New Jersey Attorney General Announces Two New Incentives Programs to Generate Leads in Public Corruption Cases

Carlos F. Ortiz, Mayling C. Blanco, Bridget M. Briggs, and Richard Wolf

On May 9, 2017, New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced two new, short-term initiatives to combat public corruption: the Anti-Corruption Whistleblower Program and the Anti-Corruption Reward Program. The Attorney General’s Office expects both programs will help generate initial leads to uncover and prosecute public corruption crimes, as these types of cases are characteristically difficult to expose because they are often document intensive and involve sophisticated actors. Both programs are offered for only a limited time—until August 1, 2017. The Attorney General’s Office indicates that the temporary availability is intended to generate quick results; however, these programs will also allow the Attorney General’s Office to evaluate the efficacy of such programs to determine whether to offer similar programs in the future.

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The Future Is Now—NJ Supreme Court Permits Notice by Email

Jonathan Korn 

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently held in Conley v. Guerrero that the method of delivery requirements in the attorney review provision of a standard form real estate contract should not be strictly enforced. In what was an anticipated decision by lawyers and real estate professionals, the Court recognized that the delivery can be accomplished through email, facsimile and overnight delivery, in addition to the already sanctioned methods of certified mail, telegram (yes, telegram), and personal delivery. Continue reading “The Future Is Now—NJ Supreme Court Permits Notice by Email”

Ethical Advertising – New Challenges

Blank Rome Partner Jonathan Korn, based in the Firm’s Princeton office, will present on “Ethical Advertising – New Challenges” at the New Jersey Association for Justice (“NJAJ”) 2017 Medical Malpractice Boardwalk Seminar on April 28, 2017, at the Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City.

The three-day seminar is exclusively designed to meet the continuing educational requirements of trial attorneys and features outstanding local and regional speakers along with top national speakers. Additional topics include:

  • Making Your Mediation and Arbitration Statements Pop!
  • The Patient Safety Act: Developing Cases – Don’t Overreach
  • Deposing the Defendant on the Standard of Care
  • Using Medical Learned Treatise

For more information or to register, please click here

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules That Release of Debt of Closely-Held Corporation in Exchange for Release of Debt by Second Closely-Held Corporation Is a Fraudulent Transfer

Michael A. Rowe

In Motorworld, Inc. v. William Benkendorf, et al. (A-64-15), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that a corporation’s release of a debt constituted a fraudulent transfer under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (“UFTA”), N.J.S.A. 25:2-20 to -34.

In 1998, Morton Salkind arranged for his wife, Carole Salkind, to become the sole shareholder of 19 closely held corporations, including: (i) plaintiff Motorwold, Inc. (“Motorworld”); (ii) Fox Development, Inc. (“Fox”); and (iii) Giant Association (“Giant”). Defendant William Benkendorf was the owner of defendant Benks Land Services, Inc. (“Benks”). In 2004, Morton retained Benks to provide landscaping services to some of the companies owned by Carole, including Fox and Giant, but not Motorworld. Over time, Fox and Giant accumulated a debt to Benks of more than $1 million. Later in 2004, Motorworld loaned Benkendorf and his wife, defendant Gundrun Benkendorf, $600,000 so that the Benkendorfs could resolve a tax issue. Carole transferred $499,999 from her personal account into Motorworld’s account and the Benkendorfs executed a Note, stating that they would pay the principal amount. The Benkendorfs also agreed not to use the Note to offset any monies owed to them by any company owned by Carole, including Fox and Giant. Continue reading “New Jersey Supreme Court Rules That Release of Debt of Closely-Held Corporation in Exchange for Release of Debt by Second Closely-Held Corporation Is a Fraudulent Transfer”

Happy Birthday to the Defend Trade Secrets Act: A One-Year Retrospective

Blank Rome LLP

Please join Blank Rome’s Trade Secret and Competition group for a cross-office briefing looking back on the impact that the Defend Trade Secrets Act has had during its first year in existence. Have any parties successfully used its extraordinary ex parte seizure provision?  Has there been a major shift in trade secrets law now that it is the subject of a federal statute? We will discuss answers to these questions and more. Continue reading “Happy Birthday to the Defend Trade Secrets Act: A One-Year Retrospective”

The New Jersey High Court Immunizes the State from New Jersey Spill Act Liability for Pre-1977 Discharges

Blank Rome LLP

The New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision in NL Industries, Inc. v. State of New Jersey will frustrate the equitable allocation of cleanup costs at sites involving pre-1977 discharges where the State would otherwise qualify as a responsible party. Such a result would be particularly severe considering the high cleanup price tag for many sites predating 1977. Any party involved in or contemplating such a contribution action against the State should be mindful of this decision when determining how best to proceed. This should include determining whether a federal forum and contribution claims under the NJ Spill Act’s federal counterpart, CERCLA, might achieve a better result. Continue reading “The New Jersey High Court Immunizes the State from New Jersey Spill Act Liability for Pre-1977 Discharges”