Author: Donald Scarinci

Scientific Evidence

New Jersey Supreme Court Clarifies Admissibility of Scientific Evidence

In In re Accutane Litigation, No. 079958, 2018 WL 3636867 (Decided Aug. 1, 2018), the Supreme Court of New Jersey provided much-needed clarity regarding the admissibility of scientific evidence under the New Jersey Rules of Evidence. Although the state’s highest court stopped short of declaring New Jersey a “Daubert jurisdiction,”

Breath Test

New Jersey Supreme Court Deems Breath Tests Inadmissible

In State v. Eileen Cassidy, (A-58-16/078390) (Decided November 13, 2018), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that breath test results produced by Alcotest machines not calibrated using a NIST-traceable thermometer are inadmissible. The decision called into question thousands of convictions for driving while intoxicated (DWI). Facts of State v.

New Jersey Supreme Court Clarifies Consumer Fraud Act

In All the Way Towing, LLC v. Bucks County Int’l, Inc., (A066/67-17) (Decided January 24, 2019), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that the Consumer Fraud Act’s (CFA) definition of “merchandise” should be liberally construed. It went on to hold that the definition extends to a customized tow truck.

Unemployed Volunteer Firefighter Entitled to Disability Benefits

In Kocanowski v. Township of Bridgewater, (A-55-17/080510) (Decided February 19, 2019), the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that the lack of outside employment did not disqualify a volunteer firefighter from receiving disability benefits. According to the court, N.J.S.A. 34:15-75 authorizes all volunteer firefighters injured in the course of performing

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules AG Not Required to Indemnify County Police Officers

In Kaminskas v. State (NJ, 2019) the Supreme Court of New Jersey held that each county — not the Attorney General — is responsible for defending and potentially indemnifying its police officers. The court’s decision was unanimous. Legal Background  The New Jersey Tort Claims Act governs the defense and indemnification

OPMA

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

In the recent decision of Kean Federation of Teachers v. Ada Morell,the Supreme Court of New Jersey clarified two requirements under the New Jersey Open Public Meeting Act (“OPMA”): (1) to make meeting minutes “promptly available” to the public as required by     N.J.S.A. 10:4–14; and (2) to provide employees, whose

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Key Redistricting Decision

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Key Redistricting Decision

In Evenwel v. Abbott, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that a state or locality may draw its legislative districts based on total population. The landmark redistricting case is the first to define the Constitutional principle of “one person, one vote,” which requires jurisdictions to design legislative districts with equal