A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of Aug. 2-8.
David Voreacos and Jef Feeley | Bloomberg
Roche Holding AG (ROG) won reversal of a $2.1 million verdict by a New Jersey jury in favor of a California woman who blamed the company’s Accutane acne drug for her inflammatory bowel disease.
Sindhu Sundar | Law 360
The New Jersey Appellate Division on Monday affirmed a jury verdict in favor of pharmaceuticals giant Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. in a suit over the alleged inflammatory bowel disease risks of its acne drug Accutane that had been brought by James David Marshall, who starred in the cult classic television show “Twin Peaks.”
Mary Pat Gallagher | New Jersey Law Journal
A New Jersey trial judge has found a mortgage lender liable under New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act for providing a home refinance loan to a 70-year-old borrower it should have known would be unable to make the payments.
Assemblyman Joseph A. Lagana (D-Bergen/Passaic) has introduced a bill that would allow more retired judges to be temporarily brought back to the bench to help ease backlogs created by judicial retirements that are threatening to delay family and civil trials in Bergen County.
David Gialanella | New Jersey Law Journal
A putative class action recently filed in New Jersey court accuses the Department of Labor of purposely confounding those seeking unemployment benefits—including by failing to advise them of their right to counsel.
Martin Bricketto | Law 260
New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court will soon limit civil division trials to grapple with judicial vacancies that are expected to grow next month, the vicinage’s top judge said in correspondence posted Monday.
Mike Davis | Times of Trenton
Walter Steele believes a brand new Wawa that would be built within shouting distance of his own service station would force him out of business. Now, he’s filed suit against the township zoning board in an attempt to shut down the project.
David W. Dunlap | New York Times
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has a “great concern.” It is not about the state of the region’s airports. Or the difficulties of rebuilding the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. Or the growing perception that politics has driven the agency’s decision making. No, what is troublesome is that Fishs Eddy, a well-known housewares store at Broadway and 19th Street, is “unfairly reaping a benefit from an association with the Port Authority and the attacks” of Sept. 11. How? By selling two lines of goods — “212 New York Skyline” and “Bridge and Tunnel” — that are adorned with fanciful, cartoonish depictions of the twin towers, the new 1 World Trade Center and the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, labeled with their names, all of which the agency claims as its own assets.