A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of March 18-24.


LETTER: Frivolous Lawsuits Costly To Taxpayers

Gerry Scharfenberger, Mayor Middletown Township | Asbury Park Press

Whenever the drivers of New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes are debated, the finger is rarely pointed at frivolous or meritless lawsuits. These destructive lawsuits are an unfortunate part of municipal life, which have the ability to negatively impact the local budget in a number of ways.

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Phoney Lawsuits: How A Polish Immigrant [In New Jersey] Sued His Way To An Alleged $800K

John O’Brien | Forbes

In a federal court in New Jersey, a company targeted by a Polish immigrant who has filed more than 30 lawsuits is trying to avoid contributing to his apparently growing bank account.

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Warning: Lawyers May Be Hazardous To Your Health

Stephen McConnell | Drug & Device Law Blog

Most of the cases we defend involve claims of inadequate warnings.  What makes a warning inadequate?  Falsehood is the first thing that comes to mind.  But the Pontius Pilate question of “What is truth?” continues to vex.  We have seen very few drug or device labels uttering an affirmative misrepresentation.  More often the complaint is about what the warning did not say, not what it did say.  If John Lennon sang “Gimme Some Truth,” plaintiff lawyers sing (off-key) “gimme some more truth.”  To our ears, it sounds like “gimme some more money.”

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Campbell’s Healthy Soup Labeling Suit Gets Tossed

Dorothy Atkins | Law360 (Subscription Required)

A California federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a proposed class action against Campbell Soup Co. alleging the soup maker touts its grilled chicken and sausage gumbo as healthy despite its trans fat content, but denied both parties their bids for sanctions.

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