Ramirez v. Vintage Pharmaceuticals, LLC, ___ F.3d ___ (3d Cir. 2017).  The so-called Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (“CAFA”) extended federal jurisdiction not only to class actions over which federal courts previously did not have power, but also to “mass actions.”  28 U.S.C. §1332(d)(11).  To qualify as a mass action, there must be at least 100 plaintiffs who seek to have their cases “tried jointly.”  But as Judge Vanaskie noted

NL Industries, Inc. v. State, ___ N.J. ___ (2017).  In 1976, the Legislature passed the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10-23.11 to -23.24 (“the Spill Act”).  The Spill Act became effective in 1977.

Years earlier, in the early 1970’s, Sea-Land Corporation built a seawall in Laurence Harbor, NJ that was designed to protect the area from erosion.  That seawall was built, in part, with slag, an industrial byproduct, which was allege

Rippon v. Smigel, ___ N.J. Super. ___ (App. Div. 2017).  This opinion by Judge Haas today reverses a dismissal that was based on lack of personal jurisdiction, forum non conveniens, and res judicata.  The main reason was the state of the motion record, which Judge Haas labeled as “sparse,” “thin,” and “meager.”  The lesson of this decision is that discovery is generally required in order to make an adequate record on which a court can decide a motion to di