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Common Law Dog Bite Liability Can Reach Beyond the Dog Owner to A “Keeper”

By on January 12, 2018 in Liability with 0 Comments

By:  Charles F. Holmgren, Esq. Edited by: Betsy G. Ramos, Esq. Plaintiff Jeanette Carabello and her husband went outside one winter morning to shovel snow. As she was shoveling, a dog owned by their neighbor’s grandson and residing at their neighbor’s home, ran up to her and bit her on the leg. Rather than suing […]

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Homeowners Found Not Liable for Slip and Fall on Ice on Adjoining Public Sidewalk Due to a Refreeze of Water From Homes’ Downspouts

By on January 5, 2018 in Liability with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Rosa Perez slipped and fell on a public sidewalk in Harrison, New Jersey while walking in front of the row-homes of defendants Joseph and Jane Bator and Jose and Rosalyne Parraguez. Both homes had rooftop gutters and downspouts that channeled rain water and snowmelt into the common alleyway between the two homes and spilled […]

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Counterclaim Filed After Statute of Limitations Expired Permitted to “Relate Back” to Timely Filed Complaint

By on December 28, 2017 in Statute of Limitations with 0 Comments

In New Jersey, personal injury actions must be filed within two years of the accrual of the action. What happens if the complaint is filed on the last day of the statute of limitations and the defendant wishes to file a counterclaim arising out of the same incident? Is the counterclaim barred? That was the […]

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Condominium Association Not Liable for Injury on Sidewalk Adjacent to Its Buildings

By on December 15, 2017 in Liability with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Tina Waldeier was injured when thrown from her bicycle due to a defect in the sidewalk adjacent to the defendant Piper I Townhouse Condominium buildings. The Condominium Association argued that the condominiums were predominantly residential and, hence, it was not liable for the defects in the public sidewalk. In, Waldeier v. Piper 1 Townhouse […]

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Homeowner Found Not Liable for Injury Resulting from Fall on Driveway During Ongoing Snowstorm

By on December 8, 2017 in Liability with 0 Comments

Plaintiff, Michael Mangone, a UPS delivery worker, suffered an injury due to a fall from snow on the driveway of defendant Beverly Beer. Plaintiff sued Beer, claiming negligence. The question in Mangone v. Beer, 2017 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2855 (App. Div. Nov.16, 2017) was whether the defendant breached any duty of care owed to […]

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A Refresher on the Standards for a Motion for Summary Judgment in the Context of Potential Liability of a Volunteer Athletic Coach

By on December 1, 2017 in Liability with 0 Comments

By:  Christopher J. Carlson, Esq. Edited by: Betsy G. Ramos, Esq. The Appellate Division recently decided a case with a fairly unusual fact pattern which nonetheless is instructive regarding the issue of Motions for Summary Judgment in general, as well as the more narrow issue of the potential liability of volunteer athletic coaches. Mone v. […]

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Court Refuses to Apply Relation Back Rule to Permit Amended Pleading Filed Beyond Statute of Limitations

By on November 17, 2017 in Court Rulings with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Michael Martin was employed by Gary F. Gardner, Inc. to perform inspections and correct punch list items at an assisted living facility that was under construction. He filed suit against Gary F. Gardner and “John Doe’s (1-4)” just prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations. In Martin v. Conifer-LeChase Construction, LLC, 2017 […]

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Wear and Tear Homeowner’s Policy Exclusion Upheld by Court to Bar Property Damage Claim to Pool

By on November 10, 2017 in Court Rulings with 0 Comments

Plaintiffs Richard and Vicki Klein filed a claim with Defendant Franklin Mutual Insurance Co. (“FMI”) due to damage to their in-ground pool. Plaintiffs claimed that the damage was caused by a rotted tree branch from a neighbor’s property which fell into their pool. The defendant disputed the cause of the damage, contending that it was […]

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Tenant’s Personal Injury Claim against Property Manager Dismissed

By on November 3, 2017 in Court Rulings with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Diedre Bradley resided in an apartment building in East Orange that was managed by Defendant Dynamic Capital Property (“Dynamic”). On January 16, 2012, Plaintiff suffered an injury when she tripped and fell due to a crack on the marble stairs in the common area of the building. In Bradley v. Dynamic Capital Property, 2017 […]

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Store Found Not Negligent for Plaintiff Who Was Injured Tripping Over Mannequin Platform

By on October 27, 2017 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Patricia Rieger was shopping at the defendant Loft store in Marlton, NJ when she suffered an injury. She was trying on a scarf and, while viewing herself in the mirror of the common dressing area of the store, she backed up, tripped and fell over a platform behind her. Her trip caused the mannequin […]

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