A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for February 3-9.


N.J. Judges Could Get $24K Pay Raise

Matt Arco | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

A plan to give hundreds of judges and top officials in New Jersey pay raises is back. Except this time, it’s not tied to a book deal for Chris Christie. The bill (S1229) cleared its first hurdle Monday when approved by a state Senate panel. The measure would gives judges and county prosecutors a $24,000 pay increase over three years and let members of the governor’s cabinet earn the same paycheck as Gov. Phil Murphy: $175,000 — a $34,000 jump from their current salaries.

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Concert Booker Not Liable for Patron’s Injury

Walter Olson | Overlawyered

“The Alabama Supreme Court says a man can’t go forward with his lawsuit against a company involved in booking a death metal concert where he was injured.” The plaintiff said he was thrown to the ground during the Mobile event and suffered serious spinal injuries. “The decision says ICM Partners received a $250 commission for booking the band but had no other involvement.”

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Food Class Action Settlement Returns No Money to Class Members

U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform

A class action settlement will force Bumble Bee Foods to change the wording on its canned salmon product while giving no money to class members… As part of the settlement, the company will change the wording from “smoked” to “smoke-flavored.” In addition to changing the wording of the package, Bumble Bee will also pay up to $85,000 for fees. Class members will not get a monetary benefit from the settlement.

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