New Jersey

  • October 11, 2019

    NJ Atty Disbarred For Using Funds With 'Reckless Abandon'

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has disbarred a real estate attorney for misusing about $186,000 in client funds with "reckless abandon" after purportedly depositing the money in his personal checking account and then using it on personal expenses like jet travel and hotel stays.

  • October 11, 2019

    3rd Circ. Upholds Nike, Port Authority Wins In Title VII Rulings

    In two opinions Friday, Third Circuit panels upheld lower court rulings granting early judgment in favor of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Nike Inc. in Title VII suits brought by two former employees that alleged discrimination and retaliation.

  • October 11, 2019

    J&J Wins Second Asbestos-In-Talc Trial In A Week

    A California jury on Friday cleared Johnson & Johnson of allegations that its talcum powder contained asbestos and caused a man's mesothelioma, the second Golden State jury to find in the company's favor this week.

  • October 11, 2019

    NJ Denies Permits For $1B PennEast Pipeline

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has declined to issue the state permits PennEast LLC needs to proceed with its planned $1 billion pipeline, Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday in a Twitter post highlighting the latest setback for the closely watched project.

  • October 11, 2019

    Hill Wallack Builds Condo Group With 4 Attys, New Office

    Hill Wallack LLP has bolstered its community associations group with the addition of four attorneys in a new location that builds the firm’s southern New Jersey imprint and expands manpower in a growing practice area, firm leaders said.

  • October 11, 2019

    NJ Biz Can’t Appeal $4.5M Property Value, Appeals Court Says

    A New Jersey property owner cannot contest a city tax assessor’s $4.5 million valuation of its property because the previous owner did not timely provide requested income information for assessment purposes, a state appeals court said Friday.

  • October 11, 2019

    Investors Fight Bid To Ax Suit Alleging College App Fraud

    Shareholders accusing a China-based education company of ghostwriting college applications said Thursday that rather than addressing their revamped allegations, the company's latest dismissal bid merely rehashes a judge's order tossing an old incarnation of the proposed class action.

  • October 11, 2019

    Atty Escapes Suit Claiming He Hid Ties To Day Pitney

    A New Jersey state judge on Friday nixed a malpractice action following a former United Parcel Service driver’s failure to appear for a deposition in his suit alleging his ex-lawyer did not disclose his working relationship with Day Pitney LLP, the firm that represented the delivery company in the driver's underlying racial discrimination suit.

  • October 10, 2019

    3rd Circ. Revives Wrongful Firing Case Over Wiretap Claim

    The Third Circuit on Thursday revived a First Amendment claim by a former Pennsylvania state worker who alleged that she was fired for complaining about being secretly recorded by a union official, reasoning that she was entitled to free speech protection because her report of the matter concerned the public's interest.

  • October 10, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Bars Generic Of Horizon Arthritis Drug Until 2027

    A split Federal Circuit on Thursday affirmed a lower court’s decision that upheld the validity of a claim in one of the patents for Horizon’s osteoarthritis drug Pennsaid 2%, a ruling that blocks Actavis from selling a generic version of the drug until late 2027.

  • October 10, 2019

    NJ Legislative Leaders Seek Role In 'Dark Money' Bill Suit

    The leaders of the New Jersey Legislature asked a federal judge Thursday to let them in to a fight with a conservative advocacy group over a bill that would compel so-called dark money organizations to reveal their donors, about a week after the jurist blocked its enforcement amid constitutional concerns.

  • October 10, 2019

    Purdue Docs Show DOJ Deal Is Key To Ch. 11 Settlement

    Bankrupt OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP has filed a term sheet in New York bankruptcy court detailing a proposed settlement it hopes will resolve thousands of lawsuits over the company's role in the national opioid crisis and calling for a deal to be reached with the federal government.

  • October 10, 2019

    J&J Nears OK For $6.3M Deal In Infant Tylenol False Ad Suit

    A California federal judge indicated Thursday he's prepared to greenlight a $6.3 million deal to resolve class claims that Johnson & Johnson tapped into the anxieties of new parents to mislead them into paying more for Infants' Tylenol containing the same medicine as Children's Tylenol.

  • October 10, 2019

    Chipotle Management Trainees Seek Class Cert. In OT Suit

    A former Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. management trainee asked a federal court to allow her wage dispute to advance as a collective action late Wednesday, saying she’s tackled the burden of showing the trainees were all exposed to the same illegal policy denying overtime pay for toiling more than 40 hours a week.

  • October 10, 2019

    Keystone Property Group Scores $66M Loan For NJ Complex

    Keystone Property Group has landed $66 million in financing for a Morristown, New Jersey, office complex, according to an announcement from lender 3650 REIT on Thursday.

  • October 10, 2019

    J&J Beats Class Action Over Opioid Health Insurance Costs

    A New Jersey state judge said Thursday the connection between Johnson & Johnson's and Actavis' alleged roles in the opioid epidemic and rising health insurance premiums was too weak to allow a proposed class action to proceed.

  • October 09, 2019

    J&J Cleared By Calif. Jury In Talc Cancer Retrial

    A California jury cleared Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday in a state court retrial of a woman's claims that J&J talc gave her mesothelioma.

  • October 09, 2019

    Lamenting 'Inequitable' Result, 3rd Circ. Allows Deportation

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday grudgingly refused to block the deportation of a Guinea citizen who overstayed his American visa after fleeing his native country’s violence, staying faithful to a legal system the panel acknowledged could generate “inequitable” results at times.

  • October 09, 2019

    $8B Philly Risperdal Verdict Ripe For Reduction, Experts Say

    After a Philadelphia jury walloped a Johnson & Johnson unit this week with $8 billion in punitive damages in a first-of-its-kind trial over the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, experts say they expect the verdict, which weighed in at nearly 5,000 times larger than an initial $1.75 million compensatory damage award in the case, to be scaled back on appeal.

  • October 09, 2019

    Salix Pharma Beats Ex-Worker's FCA Retaliation Suit

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday shut down a former Salix Pharmaceuticals employee’s suit claiming she was subjected to retaliation after raising concerns under the False Claims Act about a medical education program, saying she failed to show how her activities led to her dismissal.

  • October 09, 2019

    NJ School Wants Insurer To Pay $147K In McCarter Legal Bills

    A New Jersey special needs school has asked a state court to force the school's insurer to cover nearly $150,000 in attorney fees incurred during a trademark dispute that has since devolved into a legal malpractice fight with its former counsel at McCarter & English.

  • October 09, 2019

    Judge Makes Way For J. Crew Receipt Challenge At 3rd Circ.

    A New Jersey federal judge has agreed to toss a proposed class action over J. Crew Group Inc. receipts that allegedly revealed too many credit card digits, paving the way for the suing customer to appeal the rejection of his latest version of the claims to the Third Circuit.

  • October 09, 2019

    Sens. Seek US Review Of Maduro-Tied Brazilian Meatpacker

    Two U.S. senators are calling on the Trump administration to open a sweeping review of the American transactions of Brazilian meatpacking giant JBS SA, arguing that the company's purported close ties with Venezuela’s Maduro regime calls its U.S. stakes into question.

  • October 09, 2019

    PE Firm Teams With Tech Co. To Invest $500M In Insurers

    Private investment firm Varde Partners has formed a joint venture with an insurance technology company founded by former executives from Apollo Global Management and Aflac Inc. that will launch with $500 million to acquire life and retirement businesses across the globe, the companies said Wednesday.

  • October 08, 2019

    Aerogroup Reaches Deal With Lenders To Dismiss Ch. 11

    Defunct women’s shoe retailer Aerogroup International sought approval in Delaware bankruptcy court late Monday for a multipart, multimillion-dollar settlement with creditors and an eventual order dismissing its Chapter 11 cases.

Expert Analysis

  • How Emotionally Intelligent AI Could Assist With E-Discovery

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    While artificial intelligence has already revolutionized the e-discovery field, the development of emotionally intelligent AI promises to explore data in an even more nuanced and human way, thereby further reducing the burden on legal teams, say Lisa Prowse and Brian Schrader at e-discovery services provider BIA.

  • State Net

    States May Slow Spread Of Vehicle Subscription Services

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    Motor vehicle subscription services — similar to auto leases, except with no long-term commitment, the ability to change vehicles periodically, and insurance and maintenance bundled in — have been embraced by some automakers, insurers and consumers, but face potential roadblocks from state lawmakers and regulators, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • The Number Of Cannabis-Centric Patents Is Getting High 

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    With public support for cannabis legalization at an all-time high, data indicate that U.S. cannabis-centric patents and patent applications are being issued and published in record numbers, and, if the 2019 issuance pace holds, we can expect an increase of over 41% from 2018, says Matthew Kamps of FaegreBD.

  • Preventable Risks Your Law Firm May Be Overlooking

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    Although most lawyers are well-prepared to defend or justify the value of an insurance claim for clients, often law firms have not clearly identified their own potential liabilities, planned for adequate insurance or established prudent internal risk management practices, says Victor Sordillo at Sompo International.

  • 6 Ethics Tips For Attorneys Making Lateral Transfers

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    With lateral transfers between law firms on the rise, it is more important than ever for partners to understand the steps they must take to adhere to ethics rules and other requirements when making a transition, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.

  • A Developing Split Over Online Marketplace Product Liability

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    A pair of recent opinions from the Third and Sixth Circuits suggest that e-commerce intermediaries may be held liable for selling allegedly defective products, but an Arizona federal court's recent opinion in State Farm v. Amazon demonstrates the level of uncertainty that exists on this issue, say Blake Angelino and Benjamin Broadhead at FaegreBD.

  • Employers Look To NJ High Court For Clarity On Medical Pot

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    The New Jersey Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in Wild v. Carriage Funeral Holdings will implicate and affect not only the state’s authorizing statute for medical cannabis, but also its anti-discrimination law and a new statute that expanded protections for workers who use medical marijuana, says Ruth Rauls of Saul Ewing.

  • Direct Taxes: The Next Shoe To Drop After Wayfair?

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    Taxpayers should be alarmed at state efforts to extend the U.S. Supreme Court's Wayfair decision to direct taxes — including gross receipts, income and franchise taxes — despite the apparent protections of federal Public Law 86-272, says Martin Eisenstein of Brann & Isaacson.

  • State Net

    Battles Still Rage Over Calif. Data, Worker Classification Laws

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    California is set to be reshaped soon by two pieces of legislation — one on data privacy, and one on worker classification — but numerous attempts by lawmakers to amend both laws, and the possibility of ballot measures that may further alter them, are clouding the picture, says Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • What To Look For In White Collar Cases This High Court Term

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    Several upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decisions — involving such varied issues as criminal procedure, statutory interpretation and public corruption — may see traditional liberal-conservative fault lines fall by the wayside and may have a notable impact on white collar criminal defense practice, say Harry Sandick and Jacob Newman of Patterson Belknap.

  • Consider The Power Of Tactical Empathy

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    By employing tactical empathy techniques to understand the interests behind the positions taken by others, attorneys can gain the upper hand in deal negotiations and litigation while still promoting and preserving long-term relationships with opponents, judges and others, say Shermin Kruse of TEDxYouth@Wrigleyville and Ursula Taylor of Strategic Health.

  • The Problem — And Opportunity — Of Implicit Bias In The Bar

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    Law firms are beginning to recognize implicit bias as a problem. But too few recognize that it is also an opportunity to broaden our thinking and become better legal problem solvers, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • #MeToo Shows 2 Years Of Progress Toward Gender Parity

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    #MeToo turns 2 this fall, and while troubling reports of bad workplace behavior have emerged since the movement began, legislation and grassroots community collaborations that focus on preventive measures, such as training and external certifications, are fruitful areas for future development, says Jen Rubin at Mintz.

  • The Latest Carbon Market Developments: Part 2

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    The Democratic primary debates and a proliferation of bills in Congress make it clear that carbon pricing will be a significant issue in the 2020 U.S. elections — and a host of international pilot programs for carbon emissions credit trading suggest even more interest in the subject abroad, say attorneys with Beveridge & Diamond.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Thapar Reviews Gorsuch's 'A Republic'

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    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's new book "A Republic, If You Can Keep It" offers hope for our constitutional system through stories of American greatness, and sheds much-needed light on originalism for skeptics, says Sixth Circuit Judge Amul Thapar.