This Week's News

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington, D.C.

SEC Charges NJ Lawyer With Creating, Selling Sham Companies

Charles Toutant | May 13, 2016

A New Jersey lawyer and a California stock promoter have been charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with creating a series of shell corporations in order to defraud investors.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Christie OKs Bill Restricting Use of Auto Shut-Off Devices

By Michael Booth |

The New Jersey governor signed a bill into law Wednesday restricting the use of so-called payment assurance mechanisms on cars and trucks.

Suit Against Cosmetics Website Held Futile Without Showing of Harm

By Charles Toutant |

A suit asserting violations of New Jersey's Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act by cosmetics website LushUSA.com has been dismissed because the plaintiff did not suffer any actual harm, according to the court opinion tossing the case.

Women Take Charge in Fox Rothschild Changing of the Guard

By Lizzy McLellan |

Fox Rothschild is installing a half-dozen new office managing partners, including in the firm's largest offices, effective April 1.

Andrew Napolitano

Fox's Napolitano Could Face Ethics Trouble Over Wiretap Claims

By Michael Booth |

A former New Jersey judge turned Fox News commentator could find himself in some ethical trouble over recent statements about wiretapping and President Trump.

Third Circuit Judge Slams 'Chevron' Deference in FMLA Retaliation Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A U.S. Supreme Court decision widely criticized for giving too much power to executive agencies was panned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in a decision involving mixed-motive jury instructions in a Family and Medical Leave Act retaliation case.

Prosecutors Find Refuge in Law School Posts

By Karen Sloan |

What’s a federal prosecutor forced to resign by a new president to do?

Suits Over Fosamax Link to Femur Fractures Get New Life

By Charles Toutant |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has overturned the dismissal of multidistrict litigation over femur fractures suffered by users of Merck's osteoporosis drug Fosamax. The decision gives new life to about 5,000 cases that had been dismissed in federal and state courts, according to plaintiffs' counsel.

Judge Neil Gorsuch

NJ Attorneys Offer Their Thoughts and Doubts on Questioning Gorsuch

By Michael Booth |

Attorneys in New Jersey have questions for U.S. Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch, but they doubt they'll get answers in this week's hearings.

Total Ban on Internet Use for Sex Offenders Is Nixed

By Charles Toutant |

The state Supreme Court has overturned a blanket ban on internet access as a condition of parole for a convicted sex offender, citing the global computer network's pervasive reach into all aspects of contemporary life.

Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick of New Jersey announces charges against Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams on March 21, 2017.

Feds Charge Phila. DA Seth Williams With Corruption

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Federal authorities filed corruption charges Tuesday against Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams related to the acceptance of gifts valued at thousands of dollars to do favors for two local business owners.

NJ Appellate Judge Jack Sabatino

Bail Reform Rules Get Further Clarification From Appeals Court

By David Gialanella |

The Appellate Division has offered up more guidance on New Jersey's fledgling bail rules, including holding that a defendant's juvenile record and sex offender status ought to factor into the decision to hold or release the defendant.

Judge Neil Gorsuch appears March 20 at his confirmation hearing.

'Judges Are Not Politicians in Robes,' Gorsuch Tells Senate

By Marcia Coyle |

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch emphasized in his opening statement Monday the independence and dedication to law of federal judges across the country. "Judges are not politicians in robes," Gorsuch, addressing the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, said Monday. "If I thought that I'd hang up my robe." Gorsuch didn't mention President Donald Trump, whose criticism of the judiciary drew rebuke from Republicans and Democrats alike. Democrats, leading up to the start of Monday's hearing, had questioned whether and how Gorsuch would express his independence.

Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman John McKeon

NJ Assembly Committee Approves Bill Banning Confidentiality Agreements in Whistleblower Cases

By Michael Booth |

A committee of New Jersey lawmakers have recommended passage of a bill that would bar public agencies from including confidentiality agreements when settling cases with whistleblowers.

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) at a Senate Banking Committee hearing addressing the scandal relating to Wells Fargo's opening of fake bank accounts without customer knowledge, on Sept. 20, 2016. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

US Supreme Court Won't Hear Appeal, Clearing Way for Pretrial Litigation in Menendez Case

By Charles Toutant |

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to immediately take up a petition of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, claiming that corruption charges against him are pre-empted by the speech or debate clause of the Constitution.

3rd Circuit Upholds Contempt Ruling for Man Who Didn’t Unlock Devices

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a court order compelling a child pornography suspect to decrypt his laptop and hard drives did not violate his right against self-incrimination.

NJSBA Board of Trustees welcomes new member

A look at recent action by the NJSBA Board of Trustees

Blog Roll

A sampling of NJSBA member blog posts

CAPITOL REPORT

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

Gov. Chris Christie

No Conflict Found in Dismissal of Christie Misconduct Complaint

By Charles Toutant |

A citizen's complaint accusing Gov. Chris Christie of official misconduct in connection with the Bridgegate scandal appears to have run out of gas after motions to refer the case to a grand jury or appoint a special prosecutor were dismissed.

Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, NJ.

Discarded 'Trump' Casino Signage Is Focus of Legal Battle

By Charles Toutant |

Lawyers have gone to court in two states in a battle over a pair of signs bearing the name Trump that were removed from an Atlantic City casino.

Hughes Justice Complex, Trenton, New Jersey.

NJ Courts Toll Statute of Limitations After Snow Closure

Filing deadlines have been tolled after the March 15, 2017, closure.

Princeton University

Princeton Seeks to Block Disclosure of Admissions Process Documents

By Michael Booth |

Princeton University has filed a "reverse FOIA" complaint against the U.S. Department of Education in order to try and keep certain documents related to university admissions confidential.

Gibbons Revenue Decreases 5.1 Percent; PPP Up 1.3 Percent

By David Gialanella |

Gibbons' gross revenue declined in fiscal 2016—thanks in large part to a multimillion-dollar payday that didn't come, according to its managing partner—but saw equity partner earnings tick up and attorney population level off after some attrition in recent years.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch meets with Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

Here's What to Expect at Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing

By Tony Mauro |

Apart from political fireworks, we predict long-winded statements from senators, careful answers to questions about hot-button issues, and plenty of tributes to the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

US Attorney Paul Fishman at a newsconference today answering questions about Bridgegate.

Ousted U.S. Attorney Fishman Heads to Seton Hall Law

By David Gialanella |

Now-former U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman didn't have long to wait for a landing spot—his first job after resigning Friday comes as a distinguished visiting fellow at Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark.

New Jersey Assemblyman Joseph Lagana

NJ Assembly Approves Anti-SLAPP Bill

By Michael Booth |

The state Assembly has passed a bill that would make it easier for defendants subject to lawsuits because of their participation in politically or commercially sensitive issues to have those suits dismissed.

Domino's Franchise Operator Settles Wage Suit With Delivery Drivers

By Charles Toutant |

An operator of 26 Domino's Pizza franchises has agreed to pay $317,500 to settle a suit claiming it paid delivery drivers less than minimum wage.

Legal Services Corporation offices at 3333 K Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C. March 18, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Legal Services Corp., Under Trump, Faces New Threat to Existence

By Marcia Coyle |

Legal Services Corp. faced perhaps its greatest crisis in the 1980s, when President Ronald Reagan and his supporters attempted to disband the agency. Now more than 30 years later, as President Donald Trump moves to cut funding to zero, a battle for its survival is likely to begin again.

penn state

Court OKs Attorney Fees for PSU Trustees in Battle Over Freeh Docs

By Zack Needles |

Seven Penn State trustees are entitled to attorney fees and costs after a nearly two-year-long battle over access to the materials that formed the basis of the Freeh report, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

Class Action Claims Samsung Failed to Notify Owners of Spying Smart TVs

By Charles Toutant |

The suit claims Samsung sells data gleaned from owners to marketers, and that Samsung failed to take steps to prevent hackers from gaining access to private conversations.

Arent Fox Partner Convicted of Insider Trading

By Brian Baxter |

Robert Schulman, who joined the firm in 2015 from Hunton & Williams, has been convicted of insider trading in New York for passing on a tip related to Pfizer Inc.'s $3.6 billion acquisition of King Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Jeffrey Wall of Sullivan & Cromwell.

The Three Big Issues at Trump Travel Ban Hearing

By Cogan Schneier |

U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang of Maryland honed in on standing, Trump's campaign statements, and the scope of any possible relief.

Paul Moriarty NJ Assembly

NJ Moves to Restrict Use of Automobile Shut-Off Devices

By Michael Booth |

The New Jersey Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill that would restrict use of payment assurance devices on automobiles.

L to R- Abbe Lowell, Senator Robert Menendez, unidentified woman, outside the Federal Courthouse in Newark, NJ. Robert Menendez has been indicted on bribery charges.

N.J. Senator Menendez Proposes Post-Superstorm Sandy Reforms to National Flood Insurance Program’s Policies and Procedures

By Steven A. Meyerowitz |

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chair of the Sandy Task Force and a senior member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, has proposed a series of reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (“NFIP”) administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) that, if enacted, would affect the terms of flood insurance policies, FEMA’s procedures, and even attorneys’ fees.

NJ Senate Approves Prosecutors for Burlington, Atlantic Counties

By Michael Booth |

The New Jersey Senate on Monday unanimously confirmed the nominations of Scott Coffina, Gov. Chris Christie's senior deputy chief counsel, to be the Burlington County prosecutor, and Superior Court Judge Damon Tyner to be the Atlantic County prosecutor.

Frank Lautenburg Federal District Courthouse Newark

US Judicial Conference Calls for 3 New Seats on NJ Federal Bench

By Charles Toutant |

New Jersey's federal courts would gain three new judgeships if Congress approves a recommendation adopted Tuesday by the U.S. Judicial Conference.

Lack of Redaction for PACER Compromised Litigant's Identity, Lawsuit Says

By Charles Toutant |

A Louisiana law firm is facing a suit in New Jersey federal court by a man who says his identity was stolen after a court document listing his Social Security number was posted on the PACER system without redaction.

Ronald Chen

Rutgers Rocket Shot Highlights U.S. News Rankings; SHU Also Climbs

By Karen Sloan and David Gialanella |

New Jersey's law schools fared well in U.S. News & World Report's annual law school rankings.

Howard J. Bashman

Third Circuit Oral Arguments, in Online Video and in the Courtroom

By Howard J. Bashman |

Two months ago, the Philadelphia-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit became just the second federal appellate court to begin posting video of its oral arguments online. The San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit was the ­trailblazer when it comes to online oral argument video, and that court now streams live on YouTube the oral arguments of nearly all of its cases.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

With Fishman Out, Who's in the Running for US Attorney?

By Charles Toutant |

Gov. Chris Christie is expected to have a role in picking the state's top federal prosecutor.

Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex, seat of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

NJ Justices Hear AG Challenge to Subpoena Limitations in Whistleblower Cases

By Michael Booth |

The New Jersey Supreme Court is considering the attorney general's appeal of a ruling that said prosecutors may not issue administrative subpoenas in whistleblower lawsuits after the statutory deadline has passed to either intervene or decline to participate.

State Bar Association to hold conference for solo and small-firm attorneys in two locations

State bar solo and small-firm conference slated

How the NJSBA takes a stand

A look at the NJSBA's legislative process

NJSBA Leadership Academy accepting applications

State bar seeks leadership fellows; submissions due April 7

CAPITOL REPORT

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

N.J. State Sen. Nia Gill

NJ Senate to Vote on Immigration Measures

By Michael Booth |

The New Jersey Senate on Monday is set to vote on a series of measures aimed at blocking any local effects stemming from President Donald Trump’s recent attempts to boost the detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants.

NJ Senate to Vote on Immigration Measures

By Michael Booth |

The New Jersey Senate will vote next week on measures meant to counter President Donald Trump's immigration ban.

Big Law Heads Home—But Will It Work For You?

By Meghan Tribe |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius recently announced the implementation of a new policy allowing some of its associates in the U.S. and U.K. to work from home. Other large law firms have similar programs, and while they have been credited for improving workplace morale, some lawyers would be well-served to heed potential red flags.

Merck sign, Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

Shingles Vaccine Suits Against Merck Growing in Pa.

By Max Mitchell |

A small number of cases have recently been filed in Pennsylvania over injuries allegedly caused by a shingles vaccine, but attorneys handling the cases are expecting to file many more soon.

Princeton University. HANDOUT.

Princeton Sued Under Title IX Over Response to Suicide Attempts

By Charles Toutant |

Princeton University, which is already battling a suit from a student who was barred from campus after attempting suicide, is now facing a second suit claiming it expelled a student after he tried to kill himself.

More Companies Consolidate Outside Legal Work: LexisNexis Report

By Rebekah Mintzer |

A trend in which legal departments are cutting the number of law firms that handle outside legal work does not appear to be slowing, according to a new study.

Legal Services Corporation offices at 3333 K Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C. March 18, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

More Than 150 Law Firm Leaders Urge Govt to Continue Funding of Legal Services

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

A group of more than 150 leaders of U.S. firms sent a letter today to the Office of Management and Budget, asking for continued funding for the Legal Services Corp.

Jon Corzine arrives at Manhattan federal court on Wednesday.

Former NJ Gov Says Credit Downgrades, Not Bond Bets, Doomed MF Global

By Mark Hamblett |

Former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine said Thursday it wasn't his big gamble in Euro bonds that sunk MF Global in October of 2011, but a lack of market confidence spurred on by unjustified credit downgrades.

NJ Courts' Guidance Sought in Suits by Workers Fired for Medicinal Pot Usage

By Charles Toutant |

Employers are gaining the upper hand in the handful of suits by workers who are fired for using medical marijuana, but lawyers warn the workplace rights of workers who participate in the state's medical marijuana program are fluid and subject to change, and that court rulings or state or federal regulations could change the whole picture.

NJ Supreme Court Justice Lee Solomon

Failure to Advance Arb Fees Can Lead to Waiver, Justices Rule

By Michael Booth |

A party's failure to advance arbitration fees in a contract dispute automatically waives that party's right to enforce an arbitration clause, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled on Thursday.

State v. C.H.

Defendant Not Entitled to Double Jail Credits on Consecutive Sentences

Annette Quijano. D-New Jersey

NJ Moving to Regulate, Tax Home-Sharing Industry

By Michael Booth |

The New Jersey Legislature is taking steps toward regulating and taxing the burgeoning home-sharing industry in the state.

N.J. Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner

Stay of License Suspension After Municipal DWI Conviction Held Presumptive

By Charles Toutant |

Defendants who appeal a drunken driving conviction from municipal court to the Law Division are presumptively eligible for a stay of a license suspension, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Pepper Hamilton

Pepper Hamilton Forms Health Sciences Department, With Gussack as Chair

By Zack Needles |

Pepper Hamilton has announced the creation of a health sciences department, bringing together more than 110 attorneys from its health effects litigation, health care, life sciences, intellectual property and white-collar/government investigations practices with the goal of better serving its clients in the health sciences industry.

PwC, Not Corzine, Blamed for Collapse at MF Global Trial

It wasn't Jon Corzine's major gambles on European sovereign debt that sank MF Global Ltd., an attorney charged Tuesday, it was accounting malpractice by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Title IX Applies to Hospital Medical Residency Program, Third Circuit Rules

By Tom McParland |

Reviving a former resident's gender discrimination claims against Mercy Catholic Medical Center on Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled for the first time that Title IX extends to programs offered by private entities that use federal funds to offer educational programs.

NJ Judge Hit With Ethics Complaint for Alleged Staff Misuse, Hidden Recording

By Michael Booth |

A New Jersey judge is facing ethics charges for allegedly making a new law clerk work off-the-clock for no pay, secretly taping conversations and having her secretary perform personal tasks.

PwC Defends Against Malpractice Claims as MF Global Trial Kicks Off

By Mark Hamblett |

It wasn't Jon Corzine's major gambles on European sovereign debt that sank MF Global Ltd., an attorney charged Tuesday, it was accounting malpractice by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

David Einhorn.

Scarinci Hollenbeck Hires 3 Attorneys in NY for Its Growing Technology and IP Practice

By Scott Flaherty |

Two of the new hires come from Baker & Hostetler, where they specialized in IP.

Sergio Scuteri

Capehart Scatchard Lawyer's Conflict Not Cause to Derail Settlement

By Charles Toutant |

A New Jersey appeals court has ruled an attorney's conflict with one of the parties in a breach of contract suit is not cause to throw out a settlement reached by the parties in the case.

Firm's Suit Alleges FEMA Misconduct in Sandy Claims Reviews

By Steven A. Meyerowitz |

Law firm Weisbrod Matteis & Copley has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to compel disclosure of records relating to the Superstorm Sandy Claims Review process.

Ed Deutsch

McElroy Revenue Inches Up 0.4 Percent, PPP Climbs 11.2 Percent

By David Gialanella |

McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter saw revenue and attorney population stay essentially flat in fiscal 2016, though fewer equity partners meant a jump in profits per equity partner.

Gov. Chris Christie

Christie Loosens Rules for Carrying Handguns

By Michael Booth |

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie set himself up for another fight with Democrats who control the state Legislature when, late Monday, he announced his administration would adopt regulations that could allow individuals to carry handguns if they can show evidence of "serious threats."

New Partners Yearbook

The attorneys in these pages have earned what one New Jersey firm leader once referred to as, “the badge of partnership.” No matter the size of the office or the compensation package, the badge counts for something.

Newark Liberty International Airport terminal.

NJ Legislature Moves Against Trump on Immigration

By Michael Booth |

Lawmakers moved closer on Monday to passing legislation that would bar the Port Authority from enforcing President Donald Trump's immigration ban.

Gender, the Law, and the 2016 Presidential Election

NJSBA holds Women's Bench-Bar Conference March 14

Submit artwork by July 14 to be in the running for fifth annual art show

Bar foundation seeks submissions for annual art show

New Jersey State Bar Foundation solicits candidates for trustee board

Deadline for foundation trustee candidates is March 24

NJSBA Diversity Committee accepting nominations for Mel Narol Award

Deadline is March 13 to nominate candidates for Mel Narol Award

CAPITOL REPORT

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

Former Port Authority Chairman David Samson

Samson, Ex-Christie Confidant, Gets Home Sentence for United Airlines Bribe Scheme

By Charles Toutant |

Averting potential time in a federal prison, former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey chairman David Samson was sentenced Monday to one year of home confinement while wearing a tracking device for seeking a bribe from United Airlines.

Susan Reisner

Employee's Verdict Wrongly Offset by Unemployment, Court Rules

By David Gialanella |

In a published ruling that sheds some light on collateral recoveries, the Appellate Division ruled that a plaintiff-employee's unemployment benefits were incorrectly credited against a verdict he obtained in a discrimination suit against his former employer.

Ekaterina Schoenefeld.

'Why Would I Stop Now?' Says NJ Solo Challenging NY Office Rule

By David Gialanella |

After nearly nine years of litigation, there is no shortage of lofty arguments about the fairness of a New York state law requiring attorneys practicing in the state to maintain an office there. But Ekaterina Schoenefeld, the Princeton solo who now seeks U.S. Supreme Court review of the matter—with successes, failures and a bit of name recognition along the way—speaks about the case in a very practical manner.

Johnson & Johnson's baby powder.

J&J Wins Jury Trial, Ends String of Losses in Talc Cases

By Amanda Bronstad |

New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson scored a defense win on Friday as a jury in Missouri found its baby powder did not cause a Tennessee woman’s ovarian cancer.

Arbitration Agreement Included in Samsung Product Manual Is Unenforceable, Third Circuit Rules

By Charles Toutant |

An arbitration provision for Samsung Galaxy S smartwatches is nonenforceable in a class action claiming the company exaggerated the product's battery life, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled.

Thomas Scrivo

Christie Chief Counsel Goes to Private Practice; Joined by 6 from McElroy

By Michael Booth |

Thomas Scrivo, chief counsel to Gov. Chris Christie, is leaving the administration to open up a new law firm.

Revenue Rose in 2016 for Top 10 Law Firms That Lobby

By Michael Booth |

New Jersey's top law firms that lobby in Trenton had another good year in 2016.

Federal Judge Susan Wigenton - U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey

For Baroni and Kelly, Post-Trial Motions Fail in Bridgegate Criminal Case

By Charles Toutant |

A federal judge has denied motions by William Baroni Jr. and Bridget Kelly to throw out their convictions for their part in the Bridgegate scandal by orchestrating politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.

U.S. Supreme Court building

In Shift, More SCOTUS Clerks Seek Jobs Outside the Beltway

By Tony Mauro |

Almost half of the 39 clerks from last term are now working outside Washington, D.C. Possible explanations include greater interest by New York firms, the draw of returning to home, saturation of the D.C. market, and even the 2016 presidential election.

The Aftershocks of Big Law's Associate Salary Hike Are Still Hitting

By Hugh A. Simons |

Last year's associate salary increases could have a big impact on law firm profitability. Middle-tier firms may be especially vulnerable—unless they act quickly.

Amid Fee Battle With Client, Firm Is Sued by Ex-Partner Over Unpaid Loans

By Charles Toutant |

A firm that sued a client for fees in a False Claims Act case has now been sued by a former partner for failure to repay $225,000 in loans he made to the firm while it awaited payment in the whistleblower case.

The Possible Consequences of Pursuing Outstanding Legal Fees

By Sue C. Jacobs |

The attorney-client relationship is not one that always ends well. The client is able to discharge the attorney at any time, but outstanding legal fees must be addressed.

2015 NJLJ Personal Injury event

Deadline Near for 2017 Law Journal Recognitions

The deadline is fast approaching for submissions for Professional Excellence recognitions in individual and group categories.

Jones Day’s offices in Washington, D.C.

A Quiet Law Firm With a Famous Client

By Roy Strom |

Few people know the inner workings of Jones Day, and that's the way the firm likes it. But taking on Donald Trump as a client is no way to avoid the spotlight.

Meet Big Law's Newest Leaders

By Gina Passarella |

At eight Am Law 200 firms, new managing partners or chairs have taken the helm. What do they expect from 2017, and what can the industry expect from them?

Summer Associate Hiring Was Flat in 2016

By Karen Sloan |

Two consecutive years of growth come to an end.

Untimely Legal Advice Not Cause to Waive Tort Claims Deadline

By Charles Toutant |

A New Jersey appeals court has reversed a trial judge's ruling that extraordinary circumstances excused the late filing of a tort claims notice against the state and a municipality over a fatal car crash.

Vito Gagliardi

Succession-Minded Porzio Makes Leadership Changes

By David Gialanella |

After two decades of constancy at the managing partner position, Morristown-based Porzio, Bromberg & Newman has appointed a new leader, and remade its leadership structure in the process.

Envelopes with heroin

Bid to Relax Ban on Display of Contraband Has Few Friends

By Charles Toutant |

The Supreme Court's ban on displays of seized contraband before the media, which at least one prosecutor says hinders the fight against opioid abuse, is under challenge. But several criminal lawyers say the restriction should remain in place, calling the press conference staple "self-aggrandizing."

NJSBF program tackles violence against women on college campuses

Bar foundation tackles violence against women on college campuses

March ushers in a packed calendar of NJSBA events

Upcoming events of interest to NJSBA members

CAPITOL REPORT

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

Nominations Sought for 2017 James B. Boskey Award

The Dispute Resolution Section is seeking nominations of outstanding individuals who have excelled in the practice and development of ADR

Vito Gagliardi

Succession-Minded Porzio Makes Leadership Changes

By David Gialanella |

After two decades of constancy at the managing partner position, Morristown-based Porzio, Bromberg & Newman has appointed a new leader, and remade its leadership structure in the process.

Social Media Gets Some Respect from SCOTUS in First Amendment Case

By Tony Mauro |

Mark the date: Feb. 27, 2017, may go down in history as the day that social media—from Facebook to Snapchat, Twitter to LinkedIn—entered the pantheon of expressions deserving First Amendment protection.

Changing Compensation Strategies Put Partners Under Pressure

By Nell Gluckman |

More and more firms are tweaking partner pay systems to reward top performers. The potential rewards are greater than ever—but so is the risk of losing ground.

Suit Says Lawyer Has Been Shortchanged on Fees in $60M Video Game Settlement

By Charles Toutant |

A New Jersey lawyer claims in a suit that class action firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro shortchanged him on fees from a $60 million settlement of class action suits on behalf of college athletes over the use of their names and likenesses in video games.

Rite Aid Not Required to Fund Ex-GC's Bid to Overturn Conviction

By Tom McParland |

The Delaware Supreme Court has rejected a former Rite Aid Corp. executive's bid to use a collateral attack on a final ruling to extend the period in which he could recover attorney fees from his former employer.

Gregory Little

Former Big Law Partner Now New Jersey Education Advocate

By Michael Booth |

Gregory Little of the Education Law Center went from representing corporate interests to advocating for New Jersey's schools.

Honeywell Seeks to Stop Merger of Smart Home Software Firms

By Charles Toutant |

Honeywell International has filed an antitrust suit in an effort to stop the proposed merger of two of its competitors in the smart home technology business.

Football

Stage Set for $112.5M Fee Fight in NFL Concussion Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Although the NFL concussion litigation has ended in a $1 billion settlement, a new dispute has kicked off as the players' attorneys rush to score a piece of the $112.5 million pot of legal fees.

Archer Revenue Up 4.6 Percent; PPP Jumps Nearly One-Third

By David Gialanella |

Archer & Greiner saw most financial metrics improve markedly in fiscal 2016, while the Haddonfield-based firm's attorney head count appears to have levelled off.

JAMS Fights Charges It Padded Former Judge's Business Bona Fides

By Ross Todd |

Suit against the ADR firm shows the complications that can follow when a litigant is also a customer.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau building in Washington, D.C.

In Trump Era, Law Firms Prepare for Less Work, and Hiring, From CFPB

By C. Ryan Barber |

A confluence of events, including Donald Trump's surprise victory, has shaken not only the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its cadre of lawyers but also the law firm practice groups that built up around enforcement actions and investigations tied to the agency. Law firm interest in CFPB lawyers is expected to wane in the Trump administration and practice groups rooted in the agency could be forced to pivot, focusing more time on other federal and state regulators, according to more than a dozen interviews with law firm partners and recruiters.

Judge Rules Invokana Litigation Should Remain in Federal Court

By Max Mitchell |

The litigation that began in state court over the diabetes drug Invokana should be handled in federal court, a district judge has ruled.

Jennifer Borg

Newspaper GC Continues Bridgegate Work, Joins NJ Firm

By David Gialanella |

Perhaps news is in Jennifer Borg's blood, as her family had owned North Jersey Media Group for generations. But life changed when the Borg family sold The Record and other assets to Gannett Co. last year. She's now back to limited private practice, joining Pashman Stein Walder Hayden of Hackensack as of counsel on Feb. 20.

Whistleblower Suit Accuses Chubb of Destroying Claims Evidence

By Charles Toutant |

A former vice president of claims for Chubb Corp. claims in a suit that he was fired for complaining about the destruction of evidence in cases the company was litigating. Meanwhile, the company has filed a separate complaint in federal court seeking to compel arbitration in the case.

Samuel Alito.

Justices Pose Tough Questions in Nursing Home Arbitration Case

By Tony Mauro |

Justice Samuel Alito Jr. said of the retirement home cases: "The context here seems different from the arbitration cases that we've had in recent years."