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New Jersey

  • September 21, 2018

    DirecTV User Fights To Keep Law, Audit Firms In RICO Case

    An auditor and a law firm accused of extorting hundreds of people by demanding money for alleged misuse of DirecTV showed a pattern of racketeering activity that should prevent them from escaping a proposed class action, a consumer told a New Jersey federal judge Friday.   

  • September 21, 2018

    Online Fundraisers Fraught With Criminal, Civil Risks

    Civil litigation, potential criminal charges and uncertain access for beneficiaries are among the risks of the relatively new concept known as crowdfunding, as highlighted by the the viral story chronicling the legal battle between a homeless veteran and a New Jersey couple. Here are three things attorneys should tell their clients about do-it-yourself fundraisers.

  • September 21, 2018

    Ex-Manager Hits Rock Hall Of Famer With Contract Suit

    The former business, tour and production manager of Nile Rogers sued the musician in New Jersey state court, alleging the recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee flouted their long-running partnership when his attorney fired the manager in March.

  • September 21, 2018

    Masterpiece Cakeshop Atty Tapped For NJ Civil Rights Post

    A former attorney with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and the American Civil Liberties Union who served on the ACLU team that represented a same-sex couple in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case before the U.S. Supreme Court has been tapped to lead the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights.

  • September 21, 2018

    Consumer Seeks Full 3rd Circuit Redo Of Toxic Talc Ruling

    Alleging that the Third Circuit contradicted its own prior rulings and created a split with the Ninth Circuit by dismissing a Johnson & Johnson consumer’s proposed class action over talcum powder as “buyer’s remorse,” the customer’s attorneys on Friday asked for the full court to rehear the case.

  • September 21, 2018

    Atlantic City's Woes Stem From Relying On Casino Tax: Report

    A report by the state of New Jersey has outlined the history and causes of Atlantic City's financial woes, linking its problems to the city's reliance on casino tax revenues, and recommended imbuing the tax assessor with more power.

  • September 21, 2018

    3rd Circ. Sides With Casinos In Gambler's Suit Over Perks

    The Third Circuit has upheld a New Jersey lower court's ruling that favored two Atlantic City casinos in a "high roller’s" suit claiming the casinos unlawfully promised him coupons and free amenities to gamble at their establishments but failed to back up their offers, finding that the gambler misunderstood the offers and saying "the house always wins."

  • September 21, 2018

    Fosamax MDL Revival Must Be Nixed, US Tells High Court

    The Office of the U.S. Solicitor General has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a Third Circuit decision reviving multidistrict litigation over Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.’s alleged failure to warn about a risk of femoral fractures from its osteoporosis drug Fosamax, saying such claims are preempted because regulators rejected the company's proposed warning.

  • September 21, 2018

    Wage-And-Hour Suit Against J&J Headed Back To State Court

    A California federal judge has agreed to send back to state court a wage-and-hour suit brought by a group of former Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. workers, finding that the amount of money in controversy fell short of the threshold necessary for the federal court to hear the case.

  • September 20, 2018

    3rd Circ. Backs Penn State Email Probe, 'Dismayed' By Tactics

    A Third Circuit panel on Thursday backed a lower court decision to toss a lawsuit accusing two state investigators of illegally obtaining a Penn State University employee’s work emails, saying while it was “dismayed” by the pair’s use of an improper subpoena, her employers had the authority to hand them over.

  • September 20, 2018

    MoFo, Weil Gotshal Guide $350M Vonage-NewVoice Tie-Up

    Business and residential communications provider Vonage Holdings Corp. said Thursday it will pay $350 million to take over private equity-backed, cloud-based contact center provider NewVoiceMedia, with Morrison & Foerster LLP guiding the buyer and Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP steering the seller.

  • September 20, 2018

    J&J Can't Escape Calif. Talc Warning Label Suit

    A California federal judge has rebuffed Johnson & Johnson's bid to dismiss a suit alleging it violates state warning label and false advertising laws by selling asbestos-contaminated talcum powder products, writing the consumer products giant was "simply demanding more" detail than is necessary in a complaint.

  • September 20, 2018

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive Securities Fraud Row Against Hertz

    The Third Circuit on Thursday refused to revive a putative securities class action against Hertz Global Holdings Inc. over allegedly false and misleading statements about its financial condition and internal controls, saying the explanation that former company executives engaged in mismanagement is more plausible than shareholders' claims of a systemic fraud.

  • September 20, 2018

    SEC Seeks $1M Sanctions From Ex-Brokerage Firm Execs

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has asked a New Jersey federal court to enforce $1 million in sanctions against two brokerage firm executives accused of using manipulative trading to create artificial demand, saying Thursday that they haven’t honored the four-year-old settlement.

  • September 20, 2018

    Beach Eatery Showed Need For Summer Hires, BALCA Finds

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals has reversed a U.S. Department of Labor certifying officer’s determination that a shrimp restaurant on the Jersey Shore failed to establish that it temporarily needed more dishwashers during the summer season.

  • September 20, 2018

    Dun & Bradstreet Hit With Securities Suit Over $6.9B Merger

    Shareholders of Dun & Bradstreet on Wednesday filed a proposed class action in Delaware federal court alleging that a proxy statement filed by the company's board in September is "materially incomplete," making shareholders unable to properly assess the fairness and financial implications of its potential $6.9 billion merger with a buying group led by CC Capital.

  • September 20, 2018

    Norris McLaughlin Adds Ex-Top Atty At Housing Agency

    Norris McLaughlin PA has added as senior counsel to its real estate and finance practice group the former top lawyer at the Newark Housing Authority who took part in what she called a “real estate renaissance” in New Jersey’s largest city.

  • September 19, 2018

    Pfizer Unit, Teva Must Face Effexor Antitrust Litigation

    Pfizer Inc. unit Wyeth and Teva Pharmaceuticals have fallen short in their bid to ax a proposed class action from end-payors alleging the companies engaged in a scheme to delay generic competition for antidepressant drug Effexor XR, with a New Jersey federal judge refusing to toss the case in its entirety.

  • September 19, 2018

    NJ High Court Disbars Mass. Atty For Pocketing Funds

    New Jersey's highest court has disbarred a Massachusetts-based attorney for pocketing $16,250 that was meant for a man who the lawyer has claimed was his business partner and then spending the entire amount in less than two months on his own personal expenses.

  • September 19, 2018

    Bally's Casino Dealers Push To Revive OT Wage Settlement

    A class of Bally’s Atlantic City card table dealers asked a New Jersey federal magistrate judge Wednesday to reopen a wage-and-hour action alleging employees weren't paid for attending pre-shift staff meetings, saying casino owner Caesars Entertainment Corp.'s emergence from bankruptcy can allow a $500,000 settlement to move forward.

Expert Analysis

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Clearing Up Some Pipeline Permit Questions At 3rd Circ.

    Deidre Duncan

    Two recent decisions from the Third Circuit — Delaware Riverkeeper and Township of Bordentown — indicate that resolving questions related to state appeals of pipeline project permits will ultimately turn on the particulars of the state administrative process, say Deidre Duncan and Clare Ellis of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • NJ Trial Court Error Resulted In Years Of Litigation

    Lawrence Shapiro

    The New Jersey Appellate Division's reversal in Torah v. Aryeh should serve as a warning for trial judges faced with proceedings arising from an arbitration award. When statutes are involved, their language must be strictly followed, and although arbitration is preferred to litigation, it cannot be coerced or compelled, say Lawrence Shapiro and Nicole Miller of Ansell Grimm & Aaron PC.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Clarifying The Scope Of Bankruptcy Code 3rd-Party Injunction

    Craig Goldblatt

    The Third Circuit’s decision last month in W.R. Grace contains valuable lessons for insurers on the benefits that can be obtained by a third-party injunction issued under Section 524(g)(4) of the Bankruptcy Code, say Craig Goldblatt and Nancy Manzer of WilmerHale.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Why State Marijuana-Impaired Driving Laws Need Reform

    Ian Stewart

    Because current state laws relating to marijuana-impaired driving lack an objective impairment standard, only those who clearly demonstrate impaired driving are likely to be prosecuted and convicted, says Ian Stewart of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.