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New Jersey’s Business Court Continues to Evolve with Its Own Court Rules

In 2015 our New Jersey Supreme Court created a new path for business disputes and commercial litigation. The Complex Business Litigation Program (CBLP) was instituted throughout the trial division of the court system.  The CBLP required each county to appoint a “business judge” to supervise, manage and adjudicate commercial and business cases, as well as...
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When Is a Child Considered “Endangered” According to NJ Law

There are several statutes in New Jersey that our legislature has enacted to prosecute crimes against children. One such statute is N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4; Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a crime which can carry a mandatory prison term between 5-10 years if it is charged in the second degree. Under subsection (a)(1) of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4, it is a...
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New York State and NYC Sexual Harassment Laws:  How Employers Need to Respond

New York State and New York City have both introduced comprehensive legislation in a robust effort to prevent sexual harassment at work. The proposed laws were crafted in response to the national #MeToo social movement and the growing number of sexual harassment complaints that are being raised on a daily basis in the United States....
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The Cotto Case:  What NJ Employers Need to Know About the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA)

Despite the Federal Controlled Substances Act prohibition of marijuana for any use or purpose, as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, it is the trend among the majority of the states, including New Jersey, to permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes. In addition, some states, such as Colorado, permit marijuana use for recreational purposes...
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What Does ‘Janus’ Mean for NJ and Its Public Union Membership?

This article originally appeared in the New Jersey Law Journal. In Janus, a 5-4 conservative majority reversed the long-standing right of public sector unions set forth in 'Abood,' to collect fair share agency fees from public employees who chose not to join the union. Under law, private, municipal, state and federal employees have the guaranteed right to...
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New Jersey Supreme Court Sets Higher Standards For Expert Opinions

On August 1, 2018 in an important decision on the scope of expert opinions, the New Jersey Supreme Court excluded plaintiff’s expert testimony in a mass tort case alleging that the pharmaceutical giant Hoffmann-La Roche’s anti-acne drug Accutane led to development of Crohn’s disease. The case is entitled: In Re: Accutane Litigation. The unanimous ruling...
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