Month: July 2015

NJ Supreme Court Rejects Appellate Division’s Expanded Rice Notice Requirements

NJ Court Awards $280K in Sanctions and Fees in SLAPP Litigation

A Hudson County Superior Court judge recently awarded more than $280,000 in attorneys’ fees and sanctions in a defamation lawsuit against three Hoboken bloggers. The decision in Bajardi v. Pincus highlights the costly consequences of filing a frivolous SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) suit, which can often be used

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NJ Supreme Court Rules Police Officers Entitled to Qualified Immunity from Civil Rights Claims

In Morillo v. Monmouth County Sheriff Officers, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that government officials were entitled to qualified immunity for civil rights claims arising under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act (NJCRA), N.J.S.A. 10:6-2 and the federal Civil Rights Act of 1871, 42 U.S.C. 1983. Most importantly, especially

NJ Appeals Court Disability Retirees Exempted from Health Insurance Premium Contributions

NJ Tax Court Rules Non-Profit Hospital Is Taxable

In AHS Hospital Corp d/b/a/ Morristown Memorial Hospital v. Town of Morristown, the New Jersey Tax Court found that Morristown Memorial Hospital, under its current method of operation, fails to satisfy the criteria for property tax exemption as set forth in N.J.S.A. 54:4-3.6. The precedential decision is expected to have

Third Circuit Addresses School Board’s Liability for Sexual Harassment

NJ Appeals Court Rejects Quid Pro Quo Allegations Against Developer and Planning Board

In Pennsgrove Associates, LP, et al. v. Carneys Point Township Planning Board, et al., the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court held that an agreement executed between a developer and planning board regarding the payment of legal fees did not amount to an unlawful quid pro quo arrangement.

Minimum Bid Threshold Increased on July 1

NJ Minimum Bid Threshold Increased on July 1

The Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) in the Department of Community Affairs recently announced several bid threshold adjustments that will impact New Jersey municipality’s award of public contracts. Unless certain exceptions apply, all contracts for the procurement of goods or services by municipalities that in the aggregate exceed the

NJ Supreme Court Sides With School Board in Whistleblower Case

In State v. Ivonne Saavedra, the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that a school board clerk could be criminally indicted for taking confidential documents from the North Bergen Board of Education. In so ruling, the court rejected the defendant’s arguments that that Quinlan v. Curtiss-Wright Corp., 204 N.J. 239

Chevron Takes Center Stage in Third Circuit’s FMLA Decision

Los Angeles v. Patel: U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Municipal Ordinance

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a municipal ordinance enacted by the City of Los Angeles. In City of Los Angeles v. Patel, the majority held that the ordinance, which authorized police to inspect motel registration records without advance notice, violated the Fourth Amendment of the