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On the left is Muhammad Faridi. On the right is Adeel Mangi.

Living the American Dream, These Big Law Partners Have Seen an Ugly Side

By Leigh Jones |

As part of a small minority of partners of Southeast Asian descent and as Muslims in Big Law, Muhammad Faridi and Adeel Mangi feel a special sense of accomplishment from a victory that allowed the construction of a mosque.

GlaxoSmithKline headquaters.

How Pharma Giant GSK Got Tough on Fixed Fees

By Chris Johnson |

As Microsoft pushes to move nearly all its outside legal work away from the billable hour, GlaxoSmithKline puts its own alternative fee formula on display.

Justice Anne Patterson

NJ Supreme Court Rewrites Standard for Child Relocation

By Michael Booth |

The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a 16-year-old precedent that has been widely used to determine whether a custodial parent can relocate children to another state over the objections of the other parent.

What's the Next Hot Market for Law Firm Mergers?

By Roy Strom |

In recent months, the Midwest has seen a spurt of law firm combinations. Smaller firms are joining forces.

Kobre & Kim partners Steven Kobre, left, and Michael Kim, right.

Is Change Now Unstoppable for Law Firm Billing?

By Miriam Rozen |

New billing models are about to sweep the industry, according to one law firm leader who says alternative fees helped catapult his firm onto The Am Law 200 just 14 years after he founded it.

Avvo Blasts New Ethics Opinions on Attorney Match Services

By Christine Simmons |

New York has become the latest state to target attorney match service Avvo Inc. for ethical violations.

Value of Firm Equity Tackled in Big Law Partner's Divorce Case

By David Gialanella |

In a 53-page decision that at times reads like a partnership primer, the Appellate Division has tackled the tricky issue of the monetary value of a lawyer's practice, and in the process upended many aspects of a New Jersey Big Law attorney's divorce judgment.

Geoffrey Berman

Report: Trump Wants Greenberg Traurig Shareholder for Bharara's Old Job

By Josefa Velasquez |

Geoffrey Berman, who co-leads the New Jersey office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, is in consideration to lead the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan, BuzzFeed reported Monday afternoon.

Mary Jane Augustine.

McCarter & English Ex-Practice Leader Adapts to Business World

By McKenna Moore |

With football season less than a month away, one former Big Law partner who represented the National Football League’s New York Giants and New York Jets on the construction of MetLife Stadium is getting ready for a new season of her own.

ABA Report Promotes Changes to Treat Addiction, Depression

By Roy Strom |

A report released Monday by the American Bar Association hopes to help the legal profession address addiction and depression by detailing sweeping changes that bar regulators, judges, law firms, law schools and others can make to address what the report says amounts to a crisis in lawyers’ well-being.

An EpiPen set during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill addressing the price increase of the company's EpiPen product.

Mylan Settles EpiPen Pricing Claims for $465M

By Max Mitchell |

Mylan has agreed to pay $465 million to settle claims that the Pennsylvania-based ­drugmaker misclassified its EpiPen allergy medication to avoid paying Medicaid rebates.

A photo of Heather Heyer, who was killed during a white nationalist rally, sits on the ground at a memorial the day her life was celebrated at the Paramount Theater, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Little Legal Recourse for Supremacists Booted Off Tech Platforms, Experts Say

By David Ruiz |

A small group of tech companies are legally protected, for the most part, in their decisions to kick users off their platforms for privately and publicly espousing white supremacy.

Miguel Alexander Pozo of Duane Morris in Atlanta.

Lessons Learned In-House at Mercedes-Benz USA

By Stephanie Forshee |

Miguel Alexander Pozo, who recently left Mercedes-Benz USA for Duane Morris, shared some of his lessons from his time in the automotive company's legal department.

Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Suit Over Dating Pharma Execs' Exchange of Trade Secrets Heats Up in Discovery

By Max Mitchell |

The dispute between generic drugmakers Apotex and Teva stemming from a former Teva executive's alleged disclosure of trade secrets to an Apotex CEO while the two were dating is heating up, with the parties now sparring over the speed of discovery.

U.S. Justice Department in Washington

Whistleblower Snags $9M in Case Against Mortgage Lender PHH Corp.

By C. Ryan Barber |

A whistleblower was awarded $9.4 million Tuesday for her role in raising concerns about possible misconduct at the New Jersey-based mortgage lender PHH Corp., which will pay $74.5 million overall to resolve claims the company's loan practices put borrowers and the U.S. government at risk.

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in downtown Washington, DC.

OCC Has Banking Sandbox-Like 'Pilot' for Fintechs in the Works

By Stephanie Forshee |

The banking regulator's chief counsel gave her thoughts on the pilot program at the ABA's annual meeting Thursday.

Bernards Township, NJ. Wikimedia

Bernards Mosque Settlement Spurs 2 New Suits

By Charles Toutant |

Two months after Bernards Township agreed to a $3.25 million settlement of litigation over its denial of a mosque application, the settlement has been challenged in two suits by a conservative religious group.

Best Buy Employment Arbitration Agreement Held Unenforceable

By Charles Toutant |

A New Jersey appeals court has voided Best Buy's mandatory arbitration policy for workplace disputes based on the company's failure to obtain employees' assent to the terms.

$4.25 Million Settlement in Child Med Mal Case in Essex

By David Gialanella |

A settlement in which medical professionals agreed to pay a combined $4.25 million to settle a suit over complications from a toddler's tonsillectomy was approved by an Essex County judge on June 26 in Charles v. Thomas.

GNC Dodges Potential Consumer Class Action Over Website

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A Pennsylvania federal judge has dismissed a nascent class action against vitamin and nutritional supplement chain GNC alleging the company's website violated New Jersey state consumer law.

Merck CEO Quits Trump Advisory Council Amid White Nationalist Protests in Va.

By Michael Booth |

Kenneth Frazier, the chairman and CEO of pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. and a member of President Donald Trump's American Manufacturing Council, abruptly quit the administration's advisory committee following Trump's response to right-wing violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Craig Carpenito.

Carpenito Favored for US Attorney as Berman Sets Sights on New York

By Charles Toutant |

Securities lawyer Craig Carpenito has emerged as the front-runner for the job of U.S. attorney in the District of New Jersey, according to sources familiar with the search process. Carpenito came under consideration for the job after Geoffrey Berman, a Greenberg Traurig lawyer previously the favorite, became a candidate for the job of U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, those sources said.

Irvington Mayor Cleared of Sexual Assault Claim in Employee's Suit

By Charles Toutant |

An Essex County jury has returned a no-cause verdict in a civil suit, clearing Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss on a claim that he sexually assaulted and harassed a city employee. The jury ordered his accuser to pay $7,000 on a counterclaim for defamation.

Judge Garrett Brown

Rivera-Soto Named as New Special Master in Asbestos Claimants' Fraudulent-Concealment Suit

By Charles Toutant |

After plaintiffs said a special master's hourly rate is at the top of the scale for New Jersey, the judge in a fraudulent-concealment case against BASF and law firm Cahill, Gordon & Reindel has replaced the first candidate with someone, a former justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, who charges less.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Fifth Circuit Revives Defamation Suit Against NYT Over Slavery Quotes

By John Council |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has slapped the New York Times by reviving a defamation lawsuit filed against it by a Louisiana economics professor and libertarian who sued the newspaper for defamation after he was quoted in an article stating that slavery was "not so bad."

New York Skyline

One OAG Lieutenant Bound for Big Law, Another Retiring

By Michael Booth |

Two high-ranking officials in the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety are leaving, Attorney General Christopher Porrino has announced.

Introducing the 'Tri-parenting' Arrangement

By Matthew Coleman |

In a published trial court opinion last year, the court grappled with the concept of a tri-parenting arrangement between a same-sex couple and their female friend.

Job Site Electrical Burns Lead to $1.325M Settlement in Middlesex

By Charles Toutant |

An electrical contractor who suffered burns in an explosion at a job site agreed to a $1.325 million settlement in his Middlesex County suit, Young v. Palin Enterprises, on June 19.

David McAtee, senior executive vice president and general counsel at AT&T.

AT&T GC Says Choosing ADR Over Court Has Become 'Overriding Philosophy'

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

David McAtee of AT&T opens up about his company's use of ADR and why it (usually) is preferred over going to court.

Honeywell Diversity VP Says in Suit She Was Fired for Fighting Discrimination

By Charles Toutant |

Honeywell International faces a suit from a former vice president who said she was hired to increase diversity at the executive level but contends she was hired as window dressing.

N.J. Supreme Court Justice Jaynee LaVecchia

Court Split on Public Records Requirements for Fire Department

By Michael Booth |

Fire districts in New Jersey, which provide most of the state's firefighting services, are subject to the Open Public Records Act, though their member fire companies may not be subject to the same rules, the state Supreme Court ruled on Monday.


Treating Doctor Can't Testify on Standard of Care, Court Says

By Michael Booth |

A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that a doctor who corrected a colleague's alleged surgical errors should not have been permitted to testify on the standard of care in the resulting medical malpractice case.

$123K Fee Award Against Montclair in Ordinance Challenge Reversed

By Michael Booth |

A New Jersey appeals court has overturned a counsel fee award to a Montclair resident who successfully challenged a local ordinance allowing for the construction of an assisted-living facility.

retrieved 8/2015-   Cheryl Ann Krause, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in Philadelphia.

Circuit Reverses Transfer of Howmedica Sales Rep Suit to California

By Charles Toutant |

The appeals court overturned an order transferring the entire case to the Northern District of California, finding the move violated the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in "Atlantic Marine Construction v. U.S. District Court."

NJ Municipal Bond Counsel

Wilentz, McManimon Trade Places on NJ Bond Counsel List

By David Gialanella |

Larger bond issues but fewer of them—that's the general takeaway from New Jersey's public finance market this year, which again included a significant number of refinancings of existing government debt. The list of active bond counsel included mostly familiar names, though the firms occupying the top two spots last year traded places.

FBI Director Christopher Wray

Bill, Spurred by Wray Representation, Would Mandate Retainers

By Michael Booth |

One of Gov. Chris Christie's most persistent critics in the state Legislature is sponsoring a bill that effectively would have barred Christie's apparent hiring of high-profile lawyer Christopher Wray—now the FBI director—without a written retainer agreement.

Morey's Pier Opinion Got it Right On Tort Claims Issue

By Law Journal Editorial Board |

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently held that the notice requirements of the Tort Claims Act apply to cross-claims and third party claims, and forged a practical and equitable solution to situations in which a defendant loses the right to seek contribution due to the plaintiff's delay. We think the opinion is not only correct, but also well reasoned and provides excellent guidance.

U.S. District Judge Jose Linares

BASF Alleges Conflict, Says Rivera-Soto Shouldn't Serve as Asbestos Special Master

By Charles Toutant |

For the second time in a month, the judge in a fraudulent-concealment case against BASF and law firm Cahill, Gordon & Reindel is hearing grumbling over his choice of discovery special master.

Police Dashcam Footage Is a Disclosable Public Record

By Law Journal Editorial Board |

At a time of often bitter and hostile public discord concerning police shootings, our court's ruling was sage, both as a matter of law and public policy.

2016 N.J. State of the State Address by Gov. Chris Christie

Closed-Circuit Testimony Extended to Adults in New Law

By Michael Booth |

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday signed legislation permitting victims and witnesses of alleged domestic violence or sexual assault to testify against defendants through closed-circuit television—a possibility that until now existed only for minors.

John Beisner of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

For Plaintiffs Bar, Taking on J&J Means Battling a Shadow Foe

By Amanda Bronstad |

In lobbying and litigation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Johnson & Johnson often draw from the same playbook. One major connection is John Beisner, head of mass torts at Skadden Arps.

Chipping Away at the Insurance Bedrock

By Robert D. Chesler |

Insurance companies are attempting to chip away at an edifice that has stood without judicial challenge for over 50 years: that insurance polices are contracts of adhesion.

MDL Panel Steers Nexium, Prilosec Litigation to NJ Federal Court

By Amanda Bronstad |

A federal judicial panel has transferred more than 200 cases to New Jersey involving heartburn medications Nexium and Prilosec just six months after it refused a similar request.


NJ Consumer Affairs Chief Going In-House at Comcast

By Michael Booth |

Steve Lee, the director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, is resigning to take a job with Comcast, the nation's largest telecommunications conglomerate.

Use In Limine Motions to Frame the Field of the Courtroom Battle

By Jeffrey M. Pollock |

A primer on the use of in limine motions -- an under-deployed weapon in the trial lawyer's arsenal.

3rd Circuit Calls for New Look at Class Certification in BMW Junk Fax Suit

By Charles Toutant |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has vacated a ruling denying class certification to persons complaining about junk faxes sent allegedly from the financing arm of BMW.

Breathless Go-go Bar in Rahway

Dancer's Statutory Claim Against Club Not Subject to Arbitration

By Charles Toutant |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has reinstated a suit claiming that exotic dancers at a men's club have been wrongly classified as independent contractors.

Judge Marianne Espinosa of the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.

Court Upends Award, Including Attorney Fees, for Wrongful Murder Conviction

By Michael Booth |

A New Jersey man who spent more than 20 years in prison on a double murder conviction before being released for lack of evidence won't be eligible for compensation unless he can actually prove he was innocent, a state appeals court has ruled.

New Statute Redefines NJ's Role in the International Community

By Harriet Farber Klein |

A look at the New Jersey International Arbitration, Mediation and Conciliation Act, which became effective on May 7.

Law Journal Seeks Nominees for Diverse Attorneys of the Year

The Law Journal is seeking suggestions for our second Diverse Attorneys of the Year honors.

Appellate Ruling Could Change Local Finance Game; Publish It

By Law Journal Editorial Board |

A recent unpublished Appellate Division decision, National Loan Acquisitions v. Bridgeton Municipal Port Authority, has important consequences for the credit of New Jersey's municipalities and should therefore, we think, be approved for publication.

General Council accepting candidates

NJSBA General Council seeks candidates; petitions due Sept. 13

Main St. at Woolwich, LLC v. Ammons Supermarket, Inc.

Trial Court Required to Consider Allegations that Defendants' Underlying Litigation Was Sham Brought to Injure Market Rivals

The Slants

In 'Slants' Case, Court Correctly Rejects Disparagement Clause

By Law Journal Editorial Board |

With the Tam case, the Supreme Court has added another decision to our lexicon of strong First Amendment cases by reiterating in a new and different context that viewpoint or content-based discrimination will not be tolerated.

In the Matter of the New Jersey Firemen's Ass'n Obligation to Provide Relief Applications Under the Open Public Records Act

OPRA Did Not Necessarily Prohibit Public Entity from Filing Declaratory Judgment Action to Determine Whether Records Subject to Disclosure

In the Matter of County of Atlantic

Salary Step Increases Required to Remain in Place until Parties Reached New CBA, Under Terms of Prior CBA

Alan Alda on the art and science of relating and communicating

Alan Alda to discuss communication at NJICLE event

Equal Employment Opportunity Comm'n v. City of Long Branch

District Court Erroneously Treated Administrative Agency's Motion to Enforce Subpoena as Nondispositive Rather than Dispositive

Slutsky v. Slutsky

Trial Court Erred in Failing to Make Specific Factual Findings in Calculation of Goodwill in Defendant's Equitably Distributed Law Firm Interest

Call for New Speakers and Innovative Ideas

NJICLE launches speaker portal

Court Says NJ Plaintiff Firms Can Fight It Out Over Fees

By Michael Booth |

Two New Jersey law firms will have to battle it out over fees generated in a product liability suit where the client switched firms midstream, a New Jersey appeals court has ruled.

State v. Ingram

State Not Required to Present Live Testimony at Detention Hearing, But Could Be Ordered to if Proffer Insufficient

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno

Court's Wisdom 40 Years Ago Makes Guadagno's Run Possible

By Editorial Board |

We have watched a remarkable change in the rights of couples in our society over the last several years, but in so doing we should recall that it was only 40 years ago that spouses were still united for purposes of judicial conduct, and a spouse did not then truly have individual rights. Luckily we had judicial leaders who could see the future, and a court that could expeditiously change the rules in response to changing times.


Are 'Smart Contracts' Smart Enough?

By Jonathan Bick |

The automation of certain attorney functions has given rise to "smart contracts," which are gaining popularity owing to the use of block chains.

In the Matter of the Expungement of the Arrest/Charge Records of T.B.

Drug Court Graduates Seeking Criminal Record Expungement Required to Making Showing That Expungement Served Public Interest

City of Orange Twp. Bd. of Ed. v. City of Orange Twp.

Referendum Results Enjoined Where Challenger Alleged Voters Were Not Informed of Significant Financial Consequences of Referendum

State In The Interest of D.M., a juvenile

Legislature Did Not Intend to Criminalize Sexual Contact Not Involving Penetration Between Minors Close in Age

E.S. v. H.A.

Court-Ordered Requirement for Parent to Admit to Abuse as Condition of Parenting Time Application Violated Constitutional Prohibition Against Self-Incrimination

Ehrlich v. Sorokin

Evidence of Informed Consent Erroneously Admitted Where Plaintiff Did Not Raise Lack of Informed Consent Claim

Brown v. State

Lack of Clarity on Means to Secure Residence Pending Warrant Meant No Violation of Clearly Established Right, Warranting Application of Qualified Immunity

Blog Roll: Blogs from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation's Legally Speaking

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation's new blog, Legally Speaking, addresses questions for the public.

$4.5 Million Settlement in Essex for Failure to Diagnose Malaria

By David Gialanella |

The family of a toddler who died after an emergency room doctor allegedly failed to detect a case of malaria settled its Essex County suit on Aug. 2 for $4.5 million.

Excellence in education and zealous advocacy are hallmarks of association

The first installment in a three-part series looking at the groups and entities that make the NJSBA work.

Future-Proofing the Law Firm

By Marcie Borgal Shunk |

Analysis of five elements that together will combine to determine the market position, financial health and, ultimately, sustainability of a law firm.


This week's report focuses on the court rule changes coming in September, many of which the NJSBA addressed in the comment process.

Bisbing v. Bisbing

Best Interest Standard Applicable to Determine Cause to Grant Relocation, Where Parent with Shared Legal Custody Objects

975 Holdings, LLC v. City of Egg Harbor

Property Purchased through Bankruptcy Asset Sale Was Not Excused from Chapter 91 Requirements

Verry v. Franklin Fire Dist. No. 1

Fire District Was Public Agency under OPRA, but Volunteer Fire Companies under District Supervision Not Necessarily Subject to OPRA

Hille welcomes state's law students to the profession

NJSBA President Robert B. Hille went back to school to welcome hundreds of incoming law school students.


A report on recent action in Trenton of interest to NJSBA members

Mock Trial programs expose students to the law and foster critical thinking

Bar foundation mock trial programs highlighted