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

Acevedo v. Flightsafety International, Inc., ___ N.J. Super. ___ (App. Div. 2017).  In this opinion by Judge Reisner, the Appellate Division held that it was error for the Law Division to offset a back pay award under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, N.J.S.A. 10:5-12 to -49 (“LAD”) with a portion of the unemployment benefits that plaintiff received after having been fired for a disability.  The panel ruled that the collateral source statute, N.J