, schools and other projects that will involve new construction and industry know-how, but four stand out due to their size and scope.

  • November 8, 2018

    NJ Judge Censured For Misusing Office In Personal Matter

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has censured a state judge for misusing his position by making repeated references to his judicial office while interacting with court staffers last year about his personal child support case, thereby creating the risk that his status as a jurist would influence how the matter was handled.

  • November 8, 2018

    CORRECTED: Toys R Us Makes Virginia Push To Confirm Ch. 11 Plan

    Toys R Us Inc. is urging a Virginia bankruptcy court to approve its Chapter 11 plan, saying that the plan has been approved by the creditors and that the remaining objections should be dismissed.

Expert Analysis

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Should Juries Try To Predict FDA Drug Labeling Decisions?

    Alan Klein

    The U.S. Supreme Court's review of Merck v. Albrecht promises to shape the way decisions of regulatory agencies — such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s rejection of a drug manufacturer’s proposed label warning — can be interpreted by juries, say Alan Klein and Matthew Decker at Duane Morris LLP.

  • State Net

    How The States Fared In The Midterms

    Lou Cannon

    Lou Cannon, editorial adviser and columnist at LexisNexis State Net Capitol Journal, dissects the results of the governor’s races and state legislative chambers in the 2018 midterm elections.

  • Guest Feature

    The Many Lives Of Michael Chertoff

    Randy Maniloff

    Randy Maniloff begins his interview with the nation’s second secretary of homeland security by saying he wants to go over his resume. The look on Michael Chertoff's face: “Bring it on.”

  • Top 10 Snap Observations From The 2018 Midterm Elections

    Frank Donatelli

    The just-completed midterm elections could be called the “cafeteria midterms,” because there was something for everyone. The results offered both encouragement and warnings for Democrats and Republicans looking to 2020, says Frank Donatelli of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • What Sikkelee Means For Preemption In The 3rd Circ.

    Alexis Kellert

    Conflict preemption was at the heart of the Third Circuit’s recent analysis in Sikkelee v. Precision Airmotive, where the majority shifted precedent to inject state law into federally regulated aviation design, says Alexis Kellert of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Bringing Alcoholic Beverage Coupons Into The Digital Age

    Alva Mather

    Laws on coupons and rebates for alcoholic beverages vary across the country. Ascertaining the legal status of digital coupons, which may not have been envisioned when a state's laws were written, creates additional wrinkles for companies, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper.

  • When Regulatory Standards And Truth In Advertising Collide

    Terri Seligman

    The Ninth Circuit's decision in Durnford v. MusclePharm Corp. — like two other recent decisions — highlights the balancing act between regulatory standards and truth-in-advertising principles. Compliance with standards doesn't always mean advertisers are in the clear, says Terri Seligman of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.