New Jersey Law Journal Top Stories December 17, 2007

Fearing Class Action, Carrier Removes Lawyer’s Dental-Bill Suit to U.S. Court

“Given Eric Katz’s winning of a $45 million class action settlement last year from Horizon Blue Cross, including $6.5 million in legal fees, it’s not surprising the insurance company is making a mountain out of a molar”.

Death Penalty Repealer Heads For Governor’s Desk

“The New Jersey Assembly takes the final legislative step toward abolishing the death penalty and replacing it with life in prison without parole, and Gov. Jon Corzine is poised to sign the measure”.

Senate Panel Advances Bill To Allow Expanded Wrongful Death Damages
“The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday recommended passage of a bill that would allow recovery of non-economic damages in wrongful death cases and declined to place statutory caps on such awards.”

Gov. Names Seven for Judgeships in Superior Court and One for Tax Court
“Gov. Jon Corzine has nominated seven lawyers – five Republicans and two Democrats – to the Superior Court bench in Camden, Gloucester, Ocean and Passaic counties and a veteran deputy attorney general to the Tax Court”

Insurer Gets New Trial in Unusual Suit Charging Its Lawyer With Malpractice
” An appeals court has given an insurance company a second chance to bring a $1 million malpractice claim against a personal injury defense lawyer it accuses of botching an underlying case.”

Charges Against UMDNJ Dropped As U.S. Monitor Completes Task

“The federal monitorship of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, which began over Medicaid double billing and uncovered a culture of financial abuse and patronage, will cease by the year’s end, says U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie.”

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