A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of February 27-March 4.


Christie Re-Nominates Bauman for NJ Supreme Court

On Monday, February 29, Gov. Christie held a press conference to announce that he is nominating Superior Court Judge David Bauman of Monmouth County to the New Jersey Supreme Court. Christie had previously nominated Bauman in 2012, but the Senate failed to act on the nomination.

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Hollywood’s Rating System Blamed in Class Action Lawsuit for Smoking-Related Deaths

Eriq Gardner | The Hollywood Reporter

On Thursday, the Motion Picture Association of America as well as its studio members and the National Association of Theatre Owners were hit with a proposed class action lawsuit that, if accepted by a judge and not barred by the First Amendment, would greatly expand the legal responsibilities of the filmmaking industry.

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Cop Hurt During Arrest at Foreclosed House Sues Bank

Kathianne Boniello | New York Post

An NYPD cop hurt while raiding a Queens home is suing a bank for allowing the property to fall into the hands of criminals.

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Beer Drinkers Call Coors Light Ads Misleading

Monica Pais | Courthouse News Service

MillerCoors deceptively marketed and sold its “Coors Light” beer as being exclusively brewed in the Rocky Mountains when in reality it’s made in other breweries nowhere near the mountains, a class action claims.

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$72M Missouri Talc Verdict Won’t Ensure Win for NJ Plaintiffs

Charles Toutant | New Jersey Law Journal

A recent $72 million Missouri verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a suit linking a woman’s death from ovarian cancer to her use of the company’s talc-based powders was welcomed by lawyers who have similar cases in New Jersey. But one verdict, however substantial, is not enough to sway the course of a mass tort with hundreds of plaintiffs, those lawyers warned.

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