A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of March 7-13.


Woman Seeks $100,000 from Portland Restaurant for Rude Service

Samantha Bakall | The Oregonian/OregonLive

A woman dining alone on Valentine’s Day has filed a $100,000 lawsuit against the Northeast Portland restaurant she tried to eat at claiming they were rude and upset her.

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Hall & Oates Sue Brooklyn Company Over Hipster ‘Haulin’ Oats’ Granola

Selim Algar | NY Post

They won’t go for that. Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Daryl Hall and John Oates are suing an artisanal granola company from Brooklyn for calling one of their hipster-friendly products “Haulin’ Oats.”

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NJ Pushes Back Against Pro-Arbitration Federal Policy

Gavin J. Rooney | Law360

Over the past several months, New Jersey courts and the New Jersey Legislature have taken steps to limit the impact of recent U.S. Supreme Court cases endorsing the use of arbitration clauses to limit exposure to consumer fraud class actions. Because arbitration provisions appear in many routine consumer contracts and often include class action waivers, the net effect of this trend is to make New Jersey a more attractive venue for the filing of such class actions.

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The Trial Lawyer Financial Protection Bureau?

U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) report on arbitration released this week has one very clear conclusion: litigation is better than arbitration. This raises the question of whether the exercise has been less about protecting consumers and more about helping the plaintiffs’ lawyers.

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NJ Judge Asks If Attys Filed Sandy Suit Without Telling Client

Alex Wolf | Law360

A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday ordered attorneys from The Voss Law Firm PC and Harbatkin & Levasseur PA to provide evidence they were retained and authorized to commence wind damage litigation for a marina, after its principal said he was unaware a coverage suit had even been filed.

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Employers Face Novel Suits Over Proselytizing Co-Workers

Charles Toutant | New Jersey Law Journal

An employer’s obligation to balance the right to religious expression at work and the right to be free of unwelcome proselytizing by co-workers is the focus of a pair of cases in federal court in Camden, New Jersey.

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New Complex Business Litigation Program a Work in Progress

Mary Pat Gallagher | New Jersey Law Journal

Rather than follow the lead of other states that set up specialized courts to handle complicated commercial disputes, New Jersey has opted instead for a de facto business track, which, as of March 3, had 26 cases in 12 counties.

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