Author: Donald Scarinci

NJ Supreme Court Narrows Keyport Decision

Court Rules Hamilton Township Zoning Board Not Biased Against Strip Club

A federal judge in New Jersey recently dismissed a suit alleging that the Township of Hamilton’s zoning board violated the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by improperly denying an adult entertainment establishment’s application for a business license and repair permit. The Facts of the Case In Harding Brass v.

Court Finds Atlantic County Contract Violated Pay-to-Play Ordinance

Court Finds Atlantic County Contract Violated Pay-to-Play Ordinance

In Schroeder v. County of Atlantic, a New Jersey court addressed the applicability of a local pay-to-play ordinance where the contributions in question were made to the State campaign rather than the county campaign of a current holder of county public office. The decision provides useful guidance to New Jersey

New FCC Wireless Rules Require NJ Municipalities to Amend Land Use Ordinances

New FCC Wireless Rules Require NJ Municipalities to Amend Land Use Ordinances

New Jersey municipalities should be aware that new rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding wireless facilities might require amendments to local land use ordinances. Among other significant changes, the FCC’s Acceleration of Broadband Deployment by Improving Wireless Facilities Siting Policies limit the discretion of local governments with

NJ Supreme Court Rules Co-Op Board’s Leaflet Ban Violated Resident’s Free Speech Rights

In Dublirer v. 200 Linwood Avenue Owners, the Supreme Court of New Jersey recently held that a co-op’s leaflet ban was unconstitutional. In reaching its decision, the court clarified the standard to evaluate restrictions on free speech in a common-interest community like the building in this case. The Facts of

NJ Appeals Court Clarifies OPRA Personnel Exemption

NJ Court Rules Communications Between Recused Municipal Lawyer and Substitute Counsel Are Privileged

New Jersey municipalities often retain more than one attorney to handle their legal matters. In a recent decision, a New Jersey court confirmed that the attorneys should be able to confidentially share information. In 297 Palisades Urban Renewal v. Borough of Bogota, the court specifically held that communications between recused

NJ Supreme Court Rules Faulkner Act Violation Warrants Award of Attorneys Fees

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently addressed the role of the clerk in determining whether referendum petitions meet the requirements of the Faulkner Act, as well the repercussions for exceeding that authority. In a precedential ruling, the panel held that the City of Hoboken Clerk lacked the discretion to prevent

NJ Appeals Court Addresses Separation of Powers in County Executive Governments

A recent decision by the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court sheds light on the separation of powers between the county executive and board of freeholders in a county executive form of government. In Donovan v. Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the appeals court specifically considered (1)