A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of Aug. 30-Sept. 5.
Adam Liptak | New York Times
The Supreme Court received more than 80 friend-of-the-court briefs in the Hobby Lobby case. Most of these filings, also called amicus briefs, were dull and repetitive recitations of familiar legal arguments. Others stood out. They presented fresh, factual information that put the case in a broader context. The justices are hungry for such data. Their opinions are increasingly studded with citations of facts they learned from amicus briefs.
Anthony J. Franze and R. Reeves Anderson | Supreme Court Brief
What do satirist P. J. O’Rourke, Senator Marco Rubio, the National Football League and 100 law professors have in common? They each filed friend-of-the-court briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2013-14 term. All told, the court received more than 800 amicus briefs in the 67 argued cases with signed opinions. That’s 24,000 pages or 7.2 million words — “War and Peace” a dozen times over. For court watchers, this should come as no surprise. In recent years, the justices have had a record number of “friends.” But in this, our fourth year analyzing the high court’s amicus docket for The National Law Journal, we did find a few surprises.
Melissa Lipman | Law360
With among the most dissents of any sitting commissioner, the Federal Trade Commission’s Joshua Wright has spent the last year and a half taking aim at “stale” thinking and trying to get economics better integrated into the antitrust enforcer’s work, he told Law360 in a recent interview.
Salvador Rizzo | The Star-Ledger
Gov. Chris Christie is asking a state judge to dismiss a flurry of lawsuits challenging a budget veto that reduced funding for public worker pensions from a once-promised $2.25 billion to $681 million.
Michael Booth | New Jersey Law Journal
A plaintiff in a New Jersey medical malpractice case whose claims were dismissed after the New Jersey Supreme Court changed the rules on qualifications for expert witnesses midstream should have been given the chance to find a new expert, an appeals court said.
Richard Cowen | NorthJersey.com
Responding to pressure from a grass-roots coalition, the city became the third in New Jersey to adopt an ordinance requiring all businesses to offer paid sick leave to employees.
Margaret Cronin Fisk, Laurel Brubaker Calkins and Jef Feeley | Bloomberg
BP acted with gross negligence in setting off the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, a federal judge ruled, handing down a long-awaited decision that may force the energy company to pay billions of dollars more for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.
Josh Dawsey | Wall Street Journal
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration is increasingly relying on outside lawyers – including some with close ties to Mr. Christie and administration officials – costing taxpayers more than $50 million since January 2013.
Ed Silverman | Wall Street Journal
Should a generic drug maker be held responsible for failing to immediately update its product labeling to match the equivalent brand-name medicine?
Mary Pat Gallagher | New Jersey Law Journal
Cahill Gordon & Reindel once again faces a putative class action that alleges it conspired with a client to destroy and conceal evidence in an effort to subvert asbestos suits brought in state courts throughout the U.S.