Neither Township, nor County Found Liable for Fatal Pedestrian Accident Due to Plaintiff’s Failure to Prove Roadway in a Dangerous Condition

Plaintiff’s Decedent Amelia Cius was crossing the roadway at 9:30 pm when she was fatally struck by a car on Whitehorse-Mercerville Road. The driver of the car explained that he did not see the decedent because she was wearing dark clothing. She was not in the crosswalk while crossing the road. The issue in Deravil […]

New Jersey Bans Hair Discrimination

On December 19, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill which now makes it illegal to discriminate based upon hairstyles associated with race. The law, known as the “Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act” or “CROWN” for short, amends the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”)’s prohibitions […]

Recent Appellate Division Opinion Regarding Spoliation Claim

The Appellate Division on November 27, 2019 rendered an unpublished Opinion on the issue of alleged spoliation of evidence.  The matter is Promise v. Khubani Enterprises, Inc., 2019 WL 6353644 (App. Div. Nov. 27, 2019). In July of 2014, Plaintiff Betty Promise was reportedly seated in a chair in the basement of the laundry room […]

Appellate Division Holds Property Owner Who Did Not Create Alleged Sidewalk Defect Entitled To Summary Judgment

In Claro v. 323 Firehouse, LLC, 2019 NY Slip Op 07970 (3d Dept 2019), the Plaintiff allegedly injured her left shoulder when she tripped and fell on a raised concrete sidewalk slab.  At the time of the accident, she was walking towards a diner that was owned by one of the defendants.  In fact, the […]

A Property Owner Is Absolved Of Liability For Fire Damage To A Neighbor’s Property Caused By A Criminal Arson

In Wakil v. Birdie Properties, LLC, No. 2018-C-1674 (Lehigh County September 11, 2019), the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh County recently granted a defendant’s motion for summary judgment in a case involving purported arson and subsequent fire damage.  Plaintiff alleged that his property was damaged by a fire that had originated in the back […]

Municipality Found Not Liable For Pedestrian Accident Due To Tort Claims Act Sign Immunity

Plaintiff, Alexander Ferris, at age 13 was injured when struck by a car driven by defendant Aida Blanco-Alquacil as he crossed the road in the crosswalk at an intersection in the Borough of Middlesex.  His parents filed a lawsuit, alleging negligence by the defendant driver, as well as the Borough of Middlesex, claiming that the […]

Employer Social Media Searches-Beware Of What You Wish For!

Thanks to the internet, employers have access to more and more information about their employees and prospective employees than ever before. And most employers love that so much information is now available to them to guide their hiring practices. Recently, I have gotten multiple questions from clients asking whether it is a smart thing for […]

Municipality Found Not Liable For Fall Due to Uneven Sidewalk

Plaintiff Allan Suarez sued Ridgefield Park for damages resulting from injuries he suffered when he claims to have tripped on an uneven portion of a sidewalk across the street from his home.  Ridgefield Park successfully obtained a summary judgment dismissal on the trial court level pursuant to the Tort Claims Act immunities.  In Suarez v. […]