Charles Toutant

Energy Company Agrees to Pay State $39M Over MTBE in NJ Waterways

Charles Toutant

The New Jersey Attorney General's Office has reached a $39 million consent agreement with Phillips 66 Co. over claims that it produced gasoline that contaminated the state's waterways with the additive MTBE.

NJ Bar Advocates Adopting Anti-Bias Rule With Broader Reach in Legal Profession

Charles Toutant

New Jersey lawyers may soon be subject to stronger ethics rules against harassing and discriminatory conduct, standards that would apply in more settings.

African-American Lawyers Sue AG's Office, Alleging Race Discrimination

Charles Toutant

African-American attorneys are sparsely represented in the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and have little representation in leadership positions, three deputy attorneys general have said in their discrimination suit.

As Trump Eyes Berman for US Attorney, NJ GOP Officials Press for Carpenito

Charles Toutant

The White House is ready to nominate Greenberg Traurig lawyer Geoffrey Berman as the next U.S. attorney from New Jersey, but supporters of Alston & Bird's Craig Carpenito are making a push for their candidate, according to several people familiar with the search process.

In NJ, as in Nation, Rapid Growth in Federal Court Backlogs

Charles Toutant

Long-running MDLs in New Jersey are part of the reason. But that doesn't tell the whole story revealed in this week's report from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Accident During Buyers' Visit to Condo Yields $1.2M Settlement in Middlesex

Charles Toutant

A man who had three toes amputated following an accident at a condominium construction site agreed to a $1.2 million settlement in his Middlesex County suit, Melman v. PRC Construction, on April 25.

Linares to Assume Chief Judge Post as Simandle Takes Senior Status

Charles Toutant

U.S. District Judge Jose Linares will become chief judge for the District of New Jersey on June 1, following a move to senior status for the current chief judge, Jerome Simandle.

Justices Restrict Routes to Double Jeopardy Protection

Charles Toutant

The Supreme Court of New Jersey has made it harder to prove double jeopardy in cases where a defendant is charged with two related offenses. The court on a 5-2 voteTuesday held that double jeopardy protection from a second conviction applies where a defendant who has been convicted of one offense i

State Govt. Says Staffers' 'Intentional Wrongdoing' Is Off-Ramp From Bridgegate Civil Suit

Charles Toutant

The New Jersey state government is seeking to be cleared of civil liability stemming from the actions making up the Bridgegate scandal on the grounds that it can't be ordered to pay for an employee's intentional wrongdoing.

Expert Needed to Explain Discovery Gaps in Legal Malpractice Suit

Charles Toutant

Allegations in a legal malpractice suit that a lawyer failed to obtain discovery in a timely manner are not so readily apparent that the plaintiff is exempt from obtaining expert testimony on proximate cause, the Appellate Division ruled Friday.

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