♦ Winners …

  • BIRDSALL BRAIN TRUST
    A bankruptcy judge approves $728,000 in bonuses to help the Eatontown-based engineering firm, under indictment for conspiring to circumvent the pay-to-play law, keep its top talent from bolting.
     
  • HOME BUYERS
    A new law will require insurers to issue a one-page summary of a homeowner policy’s major coverages and exceptions.

  • JOHNSON & JOHNSON
    An appeals court affirms, on pre-emption grounds, dismissal of a false-advertising suit over the company’s Benecol butter substitute.
     
  • SANDY VICTIMS
    The federal government approves $1.8 million to help N.J. businesses and residents recover.

♦ … & Losers

  • LAURYN HILL
    The Grammy-winning singer is sentenced to three months in prison for not reporting $2.3 million in income.
     
  • NATIONAL AMUSEMENTS INC.
    The Third Circuit affirms Palmyra Borough’s decision to close the company’s flea market at a former weapons-testing facility, citing hazards.
     
  • NEWARK ARCHDIOCESE
    It will pay $650,000 to five men who say they were molested by a former priest.