A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of Jan. 10-16.


NJ Bankruptcy Court Undergoing ‘Generational Change’

Mary Pat Gallagher | New Jersey Law Journal

In what one lawyer termed a “generational change,” New Jersey’s bankruptcy court is in the process of being remade due to a series of retirements and one death that by mid-2015 will have led to the loss of six of its nine judges within a two-year period.

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Be Nice to Your Interns: They Could Get More Legal Rights Soon

Matt Friedman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Interns in New Jersey would get the same legal protection as employees under a bill advancing through the state Legislature.

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Beer Lovers Torpedo Lagunitas Lawsuit Against Sierra Nevada

Jonathan Kauffman and Steve Rubenstein | SF Gate

Trademark-infringement lawsuits rarely garner more than a disinterested shrug, but when one of Northern California’s best-known craft brewers sues another over a beer label, furious drinkers take to the tweets.

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Woman Sues Because Tights Didn’t Bring Her to Orgasm

Selim Algar | NY Post

At least they didn’t ​promise they’d call her in the morning.

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J&J Says Women Being Illegally Solicited to Join in Mesh Lawsuits

Jessica Dye | Reuters

Johnson & Johnson said in a court filing on Wednesday that women are being illegally solicited by unknown callers trying to persuade them to sue over transvaginal mesh devices, which are the subject of more than 35,000 lawsuits against its Ethicon Inc subsidiary.

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Garlock Deal With Future Asbestos Claimants Sets Up Battle With Present Ones

Daniel Fisher | Forbes

Garlock Sealing Technologies just announced a precedent-setting agreement to settle all claims by future asbestos claimants against the company, setting up a battle with lawyers representing current claimants who may want to keep more of that money for themselves. But by securing the assent of its largest single group of creditors, the EnPro Industries unit says it believes it has the votes necessary to exit bankruptcy.

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Former GPD Officer Files Lawsuit After Gunstore Incident

Jake Boswell | WBKO

A former Glasgow police officer is suing a Barren County gun store after being handed a loaded gun from under the counter and accidentally shooting his finger off.

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By Restricting Charity Deals, Appeals Courts Improve Class Actions

Alison Frankel | Reuters

I am sure that Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, which provides free help to low-income and elderly folks in and around St. Louis, could have done a lot of good with the $2.3 or so million it was designated to receive from the settlement fund in a long-running securities class action over the 1998 merger that created Bank of America. But if you believe in the long-term future of class actions, you should welcome an 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision last week that said that Legal Services isn’t entitled to the money.

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Wal-Mart Sued Over Baking-Soda Ads

Lisa Hoffman | The National Law Journal

Alleging Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has engaged in a scheme to defraud online shoppers, a New Jersey consumer is taking the company to court for an alleged bait-and-switch involving baking soda.

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