Month: April 2012

Bullying Can Lead to Costly Liability for New Jersey Schools

New Jersey has some of the strictest anti-bullying laws in the country. They require the state’s public school systems to take specific steps to prevent and address bullying at school. As highlighted by a recent New Jersey school lawsuit, failures to comply with the law can lead to significant liability.

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Immunity to Part-Time Municipal Attorney

The U.S. Supreme Court recently expanded immunity from suit to private attorneys and other individuals hired by the government to carry out its work. The case, Filarsky v. Delia, will have a wide impact on cities and towns across New Jersey, particularly smaller communities that hire private New Jersey attorneys

Is Your Town Ready to Comply With NJ’s New Environmental Remediation Rules?

Sweeping changes to the way contaminated sites are remediated in New Jersey are taking place this spring. To comply with the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA), municipalities and government entities must hire New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) for remediation work.   The deadlines imposed by the New Jersey Department

Should New Jersey Municipalities Avoid Adopting Model Ordinances?

Think tanks, lobbyists and special interests that draft model ordinances legislation have made news recently because of N.J. Governor Chris Christies repeated denials that he may have used one of them for some of the initiatives he touts as his own.  This has some state and local elected officials questioning

Does New Jersey’s Proposed Internet Gambling Law Sidestep Constitutional Challenges?

Legislation to legalize Internet gambling in New Jersey is moving forward. On March 5, the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee voted 3-0 in favor of the bill. Unlike the prior version of the bill introduced last year, the current legislation is designed to sidestep the need

New Jersey Judges at Center of Constitutional Fight

The NJ Supreme Court recently considered whether New Jersey judges could be forced to contribute more money towards their pension and health care coverage. The case invokes New Jersey constitutional law because the state’s constitution contains a previously untested and relatively unknown provision that prevents judges’ salaries from being decreased

Is It Unconstitutional For New Jersey Schools to Punish Students for Off-Campus Activities?

There are several lawsuits pending across the state of New Jersey that seek to invalidate overreaching school conduct policies on off-campus activities. The policies have drawn criticism from parents and students because they seek to impose disciplinary sanctions for illicit activities, including drug and alcohol use, that occur off school

Gov. Christie Asks Attorney General to Weigh In On Rutgers Merger

New Jersey governor Gov. Chris Christie has indicated that he will seek the legal opinion of the state attorney general and the governor’s counsel in an effort to determine whether he can go through with his planned merger of Rutgers University and Rowan University. As we discussed last week, there