Charles Toutant

Consultant Report Must Be Turned Over in Suit Over Health Insurer's Plan

Charles Toutant

The Supreme Court has ordered the state's largest health insurance company to turn over consultant reports and other materials it relied on when establishing its two-tier OMNIA system to hospitals relegated to the second tier. The justices overturned a decision by the Appellate Division that denied

Hospital Awarded Fees After Plaintiff's CEPA Claim Deemed Baseless

Charles Toutant

A federal judge has awarded legal fees to a hospital as the prevailing party in an ex-employee's whistleblower claim after the plaintiff could not name any laws or regulations broken by the defendant.

Lawsuits Over Mac and Cheese Could Be Hard for Courts to Swallow

Charles Toutant

A report finding hazardous chemicals in boxed macaroni and cheese may have alarmed fans of the inexpensive and convenient meal, but food safety lawyers say any litigation over the issue faces formidable challenges.

Menendez Hopes Silver Ruling Will Bring Him Good Fortune

Charles Toutant

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez has filed a new motion to dismiss his corruption charges, finding hope in last week's appellate ruling reversing the bribery conviction of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Federal Government Weighs In on Transgender Rights Under ADA

Charles Toutant

The U.S. Department of Justice has entered the fray in a New Jersey transgender rights suit in hopes of averting a constitutional challenge over protections granted under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Solar Company's Arbitration Clause Sunk by Lack of Specificity, Consistency

Charles Toutant

A Bergen County judge has ruled that an arbitration provision in a residential solar power contract is not cause to dismiss a proposed class action suit against the company installing the system.

Collision With Parked Car Leads to $1.4 Million Settlement in Middlesex

Charles Toutant

A man who suffered back and knee injuries in a rear-end accident agreed to a $1.4 million settlement in his Middlesex County suit, Romao v. Lapatnick, on June 19.

Picatinny Abuse Sentence 'Defies Common Sense,' Appeals Judge Says

Charles Toutant

Sentencing for state-law criminal offenses in federal court is no simple matter, as an appeals court's split ruling vacating sentences in a horrific child abuse case shows.

Federal Judge Says Suit Against Debt-Collecting Attorney Over Barcodes May Proceed

Charles Toutant

The U.S. Supreme Court's 2016 holding in that a technical violation of a statute is insufficient to establish Article III standing does not preclude a suit over a potential disclosure of information by barcodes on debt collection letters, a federal judge in Newark has ruled.

Amid Drive for Tech-Savvy Workforce, AT&T Faces Suit for Age Bias

Charles Toutant

AT&T has conducted large-scale layoffs with the intent and effect of removing older employees and replacing them with younger workers, according to the suit.

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