A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of March 21-27.


The Big Question With Uber, Airbnb And The Rest Of The `Sharing Economy’: Who To Sue?

Daniel Fisher | Forbes

As the so-called “sharing economy” expands with the proliferation of digital technology making it simple to match up willing buyers with willing sellers of just about anything you can imagine, the traditional job of tort law – matching up victims of misfortune with the people who must pay them for their losses – is falling behind.”

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SCOTUS Asked to Review NJ Arbitration Case

Mary Pat Gallagher | New Jersey Law Journal

The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a New Jersey Supreme Court holding that arbitration clauses in consumer contracts are not enforceable unless they explicitly waive the right to go to court.

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The Growing Threat of ‘Enforcement Slush Funds’

Andrew J. Pincus | Mayer Brown LLP

Federal prosecutors and regulators have extraordinarily broad discretion to decide who to target in enforcement investigations, what to charge them with, and how much to demand as the price for a settlement. This is the topic of a new paper, released this week by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, Enforcement Slush Funds: Funding Federal and State Agencies with Enforcement Proceeds.

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State to Determine if Trenton School Board Must Reimburse Ex-Crossing Guard in Touching Case

James McEvoy | Times of Trenton

The Trenton School District may have to reimburse court costs of a former Mott Elementary School security guard who pleaded guilty to inappropriately touching a student, the Supreme Court has ruled.

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New Jersey Lawsuit Against Florida Pizza Shop Over Garden State Parkway Logo Tossed

Associated Press

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s lawsuit against a Florida pizza shop for using a logo similar to the Garden State Parkway’s green and yellow signs has been tossed.

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Negative Yelp, Angie’s List Reviews Prompt Dog Obedience Business to Sue

Justin Jouvenal | Washington Post

Jennifer Ujimori wasn’t happy with the dog obedience class she booked for her pint-sized puppy, so the Springfield woman dashed out negative reviews on Yelp and Angie’s List to inform consumers about her experience.

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Lawyer Gets 10-Year Sentence for Role in Stealing $3.8M from Elderly Victims

Mark Hansen | ABA Journal

A New Jersey lawyer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for her part in a scheme to steal $3.8 million from 16 elderly victims.

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