Tag: New Jersey Civil Rights Act

OPMA Suit Seeks Attorney’s Fees Under New Jersey Civil Rights Act

OPMA Suit Seeks Attorney’s Fees Under New Jersey Civil Rights Act

The New Jersey Open Public Meeting Act (“OPMA”) does not contain a fee-shifting provision that would allow a plaintiff who brings a successful enforcement action to recover his/her legal costs.  However, an ongoing OPMA lawsuit is relying on a novel legal theory to recover counsel fees under the fee-shifting provision contained

NJ Appeals Court Clarifies Elements of NJCRA Claim

NJ Appeals Court Clarifies Elements of NJCRA Claim

In a recent decision, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court clarified that familial and social affiliations do not qualify as the constitutionally protected conduct required to make a claim under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act (NJCRA). In Lapolla v. County of Union, the plaintiff alleged that

NJ Supreme Court Rules Police Officers Entitled to Qualified Immunity from Civil Rights Claims

In Morillo v. Monmouth County Sheriff Officers, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that government officials were entitled to qualified immunity for civil rights claims arising under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act (NJCRA), N.J.S.A. 10:6-2 and the federal Civil Rights Act of 1871, 42 U.S.C. 1983. Most importantly, especially