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Local Union Fails to Prove Unfair Labor Practice Charge

Client: E.G. Emil & Son, Inc.

Court: National Labor Relations Board

Trial Attorney:  Ralph R. Smith, 3rd, Esq.

**Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances**

A local union filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board claiming our client, E.G. Emil & Son, Inc., did not engage in good faith negotiations over the effects of the client’s sale of its business and the termination of its operations.

Upon review, the National Labor Relations Board rejected the union’s claims and found in favor of E.G. Emil & Son, Inc.

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Jullian Booker v. Durand, Inc.

Client: Durand, Inc.

Court: New Jersey Division of Civil Rights

Trial Attorney:  Ralph R. Smith, 3rd, Esq.

**Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances**

A charge of gender discrimination was filed against our client, Durand, Inc., by a former employee claiming this his discharge from employment resulted because he was male.

The New Jersey Division of Civil Rights investigated the claim. The Division determined that there was no probable cause to support the employee’s allegation and dismissed the claim in favor of Durand, Inc.

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Fisher v. Southampton Volunteer Fire Dept,. et al, docket no. 1:19-cv-00273-NLH-KMW

Client: Southampton Volunteer Fire Dept. and its fire chief

Court: United States District Court, District of New Jersey

Trial Attorney:  Betsy G. Ramos, Esq. and Benjamin Zieman, Esq. (former shareholder)

**Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances**

The plaintiff had contended that the fire department violated his constitutional rights for demolishing his home without notice or compensation to him. The home was demolished due to safety concerns and the inability to totally extinguish the fire after it suffered a partial collapse. The federal court judge found that, due to the emergent circumstances, the fire department did not violate the plaintiff’s constitutional rights and dismissed the lawsuit on summary judgment as to both the fire department and the fire chief.

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L.K. v. Washington Township Board of Education

Client: Washington Township Board of Education

Court: Office of Administrative Law

Brief Attorney:  Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev, Esq.

**Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances**

The petitioner, who sought the removal of manifestation determinations in her child’s file, failed to appear at a scheduled due process hearing on the matter. The petitioner subsequently requested the petition be withdrawn, and the Board requested that it be withdrawn with prejudice. The petitioner, wishing to retain the right to refile or seek alternate measures in the future, requested that it be with withdrawn without prejudice. The Board successfully argued that the case be dismissed with prejudice. The ALJ ruled that the petitioner’s actions and writings supported her intent to abandon the matter and ruled the matter to be withdrawn with prejudice.

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McBride v. Atlantic Chrysler Jeep

Client: Atlantic Chrysler Jeep

Court: Supreme Court

Brief Attorney:  Laura D. Ruccolo, Esq.

**Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances**

Plaintiff complained that she was subjected to sexual harassment by her supervisor resulting in her constructive discharge. Defendant had in place an Anti-Sexual Harassment policy that was provided to plaintiff upon her hiring. Plaintiff was trained and tested on the policy. Plaintiff failed to avail herself of the policy. Nonetheless, as soon as defendant became aware of the claim it investigated and ultimately terminated the supervisor who was allegedly perpetrating the sexual harassment. The court dismissed all of plaintiff’s claims on summary judgment.

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Emily Manuel/High Point Prop. and Casualty v RWJ Barnabas Health

Client: RWJ Barnabas Health

Court:  Superior Court of New Jersey
Appellate Division

Trial Attorney:  Christina M. Adinolfi Shea, Esq.

Brief Attorney: Christina M. Adinolfi Shea, Esq. and Caroline N. Yount, Esq.

**Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances**

The New Jersey Appellate Division decided on October 16, 2019, that a nurse who was walking from work premises to a parking lot following her shift at Jersey City Medical Center/RWJBH was not in the course of employment when she was struck by a motor vehicle.

Petitioner had appealed the ruling of a Judge of Compensation that her injuries did not arise out of and in the course of her employment.  The Judge had found petitioner was injured on a public street, not within the control of the hospital and that the hospital did not exercise daily control and maintenance of the parking lot. The Appellate Division agreed that petitioner was not injured in the course of her employment and did not suffer a compensable injury.

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Rodriguez v. Costco Wholesale Corp

Client: Costco Wholesale Corp.

Court: Superior Court, Middlesex County, Law Div.

Trial Attorney:  Betsy G. Ramos, Esq.

Brief Attorney:  Voris M. Tejada, Jr., Esq.

**Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances**

We were successful in obtaining summary judgment, dismissing a civil lawsuit filed against Costco, who had been sued by its employee for a very serious workplace accident. Said employee filed this civil suit against Costco alleging that it had committed an intentional wrong, which is an exception to the exclusive remedy provision of the Workers’ Compensation Act.

The court ruled that the plaintiff had not met the high threshold needed to surmount the exclusive remedy provision of the Act, was limited to her workers’ compensation remedies as to Costco, and dismissed the lawsuit as to Costco.

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Washington Township Board of Education v. H.M. on Behalf of R.M.

Client: Washington Township Board of Education

Court: Office of Administrative Law

Brief Attorney:  Sanmathi (Sanu) Dev, Esq.

**Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances**

The Board sought to compel the triennial reevaluation of a student receiving special education and related services when the parent of a special education law refused consent.  The Administrative Law Judge found that the Board has a legal right and authority to conduct the evaluations, as well as an obligation to conduct them.  The Administrative Law Judge granted the Board’s Motion for Summary Decision reasoning that if a parent of a child with a disability wants a school district to provide services, the parent must allow the evaluations to take place.

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Wolfington v. Rothman Institute

Client: Rothman Institute

Court: Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Trial Attorney:  Laura D. Ruccolo, Esq.

**Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances**

The Third Circuit in a precedential opinion affirmed the judgment of the trial court dismissing the Plaintiff’s Class Action under the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) lawsuit because Plaintiff failed to plead that he entered into a “written agreement” to extend credit, which would implicate TILA.

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Marconi v. United Airlines

Client: United Airlines/Sedgwick

Court:  Workers’ Comp Court in Newark

Trial Attorney:  Prudence M. Higbee, Esq.

**Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances**

In the reported case of Marconi v. United Airlines, A-0110-18T4 (App. Div. July 22, 2019), the Appellate Division affirmed the dismissal of two claims against United Airlines for lack of jurisdiction. Richard Marconi lived in New Jersey and suffered a work injury to his left hip on January 31, 2015 working for United Airlines in Philadelphia.  United paid full benefits to Marconi under Pennsylvania law, but eventually Mrconi brought two claim petitions in New Jersey seeking permanency benefits that were not available in Pennsylvania.  One claim petition was for the accident in 2015 and the other was an occupational claim alleging work exposures from 1988 to the present.  Mr. Marconi admitted he was not hired in New Jersey and worked most of his career in Philadelphia, with only a brief period of employment at Dulles Airport.

United moved to dismiss both claim petitions for lack of jurisdiction in New Jersey.  Petitioner argued that even if residency alone was insufficient for a finding of jurisdiction, Professor Larson’s fourth factor, namely “place where the industry is localized,” in conjunction with petitioner’s residency in New Jersey is sufficient for a finding of jurisdiction.  However, the Appellate Division disagreed, explaining the concept of localization should be analyzed in terms of advancement of company interests, not its mere presence in the State. In this case, the Court found that, “nothing in the course of Marconi’s two-decade employment with United advanced the company’s localized interests in New Jersey.  In these circumstances, although United maintained a localized business interest in Newark, New Jersey has no substantial interest in exercising its jurisdiction over the petitions.”  As such, the Appellate Division affirmed the dismissals of both claim petitions.

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