A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for Dec. 20 – Jan. 2.


New York Woman Sues Police for Not Arresting Son

NBC 4 New York

A Long Island woman says in a lawsuit that her 29-year-old son died in a drunken driving crash because police decided not to arrest him on DWI charges earlier that night.

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No Way That Vodka’s Handmade, Jersey Guys’ Lawsuit Claims

Thomas Zambito | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

A couple of New Jersey guys are out to prove a Texas company’s boast that it distills its vodka in an “old-fashioned pot still” is a lie.

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Business Groups Urge Revision of NJ Consumer Fraud Act

Phil Gregory | WBGO News

Business groups are urging New Jersey lawmakers to make some revisions in the state’s consumer protection act.

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NJ High Court Takes On Arbitration, Atty Conduct In 2014

Martin Bricketto | Law360

A ruling exposing arbitration provisions to tougher scrutiny was perhaps the New Jersey Supreme Court’s furthest-reaching decision in the latter half of 2014, though the justices also broadly shielded information shared between lawyers for clients with common interests and took a hard line on bribery-related attorney discipline.

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Change of Judge Improves Atlantic County Court, Says Judicial Hellholes Report

Kevin Post | Press of Atlantic City

The annual Judicial Hellholes report released last week reported improvement in Atlantic County, which it usually pillories for favoring plaintiffs and their lawyers, particularly in class-action lawsuits.

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Personal Injury Lawyer Says Google’s Driverless Car Bad for Business

Jacob Gershman | Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog

Will Google’s self-driving car put a dent in personal-injury lawsuits?

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NJ Mass Torts Saw Shake-Ups, Settlements, Key Rulings in 2014

Mary Pat Gallagher | New Jersey Law Journal

New Jersey’s pharmaceutical and biotech industry has long made the state a hub for mass-tort litigation, with thousands of cases pending at any one time against New Jersey-based companies like Johnson & Johnson, Stryker Orthopaedics, Organon and their subsidiaries.

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Judge Tosses 600 Accutane Suits for Lack of Discovery

Mary Pat Gallagher | New Jersey Law Journal

More than 600 lawsuits over the acne drug Accutane that were centralized in Atlantic County have been thrown out for failure to provide discovery.

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