Appellate Division Affirms OPMA Does Not Require BOE to Discuss Proposed Employment Action Prior to Voting

On May 17, 2019, the New Jersey Appellate Division in Centrella v. Prospect Park Board of Education issued an unpublished decision confirming that, under the Open Public Meetings Act (“OPMA”), a public entity is not required to discuss a proposed employment action prior to actually voting on that action. This case involved a former Prospect Park Board […]

Contractor Who Missed 90 Day Deadline for Serving A Notice of Tort Claim by Two Days Barred by Court To Pursue Tort Claim Against Municipality

Plaintiff Lakeside Construction (“Lakeside”) was a contractor who was hired to perform various site improvements at a school located in the Township of Sparta.  Those site improvements included the installation of an underground pipe to connect the new school building to the municipal water main.  Several weeks after a person who allegedly identified himself as […]

Important Appellate Division Reported Opinion Regarding Disclosure of Investigatory Materials Under The Work Product Doctrine

The Appellate Division on June 6, 2019 rendered a reported Opinion on the issue of when disclosure of materials prepared or collected prior to the institution of litigation is required.  The matter is Paladino v. Auletto Enterprises, Inc. t/a Auletto Caterers, 2019 WL 2375475. On October 9, 2015, Plaintiff was a guest at a wedding […]

Third Circuit Rules That a Prior Stacking Waiver Will Apply To a Newly Added Insured Vehicle

The United States Court of Appeals for Third Circuit recently upheld a Magistrate Judge’s ruling that held that a waiver of stacking uninsured/underinsured (“UM/UIM”) coverages did apply to a vehicle that was added to an insured’s policy after the insured had already signed a stacking waiver. In Kuhns v. The Travelers Home and Marine Insurance […]

Appellate Division Finds Big Apple Maps Did Not Provide City With Legally Adequate Notice Due to Minor Discrepancy Between Plaintiff’s Testimony and Map’s Sidewalk Defect Description

Typically, in New York City, the Big Apple Pothole and Sidewalk Protection Committee (“Big Apple”)’s maps provide legally sufficient notice to the City of dangerous potholes or sidewalk conditions. See https://www.nystla.org/index.cfm?pg=Pothole for more information. Big Apple was established in 1982 by the New York State Trial Lawyers Association to map the City’s 13,000 miles of […]

Applications for New Alternative Care Centers to be Issued on July 1, 2019

Ready, Set Go! On June 3, 2019, Governor Murphy issued an executive order expanding the Medical Marijuana Program in New Jersey.  A total of 108 additional licenses will be issued.  The licenses will be divided among the northern, central and southern regions of New Jersey. There will be separate licenses for each of cultivation, manufacturing […]

Immunities Available to Public Entities for Personal Injuries Caused by Snow or Ice

Public entities enjoy immunities not available to private individuals or businesses with respect to injuries caused by accidents due to snow or ice. The two main immunities would be the weather immunity found in the Tort Claims Act, N.J.S.A. 59:4-7, and the common law snow removal activities immunity. Additionally, in the recent case of Ferranti […]

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules on Significant Unemployment Insurance Eligibility Question

In the course of the employer counseling work that I do in my labor and employment practice, clients ask a lot of questions regarding New Jersey’s Unemployment Compensation Law, especially about the grounds that are available to an employer to challenge employee eligibility for unemployment benefits. One of the most common grounds for employer challenges […]