Charles Toutant

$5M Case Illustrates Woes of Fee-Sharing Agreement Gone Bad

Charles Toutant

A fee-sharing dispute in a $5 million personal injury case could serve as a template and cautionary tale about what can go wrong when lawyers fail to attend to the details when entering into fee-splitting agreements.

Civil Rights Division Brings Wage Equity Suit Against Hotel Operator

Charles Toutant

New Jersey's Division on Civil Rights has filed a suit accusing the operator of a Hilton-branded hotel in Bergen County of paying women employees less than men who have the same job duties.

Lawyers Seek Multicounty Litigation in Medical Device Claims Against Stryker

Charles Toutant

Plaintiffs lawyers are seeking multicounty litigation status in New Jersey courts for the Stryker LFIT Anatomic Cobalt Chromium V40 Femoral Head made by Styker Orthopedics. The application, which was made public on Wednesday, follows a bid concerning the V40 Jan. 13 for federal multidistrict litigat

Third Circuit Finds Ex-Employees Bound by Web-Based Noncompete Clause

Charles Toutant

Employees of payroll processor ADP who clicked a box on a company website after reading terms of the company's stock award program are bound by those terms, which include a noncompete clause, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled Tuesday.

Hospital Report Privileged Even If Errors Withheld From Regulators

Charles Toutant

The ruling from the Appellate Division overturned the trial court's decision that directed the report to be turned over to the patient, and found that the incident should have been reported to the state.

Court: Plaintiff's Deep Pockets Aren't Cause to Deny Fee Application

Charles Toutant

A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that a plaintiff was wrongly denied counsel fees after winning a dispute with a municipality over an ordinance imposing regulations on landlords.

Judge Set to Issue Second Ruling on Bridgegate Complaint Against Christie

Charles Toutant

A judge is moving ahead with a probable cause inquiry in the citizen complaint charging Gov. Chris Christie with official misconduct in the Bridgegate scandal, even as the governor's lawyer maintains the whole proceeding should be scrapped.

Lowe's Installers' Job Classification Suit Settles for $2.85M

Charles Toutant

Lowe's Home Centers has agreed to pay $2.85 million to settle a New Jersey class action claiming it misclassified contract installers as independent contractors.

Appeals in Dismissal of J&J Talc Suits Target Exclusion of Experts

Charles Toutant

Two plaintiffs who claim they developed cancer from using talcum powder are seeking to reinstate suits against Johnson & Johnson in a New Jersey state court after the cases were thrown out based on the trial judge's rejection of their expert testimony.

Missing Expert Report Leads to $850K Malpractice Verdict

Charles Toutant

A Passaic County jury has awarded $850,000 to the plaintiff in a legal malpractice case in which the defendant attorney's failure to obtain expert reports spelled defeat for his client.

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