The New Jersey Civil Justice Institute is thrilled to announce that our chief counsel, Alida Kass, is a finalist for NJBIZ’s General Counsel of the Year Award. The General Counsel of the Year Award honors the state’s most dynamic General Counsels and Chief Legal Officers.
It is hard to imagine what NJCJI would be without Alida. 2016 marks our 10th year of advocating for a civil justice system that treats all parties fairly and discourages lawsuit abuse, and we are doing so more effectively than ever thanks in a large part to Alida’s work.
As NJCJI’s voice in the State House, Alida has become known as an outspoken advocate for fairness and equal justice for all, which she is determined should include the business community. She has developed a reputation for being the go-to expert on what legal impact pending legislation will have on the business community. NJCJI has also expanded its work in the courts under Alida’s influence.
Alida will be recognized as a finalist during an awards breakfast and ceremony on May 19, which will be held at The Palace at Somerset Park. The award winners will be announced at the ceremony.
Each year the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute hosts an event designed to bring policymakers together with members of the legal and business communities in order to foster a greater understanding of the impact our state’s legal climate has on economic development. This year, Ciattarelli will discuss his work in the Assembly and his plans for the future of our state.
NJCJI members, lawmakers and government officials, business leaders, and lawyers are invited to register to attend this event, which is being held on March 30, from Noon-1:30 PM, at the Trenton Country Club.
The New Jersey Civil Justice Institute has filed an amicus brief in a class action brought by consumers who claim a restaurant’s failure to clearly post prices in the menu on all drink items violates New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act (CFA) and Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty, and Notice Act (TCCWNA). NJCJI has been spearheading the effort to reform both the Consumer Fraud Act and the Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty, and Notice Act, so we are very interested in what the court will do with this case and a similar case where the court will decide whether “charging different prices for the same beverage, depending upon where in the restaurant the beverage was served” can be the basis of a CFA and TCCWNA class action. Continue reading →
On October 29, Emily Kelchen, NJCJI’s Director of Public Affairs was one of the featured speakers at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Symposium. Emily participated in a panel discussion entitled “Awesome Associates,” which provided event attendees with insight into what characteristics young lawyers should cultivate in order to succeed in their chosen field.
To cap off the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute’s 2016 Fall Legal Reform Conference, former Ambassador Phil Murphy, who is the current Democratic front-runner for Governor of New Jersey in 2017, gave a talk about why he is running for Governor, and laid out some of his plans to help New Jersey’s economy.
As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, the American Tort Reform Association is taking a look back as significant legal reforms that have been enacted in the past decades. This week, New Jersey was applauded for the transparency with which the state government hires outside attorneys thanks to an Executive Order put in place by Gov. Corzine at the urging of the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute.
In 2009, New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine signed Executive Order 157, which established a transparent process for awarding legal services contracts with private attorneys. The procedures used by the attorney general to hire outside counsel “demonstrate a strong commitment to ensuring the highest ethical standards in government contracting.”
According to a recent survey conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal reform —as reported by the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute — New Jersey’s legal climate ranks 38th in the country, a drop of six points since a prior survey in 2012. That isn’t bad news, it’s bad business: 75 percent of attorneys U.S. companies indicated that a state’s legal environment affects important business decisions, like where to relocate or expand.
License plates dub New Jersey the “Garden State,” and while this densely populated state is known for growing eggplant, blueberries, and cranberries, it is also known for growing litigation. New Jersey is fertile land for plaintiffs’ lawyers, who use the state’s consumer protection laws and the court system’s easy access for out-of-state plaintiffs to bring frivolous lawsuits and score big payouts.