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Expert Testimony Not Needed to Substantiate Pecuniary Value of Loss of Child’s Advice, Guidance, and Companionship in Wrongful Death Action

By on March 15, 2019 in Wrongful Death with 0 Comments

This case arises from a tragic highway collision in which the defendant Stephen Rando’s SUV fatally struck the plaintiff’s son, Patrick Dutton, as he was riding his bicycle. The jury found that the defendant was 60% responsible for the accident while the plaintiff’s son Patrick was 40% responsible. The jury awarded the plaintiff, Patrick’s mother, […]

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Retailer Found Not Liable for Fall in Parking Lot Due to Snow and Ice Based Upon Ongoing Snowstorm

By on March 8, 2019 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Folusho Oyebola fell in the Walmart parking lot during a snowstorm and sued Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Tree Fellas, LLC, Walmart’s snow contractor, for her injuries. In Oyebola v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2019 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 432 (App. Div. Feb. 25, 2019), the issue was whether either defendant breached a duty of care […]

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Plaintiff’s Counsel Barred from Asking Plaintiff at Trial Whether Passenger in His Vehicle Suffered an Injury

By on March 1, 2019 in Civil Lawsuits with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Haroon Rashid claimed to have suffered an injury while working as a jitney driver when his vehicle was struck on the passenger side by defendant’s vehicle shortly after plaintiff picked up passengers from a local casino. One of the passengers was thrown from her seat, injured, and taken to the hospital by ambulance. In […]

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Food Poisoning Claim Against Restaurant Dismissed Due to Lack of Proof

By on February 22, 2019 in Claims with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Kathleen Nicholson and John Nicholson sued the Outback Steakhouse (“Outback”) after Kathleen became ill after eating at the Outback. She claimed that her dinner at the Outback was the source of the Salmonella bacteria that caused her illness. In Nicholson v. Bloomin Brands, Inc., 2018 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1817 (App. Div. July 30, […]

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Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Claim Arising from Auto Accident Barred Due to His Inability to Establish a Permanent Injury as Required by Verbal Threshold Law

By on February 15, 2019 in Claims with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Hector Reyes claimed to have suffered personal injuries as a result of an automobile accident with defendant John Stanley. Plaintiff’s automobile insurance policy contained the limitation on lawsuit option (i.e., “verbal threshold”) which limited his ability to sue for noneconomic damages (i.e., his pain and suffering) under the Automobile Insurance Cost Reduction Act, specifically […]

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Loss of Control Over Motor Vehicle Due to Slippery Substance on Roadway Does Not Definitively Establish Negligence

By on February 8, 2019 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Fr. Babu T. Paramel (“Paramel”) was in a motor vehicle accident with defendant Merca Martinez (“Merca”) on Rt. 7 in Jersey City. Prior to the accident, Paramel had been driving eastbound on Rt. 7 and Merca was travelling westbound. As plaintiff was driving over a bridge, Merca lost control of her car due to […]

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Third Circuit Rules that Plaintiff May Sue Insurance Carrier under the Consumer Fraud Act for Deceptive Practices with Respect to her Personal Injury Claim

By on February 1, 2019 in Civil Lawsuits with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Ana Lidia Alpizar-Fallas sued Progressive Garden State Insurance Company (“Progressive”) and one of its agents, claiming that the Progressive agent violated the Consumer Fraud Act due to deceptive business practices. Alpizar-Fallas was insured by Progressive, as was the driver of the other vehicle. She claimed to have suffered a personal injury in a car […]

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Plaintiff Unable to Meet Verbal Threshold Based Upon Family Doctor’s Opinion Of Decline in Mental Status Due to Car Accident

By on January 25, 2019 in Civil Lawsuits with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Ann Giesguth was in a motor vehicle accident with a car driven by defendant Anthony Costanza. A week after the accident, she was found unresponsive and was taken to the hospital.  She was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism. The hospital notes indicated that she “apparently suffered a closed head injury, TBI (traumatic brain injury) […]

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Plaintiff Barred From Calling PIP IME Doctor as Expert at Trial

By on January 18, 2019 in Litigation with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Jo Ann Catello Onello appealed from an order dismissing her complaint with prejudice following a jury verdict of no cause of action and an oral ruling barring the testimony at trial of her IME PIP doctor, Dr. Mark Berman. Plaintiff had been injured in a motor vehicle accident and sued the defendant who rear-ended […]

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Court Applies Mode of Operation Rule to Injury in Supermarket Caused by Water on Floor Due to Melted Snow from Shopping Cart

By on January 10, 2019 in Court Rulings with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Mindy Klarman was at Pathmark’s Lake Hopatcong supermarket on January 31, 2011 when she fell. She slipped on a puddle of water near the checkout, which came from snow off of the bottom of shopping carts, which had been brought into the store. In Klarman v. Pathmark Supermarket, 2018 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2808 […]

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