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Michael R. Darbee

Michael R. Darbee

Associate Newark, NJ973.877.3828 mdarbee@litedepalma.comLegal Assistant: Elvira M. Palomino973.877.3833

Michael R. Darbee is an associate in the firm’s class action and complex litigation group. Michael has experience in all aspects of litigation, including legal research and writing, drafting pleadings, and conducting discovery. At his previous law firm, Michael gained experience in commercial litigation, labor and employment, and municipal law.


While in law school, Michael served as a Wolcott Fellow for Chief Justice Myron T. Steele and Justice Randy J. Holland of the Delaware Supreme Court. He also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Lois H. Goodman, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey, and as an intern for the Honorable Paul P. Panepinto of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Michael was a board member of the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law.

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September 27, 2018
The "Other" Talc Litigation: The Third Circuit Weighs in on Article III Standing
On July 12, 2018, a Missouri jury awarded $4.7 billion to twenty-two women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson's talc-based powder products. The headline-grabbing verdict is certain to generate additional litigation by consumers who have used talc-based products. But before the "dust" on that verdict has settled (as Johnson & Johnson intends to appeal), another talc lawsuit resulted in a Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision of constitutional dimensions.

April 26, 2018
New Jersey's Restrictive Covenant Bill: A Crude Proposal for a Noble Goal
Have you reviewed your employment agreement lately? Do you know if it contains a restrictive covenant? Over the past forty years, courts in New Jersey have established guidelines to determine whether such agreements are enforceable. Those guidelines are applied on a case-by-case basis: sometimes the agreements are enforceable; others they are not.