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Revel AC Casino Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, With $250M In Financing Lined Up

TRENTON, N.J. - Bankrupt casino Revel AC Inc. on March 26 filed a disclosure statement for its joint plan of reorganization a day after it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey in which it says it ...read more

Judge Says Genuine Issues Of Fact Remain In Retrocessional Reinsurance Dispute

TRENTON, N.J. - A federal judge in New Jersey on March 28 granted summary judgment in part on a motion for reconsideration of an earlier decision but noted that regarding certain retrocessional reinsurance claims, there are genuine issues of material ...read more

New Jersey Court Affirms Dismissal, Finds Landlords Properly Remediated Mold

TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey court on April 9 affirmed a trial court's decision that dismissed an action against a landlord and a management company, finding that the record did not support claims asserted by tenants that they allowed mold growth ...read more

Fosamax Femur Fracture Experts Allowed In As 2nd MDL Trial Gets Under Way In N.J.

TRENTON, N.J. - Two days into trial, a New Jersey federal judge presiding over the second Fosamax femur fracture trial denied Merck Sharp and Dohme Corp.'s motion to exclude causation testimony by four plaintiff expert witnesses (In Re: Fosamax $ ...read more

Judge Orders Insurer And Reinsurer To Arbitrate $2.1 Million Dispute

TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge granted a motion to dismiss a breach of contract suit and ordered the parties to arbitrate their dispute, saying in an unpublished opinion issued April 11 that a reinsurance agreement's arbitration clause ...read more

G-I Holdings Settles Environmental Claims For Tennessee Site

NEWARK, N.J. - Reorganized Chapter 11 debtor G-I Holdings Inc. will pay $129,000 to settle claims related to environmental damage at a Tennessee site, according to a stipulation and order entered April 12 in New Jersey federal bankruptcy court (In re ...read more

New Jersey Judge Deems Blogger To Be Journalist And Protected By Shield Law

ELIZABETH, N.J. - A blogger has made the necessary prima facie showing that her online posts qualify as journalism per the standards of Too Much Media LLC v. Hale (206 N.J. 209 $(2011$)), a New Jersey judge ruled April 12, finding that, as such, the blogger ...read more

New Jersey NuvaRing Judge Grants Summary Judgment In 7 Bellwether Cases

HACKENSACK, N.J. - A New Jersey judge presiding over the state's centralized NuvaRing blood clot litigation on April 18 granted summary judgment in all remaining cases in the first group of bellwether cases, finding that while the plaintiffs have ...read more

Federal Judge Dismisses 4 Defendants In Payment Dispute; 7 Defendants Remain

NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on April 17 dismissed claims against four health care payers in a reimbursement dispute, saying that either the defendants were not subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act or were not proper parties; ...read more

Judge Refuses To Dismiss Breach Of Contract Claim In Discrimination Coverage Suit

CAMDEN, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on April 22 denied an insurer's motion to dismiss a breach of contract claim in an insured's lawsuit seeking coverage for an underlying gender discrimination lawsuit brought by a former employee but granted ...read more

Ore. Federal Judge Says N.J. Punitives Law Applies In Zometa Jaw Injury Case

PORTLAND, Ore. - An Oregon woman who claims that Zometa caused her jaw injury cannot claim punitive damages against defendant Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. because they are prohibited by New Jersey state law, an Oregon federal judge ruled April 22 (Patricia ...read more

Merck Wins Defense Verdict In 1st Fosamax Femur Case To Go To Verdict

TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey federal jury on April 29 quickly found that Fosamax did not cause a plaintiff's femur fracture, the first verdict in a case in which a plaintiff claims that the osteoporosis drug weakened her thigh bone (In Re: Fosamax ...read more

Appeals Panel Reverses Ruling Denying Workers' Compensation Insurance Benefits To Employee

TRENTON, N.J. - A limitation extends to the obligations for an insolvent member of the New Jersey Self-Insurers Guaranty Association and not for the occurrence of compensable accidents, a New Jersey appeals panel held April 30, reversing and remanding ...read more

Judge Trims Claims In Grocery Store Chain Securities Class Action

NEWARK, N.J. - A federal judge in New Jersey on April 30 trimmed federal securities law claims brought by lead plaintiffs in a securities class action lawsuit who allege that a grocery store chain and others misrepresented the company's business and ...read more

Johnson & Johnson Seeks To Centralize N.Y. State Court Tylenol Liver Injury Cases

TRENTON, N.J. - McNeil-PPC Inc. and parent company Johnson & Johnson have asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to centralize all state court Tylenol liver injury cases before Judge Jessica Mayer in the Middlesex County Superior Court, according to a ...read more

N.J. Judge Finds State's Interests Favor Protection Of Unfiled Expert Transcripts

TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey state court judge on May 14 ruled that unfiled transcripts from depositions of environmental experts for ExxonMobil Corp. should not be produced to a law firm, after finding that the state's interest in protecting the ...read more

New Jersey Jury Finds For Defendant Novartis In Zometa Jaw Injury Trial

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - A New Jersey state court jury on May 15 returned a defense verdict for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. in a Zometa jaw injury case, a source told Mealey Publications (Beverly Meng v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., No. MID-L-7670 ...read more

Federal Circuit Reverses Construction, Remands Patent Dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A New Jersey federal judge "misinterpreted" various claims of a patented drug used as an active ingredient in antihistamines, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled May 20 (Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc., et al. v. ...read more

Federal Judge Grants Summary Judgment To Receiver In Ponzi Scheme Suit

NEWARK, N.J. - The conveyance of mortgages to certain parties was "a transfer of assets made with an actual intent to hinder, delay, or defraud" the unsecured creditors of a limited liability company alleged to have operated a Ponzi scheme, ...read more

Health Insurer Granted Summary Judgment In Denial Of Benefits Suit

NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on May 22 granted summary judgment in favor of a health insurer in a wrongful denial of benefits suit, saying that the defendant's decision to deny benefits was not arbitrary and capricious (Montvale Surgical ...read more

Court Reverses Ruling Allowing Amended Claim But Suggests Alternative

NEW YORK - Statutes governing The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey liability bar a widow's attempts to amend am asbestos personal injury complaint to allege wrongful death, but on remand she may seek to commence such an action based on a ...read more

N.J. Supreme Court Centralizes State Mirena IUD Cases In Bergen County

TRENTON, N.J. - The New Jersey Supreme Court on May 24 granted a renewed application to centralize all state court cases involving the Mirena hormonal intrauterine device, according to a notice posted online by the court (In Re Mirena Litigation, No. ...read more

Judge Finds Company Can Pursue CERCLA Claims For Displaced Radiological Waste

TRENTON, N.J. - A federal judge in New Jersey on May 28 found that a plaintiff company sufficiently stated claims for arranger liability and cost recovery under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act over the presence ...read more

N.J. Federal Judge Denies Dismissal Of Qui Tam Case For Spinal Stimulators

NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey federal judge on May 31 denied a motion by a Boston Scientific Corp. subsidiary to dismiss a False Claims Act complaint by two former employees that the subsidiary manipulated billing codes to get federal health care programs ...read more

Judge Allows Lead Plaintiffs To Amend Complaint In Merck Securities Lawsuit

NEWARK, N.J. - In an opinion made available on June 3, a federal judge in New Jersey granted in part and denied in part lead plaintiffs' motion to file a sixth amended complaint in a securities class action lawsuit against Merck & Co. Inc. and ...read more