A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of March 28-April 2.
March Madness Pools Are Fun, Ubiquitous and Totally Legal
New Jersey Law Journal
Gather around the water cooler. Email all. Post it on Facebook. Start tweeting. Get out your $10 or $20 bill. Fill out your brackets. March Madness is upon us. The total take from this office pool will exceed several billion dollars.
SeaWorld Customers Seek Refunds Over Park’s Treatment of Whales in Newest Class Action
A group of SeaWorld customers are suing the marine life theme park in a proposed class action, alleging it has “deliberately concealed” its unethical treatment and conditions of its captive orca whales.
Malpractice Fears Lead Most ER Docs to Order Unnecessary Tests
Physicians News | Dennis Thompson
Nearly all emergency room doctors surveyed order pricey MRIs or CT scans their patients may not need, mainly because they fear malpractice lawsuits, according to a new report.
When Science Is Lost in a Legal Maze
George Johnson | New York Times
In a saner world, where science and the law meshed more precisely, a case like Firstenberg v. Monribot would have been dead on arrival in court. But that is not what happened.
Landmark Asbestos Verdict Over Cosmetic Talc Survives Appeal
Mary Pat Gallagher | New Jersey Law Journal
A $1.6 million New Jersey asbestos verdict involving cosmetic talc that is believed to be the first of its kind has been upheld on appeal.
Rutgers Board to Vote on Merging Camden, Newark Law Schools
Adam Clark | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Rutgers University’s two law schools may be reunited after more than four decades as separate programs.
The Case Against Robert Menendez
David A. Graham | The Atlantic
“Politics as usual”—it’s a phrase that’s rooted in a cynical view of how our elected officials operate. The assumption is that even if what they’re doing isn’t exactly illegal, it’s probably untoward.
Christie Wants State Supreme Court to Intervene in $1.6B Pension Case
Meir Rinde | NJ Spotlight
Administration argues there’s no time for appellate division to rule on earlier decision, wants to move ahead to state’s top court immediately
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