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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.
The New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday recommended approval of 13 nominations to the state Superior Court and one nomination to the Office of Administrative Law.
A former corporation counsel for Newark has claimed in a whistleblower suit that he was fired after objecting to terms of a deal between the city and a developer.
New Jersey senators on Monday sent a bill to Republican Gov. Christie that, if signed, would greatly expand the state's eight-year-old paid family leave program.
The New Jersey Senate on Monday gave final legislative approval to a bill that is intended to promote pay equity for women by prohibiting employers from asking prospective employees about their wage histories.
Deadline for annual foundation art show July 14
A recap of recently published articles for NJSBA section newsletters
The NJSBA Board of Trustees voted on a series of measures including a budget, diversity, and comments on rule changes when it met on June 16
Amazon is a participant in the OnRamp Fellowship program for women attorneys who want to re-enter the workforce after time off.
A former corrections officer who was forced to retire after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis has secured an $11.8 million jury verdict, including $10 million in punitives, in Mercer County Superior Court.
Some lawmakers equated the drug ads to political advertisements, which may have a kernel of truth, but lack enough information to make a sound decision.
Adam Jed of DOJ’s Civil Division has argued in circuit courts around the country. Special Counsel Robert Mueller III added another appellate specialist to his legal team that is investigating Russia’s interference with the U.S. presidential election last year.
The New Jersey Assembly on Thursday gave final legislative approval to a bill that would impose rules and regulations on the growing practice of "telemedicine," where patients remotely receive medical evaluations or counseling from health care providers.
In less than a year, Big Law has seen at least three lateral hires go seriously, even criminally, awry.
A new report from ALM Intelligence and Morrison & Foerster shows just what is keeping GCs up at night.
Rider University is facing a suit over its plans to undo its 1992 merger with Westminster Choir College of Princeton and to sell the music school and its campus.
The New Jersey Assembly on Thursday passed legislation designed to expand the state's 8-year-old paid family leave program.
Lawyers handling drug-defect suits say New Jersey courts could see an uptick in volume of pharmaceutical and medical device suits in light of this week's Supreme Court ruling in a California case that narrowed access to jurisdiction for out-of-state plaintiffs.
Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, which appears to be in a sort of growth mode of late, has snagged three lawyers from health care boutique Kern Augustine, including its managing partner.
In a rare self-reversal, the New Jersey Supreme Court has overturned its five-year-old ruling that permitted appeals courts judges to use their own judgment in reviewing decisions made by trial judges regarding the admissibility of evidence in criminal trials.
A joint opinion by three New Jersey Supreme Court committees has blacklisted three web-based services that match litigants with attorneys.
Former Major League Baseball pitcher Mitch Williams was awarded $1.5 million by a state court jury in Camden Tuesday in his breach of contract suit against MLB Network.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has nominated nine lawyers to various judicial positions, including seven to the Superior Court bench. He also has nominated an appeals court judge for tenure.
The New Jersey Law Journal, with the help of an outside panel of distinguished members of the legal community, has named Alexander Shalom Attorney of the Year. Shalom's selection from a panel of three finalists was announced Tuesday evening at the Law Journal's Professional Excellence event.
First Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino has been tapped by Attorney General Christopher Porrino to replace Carolyn Murray as the acting county prosecutor.
Lawyers squared off before the New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday over whether Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, the state's largest health insurer, can proceed with its planned rollout of its two-tiered Omnia Health Alliance Insurance Plan.
The Supreme Court of New Jersey has ruled that individual fields of data from electronically stored public records are subject to disclosure under the Open Public Records Act.
As speculation proved true that a 2015 Tax Court decision providing for taxation of nonprofit hospitals would result in a wave of litigation, lawmakers are once again trying to solve the problem in Trenton.
The New Jersey Senate on Monday gave final legislative approval to a bill that would impose taxes on the burgeoning home-sharing industry.
A nonprofit organization named Concerned Veterans for America has begun running an ad asking readers to call their senators and urge a vote in favor of Stephanos Bibas, a Penn Law professor who was recently nominated to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
A high-profile trademark fight centered on the Asian-American rock band The Slants ended Monday with a ruling that the Lanham Act’s prohibition against “disparaging” marks violates the First Amendment.
In a win for the corporate defense bar, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened jurisdictional rules that determine where companies can be sued.
A committee of the New Jersey Assembly has recommended passage of a bill that would greatly expand the state's 8-year-old paid family leave program.
New Jersey lawmakers may help travelers quench their thirsts in the wee hours of the morning at Newark Liberty International Airport.
An appeals court has ruled that two consecutive suits by a criminal defendant against his defense attorneys in the same case do not constitute a violation of the entire controversy doctrine.
NJSBA's 7th Annual Diversity Summit Advances Discussion on Fighting Discrimination in Legal Profession and Society
The NJSBA's Diversity Summit attracted more than 130 legal professionals to examine the imprint of blatant bias on the nation 50 years ago and the institutionalized variety that persists today.
The recently released June issue of New Jersey Lawyer, the bi-monthly magazine of the NJSBA, takes a close look at an extremely topical subject: national security and civil rights.
A round-up of action from Trenton, including NJSBA members offering expertise on municipal court issues.
New Jersey lawmakers took a step forward Monday on legislation opposing President Trump's immigration policies—which would use state funds to reimburse local governments for federal funds they may lose if they declare themselves sanctuary cities.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to determine whether Princeton-based Heartland Payment Systems will be allowed to collect more than $2 million in counsel fees after it successfully fought an ex-employee's whistleblower and breach-of-contract lawsuit.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that Maplewood attorney John Sogliuzzo is liable for damages for using undue influence to take $391,000 from an elderly relative.
A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that Gov. Chris Christie does not have to turn over correspondence with a nonprofit group that assisted with his unsuccessful presidential bid.
Forty years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court held that lawyers had a First Amendment right to advertise their services—likely to the dismay of late-night TV viewers everywhere.
The French word "fonctionnairisme" is the bureaucratic culture of doing your job without regard to the politics of those in charge. Former FBI Director James Comey has given us a look at the American version of fonctionnairisme. He is a fonctionnaire clean down to the bone.
S-677 would require that a racial and ethnic impact statement be prepared for legislation and new rules that would affect pretrial detention, sentencing, probation, or parole policies concerning adults and juveniles. We urge the governor to sign S-677 without delay.
The New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller has nearly unfettered authority to conduct random audits of any government agency, and does not have to explain its reasons why it decides to conduct an audit, a state appeals court said in a published decision.
A federal appeals court held that a district judge was wrong to rule on a motion to dismiss before considering whether the dispute had to be resolved through arbitration.
A disbarred New Jersey lawyer accused of helping himself to large sums of client funds has succeeded in defeating one of the most serious charges against him—and in the process prompted an appeals court to shed some light on how the money laundering statute applies to attorney account misuse.
The primary certifying body for osteopathic physicians is set to proceed to discovery in a fraud and antitrust suit in the District of New Jersey after a federal judge in Camden denied the association's motions to dismiss a suit by doctors.
A state appellate panel has indefinitely suspended the law license of William Baroni Jr., a former Port Authority official and one of the key figures behind the Bridgegate scandal that helped crush the presidential hopes of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor accusing the operator of 17 Houlihan's restaurants in New Jersey and New York of illegally pocketing portions of servers' and bartenders' tips, and failing to pay them for working overtime.
A new ACC survey indicates that a higher percentage of women than men occupy lower-level categories when it comes to in-house salaries.
Civil litigators and corporate counsel can almost taste victory in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California, seen as the term's most important case on jurisdiction.
Kasowitz's career-defining undertaking in Washington, D.C., has raised new questions about the trajectory of his New York firm.
A federal judge in Camden has tossed some claims for malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty against Archer & Greiner and two of its lawyers arising from their representation of the former general counsel of a vacation time-share company.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday nominated five lawyers to be judges of the Superior Court, the Office of Administrative Law and the Workers' Compensation Court.
An investment adviser's legal malpractice claims against New Jersey firm Bressler, Amery & Ross are precluded by prior arbitration against his employer, a state appeals court has ruled.
The apps keep coming, but do most clients care?
New Jersey is one step closer to imposing regulations on the burgeoning practice of "telemedicine," where patients remotely receive medical evaluations or counseling from their health care providers.
A U.S. magistrate judge in Newark has approved a $1.2 million settlement of an overtime suit against Galaxy Recycling of Jersey City on behalf of residential trash collectors who claimed they were denied overtime pay.
The New Jersey Law Journal's Distinguished Leaders honorees.
Some attorneys have begun to embrace relaxation techniques, such as meditation and yoga
A New Jersey craft beer wholesaler has agreed to pay $2 million and surrender its license to settle claims of anti-competitive trade practices.
A federal judge has dismissed a putative class action against clothing company J. Crew Group Inc. claiming the company issued receipts that were too revealing.
Even in a rapidly developing career, 2016 was a particularly significant year for ACLU-NJ senior counsel Alexander Shalom, including successful representations in the areas of juvenile justice and New Jersey's new bail system.
Seeing three family cases through to the New Jersey Supreme Court in roughly one year is a remarkable feat by any measure. But Matheu Nunn says an opportunity to make law isn't always good for the client.
New Jersey Law Journal's 2017 New Leaders
A man who lost a leg after his motorcycle collided with a delivery van settled his Essex County suit, Bodanski v. Kontos Foods, on May 12 for $1.7 million.
No New Jersey ethics opinion has yet addressed ethics issues in regard to social media. We urge the Supreme Court to assign this matter for consideration to the most appropriate committee.
A New Jersey appeals court has ordered a new trial for a former Rutgers University professor now serving prison time for having a sexual relationship with a mentally disabled man related to one of her students.
McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter has expanded into Florida, with the addition of a litigation lateral with whom the firm has a long history.
A federal judge has ordered a Pennsylvania doctor and her husband to pay Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. $1.87 million in fee sanctions and counterclaim damages in a discrimination lawsuit that was deemed to have been lodged in bad faith.
New Jersey residents have the right to walk around their homes and answer the door with a weapon—including those other than firearms—so long as they are not using them in a threatening manner.
President Donald Trump tweeted his choice for the new FBI director Wednesday morning – former prosecutor Christopher Wray, now with Atlanta's King & Spalding.
The state Attorney General's Office may not issue administrative subpoenas in qui tam cases after the statutory deadline for government participation has passed, the New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled.
A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in New Jersey claims the Obama-era worker-overtime rule is still in effect, despite a federal court's injunction, and companies that decided not to comply are violating federal labor laws.
A New Jersey legislative committee has recommended passage of a bill that would provide immunity from civil damages for first responders who cause property damage during an emergency forced entry.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to determine whether a county's policy of giving historic preservation grants to local churches violates state constitutional requirements mandating the separation of church and state.
The White House has tapped lawyers from Dechert, Kirkland & Ellis, McGuireWoods and Greenberg Traurig for executive branch roles.
The state Supreme Court has been asked to reinstate a $166 million verdict against the state in the case of a child who was severely abused by his father after child-welfare authorities left him in the father's custody.
The Appellate Division has ordered a new trial for a defendant convicted of passing bad checks after finding that the trial judge misapplied the applicable law on self-representation in criminal cases.
Lawyers and activists protested to New Jersey lawmakers on Monday about the federal government's recent moves to seize and detain undocumented immigrants who appear at the state's courthouses.
An insurance company owed no duty to defend the Montville School District in a suit by an alleged victim of molestation committed by a former teacher, a federal judge in Newark has ruled.
State bar to host program on Saudi women
State bar offers insight on proposed court rules
A look at NJSBA members' blogs
Status report provided by the New Jersey State Bar Association: A review of eCourts across the state system
The employee retirement plans of religious-affiliated nonprofits are exempt from the protections and requirements of the federal pension law, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday. The decision was a blow to multimillion-dollar class actions that seek to hold those plans liable for violating the federal law.
It is just a matter of time before the basic right to be treated with dignity and respect without regard to gender identity or sexual orientation will be accepted federal law, as it already is by statute in 19 states.
In KindredNursing Centers L.P. v. Clark, the U.S. Supreme Court's "we really mean it" tone must be taken to heart in New Jersey.
A committee of the New Jersey Senate has recommended passage of a bill, aiming to promote pay equity for women, that would bar employers from asking would-be workers about their wage histories.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has rejected attempts to revive 315 scuttled cases against Pfizer over claims that its anxiety medication Zoloft caused birth defects.
Pointing to a rise in the use of outside financiers in lawsuits, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is petitioning the federal judiciary to adopt a nationwide disclosure requirement for third-party litigation funding.
A federal judge in Newark has denied challenges from plaintiffs' and defense attorneys to expert witnesses who offered opinion evidence on how to verify individual claims and to calculate damages in claims over alleged mislabeling of orange juice.
Gov. Chris Christie nominated seven—including Gregory Acquaviva, his chief counsel since March—to the Superior Court bench. He also nominated a sitting Superior Court judge and a Tax Court judge for tenure.
A consumer who is granted a refund for the purchase of her car through the manufacturer's arbitration program may reject that remedy and file a Lemon Law suit for the sole purpose of pursuing a fee award, the Appellate Division ruled Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp in Trenton, presiding over his first MDL, will be handling dozens of claims that FieldTurf USA's astroturf doesn't last its guaranteed life span.
In an issue of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that the Bankruptcy Code permits judges to grant a grace period for debtors to make up payment shortfalls in their installment plans to pay off debts.
A New Jersey appeals court ruled Thursday that injured motorists who opted for the $15,000 minimum in personal-injury-protection benefits in their insurance policies may recover medical expenses exceeding that amount.
The median salary earned by first years this year was $135,000—the same number as 2015, according to new data from the National Association for Law Placement.
A federal judge has ruled that a qui tam suit on behalf of more than two dozen states, accusing a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary of off-label marketing of HIV/AIDS drugs, can move ahead in pared-down form.
Reed Smith has brought on two lawyers from Dentons to lead a new practice area in aviation and aerospace finance and commercial space business, extending a string of recent lateral moves in aviation law.
Seven lawyers from LeClairRyan's Newark office focused on health care law and insurance defense have jumped to Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith.
The U.S. Supreme Court has declared its frustration with state courts that fail to share its views on arbitration, but opinions differ on whether its latest ruling on the subject will compel the New Jersey Supreme Court to change directions. The justices' May 15 decision in "Kindred Nursing Centers v. Clark" was seen as a rebuke to state courts that strike down arbitration agreements. New Jersey's Supreme Court finds itself squarely in the middle of the conflict with a series of decisions limiting application of arbitration clauses in recent years.
Bernards Township has agreed to pay $3.25 million to settle litigation over its denial of an application to build a mosque.
Some dads say they're getting more support from their colleagues to take time off. They're also benefiting from an increasing base of other dads at their firms who have forged a path to make paternity leave more mainstream.
Gov. Chris Christie has nominated six to the bench: three for Superior Court, two for the Workers' Compensation Court and one for the Office of Administrative Law.
Plaintiffs suing Merck over its shingles vaccine Zostavax have lost the fight to have their cases heard in state court, after a judge determined one defendants was fraudulently joined.
With many celebrating the recent TC Heartland decision as a shake-up that may loosen the Eastern District of Texas' grip on patent infringement suits, in-house lawyers are faced with questions around if–and how–patent strategies should change.
NJSBA president looks at year ahead
Upcoming events of interest to NJSBA members