Author: John G. Geppert, Jr.

NJ Court Expands OPRA Access to Settlements Involving Public Entities

In Evening Journal Ass’n v. City of Bayonne & Robert F. Sloan, a New Jersey judge held that sealed settlements involving public entities may be subject to disclosure under the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA).  Facts of the Case The OPRA case sprung from a civil lawsuit filed against

NJ Appeals Court Rules NJSPCA Subject to OPRA

The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJSPCA) must comply with the state’s Open Public Records Act, according to the Appellate Division. The decision in Wronko v. New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals highlights that quasi-public organizations often have obligations under OPRA.

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Constitutionality of Public Union Fees

The Justices of the United States Supreme Court are hoping that the third time is the charm when it comes to the constitutionality of public union fees. The Court recently added Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31 to its docket for the October 2017

US Supreme Court Sides with Church in Grant Funding Suit

In Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Carol S. Comer, Director, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the State of Missouri violated the U.S. Constitution when it denied a playground resurfacing grant to the Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia based solely on its status

Supreme Court Sides With Church in Grant Funding Suit

NJ Supreme Court to Determine Constitutionality of Church Grants t

The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently agreed to consider whether the New Jersey Constitution bans a county government from giving historic preservation grants to local churches. The case is Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  The suit, which was brought by the Freedom From

NJ Council on Local Mandates Rejects Bail Reform Challenge

NJ Council on Local Mandates Rejects Bail Reform Challenge

The New Jersey Council on Local Mandates recently issued a formal decision rejecting the New Jersey Association of Counties’ challenge to the state’s bail reform law. The Counties had alleged that the reforms set forth in the Criminal Justice Reform Act (CJRA) constitute an unfunded mandate and are thus unconstitutional.