New Initiative Towards Making New Jersey a National Clean Energy Leader

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) recently launched its Energy Manager Training Program for state employees. Every state agency is now required to have an Energy Manager to manage its energy use and costs. The Energy Manager is responsible for developing an energy plan for its agency. The goal is to reduce the […]

Third Circuit Finds That Statute of Limitations Period on Civil Rights Claim Arising From Wrongful Conviction Did Not Begin Until Conviction Was Vacated

The plaintiff Yasmine Coello was convicted of harassment in 2007.  Over a decade later, she was successful in having her conviction vacated.  Within two years later, she filed a civil rights action to recover for various abuses she alleged to have suffered during her criminal proceedings.  The issue in Coello v. DiLeo, 43 F.4th 346 […]

Insufficient Basis Found to File Late Tort Claim Notice in COVID-Related Death

Plaintiff’s deceased husband Bernard Waddell contracted COVID-19 in March 2020 while he was working as a Corrections Officer at the Hudson County Correctional Center.  He died from viral pneumonia secondary to COVID-19 on April 1, 2020.  Plaintiff, Sheliah Waddell, Bernard’s wife filed a Notice of Tort Claim in November 2020 and thereafter filed a motion […]

Biden Declares Climate Change an “Existential Threat”

On July 20 2022, President Joe Biden called climate change an “existential threat” and unveiled new policies to fight its effects in response to Senator Joe Manchin’s objection to the Biden Administration’s proposed Federal wind legislation, which would create thousands of union jobs and offer more than $12 billion in annual capital incentives for wind projects located […]

The Proposed New Inflation Reduction Act Could Become the Biggest Climate Investment in US History

In addition to investments in clean energy, the bill called the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (H.R. 5376) includes tax and health care provisions designed to reduce the federal budget deficit and limit inflation. However, much of the media’s attention has been on the climate provisions. The current compromised bill reduces investments from the original […]

New Jersey Recently Surpassed 4 Gigawatts of Solar-Generated Electricity

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) recently announced that New Jersey recently surpassed 4 gigawatts of solar-generated electricity produced by more than 157,000 solar installations statewide. This is enough “clean energy” to provide electricity to over 500,000 New Jersey households annually.  The NJBPU estimates that solar capacity in New Jersey could double in […]

New Jersey Defendants Carry the Burden of Differentiating Between Multiple Potential Causes of a Plaintiff’s Injury.

When a plaintiff pleads in her Complaint that an accident aggravated a pre-existing injury, it is the plaintiff’s burden to provide a comparative analysis of the two injuries – the prior injury and the aggravation – in order to succeed on her claim that the accident caused the aggravation. The Appellate Division in Blocker v. […]

An Insurance Company’s Actions Within an Insurance Contract Not Sufficient to Bring Negligence Action for Denial of Benefits

In Moravia Motorcycle, Inc. v. Allstate Ins. Co., 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83043 (W.D. Pa. May 9, 2022), the United States District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania dismissed an insured’s negligence claim against its insurer carrier but upheld a bad faith claim for the insurer’s sudden and unexplained denial of benefits for property […]