A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of April 11-17.
Jenna Pizzi | Times of Trenton
A New Jersey judge threw out a lawsuit challenging Trenton’s paid sick leave law Thursday and ruled the city is entitled to protect the health of its citizens by requiring businesses to give employees paid sick days.
Richard Samp | Washington Legal Foundation
Federal courts have been inundated in recent years by suits filed by plaintiffs who have suffered no injury but who allege that a federal statute provides them with “standing” to sue for alleged violations of federal law. Such lawsuits can be extremely lucrative for the plaintiffs’ bar when the statute provides for an award of statutory damages (typically, $100 to $1,000) for each violation; by filing their suits as nationwide class actions, attorneys can often plausibly seek to recover billions of dollars. The Supreme Court may soon make it much more difficult for such suits to survive a motion to dismiss.
R. William Potter | NJ Spotlight
As Gov. Chris Christie continues his undeclared campaign to be named the Republican Party nominee for president in 2016, his record in office will eventually take center stage. GOP primary voters are entitled to draw inferences about what kind of president he would make based upon his years as New Jersey’s governor, a uniquely powerful position that conservative columnist George Will has described as “an American Caesar.”
Joe Cutter | 101.5
New Jersey is the second worst state for doctors in the U.S., according to a report released on March 30 by WalletHub.com.
Eric DeGesero | The Star-Ledger
Paid sick leave is being sold as a way to help low-wage workers and protect public health. The reality of bill A-2354 is far different.