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Blog Profile / Lawsuit Reform Watch

Filed Under:Industries / Law
Posts on Regator:322
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Archived Since:October 22, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Be part of the solution!

Hard to believe it, but NJLRA turns 5 this month! And incase you still aren't quite sure what exactly legal reform is all about, here's a message from our Executive Director: Here's to the next five!

Legislative Update – the “Facebook bill”

S-1915, which prohibits employers and prospective employers from requesting access to workers’ social networking accounts, was passed by the full Senate. While NJLRA applauds the sponsors’ intent to protect employees’ privacy, the Senate did not amend Section 5 which would give current and prospective employees new grounds to sue businesses. Show More Summary

Legislative Update

Assemblyman Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) introduced legislation which would give judges more discretion in cases involving the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. Under current law, the court is required to award threefold the damages sustained by any person in interest and attorneys’ fees, filing fees and reasonable costs if a violation occurs. Show More Summary

Seeing Red All Over

When red is the only color your skin turns, you tend to take note of the sunblock products that work. After all, it’s a bit obvious when a particular line of sunscreen fails. Pictured is one of my personal favorites, Coppertone’s sensitive skin SPF 50. Show More Summary

NJ is Treacherous Ground for Physicians: A Panel Discussion

Ten years ago the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) worked hard to enact meaningful medical liability reform in New Jersey. Since then, court decisions have gutted key statutes and insurance premiums have skyrocketed. We are now on the brink of a severe doctor shortage as other states enact liability reform and attract new physicians. Show More Summary

Legislative update: “Facebook” bill advances, but new cause of action remains

It’s a sign of the times. Employers want to know who they’re “really” hiring. So they began asking for social networking passwords for an intimate glimpse. Prospective employees were being asked to login during interviews. Students were being denied scholarships over content behind the privacy wall. Show More Summary

NJLRA welcomes Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. to Annual Membership Luncheon

Executive Director Marcus Rayner greets Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Union) at NJLRA's annual Fall Membership Luncheon

U.S. Chamber: New Jersey’s Civil Justice System ranks in bottom half of states for third consecutive year

The most successful corporations in the United States view New Jersey's civil justice climate as worse than most, according to a study released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. General Counsels from the nation's leading employers said that thirty-one states do a better job of executing civil cases timely and fairly. Show More Summary

Since it's peak convention season, now is the perfect time to REGISTER to VOTE!

NJ Prosperity Project gets out the vote While we’re all embroiled in patriotism (or nausea, depending on your perspective), now is the time to keep the momentum going and turn your sentiments into action. The deadline to register to vote is October 15th, not Election Day. Click here and follow prompts to register.

Register for NJLRA’s Annual Fall Membership Luncheon!

With fall just around the corner, it’s time to register for NJLRA’s annual Fall Membership Luncheon! This year’s speaker will be Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. It will take place on Thursday, September 13th at noon at the Trenton Country Club. Time flies, so register today! Click here to register online.

Why we’re opposed to the statute of limitations bill on today’s Senate board list

Child sexual predators exist everywhere. They harm children from all demographics and shatter families from all socio-economic statuses. It often takes years for victims to come forward and bring their accusers to justice. Like most reasonable people, we understand this reality. Show More Summary

Protecting volunteers may expand healthcare in Trenton, NJ

As our nation continues to debate health insurance mandates and cost-drivers that left preventative medicine out of reach for many, volunteer doctors quietly set up shop in some of New Jersey’s most underserved communities, trying to alleviate public health burdens on a patient-by-patient basis. Show More Summary

Christie, Romney, and Legal Reform

Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential pick. This means Governor Christie officially belongs to New Jersey for at least another 16 months. With movement on pension and education reform, legal reform and medical liability reform may rise on the Governor’s agenda. Show More Summary

NJ Supreme Court Says ‘No’ – Why Pet Owners' ‘Emotional Distress’ Doesn’t Hold up in Court

In part, it’s, the human-versus-animal, possession-versus- humankind argument. New Jersey resident Joyce McDougall witnessed her cute Maltese-poodle’s violent death at the hands (paws?) of another dog in Morris Plains. She filed suit for the cost of a replacement dog, and for emotional distress. Show More Summary

Rayner on Aurora Massacre: Don’t blame Warner Brothers

Listen to executive director Marcus Rayner discuss the first of what is expected to be many lawsuits stemming from the movie theatre massacre in Aurora, Colorado on 1210 WPHT Philadelphia with Rich Zeoli. “There’s only one person who’s...Show More Summary

TMZ: First Lawsuit Over James Holmes Massacre. Lawyer says "Somebody has to be responsible for the rampant violence that is shown today."

Yes, that would be the killer. A survivor of the Aurora, Colorado theatre massacre has hired an attorney and plans to file suit for his extreme emotional distress. According to TMZ, Torrence Brown, Jr. and his attorney are considering who to target for compensation – the movie theatre, the shooters’ doctors, or Warner Brothers. Show More Summary

The difference is, charging excessive fees is fair when WE do it…

A class action lawsuit brought by major corporations and trade associations against Visa, Inc., and Mastercard, Inc., charged that the companies’ fees to retailers were excessive. And after a $725 billion settlement, the plaintiffs are seeing that the defendants aren’t the only ones charging high fees. Show More Summary

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