Author: Ivan Tukhtin

Executive Order 204 Pauses Youth Indoor Sports in New Jersey

Youth indoor sports are again on hold in New Jersey. On November 29, 2020, Gov. Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 204 (EO 204), which states that indoor sports practices and competitions, including group, competitive and/or organized sporting activities for youth and adults, will be prohibited starting Saturday, December 5,

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DLGS and GRC Provide OPRA Guidance to Records Custodians Impacted by COVID-19

In these uncertain times, New Jersey municipalities are working hard to maintain operations, which includes responding to requests under the state’s Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”). However, reduced staff hours and office closures are making the process more challenging. In response to COVID-19 the state enacted legislation relaxing the deadline

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US Supreme Court Expands Government Edicts Doctrine

In Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court clarified the extent to which governmental authorities can obtain copyright protection for content they create. By a vote of 6-3, the Court held that under the government edicts doctrine, the annotations below the statutory provisions in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated are ineligible

Successfully Incorporating Mental Health into New Jersey Schools

Successfully Incorporating Mental Health into New Jersey Schools

Over the past decade, students aged 12-17 have experienced a 59 percent increase in depression and emotional disorders. In light of that, it is increasingly important for New Jersey schools to take a proactive approach to mental health. Under a new law, New Jersey schools must incorporate mental health into

Third Circuit Rules NJIT Liable for Attorneys’ Fees under OPRA

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently held in Golden v. New Jersey Inst. of Tech. that an author was wrongly denied fees under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”). According to the appeals court, although the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) directed the New Jersey

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Appellate Division Strikes Down County Register’s Convenience Fee for Electronic Filing

In New Jersey Land Title Association v. Rone, ___ N.J. Super. ___ (App. Div. 2019), the Appellate Division addressed whether a county register or clerk has the authority to charge a “convenience fee” for the electronic filing of documents regarding real property. The Appellate Division held that under New Jersey law such fees

Government Agencies Immune from Suit Under Defend Trade Secrets Act

Government Agencies Immune from Suit Under Defend Trade Secrets Act

While the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) is an invaluable legal tool for businesses seeking to protect their trade secrets, it does not help when the disclosing party is a government agency. In a recent decision, a Massachusetts federal court held a business could not rely on the DTSA to