The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform will hold its 15th Annual Legal Reform Summit: The Enforcement “Collidescope”: The New Litigation Paradigm on October 21, 2014. Gov. Chris Christie will deliver the summit’s keynote address.
As proponents of an equitable and predictable civil justice system, NJCJI appreciates that meritless patent litigation and the significant costs it imposes on all New Jersey businesses is a concern. And we share the alarm over “patent trolls” who are taking advantage of the proliferation of patents, especially in the IT realm, to make meritless demands and threaten frivolous litigation. However, NJCJI does not support passing a state-level fix to the patent law system.
Alida Kass, NJCJI’s Chief Counsel, voiced our opposition to A-2462, which would create a state court cause of action against persons who pursued a patent claim in bad faith, with the Assembly Commerce Committee on October 2, 2014. Continue reading
Ted Frank and the Center for Class Action Fairness won a tremendous victory in the 7th Circuit this week. As CCAF explains:
Judge Richard Posner, a legal authority renowned worldwide, wrote an excellent and accessible opinion, explaining that class action plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees must be proportionate to the benefit they’ve realized for their clients, and that a coupon is a coupon regardless of the percentage discount that it represents.
Frank was the featured speaker at NJCJI’s recent Fall Luncheon.
Currently everything from pharmaceutical products and medical devices to the labels on prepared foods are subject to regulation at the federal level, under the FDA. But they are also effectively subject to an ad hoc regulation at the state level via litigation. A3581, which was introduced by Assemblyman Michael Carroll (R-25), would take a step towards ensuring New Jersey manufacturers are not doubly regulated via lawsuits. Continue reading
A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of Sept. 6-12. Continue reading
The New Jersey Supreme Court will convene its 2014-15 term on September 8. As the state’s highest judicial body, the decisions of the New Jersey Supreme Court have a direct and significant impact on individuals residing in the state and organizations located or doing business here. The New Jersey Civil Justice Institute is closely following the work of the court this term, as we have several cases pending before it. Continue reading
On September 9, the New Jersey Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Wadeer v. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co., a case that will have a big impact on the state’s laws surrounding “bad faith” in the insurance industry. NJCJI is hosting a post-oral argument policy teleforum on this important case on September 11 at noon.
Ted Frank, the president and founder of the Center for Class Action Fairness, will deliver remarks at the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute’s Fall Luncheon on Tuesday, September 16, at noon at the Trenton Country Club. Continue reading
A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of Aug. 2-8. Continue reading