Category: Open Public Meeting Act

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 employment

NJ Appeals Court Rules College Violated OPMA in Terminating Teacher

NJ Appeals Court Rules College Violated OPMA in Terminating Teacher

The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court recently held that Kean University violated the state’s Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) when it terminated a faculty member. In Kean Federation of Teachers v. Ada Morell, Bd. Of Trustees of Kean University, the appeals court found that the college violated

NJ Court Refuses to Dismiss OPMA Suit Against Orange School Board

NJ Court Refuses to Dismiss OPMA Suit Against Orange School Board

A New Jersey Court recently refused to dismiss a suit against the City of Orange Board of Education alleging violations of the Open Public Meeting Act (OPMA). It found that a teacher could sustain a claim alleging that board had engaged in private discussions regarding her employment outside of the

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NJ Appeals Court Defines “Agenda” Under OPMA

In Opderbeck v. Midland Park Board of Education, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court addressed the requirements for an agenda subject to the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA). The appeals court overturned a trial court decision holding that a school board’s bare-bones agenda violated the

NJ Supreme Court Overturns Arbitration Award in Teacher Misconduct Case

NJ Appeals Court Rules Closter Ordinance Did Not Constitute Spot Zoning

The Appellate Division recent held that the Borough of Closter did not engage in “spot zoning” when it increased the allowable square footage for commercial establishments in its business district. The Mayor and Council’s adoption of a zoning ordinance in The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Inc. v. Borough

NJ Court Rules School Board Must Release Attachments Prior to Public Meetings

Does Your Agenda Make the Grade? NJ Court Rules School Board Must Release Attachments Prior to Public Meetings

It is not enough to release an agenda prior to a public meeting. In order to comply with the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), the documents must be meaningful, according to a recent decision by a New Jersey Superior Court judge. In Opderbeck v. Midland Park Board of Education, Bergen

NJ Supreme Court Overturns Arbitration Award in Teacher Misconduct Case

NJ Court Orders School Officials to Reimburse District for Legal Fees For Improper Lawsuit

The Appellate Division recently ordered two school officials to reimburse their district for legal fees when the school board improperly instituted legal action on their behalf. It concluded that a defamation lawsuit was not brought in the interest of the Elizabeth Board of Education, but rather, in the interest of