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Pact Proposes Aetna Pay $120M To Shorted Providers and Patients

A class-action suit alleging Aetna and other insurers shortchanged health-care providers and patients on reimbursements is on a path to a final settlement worth $120 million. U.S. District Judge Katharine Hayden in Newark gave preliminary approval on Aug. 30, over the original attorneys’ objections that the case, Cooper v. Aetna Health Inc., was secretly settled […]

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Using Social Media in the Workplace?

Using Social Media in the Workplace? You may think checking your Facebook during lunch is no one’s business, but be aware thatmore employers have begun adopting social media polices and are evenmonitoring their employees’ use of social media sites at work, according to a recentsurvey. 68.9 percent of employers said they’ve created policies specifically for […]

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Reopened National Practitioner Data Bank restrictions ‘protect’ disciplined docs

Responding to the backlash to shutting down public access, Health & Human Services on   Wednesday reopened the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) but with some   restrictions. The NPDB, the national database for medical malpractice reports   and disciplinary action on thousands of providers, now has a data use agreement.   The agreement spells […]

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High Court Nixes Suit For Distress From Pet Death

In N.J., someone who suffers the horrible experience of watching a loved one die or be seriously injured can sue for any resulting emotional distress.   Unfortunately, the same right does not extend to the family pet.   In McDougall v. Lamm, the N.J. Supreme Court held that that it’s 1980 ruling in Portee v. […]

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More Trial Court Vacancies Expected To Affect Dispositions

An increasing vacancy rate on the trial court bench could soon affect the movement of cases, the head of the New Jersey court system testified on Wednesday. Acting Administrative Director of the Courts Glenn Grant told the Assembly Budget Committee that over the past year, there have been between 50 and 55 vacancies, which will […]

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U.S. Supreme Court nixes West Virginia ruling on nursing home arbitration

The Federal Arbitration Act preempts a state law barring arbitration clause enforcement in nursing home  contracts where negligence results in personal injury or death, the U.S.  Supreme Court said in a per curiam opinion that vacated a West Virginia  Supreme Court ruling exempting nursing home contracts in that state from the FAA’s reach. The Court […]

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JUROR HELD IN CONTEMPT FOR CONDUCTING INTERNET RESEARCH LEADING TO MISTRIAL

In the first known New Jersey case of a juror punished for doing his own Internet research, a Bergen County judge has imposed a $500 criminal contempt sanction on a jury foreman whose actions led to a mistrial. Assignment Judge Peter Doyne found Daniel Kaminsky violated repeated instructions not to do independent research and that […]

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N.J. bar association plays key role in reviewing judicial candidates

The association’s Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee, a 26-member group that includes lawyers from every county, conducts an extensive investigation into a lawyer’s qualifications to serve as a justice, judge or county prosecutor. That investigation includes interviewing judicial and personal references, talking to other lawyers from the candidate’s home county and reviewing a list of […]

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Hot Coffee – The impact of tort reform on your legal rights

HBO Films’ recent release of the documentary “Hot Coffee” is an eye opener about the United States civil legal system and the impact of tort “reform” that has been passed in various states. From caps on damages to limits on the ability to file a lawsuit in a court of law, Hot Coffee exposes how […]

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Civil Cause of Action for Stalking Approved by Assembly Committee

The Assembly Judiciary Committee on Monday unanimously recommended passage of a law that would create a civil cause of action for victims of stalking. The bill, A-4086, incorporates the definition of stalking in N.J.S.A. 2C:12-10, which in 1992 made it a crime to “purposefully or knowingly engage” in a course of conduct directed at a […]

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