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Litigating the Complex Business Case in New Jersey State Court

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Produced on August 14, 2017

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Course Information

Time 1h 16m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Two years ago, the New Jersey Judiciary launched the “Complex Business Litigation Program,” designed to provide a forum for the resolution of complex business, commercial and construction cases that meet the threshold damages amount of $200,000. The central element of the program – creating a specialized court in each vicinage to effectively manage and resolve time-consuming and costly disputes – was regarded as a long-overdue step in the right direction. A complex business case, however, is still governed by the same rules of civil procedure that govern all litigation in New Jersey State Courts, thus creating unique challenges for managing and litigating these types of cases.  

In this program, Ricardo Solano Jr., Esq., a partner at Friedman Kaplan, will review the key components of the Complex Business Litigation Program, discuss tips and strategies for effectively managing the pretrial discovery process in New Jersey State Courts, and review two areas of the law in New Jersey that differ in key respects from federal practice – seeking injunctive relief and expert testimony. The program will also provide a brief overview of the appeals process in New Jersey State Courts. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand New Jersey’s Complex Business Litigation Program and its expansion since its inception in 2015
  2. Identify how to effectively manage the pretrial discovery process under the New Jersey Court Rules, including conducting e-discovery and obtaining discovery protective orders
  3. Provide an overview of injunctive practice in New Jersey state courts and key distinctions from federal practice
  4. Summarize the New Jersey Rules of Evidence and recent case law on the admissibility of expert opinions, including strategies for deposing and examining the expert witness
  5. Navigate the appeals process in New Jersey State Courts

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Ricardo Solano

Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP

Ricardo Solano represents companies and individuals in the financial services, healthcare, construction, and other industries in complex commercial litigations, including at trial, and in white collar matters involving allegations of fraud, bribery, false claims, violations of FDA regulations, tax evasion, and money laundering.

His recent experience includes:

  • Representation of a major financial services company in a five-month jury trial in New Jersey state court defending against claims of civil RICO, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition totaling $1 billion. The court dismissed the plaintiffs’ civil RICO claims after the close of evidence and the case settled favorably while the jury was deliberating.
  • Representation of the former chief executive of a generic pharmaceutical company defending against claims of civil RICO and alleged breaches of fiduciary duties in New Jersey federal court.
  • Representation of the Tribune Company Litigation Trust and indenture trustees for Tribune’s pre-LBO bondholders in prosecuting claims for intentional and constructive fraudulent transfer, aiding and abetting, breach of fiduciary duty, and professional malpractice, among others, against Tribune's former shareholders and financial advisors arising out of Tribune’s 2007 leveraged buyout.

Prior to joining Friedman Kaplan, Mr. Solano served as First Assistant Attorney General of the State of New Jersey from 2008 to 2010, and as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, where he prosecuted cases involving violations of federal anti-corruption and bribery statutes, mail fraud, tax evasion, export control law violations, pharmaceutical and other product diversion schemes, and cyberstalking. He also served in the Appeals Division, arguing criminal appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude (1998) New York University, B.A. (1995)


Eric B.

This was a nice overview of the differences between New Jersey state and federal court.

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