Charles Toutant

Appeals Court Rejects Lawyer's Claim for Equity Partner Status

Charles Toutant

A New Jersey appeals court has upheld dismissal of a lawyer's claim that he attained equity partner status when his law firm gave him a tax form listing his compensation as "partner's share of income."

Opioid Suits by Cities Begin to Catch On in New Jersey

Charles Toutant

While state and local governments are filing a profusion of suits against drug companies to recoup costs of the opioid crisis, the trend has been slow to take hold in New Jersey. But opioid litigation is seen as having strong prospects if it can zero in on malfeasance by drug manufacturers and distr

Judge Won't Grant Bond Issuer's Bid to Stop Bail Reform

Charles Toutant

A federal judge has refused to halt enforcement of New Jersey's Criminal Justice Reform Act, finding that a constitutional challenge by a bail bond underwriter has little chance of succeeding.

Monmouth County Auto Case Ends With $625,000 Jury Verdict

Charles Toutant and Michael Booth

In Drucker v. Miraglia, a Monmouth County jury awarded $625,000 on Aug. 10 to a woman who suffered injuries to her neck and right knee after her car was struck from behind by a van.

No Conflict for Rivera-Soto in Asbestos Fraud Case, Judge Rules

Charles Toutant

The judge in a suit over alleged destruction of asbestos-related evidence by BASF Corp. and law firm Cahill, Gordon & Reindel has rejected claims that Roberto Rivera-Soto has a conflict of interest that should prevent him from serving as discovery special master.

Watershed Seeks to Compel Examination of Law Firm's Electronic Devices

Charles Toutant

The Newark Watershed Conservation & Development Corp. is seeking permission to examine electronic devices belonging to the law firm of Trenk, DiPasquale, Della Fera & Sodono.

In Menendez Trial, Prosecutors Focus on Flights Paid For by Melgen

Charles Toutant

As jurors in the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, heard on Wednesday about flights Menendez took at the expense of co-defendant Salomon Melgen, the proceedings returned to a central theme in the case: the two men's friendship and its relevance as a defense to bribery charges

Court: Late Affidavit of Merit Sinks Developer's Breach-of-Contract Suit

Charles Toutant

A federal judge in Camden has tossed a developer's suit against a soil-testing company for failure to submit a timely affidavit of merit, rejecting the plaintiff's argument that no affidavit is required for a breach-of-contract claim.

Lawyer Sentenced to 8 Years of Jail Time in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Charles Toutant

An attorney has been sentenced to eight years in state prison Friday on charges that she stole $873,520 from a lender by using stolen identities to file fraudulent mortgage applications.

Woman Injured in Rear-End Accident Gets $1.8 Million Verdict in Sussex

Michael Booth, David Gialanella and Charles Toutant

A Sussex County jury on June 21 awarded a Sparta woman $1.8 million in Mongiello v. Gallagher as compensation for injuries she sustained when the car in which she was riding was rear-ended by another car.

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