New Jersey

  • November 19, 2019

    House Dems Press Pai On Tribal Spectrum Restrictions

    Five House Democrats questioned FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday about why his agency is seeking to reduce the amount of time Native American tribes have to claim spectrum licenses that are being temporarily reserved for them, saying accelerating the deadline would hurt the FCC’s goal of encouraging tribal participation in a planned airways giveaway.

  • November 19, 2019

    Grid Policy Shuts Out Offshore Wind Lines, FERC Told

    A power line developer on Monday told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that regional grid operator PJM Interconnection wrongly bars transmission projects serving planned Atlantic offshore wind farms from hooking up with the grid and could stymie the ambitious clean energy goals of coastal states.

  • November 19, 2019

    Judge 'Not Proud' Of Discourteous Emails, NJ Justices Hear

    A New Jersey city judge facing ethics charges over a tense New Year’s Eve email exchange with a prosecutor told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday that she wasn’t proud of her conduct, painting a stark contrast to her characterization in the ethics complaint as a demeaning jurist.

  • November 19, 2019

    NJ Justices Skeptical Of Ford's Bid To Duck Asbestos Ruling

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday challenged Ford Motor Co.'s stance that it should not be held liable for asbestos-containing replacement parts the company didn't build or distribute, stressing that the automaker originally sold vehicles with similarly contaminated components.

  • November 19, 2019

    Ex-Reed Smith Paralegal Can Avoid Appeal Costs In Bias Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge reversed course Monday and held that a former Reed Smith LLP paralegal doesn't need to pay her appeal costs upfront in her age and racial discrimination suit against the firm, after she submitted additional information indicating that her liabilities substantially outweigh her monthly income.

  • November 18, 2019

    Court Rejects $100M Cap On NJ Transit's Sandy Coverage

    A New Jersey appeals court on Monday affirmed that a $100 million cap for flood losses doesn’t apply to New Jersey Transit Corp.'s claim for coverage of Superstorm Sandy damage, agreeing with a lower court that the transportation system can pursue up to $400 million from a group of excess insurers.

  • November 18, 2019

    NJ Power Broker Defends State Tax Incentive Programs

    A New Jersey power broker who’s been under the microscope for months for his role in the state’s controversial corporate tax incentive programs gave a vigorous defense of himself and the program’s impact on Monday during a state Senate hearing.

  • November 18, 2019

    Retrial Sought Against J&J After FDA Finds Asbestos In Talc

    A man who failed to convince a jury that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder contains asbestos and caused his mesothelioma is urging a California judge to grant him a new trial in light of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration saying it found the carcinogen in a J&J baby powder bottle.

  • November 18, 2019

    After Legislative Slump, NJ Voters Might Make Pot Legal

    Voters would decide if New Jersey adults can legally indulge in recreational marijuana under a measure unveiled by two Democratic senators Monday, a move that comes eight months after proposed legislation greenlighting adult pot use went up in smoke.

  • November 18, 2019

    NJ Justices To Pick Up Pieces Of Asbestos Liability Puzzle

    Manufacturers and mesothelioma victims will be seeking guidance from the New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday as the justices wrestle with the definition of "product" in untangling a split among state appellate courts over whether companies could be on the hook for asbestos-containing components or replacement parts they didn't build or distribute.

  • November 18, 2019

    Mack-Cali Scores $300M Loan For Jersey City Project

    Mack-Cali has landed $300 million in financing for a multifamily project in Jersey City, New Jersey, that will also include a new elementary school, according to an announcement on Monday from CBRE, which brokered the deal for the borrower venture.

  • November 18, 2019

    Longfin Investors Can't Revive Network 1 Claims

    Investors in the now-defunct cryptocurrency company Longfin Corp. won’t be able to revise their complaint accusing broker-dealer Network 1 of ignoring its purported knowledge of Longfin’s alleged fraud, a New York federal judge ruled Friday.

  • November 18, 2019

    J&J Defeats New Trial Bid In NJ Asbestos-In-Talc Case

    A New Jersey judge refused to grant a new trial for the survivors of a mesothelioma patient who claimed his disease was caused by Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder, ruling Monday that the estate didn't show the court failed to weed out racial bias on the jury.

  • November 15, 2019

    Recently Reversed: How J&J, Avis & LG Toppled Big Verdicts

    Johnson & Johnson's escape from a $110 million verdict in Missouri and the overturning of a pair of federal fraud convictions in New York highlight this edition of Law360’s recurring look at recently reversed trial verdicts.

  • November 15, 2019

    3 Takeaways As Uber, NJ Square Off Over $650M Tax Tab

    New Jersey has hit Uber with a $650 million bill stemming from years of unpaid unemployment and disability taxes in a blockbuster assessment that experts say will reverberate throughout the gig economy and across the country.

  • November 15, 2019

    Target Sues Chubb For Coverage Of Data Breach Claims

    Target Corp. sued units of Chubb Ltd. in federal court Friday for allegedly denying coverage for claims brought by banks whose customers were affected by the massive 2013 data breach against the store, saying the replacement of compromised credit cards triggers policy coverage for tangible property.

  • November 15, 2019

    Claims Court Tosses Challenge To $991M Army Bundle Deal

    A small business can’t pursue a second protest over a U.S. Army decision to bundle 10 support contracts into a single $991 million deal, after a U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge ruled Friday that the nature of the deal puts it outside the court’s jurisdiction.

  • November 15, 2019

    J&J's $572M Opioid Loss Cut To $465M As Judge Fixes Math

    An Oklahoma judge formally slashed Johnson & Johnson's $572 million defeat in the nation's first opioid-crisis trial to $465 million Friday after acknowledging an astonishing arithmetic error.

  • November 15, 2019

    5 Takeaways As DOJ Finds Footing In FCA Dismissal Crusade

    The U.S. Department of Justice's controversial crusade against disfavored False Claims Act suits appears to be on increasingly solid ground after a series of court decisions allowing the DOJ to end whistleblower FCA cases. Here, Law360 spotlights five key takeaways from the government's recent success.

  • November 15, 2019

    House, Senate Reach Deal To Unite Robocall Legislation

    House and Senate committee leaders announced late Friday that they had reached a deal to square two versions of anti-robocall legislation that passed overwhelmingly earlier this year, readying the bill for White House approval.

  • November 15, 2019

    Perrigo Investors Win Cert. In Suit Over Thwarted Sale

    Three classes of Perrigo shareholders were certified Thursday in a securities action in New Jersey federal court alleging the pharma giant and its executives tricked its investors into voting down an 11-figure takeover offer.

  • November 15, 2019

    SEC's Cognizant Bribe Suit Paused Amid Criminal Case

    A New Jersey federal judge cited the risk of conflicting rulings in pausing a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suit against the former president and chief legal officer of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. over an alleged bribery scheme until a related criminal case is resolved.

  • November 15, 2019

    US Trustee Wants Avenue Stores Case Converted To Ch. 7

    The U.S. Trustee’s Office has asked a Delaware court to convert retail chain Avenue Stores Inc.’s bankruptcy to a Chapter 7 liquidation, saying a trustee needs to be appointed to pursue potential claims against one of the company’s major creditors.

  • November 15, 2019

    Senators Float Bill To Create Drug-Pricing Agency

    A bill introduced Friday by Sen. Cory Booker aims to form a federal agency that determines drug prices and empowers the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to penalize companies that charge more by voiding patents or stripping their right to exclusively market a drug.

  • November 15, 2019

    Employment Hires: FordHarrison, Perkins Coie

    FordHarrison LLP has picked up a seasoned employment lawyer from Fine Boggs & Perkins LLP, while Perkins Coie LLP has added a labor and employment veteran from Squire Patton Boggs LLP, headlining Law360's latest roundup of labor and employment lateral hires.

Expert Analysis

  • NJ Ruling Removes Evidence Hurdle For Asbestos Defendants

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    The New Jersey Supreme Court's recent ruling in Rowe v. Bell & Gossett — permitting a trial defendant in an asbestos case to introduce into evidence settled defendants’ interrogatory responses and corporate representatives' testimony — will better equip defendants to paint a complete picture for juries, says Michael Posavetz of Eckert Seamans.

  • How BigLaw Is Adapting To Plaintiff-Side Litigation

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    While many have treated Kirkland & Ellis' recent creation of a contingency fee-based plaintiffs practice as market disruptive, it is another manifestation of forces that have been changing the business of BigLaw for some time, says Elizabeth Korchin at Therium Capital Management.

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    Pursuing Wellness: A Focus On Firm Holistic Health Training

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    Our most concerted efforts toward implementing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge, which we signed one year ago, have centered on educating attorneys and staff by including well-being components in firm trainings and professional development programs, says Andrew Glincher at Nixon Peabody.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

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    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • IRS Donor Rule Has Disclosure Movement Down But Not Out

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    Although the IRS recently dealt a blow to the corporate political contribution disclosure movement by initiating rulemaking to eliminate donor reporting for certain tax-exempt organizations, states are likely to fill the void, say Susan Leahy and Matthew Shapanka at Covington.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Jackson Reviews 'When Should Law Forgive?'

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    Readers of Martha Minow's new book "When Should Law Forgive?" will be exposed to a refreshingly robust vision of justice that transcends myopic perspectives of wrongdoing and punishment, says U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the District of Columbia.

  • OT Rules For Bonuses Are Less Fuzzy After 3rd Circ. Opinion

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    While the Third Circuit's opinion in U.S. Department of Labor v. Bristol Excavating does not provide a bright-line rule for including third-party bonuses in overtime calculations under the Fair Labor Standards Act, it identifies the relevant risk factors, say Lori Armstrong Halber and Gavin Carpenter at Reed Smith.

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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.

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