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Owner Of Motor Vehicle Not Liable For Accident When Driver Not Acting As Her Agent

By on January 24, 2020 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Giuseppe Scaturro was driving a motor vehicle with plaintiff Nelys Hernandez as a passenger when her vehicle was rear ended by the vehicle owned by defendant Ruth Otles. Otles was not in her vehicle at the time of the accident, which was being driven by Sen Turan.  The issue in Hernandez v. Otles, 2019 […]

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Owner Of Vacant Two-Family Home Found Not To Be Liable For Injury On Abutting Defective Sidewalk

By on January 17, 2020 in Liability with 0 Comments

The plaintiff, Nivia Cardenas, fell and injured herself on a defective sidewalk in front of a vacant home owned by defendants Mark and Anthony T. Severino.  The trial court judge determined that, because the property was not being used for commercial purposes at the time of the accident, the defendants had no duty to maintain […]

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Premises Liability Case Dismissed Against Supermarket Due To Plaintiff’s Failure To Prove Constructive Notice of Spill

By on January 10, 2020 in Negligence with 0 Comments

The plaintiff Beverly Jackson slipped and fell on a quarter size dollop of shampoo from a bottle that had just fallen from the shelf in the pharmacy department of the defendant supermarket.  Based upon video evidence, this shampoo had fallen on the ground three minutes before her fall.  In Jackson v. ShopRite of Ewing, 2019 […]

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Store Found Not Liable For Slip And Fall Due To Melting Snow From Cart In Aisle

By on January 3, 2020 in Liability with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Johanna Cortes fell while she and her husband were shopping at BJ’s Wholesale Club.  She allegedly slipped and fell in a puddle of water about two feet wide, created by melting snow from a cart left in the aisle.  In the federal court case of Cortes v. BJ’s Wholesale Club, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS […]

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Court Rules that Treating Physicians May Testify as to Whether their Bills were Fair and Reasonable

By on December 20, 2019 in Evidence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Maria Napolitano was in a motor vehicle accident when the vehicle in which she was a passenger was struck in the rear by a truck driven by defendant Tony Hudson and owned by MSS Vending Inc.  As the time of the accident, she was insured under an automobile insurance policy that included a $50,000 […]

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Landlord Found Not Liable for Tenant’s Injury on Stairs Due to Known Crack in Stair Tread

By on December 13, 2019 in Liability with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Mary Giraldi leased a single family home from defendants Michael and Susan Cervini. After living there for four years, she caught her foot in a gap between the porch stair treads and fell. In Giraldi v. Cervini, 2019 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2183 (App. Div. Oct. 24, 2019), the issue was whether the defendant […]

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Court Rules That Plaintiff Unable To Seek PIP Coverage For Unpaid Medical Expenses Under Policies Issued By Insurance Companies To Tortfeasor’s Resident Relatives

By on December 6, 2019 in Claims with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Raymond Nesby was injured in an automobile accident when his car was struck from behind by the vehicle driven by defendant Sheryl Fleurmond, whose vehicle was owned by defendant Chris Decaro and insured by Progressive Garden State Insurance Company.  Fleurmond did not own a vehicle nor have her own automobile insurance policy.  However, she […]

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Appellate Division Holds No Absolute Rule Of Law Finding Liability Due To Rear End Collision

By on November 27, 2019 in Liability with 0 Comments

The plaintiff Ming Zhang appealed from a no cause verdict entered after a bench trial.  Plaintiff’s complaint sought compensation for property damage to his vehicle suffered from a rear end collision.  The trial court judge found that the plaintiff had caused the accident when he abruptly changed lanes into the lane that the defendant was […]

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Church Found Immune Under Charitable Immunity Act For Injury Due to Plaintiff’s Fall on Snow When Attending Drunk Driving Program at Church

By on November 22, 2019 in Liability with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Edward Castellano was ordered to participate in a 48 hour Intoxicated Driver’s Resource Center (IDRC) Program due to his second drunk driving conviction.  The program was located on property owned and operated by defendant St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Keyport, New Jersey.  As plaintiff walked about the premises before the program started, he slipped […]

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Meeting the Verbal Threshold Requirement for an Automobile Accident Injury through Scarring or a Permanent Injury

By on November 8, 2019 in Negligence with 0 Comments

The Verbal Threshold is a threshold requirement set by the New Jersey Legislature for an individual to be compensated for bodily injuries suffered in an auto accident. The Verbal Threshold, or the Limitation on Lawsuit option, was created in an effort to reduce the cost of car insurance by limiting a person’s ability to sue […]

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