Month: March 2012

Legal Questions Surround Gov. Christie’s Rutgers University Merger Plan

The proposed merger involving Rutgers University continues to draw criticism. Most recently, opponents of the plan have questioned whether Gov. Christie’s plan will survive legal scrutiny. The controversial plan calls for Rowan University to take over Rutgers’ Camden campus. In addition, Rutgers would absorb three parts of the University of

Should Rutgers Law School Clinics Be Subject to OPRA?

New Jersey’s Open Records Act continues to dominate the legal headlines. As legislative efforts are underway to expand OPRA New Jersey’s public law schools are seeking to avoid it. The New Jersey Supreme Court will soon decide whether certain records related to the Rutgers Environmental Law Clinic’s representation of its

New Jersey’s Open Records Act: A Closer Look at the Proposed Changes

As we mentioned in our last post, proposed legislation aims to improve government transparency by overhauling and modernizing New Jersey’s Open Records Act (OPRA). This post outlines some of the most important proposed changes under S-1452. To start, the bill would rename OPRA as the “Martin O’Shea Open Public Records

New Jersey Open Government Bills Moving Through Senate

Two bills designed to make it easier for New Jersey residents to obtain public records and increase the openness of government meetings are moving through the Senate. Both pieces of legislation recently cleared the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee and now move to the Senate Budget

New Jersey Newspaper Not Liable for Defamation Over “Teaser”

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently decided a defamation lawsuit against a weekly New Jersey newspaper, finding that it was not liable for a false front-page teaser. The central issue in Ronald Durando and Gustave Dotoli v. The Nutley Sun and North Jersey Media Group, Inc. was whether the editor

Can a New Jersey Courtroom Be Constitutionally Defective?

According to a recent decision, a New Jersey courtroom can be deemed defective on constitutional grounds. The courtroom in question, located in Warren County, came under scrutiny after a criminal defendant argued that its layout obstructed his view of the witness box and thus violated the Confrontation Clause of the