Powerful New Jersey businessman George E. Norcross III and his brother who is the chief executive officer of law firm Parker McCay have been criminally charged alongside others in a scheme to acquire waterfront property in the distressed city of Camden using threats of economic and reputational harm.
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NJ Power Broker, Firm CEO Brother Accused Of Racketeering

By George Woolston

Powerful New Jersey businessman George E. Norcross III and his brother who is the chief executive officer of law firm Parker McCay have been criminally charged alongside others in a scheme to acquire waterfront property in the distressed city of Camden using threats of economic and reputational harm.

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Kennedys Litigator Among 5 NJ Superior Court Nominees

By Jake Maher

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy's latest list of nominees for his state's Superior Court includes a Kennedys CMK litigator, a former congressional candidate in Hudson County and a Middlesex County assistant prosecutor who worked on the case of a Sayreville councilwoman who was murdered last year.

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NJ Firm Defends Lien On Ex-Client's Patents After Unpaid Bills

By Andrew Karpan

A major New Jersey law firm said it has a "common law" right to place a lien on its former client's patents without telling it, after the "failed" biopharmaceutical startup fired the firm and stopped paying its outstanding legal bills.

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NJ School District Settles Sex Abuse Suit For $2M

By Carla Baranauckas

A New Jersey school district has agreed to pay $2 million to an unidentified woman who claimed in a state court lawsuit that she was sexually abused by a former teacher when she was a 14 years old.

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Mifepristone Ruling Means End Of Texas DACA Suit, Feds Say

By Catherine Marfin

A Texas-led coalition of states doesn't have standing to challenge the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program after the U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster decision rejecting a challenge to the abortion drug mifepristone, the Biden administration told the Fifth Circuit on Monday.

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PEOPLE

McCarter & English Adds Armstrong Teasdale Real Estate Atty

By Jake Maher

McCarter & English added a partner in New York and New Jersey on Monday with experience in transactional real estate for healthcare industry clients and in guiding cannabis companies on compliance and commercial agreements.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

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Talc Claimants Want Documents In Fight Over J&J Unit Venue

By Alex Wittenberg

Cancer patients with talc damage claims against Johnson & Johnson have urged a New Jersey federal court to give them access to transcripts and exhibits from depositions of top executives at the company's talc unit, saying the information will aid their effort to bar the J&J spinoff from filing a third Chapter 11 outside the Garden State.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

The 2024 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey

Firms are making their attorneys happy in most areas of professional life, including culture and compensation, but stress is a constant struggle and many are taking minimal vacations, according to the latest survey from Law360 Pulse.

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Akin Elects US, London Duo To Take Over From Veteran Chair

By Ashish Sareen

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP said on Tuesday that it has elected the partner in charge of its New York office and a corporate specialist in London to jointly lead the firm as its longtime chair prepares to step down next year.

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NY High Court Denies Trump's Gag Order Appeal

By Frank G. Runyeon

New York state's highest court on Tuesday denied Donald Trump's rapid appeal of the gag order that limited his speech during his criminal hush money trial, finding it did not raise serious constitutional issues.

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Dems' Absences Bring Canceled Vote On Ore. Federal Judge

By Courtney Bublé

The Senate scrapped a vote on Tuesday for Magistrate Judge Mustafa Taher Kasubhai's nomination to a district court judgeship in the District of Oregon amid vast Republican opposition.

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Del. House Panel Splits On Senate-Passed Corp. Law Change

By Jeff Montgomery

A divided Delaware House committee released on Tuesday contested amendments to the state's general corporation law, sending the measure toward a full House vote after sometimes edgy testimony that included a committee chair's shutdown of an opposing law professor's reference to HBO's seamy corporate drama series "Succession."

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The 2 New Jersey Attys Ensnared In A Mogul's Extortion Rap

By George Woolston

New Jersey businessman George E. Norcross III may be the alleged mastermind of an extortion scheme to reap millions in tax credits on waterfront property in a distressed city, but an explosive indictment also reveals the purported roles of two attorneys with close ties to the Democratic Party.

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Panel Laments 'Hunger Games' Tactics In Mich. Judicial Races

By Carolyn Muyskens

A Michigan Court of Appeals panel has expressed concern that judicial candidates are weaponizing the complexity of Michigan's filing requirements to eliminate their competition, with one judge commenting that "contests for vacant judgeships all too often have turned into the Hunger Games." 

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McElroy Deutsch Says Exec Embezzled Money For Home

By Tracey Read

McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP has doubled down on its bid for a constructive trust on the home of two former executives accused of stealing from the firm.

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9 Firms Vie To Lead Suit Over Ad Tech Co.'s Microsoft Ties

By Sydney Price

Pomerantz LLP, Levi & Korsinsky LLP and several other firms have filed competing bids to lead a proposed shareholder class action alleging that shares of ad tech company Perion Network declined nearly 40% after its strategic partner Microsoft Bing "unilaterally" changed its search advertising pricing.

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Healthcare Tensions Equal Business For Litigation Funders

By Ryan Boysen

As rampant consolidation collides with inflation-squeezed margins in the American healthcare system, tensions between service providers and insurers are at the breaking point and increasingly boiling "over into litigation," providing opportunities for litigation funders, according to a new article by Burford Capital LLC.

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Ariz. County Says New Kari Lake Vote Claims Merit Sanctions

By Ali Sullivan

Maricopa County officials are slamming former gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake's bid to unravel a Ninth Circuit decision affirming the toss of her lawsuit over Arizona's voting machines, contending that the "fatally flawed" effort warrants sanctions.

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DC Bar Counsel Moves To Suspend Hunter Biden's Law License

By Alison Knezevich

Attorney disciplinary authorities in the nation's capital have moved to suspend Hunter Biden's license to practice law there after he was convicted of three federal gun charges last week.

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Dems Ask For Update On Justice Thomas Gifts Investigation

By Katie Buehler

A pair of Democratic lawmakers have asked the judiciary's governing body for an update on its review of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' failure to disclose years of luxury gifts and travel he received from conservative billionaires.

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Cuomo's Ex-Aide Details Sex Harrassment Claims In New Suit

By Dorothy Atkins

Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's onetime executive assistant has filed a civil lawsuit in New York state court, accusing Cuomo of "outrageous sex discrimination and retaliation" roughly two years after related misdemeanor charges over the alleged misconduct were dropped.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Afonso Archie

Akin Gump

Anderson & Shah

Armstrong Teasdale

Bernstein Liebhard

Block & Leviton

Brown & Connery

Burgess Law Group

Critchley Kinum

Cuti Hecker

Day Pitney

Florio Perrucci

Fox Rothschild

Glancy Prongay

Glavin PLLC

Holzer & Holzer

Kaplan Fox

Kennedys Law LLP

Levi & Korsinsky

Marino Tortorella

McCarter & English

McElroy Deutsch

Parker Daniels Kibort

Parker McCay

Pomerantz LLP

Poole Huffman

Ropes & Gray

Soloff & Zervanos

Winston & Strawn

Wolf Popper

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

American Hospital Association

Boston University

Burford Capital LLC

Conner Strong & Buckelew

Cooper Health System

De Novo

Envision Healthcare Corp.

Home Box Office Inc.

Johnson & Johnson

Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund

Microsoft Corp.

Moelis & Co.

New Jersey State Bar Association

Perion Network Ltd.

Rowan University

Sun Bancorp Inc.

The District of Columbia Bar

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

The Michaels Organization

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Twitter Inc.

U.S. Anesthesia Partners

U.S. Vision Inc.

United Way Worldwide Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Delaware River Port Authority

Federal Trade Commission

Food and Drug Administration

New Jersey Attorney General's Office

New York Attorney General's Office

Texas Attorney General's Office

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court