A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of May 10-16.


Affidavit of Merit Statute Applies to Fraud Claims Against Professionals

Mary Pat Gallagher | New Jersey Law Journal

Claims against a law firm and an accounting firm over a $10 million investment loss are subject to New Jersey’s statute requiring affidavits of merit in professional liability cases, a federal appeals court has held.

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More Companies Seek Garlock Asbestos Evidence

Matthew Daneman | Democrat & Chronicle

A growing number of companies are getting access to court-sealed evidence that allegedly points to widespread legal chicanery in asbestos-related personal injury suits.

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The Most Epic Lawyer Response Ever To A Porn Star Threatening To Sue

Joe Patrice | Above the Law

Millionaire playboy Dan Bilzerian threw a naked woman off a roof, as millionaire playboys are wont to do… This woman survived and made noise about suing… and Bilzerian’s lawyer responded with one of the most epically brutal takedown letters ever. And it’s by a lawyer you all know.

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Is Wal-Mart Law Coming to the US? Retailer Adds Lawyers on Site for Toronto-Area Shoppers

Debra Cassens Weiss | ABA Journal

Shoppers at a handful of Wal-Mart stores in the Toronto area can consult with lawyers whose offices are conveniently on site.

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Chief Justice Rabner, Reporting for Jury Duty

Salvador Rizzo | The Star-Ledger

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner walked into a courtroom Tuesday, but not as the state’s most powerful judge. Instead, he was “Potential Juror No. 12,” one of hundreds of citizens reporting for jury duty in Newark. You could say he was a natural for the job.

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