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Robert C. Scrivo Obtains Unprecedented Dismissal of US DOJ Indictment

By Jim Digiulio on 11/17/2017
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November 17, 2017 – O’Toole Scrivo partner Robert C. Scrivo has successfully obtained the dismissal of a United States Department of Justice indictment charging a former president of a publicly-traded chemical company with conspiracy to violate the Sherman Act.  The DOJ handed down the indictment in February 2016 and charged Scrivo’s client with restraining trade of aluminum sulfate through market allocation and price fixing.  The matter was scheduled to be tried in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in January 2018.  The firm congratulates Robert in obtaining this exceptional result.

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App. Div. Affirms Local Government Power to Enact Stricter Public Smoking Regulations

By Jim Digiulio on 11/16/2017
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November 16, 2017 – In a published opinion, the Appellate Division affirmed the dismissal of a challenge to a local smoking ordinance that is stricter than the New Jersey Smoke Free Air Act.  The plaintiffs tried to strike down the ordinance by arguing that the Smoke Free Air Act prohibits municipalities from enacting greater restrictions than the State law.  Had the plaintiffs prevailed, local public smoking ordinances more restrictive than the State law likely would have come under attack.  The Appellate Division’s published opinion puts this question to rest and allows local governments to enact stricter public smoking regulations as they deem best for their community.

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THOMAS P. SCRIVO TO SPEAK AT A SPECIAL PRESENTATION WITH THE LEGENDARY BOB WOODWARD

By Jim Digiulio on 11/06/2017
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On November 10, 2017, Managing Partner Thomas P. Scrivo will be speaking at a special NJSBA/NJICLE showcase presentation featuring Bob Woodward.  Woodward will share with audiences on how Watergate forever altered the nature of the Presidency, politics, and journalism.   The program will include a round table discussion with some of New Jersey’s leading legal experts and journalists, including the Hon. Travis L. Francis, A.J.S.C. (Ret.), Thomas J. Cafferty, Esq. of Gibbons P.C., Paula Saha, Director of Communications at the NJSBA, and Charles Stile, Columnist at The Bergen Record.  (more…)

JUAN FERNANDEZ SECURES “NO CAUSE” JURY VERDICT FOLLOWING AN EIGHT-WEEK TRIAL

By Jim Digiulio on 10/31/2017
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October 31, 2017 – O’Toole Scrivo partner Juan Fernandez successfully obtained a “No Cause” verdict on behalf of a client following an eight-week jury trial in the Superior Court of New Jersey.  The plaintiff in this high-exposure, multimillion-dollar employment case alleged various claims, including sexual assault and retaliation.  Despite the challenging and complex nature of the case, Juan ultimately prevailed for the client when the jury unanimously dismissed all claims after four days of deliberation.

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O’TOOLE SCRIVO ATTORNEYS PARTICIPATE IN THE SECOND ANNUAL NEW JERSEY ASBESTOS LITIGATION CONFERENCE

By Jim Digiulio on 10/25/2017
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On October 20, 2017, O’Toole Scrivo partners Gary Van Lieu and Joshua S. Lichtenstein participated in the second annual New Jersey Asbestos Litigation Conference offered by NJICLE.  The program, which was coordinated by Kevin J. O’Toole and co-moderated by Gary Van Lieu, featured a panel of speakers that included the Honorable Ana C. Viscomi, J.S.C., the statewide asbestos litigation Judge, Special Master Agatha N. Dzikiewicz, Esq., Joshua Lichtenstein, and other leading practitioners in the area of asbestos litigation.  The program provided critical and practical information for lawyers practicing in asbestos and other toxic tort litigation in New Jersey.

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O’Toole Scrivo Attorneys to Participate in MCBA’s Legalpalooza

By Jim Digiulio on 10/24/2017
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Managing Partner, Thomas P. Scrivo, will be speaking with Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino, the Honorable Robert J. Brennan, P.J.Ch., and Frederick W. Alworth of Gibbons P.C. at a CLE program entitled “Crisis Management: Views from the Bench, Law Enforcement, and the Bar.”  This program will be moderated by Lawrence S. Cutalo of O’Toole Scrivo and is one several other CLE programs featured at the Morris County Bar Association’s Legalpalooza on November 2, 2017.  For more information and to register, please click here.

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O’TOOLE SCRIVO MANAGING PARTNERS MODERATE CLE PROGRAM AT CRUM & FORSTER

By Jim Digiulio on 10/13/2017
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On October 10, 2017, O’Toole Scrivo Managing Partners Kevin J. O’Toole and Thomas P. Scrivo moderated a CLE program entitled, “The Art of Early Resolution with the Right Retired Judge as Mediator,” at the offices of Crum & Forster in Morristown, New Jersey.  The program featured several former members of the New Jersey Judiciary and Joseph M. Morris, III, Esq., Vice President, Liability Claims, at Crum & Forster.  With nearly 300 people in attendance both live and remotely across the country, the program provided practitioners and insurance-industry executives with a comprehensive overview of the mediation process and strategies for a successful, early resolution of complex matters.

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O’TOOLE SCRIVO MANAGING PARTNERS VISIT SETON HALL LAW SCHOOL

By Jim Digiulio on 10/09/2017
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On October 5, 2017, Seton Hall University School of Law invited its alumni Kevin J. O’Toole and Thomas P. Scrivo as guest speakers.  Kevin and Tom shared their unique career paths, practical aspects of the law, and their experiences in public service with law students in Professor Denis McLaughlin’s Civil Procedure and Evidence classes.  (more…)

O’TOOLE SCRIVO HOSTS WINE TASTING EVENT FOR THE NJWLA

By Jim Digiulio on 09/12/2017
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On September 7, 2017, O’Toole Scrivo hosted a wine tasting event for the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Young Lawyers Division.  Jessica Carroll, who is Of Counsel at O’Toole Scrivo and is one of the co-chairs of the Young Lawyers Division, organized the event.  The event provided an introduction into professional tasting techniques by sampling various wines from around the world guided by an education on how to make meal selections based on each wine’s tasting notes.  (more…)

O’TOOLE SCRIVO MANAGING PARTNERS TO SPEAK AT NJICLE’S SPECIAL PROGRAM

By Jim Digiulio on 09/06/2017
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On September 8, 2017, Managing Partners Kevin J. O’Toole and Thomas P. Scrivo will be speaking at NJICLE’s special program entitled, “Legal & Ethical Considerations When Navigating Corporate Negotiations & Investigations.”  This CLE program will address ethical issues and dilemmas that may arise during corporation negotiations and investigations for both in-house and outside counsel. (more…)