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Church Found Not Liable for Fall on Public Sidewalk in Front of Vacant Church Property

By on May 25, 2018 in Liability with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Timothy Ellis fell on a public sidewalk in front of a vacant church owned by defendant Hilton United Methodist Church. Plaintiff argued that the church should be liable for his injuries suffered in the fall because its property should be deemed a “commercial” property for purposes of assessing liability. In the published decision of […]

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Allocation of Negligence as to Fictitious Defendant Permitted in Automobile Accident Lawsuit

By on May 18, 2018 in Negligence with 0 Comments

I had previously reported on the Appellate Division decision in Krzykalski v. Tindall, 448 N.J. Super. 1 (App. Div. 2016), in which the court upheld the trial court’s decision to allow the jury to allocate negligence between defendant David Tindall and the fictitiously named John Doe defendant in an automobile accident case. The New Jersey […]

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Plaintiff’s Retail Safety Expert Found Not Qualified to Testify as Expert

By on May 4, 2018 in Litigation with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Kim Yazujian sued PetSmart for an injury that occurred due to a slip and fall at one of their stores. The case was tried before a jury and the jury found PetSmart not liable. Plaintiff appealed on the basis that the trial court judge abused its discretion in excluding his retail safety expert from […]

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Plaintiff’s Failure to Notify His Auto Insurance Carrier of Litigation Against Underinsured Tortfeasor Bars UIM Claim

By on April 20, 2018 in Litigation with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Robert Ferrante was injured in an automobile accident in which the other motorist (“the tortfeasor”) caused the accident. Without informing his automobile insurance company, New Jersey Manufacturers (“NJM”), Plaintiff filed a lawsuit against the tortfeasor, participated in mandatory arbitration, rejected the award and asked for a trial de novo, refused a settlement offer, tried […]

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New Jersey Appellate Court Refuses to Recognize Tort Claim for Negligent Misidentification of Suspect

By on April 13, 2018 in Other with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Dwight Morris was at his bank to make a withdrawal when the male in front of him handed the teller a robbery note. The teller handed the robber a stack of bills and the robber then left the bank. The teller called 9-1-1 and, when the police came, the plaintiff claims that they questioned […]

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Insurer Not Barred from Disclaiming Coverage after Providing Courtesy Defense

By on April 6, 2018 in Coverage with 0 Comments

By:  Christopher J. Carlson, Esq. Edited by: Betsy G. Ramos, Esq. The Appellate Division recently decided a very interesting case addressing the impact of an insurance carrier issuing a “reservation of rights” letter to its insured while also simultaneously agreeing to provide a defense for the insured, but failing to clearly request the insured’s consent […]

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Claims that Fall Under Employers Liability/Part B Coverage

By on March 29, 2018 in Liability with 0 Comments

Employers Liability insurance coverage is a “gap filler” coverage, providing protection to employers in situations where an injured employee has the right to bring a civil tort action for damages despite the provisions of the New Jersey workers’ compensation statute. Although N.J.S.A. 34:15-8 makes workers’ compensation the “exclusive remedy” for an injured employee, in which […]

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Litigation Privilege Bars Lawsuit as to Alleged Defamatory Statement Made by Litigant

By on March 23, 2018 in Litigation with 0 Comments

The plaintiff (an attorney) sued his former client, defendant Shai Harmelech, to collect on an unpaid legal bill. In the course of that lawsuit, the trial judge asked the parties if they would be interested in participating in a mediation to resolve the dispute. In response to the court’s request, Harmelech sent an email to […]

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Commercial Property Owner Unable to Obtain Dismissal for Fall on Black Ice

By on March 16, 2018 in Liability with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Cynthia Johnson was an employee of a tenant of the property owned by defendant Brandywine Operating Partnership, LP and Brandywine Realty Trust (“Brandywine”). She fell on black ice in the parking lot of Brandywine’s property and sued for her injuries. In Johnson v. Brandywine Operating Partnership, LP, 2017 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2857 (App. […]

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Commercial Property Landlord Not Responsible for Injury of Tenant’s Invitee

By on March 9, 2018 in Liability with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Ben Jimenez was employed as a truck driver by Atlantic Freight Systems, Inc. (“AFS”) when he slipped and fell in the company yard during the course of his employment. The Defendants Stephen Powell and Concetta Powell (“Powells”) owned the commercial property where the accident occurred and leased the entire premises to their corporate entity […]

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