Tag: New Jersey municipal liability

Proposed Bill Would Eliminate Awards of Punitive Damages Against NJ Municipalities

Proposed Bill Would Eliminate Awards of Punitive Damages Against NJ Municipalities

Recently proposed legislation could reduce the legal costs of New Jersey municipalities. Assembly Bill Number 2997 would eliminate awards of punitive damages against municipalities as well as employees of municipalities acting within the scope or under color of their office, employment, or agency.  In a civil lawsuit, compensatory damages are

Court Chastises NJ Municipality for Attempting to Circumvent OPRA

NJ Court Outlines Role of Judge and Jury in Tort Claims Act Suits

Under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act, the standard of liability applied to a public entity depends on whether it exercised discretionary decision-making or performed ministerial acts. In Henebema v. South Jersey Transportation Authority, the Appellate Division considered whether a judge or jury should resolve that threshold dispute. The distinction

When Does a Taking Occur Under New Jersey’s Eminent Domain Law?

The Appellate Division recently clarified when a taking occurs under New Jersey’s eminent domain law. The plaintiffs contended, among other arguments, that the filing of condemnation complaints by the New Jersey municipality amounted to a taking that required compensation. The Appellate Division disagreed. Under N.J.S.A. 20:3-6, a New Jersey municipality

New Jersey Municipality Seeks to Hold OPRA Requester Liable For Release of Confidential Information

In an interesting legal twist, the Borough of Pine Hill is seeking to shift liability for the release of confidential information to the individual who requested it under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act. The municipality has filed a motion to add the requester, John Schmidt, as a third-party defendant.

Proposed Sexual Abuse Law Could Lead to Liability for New Jersey Municipalities

Legislation is currently pending in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature that would eliminate the statute of limitations on civil actions for sexual abuse. While we certainly do not question the intent of these bills, New Jersey municipalities should be aware of the potential legal consequences. The current statute