A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of March 29-April 4, 2014.
“There was no foul. No one had a problem until a lawyer saw this and he filed a suit against us,” Friedman said. “But if we fight it, we’re not going to win.” This is becoming a common refrain from small business owners in New Jersey thanks to an increasing number of state laws that encourage regulation by litigation.
The independence of New Jersey judges is under attack by Gov. Chris Christie and lawmakers, retired judges and lawyers told a state bar association task force Tuesday.
Michael Phillis | The Record
New Jersey’s judicial branch is under attack and in need of reform and protection, leaders in the state’s legal community told a task force studying the court system’s independence Tuesday.
Martin Bricketto | Law 360
A New Jersey task force crafting recommendations to protect judicial independence heard calls on Tuesday to guarantee the reappointment of judges unless they are unfit for the job, raise the mandatory retirement age for judges and end state senators’ ability to indefinitely hold up nominees.
Glenn Lammi | The Legal Pulse
Over the last two years at The Legal Pulse, we’ve expended a lot of digital ink on food labeling class action lawsuit rulings from the Northern District of California (aka “The Food Court”). Our focus here shifts to similar suits from the Central District of California. Two recent decisions from that jurisdiction spotlight some questionable behavior by plaintiffs’ lawyers.
Edward Wong and Kirk Semple | New York Times
For 10 days, Monica R. Kelly and her American law firm’s aviation lawyers have stalked the dim hallways of the Lido Hotel here to make their pitches to relatives of passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
David Gialanella | New Jersey Law Journal
A new rule being proposed in New Jersey would create a “unified mental health service provider evidentiary privilege”—an effort to reorganize the present patchwork of privileges that offer varying degrees of protection to different professionals.
Kelly Knaub | Law 360
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a Morris County employee who was injured while walking to work from a parking garage was not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, saying the accident occurred on a public street and was not controlled by her employer.
Jacob Gershman | Wall Street Journal
The Subway sandwich chain is within inches of reaching a settlement with customers who accused the Doctor’s Associates Inc.-owned restaurant of misrepresenting the size of its “Footlong” sub, according to court papers.
Last year, one of the biggest, sandwich-related stories since sliced bread erupted when reports surfaced that the restaurant’s fabled “Footlong” didn’t measure up to its name.
Shortly afterward, plaintiffs’ law firms across the country sued the chain, filing lawsuits seeking class action status alleging that Subway deceived customers by promoting a 12-inch sub that was really more like 11 inches.