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Appellate Division Rejects Ongoing Storm Rule in Second Decision

By on October 9, 2020 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Josselyn Berniz (“Berniz”) worked as a housekeeper for defendants Jeffrey and Aisha Atkins. After cleaning their home, while leaving, she fell on their snow covered driveway.  It was still snowing when she left the defendants’ home. The issue in Berniz v. Atkins, 2020 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1900 (App. Div. Oct. 8, 2020) was […]

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Defendant Underage Adult May Be Held Liable To Third Party Injured Due To Defendant Facilitating The Use Of Alcohol To Underage Adult At His Residence

By on September 25, 2020 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Defendant Mark Zwierzynski (“Zwierzynski”), age 19, permitted his underage adult friends to consume alcoholic beverages in his home. Two of his guests, plaintiff’s decedent Brandon Tyler Narleski (age 19) and plaintiff Nicholas Gomes (age 20) left his home severely intoxicated. Shortly thereafter, Gomes lost control of his vehicle and crashed, causing Narleski’s death. In Estate […]

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Red Lobster Found Potentially Liable To Customer For Injury From Fall On Oily Steps

By on September 4, 2020 in Negligence with 0 Comments

The plaintiff, Mia Alers-Alvira, was leaving the Red Lobster restaurant when she slipped and fell on the last of three steps that led to the entrance/exit pathway of the Red Lobster.  She claimed that she fell on the oily residue on these concrete steps.  In the case of Alers-Alvira v. Red Lobster Restaurant, Inc., 2020 […]

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Private Owner Of Parking Lot Leased To Municipality Found Not Liable For Fall On Ice In Lot

By on May 22, 2020 in Negligence with 0 Comments

The plaintiff Richard Underhill parked his car in a municipal parking lot known as the Kaplan Lot located in the Borough of Caldwell.  He walked across the street with his wife and friends to eat dinner at a nearby restaurant.  Upon returning to his parked car, he walked up an internal driveway that connected the […]

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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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University Found Potentially Liable To Roofing Contractor Who Was Injured When He Fell Off The Library Roof

By on October 11, 2019 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff, Sonny Cabrera, Jr., an employee of KB Electric Services Company, Inc. (“KB”), was changing lights on top of the University’s library when he fell off the roof because of a loose balustrade and suffered injuries.  The issue in Cabrera v. Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2019 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2068 (App. Div. October 8, 2019), […]

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No Duty To Warn for Open and Obvious Condition

By on May 8, 2014 in Blog with 0 Comments
No Duty To Warn for Open and Obvious Condition

Plaintiff Thomas Hackett suffered injuries when he hit his head on the ceiling when climbing a ladder to a water tower on the roof of a commercial building to repair an air conditioner. He was a technician working for Statewide Conditioning Inc., which had a contract with the defendants to perform the HVAC repair work. […]

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No Duty Owed by Private Utility to Remove Dead Tree

By on February 11, 2014 in Blog with 0 Comments
No Duty Owed by Private Utility to Remove Dead Tree

No Duty Owed by Private Utility Company to Remove Dead Tree in Right of Way to Prevent Accident The Plaintiffs in McGlynn v. State of New Jersey, no. L-2-06 (App. Div. Jan. 3, 2014) claimed that Jersey Central Power and Light Company (“JCP&L”) owed a duty of care to remove vegetation in its right of […]

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