The death of a family member is always tragic. Once the body is in its final resting place, it is assumed that the family can grieve and heal. A Linden, New Jersey, cemetery's simple mistake, however, has enraged two sisters and sparked a $25 million lawsuit.
As the market for smartphone technologies continues to grow, so do the legal disputes between large technology corporations. Oracle is bringing an intellectual property lawsuit against Google for an infringement of their patents. In a recent development, the U.S. district judge hearing the case rejected the estimated damages that Oracle had provided.
Entrepreneurs who started a small tanning business in New Jersey are finding their business threatened by a new law making its way through the state legislature. The bill takes aim at tanning salons, looking to ban minors from tanning. Politicians and lobbyists cite skin cancer research as the reason to prevent teens from using the service.
Employers need to make sure they are properly incorporating the Civil Rights Act of 1964, among other federal employment laws, into their employees' contracts and employee handbooks as well as in hiring policies. A federal judge recently decided in favor of a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against clothing chain Abercrombie & Fitch. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accused the retail chain of discriminating against a job applicant through their corporate "look policy."
In 2006, state officials repeatedly shot down attempts for a merger between Exelon and Public Service Enterprise Group Inc., a utility company based in Newark, New Jersey. Antitrust regulators were concerned that such a move might allow the resulting company to monopolize regional power markets and gouge prices. Other proposed utility mergers were rejected as well, due to companies unwilling to make all the concessions requested of them by regulators.
Attorneys who represent businesses have been watching to see how the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the giant Wal-Mart sex discrimination case might affect pending class-action employment litigation. In the weeks following the case, the class-action status of several plaintiff groups who have filed lawsuits against their employers has been upheld. These decisions have prompted some businesses to complain that judges have been interpreting the Supreme Court's recent ruling too narrowly.
The giant telecommunications company, Verizon Communications, has agreed to settle a lawsuit with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission that claimed the company discriminated against employees with disabilities. The EEOC said that Verizon's attendance policy did not reasonably accommodate workers with disabilities.
If your summer vacation includes sipping your favorite glass of merlot at a local New Jersey bed and breakfast with an onsite winery, you better put a cork in your plans.