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New Jersey Supreme Court Adopts “Ongoing Storm” Rule with Limited Exceptions

By on June 18, 2021 in Negligence with 0 Comments

In a June 10, 2021 opinion written in Pareja v. Princeton International Properties, Inc., 2021 N.J. LEXIS 549 (2021), the New Jersey Supreme Court adopted the “Ongoing Storm” Rule, which should be very useful to the defense bar in pursuing Summary Judgment as to claims arising out of slip and fall events that take place […]

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New Jersey Rescue Doctrine Does Not Apply To Rescue Of Pet Owned By Defendants

By on June 4, 2021 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Ann Samolyk almost drowned when she tried to rescue a dog owned by defendants Ilona and Robert Destefinis that had wandered into a canal between their respective homes in Forked River, New Jersey.  After trying to rescue the dog, Ann was found unconscious on a “floating dock” and suffered “debilitating brain damage.” In the […]

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Plaintiff’s NJ Lawsuit Dismissed Due To Inability To Describe Cause Of Trip And Fall

By on May 7, 2021 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Evangelos Vassilakis sued defendants Thomas Kelly and Bonita Duffy, the owners of the property where plaintiff was a tenant, and also sued the owners of the property next to plaintiff’s apartment due to injuries suffered in a fall.  Plaintiff claimed that he was injured when he fell on the defendants’ property.  The issue in […]

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County Not Entitled To Indemnification For Accident Caused By Its Own Negligence

By on April 30, 2021 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Matthew Domenick tripped and fell while playing a softball game at Johnson Park in Piscataway.  As sponsor of the softball league, defendant Brian Melnick obtained a permit from the defendant County of Middlesex.  Melnick signed the County’s rules and regulations which contained a hold harmless agreement, requiring indemnification for claims arising from the conduct […]

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Homeowner Not Responsible For Plaintiff’s Injury From Trip Over Raised Sidewalk Due To Tree Root

By on April 16, 2021 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff, Sevim Temiz, while walking past her neighbor’s residential property in Paramus, tripped over a raised portion of the sidewalk and fell.  She filed a lawsuit alleging that the defendants Ghanshyam Patel and Bijal Patel negligently maintained their property.  The issue in Temiz v. Patel, 2021 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 604 (App. Div. April 12, […]

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Plaintiff Able To Assert Negligent Infliction Of Emotional Distress Claim Against Vet For Decapitating Deceased Cat To Perform Rabies Test

By on April 9, 2021 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Mario Quesada brought his sick cat Amor to the defendant veterinarian Red Bank Veterinary Hospital where he was diagnosed with saddle thrombus which necessitated euthanization of the cat. Plaintiff was overcome with emotion and was permitted to say goodbye to Amor. During the euthanization process, the cat bit one of the nurses and the […]

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Borough Found Not Liable For Slip And Fall Injury Due To Alleged Depression In Grassy Area Of Municipal Park

By on April 2, 2021 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Suzanne Pagonis tripped and fell while walking across a grassy field at the Crestwood Lake Club, which was a recreational lake swimming complex owned by defendant Borough of Allendale and encompassed a municipal park, Crestwood Park.  Her daughter had participated earlier in the day in a softball tournament at the Club’s facilities.  Plaintiff fell […]

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Slip And Fall Plaintiff Not Required To Prove Notice Of Dangerous Condition If Created By Defendant

By on March 26, 2021 in Negligence with 0 Comments

The plaintiff Thomas Seeley was injured at Bally’s Casino when he slipped and fell in the public men’s restroom.  He had not noticed the moisture on the floor before he fell.  The issue in Seeley v. Caesars Entertainment, 2021 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 446 (App. Div. March 18, 2021), was whether the testimony that the […]

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Retail Store Found To Be Potentially Liable For Trip And Fall Caused By Gap Between Escalator Platform And Floor

By on February 26, 2021 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Arcelie Williams was injured while shopping at the defendant J.C. Penney store.  While on the second level of the store, she attempted to use the escalator to go down to the first level but her foot caught on a metal platform that was immediately in front of and connected to the escalator.  She fell […]

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Burden to Apportion Damages For Two Successive Accidents Shifted to Defendants If Plaintiff Suffered “Unitary” Harm

By on February 19, 2021 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Joseph Bucchi was involved in a pedestrian motor vehicle accident after an alleged altercation with defendant Janet DeLuca. After found lying in the street by another individual, he “wobbled into the street,” and was struck by defendant Joan Strothers’ vehicle. The issue in Bucchi v. DeLuca, 2020 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2066 (App. Div. […]

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