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Recent Successful Motion to Bar Plaintiff’s Liability Expert as “Net Opinion” Resulting in Summary Judgment

By on September 18, 2020 in Liability with 0 Comments

Our firm recently prevailed on a Motion to Bar the report of a Plaintiff’s Expert as “Net Opinion,” which then led the Court to grant our Motion for Summary Judgment on behalf of our client.  The matter was Broome v. ShopRite of Millville, et al., venued in Cumberland County, Docket No. L-468-18.  This favorable disposition […]

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Red Lobster Found Potentially Liable To Customer For Injury From Fall On Oily Steps

By on September 4, 2020 in Negligence with 0 Comments

The plaintiff, Mia Alers-Alvira, was leaving the Red Lobster restaurant when she slipped and fell on the last of three steps that led to the entrance/exit pathway of the Red Lobster.  She claimed that she fell on the oily residue on these concrete steps.  In the case of Alers-Alvira v. Red Lobster Restaurant, Inc., 2020 […]

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Assault or Battery Exclusion Bars Claim Against Insurance Company for Tavern’s Defense and Indemnification as to Lawsuit Involving Fatal Shooting of Patron

By on August 28, 2020 in Negligence with 0 Comments

In the published Appellate Division decision, Pickett v. Moore’s Lounge, 2020 N.J. Super. LEXIS 208 (App. Div. August 25, 2020), the Court was asked to decide whether insurance coverage existed as to the defendant tavern to cover the lawsuit against it for the fatal shooting of one its patrons. The tavern’s insurance company, Northfield Insurance […]

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Lawsuit of Deceased Plaintiff Dismissed Due to Death Occurring Before Complaint Filed

By on August 21, 2020 in Litigation with 0 Comments

The lawyer representing the plaintiff Carolyn Repko (“Repko”) filed a lawsuit in her name in September 2018, not knowing that she had died nine months previously.  He filed suit against the defendant Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Inc. (“Lourdes”) due to plaintiff’s fall which had occurred in September 2016.  The issue in Repko v. […]

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“Special Employee’s” Personal Injury Civil Claim Found Barred By Workers’ Compensation Exclusive Remedy Defense

By on August 14, 2020 in Policy with 0 Comments

In a published Appellate Division decision, Hocutt v. Minda Supply Co., 2020 N.J. Super. LEXIS 201 (App. Div. August 7, 2020), the Appellate Division addressed whether the plaintiff employee (Carlton Hocutt III) qualified as a “special employee” of the defendant Minda Supply Company (“Minda”), whether his claim was barred by the Workers’ Compensation Act (“WCA”), […]

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New Jersey Jury Trials to Resume on Limited Basis

By on August 7, 2020 in Other with 0 Comments

Beginning in mid-September, New Jersey will resume jury trials on a limited basis. Three counties have been chosen to start the resumption of trials – Atlantic/Cape May, Bergen, and Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem vicinages. The plan is to start with criminal trials and then expand to other counties and both criminal and civil trials. The plan is to […]

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District Court Dismisses Claim For Personal Injury Caused By A Trip Over Advertising Sign

By on July 31, 2020 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Richard Connors visited the defendant’s Sam’s Club Store on a clear, sunny and dry day.  Outside the store entrance was a metal advertisement sign, which was positioned next to a flower display and about three feet to the right of the entrance door marked “Welcome.”  In Connors v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., 2020 U.S. Dist. […]

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Supreme Court Rules That Made-Whole Doctrine Does Not Apply To A Self-Insured Retention

By on July 24, 2020 in Claims with 0 Comments

In the lawsuit of City of Asbury Park v. Star Insurance Co., 2020 N.J. LEXIS 746 (June 29, 2020), the Supreme Court addressed a question of New Jersey law at the request of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  The question that was asked was “whether, under equitable principles of New […]

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Plaintiff Unable to Pursue Injury Claim Incurred When Knocked Over By Defendants’ Dog in Dog Park

By on July 10, 2020 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff, Janet Freed, took her dog, a female golden doodle, into the Off-Leash Dog Area of Thompson Park, a Monmouth County Park. The dog owned by the defendants Linda and Frank Bastry, a male golden retriever, ran into plaintiff while chasing her dog and caused her injury.  In Freed v. Bastry, 2020 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS […]

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Neither County, Nor Board Of Education Held Liable For A Student Injured In Gym Class

By on June 26, 2020 in Liability with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Cora Kerton, on behalf of J.R., her minor daughter, filed suit against the County of Hudson and the Board of Education for the Hudson County Schools of Technology, as well as the superintendent and principal of the school, due to an injury that her daughter suffered in gym class.  Her daughter suffered an injury […]

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