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Will New Jersey Business Owners Be Liable If Invitees Contract COVID-19 From Their Business After They Reopen?

By on April 24, 2020 in Duty of Care with 0 Comments

While business owners are likely waiting impatiently to reopen their businesses, what will happen if their invitees (customers, tenants, vendors) who come into their business contract COVID -19 and become sick or die? Could they be subject to being sued for their invitee’s illness or death? As of now, there is no legal protection in […]

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New Jersey Appellate Division Rejects Storm In Progress Defense

By on April 13, 2020 in Negligence with 0 Comments

In a published decision involving a slip and fall accident on a public sidewalk due to black ice, the Appellate Division rejected the ongoing-storm rule as a defense (aka the Storm in Progress rule). Instead, in Pareja v. Princeton International Properties, 2020 N.J. Super. LEXIS 41 (App. Div. Apr. 9, 2020), the Court held that […]

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Residential Property Owner Found Not Liable for Plaintiff’s Injury Caused by Raised Public Sidewalk Slab Abutting Owner’s Home

By on February 7, 2020 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Carla Israel was walking on the sidewalk bordering the rear of the defendant’s home located in East Brunswick, New Jersey.  She fell as a result of an uneven slab of sidewalk and suffered an injury.  The issue in Israel v. Gross, 2019 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2538 (App. Div. December 12, 2019) was whether […]

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Owner of Commercial Property Does Not Owe Its Tenant’s Invitee Duty to Clear Snow and Ice from Property’s Driveway While Property in Sole Possession and Control of Tenant

By on January 31, 2020 in Negligence with 0 Comments

In the published New Jersey Supreme Court decision of Shields v. Ramslee Motors, 2020 N.J. LEXIS 17 (2020), the Court was asked to decide whether the owner of a commercial property owed to its tenant’s invitee a duty to clear snow and ice from the property’s driveway while the property was in the sole possession […]

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Premises Liability Case Dismissed Against Supermarket Due To Plaintiff’s Failure To Prove Constructive Notice of Spill

By on January 10, 2020 in Negligence with 0 Comments

The plaintiff Beverly Jackson slipped and fell on a quarter size dollop of shampoo from a bottle that had just fallen from the shelf in the pharmacy department of the defendant supermarket.  Based upon video evidence, this shampoo had fallen on the ground three minutes before her fall.  In Jackson v. ShopRite of Ewing, 2019 […]

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Store Found Not Liable For Slip And Fall Due To Melting Snow From Cart In Aisle

By on January 3, 2020 in Liability with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Johanna Cortes fell while she and her husband were shopping at BJ’s Wholesale Club.  She allegedly slipped and fell in a puddle of water about two feet wide, created by melting snow from a cart left in the aisle.  In the federal court case of Cortes v. BJ’s Wholesale Club, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS […]

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Court Finds Contractor Not Responsible For Accidental Death Of Subcontractor’s Employee

By on November 1, 2019 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiffs Walter Friedauer and Robert Friedauer, as Executors of the Estate of Paul Friedauer, brought a wrongful death action against defendant Ashbritt Environmental Inc. (Ashbritt).  Ashbritt was the state’s prime contractor for the hurricane or other natural disaster debris recovery, remediation and disposal in Brick Township due to Hurricane Sandy.  Ashbritt had subcontracted some of […]

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Court Determines That Property Owner Can Be Held Liable For Fall on Slippery Floor Due To Prior Notice of Condition

By on October 25, 2019 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Ella Jacob slipped on a hallway floor while working for her medical practice employer.  The office had been leased to her employer by the defendant Marlboro Gastroenterology, PC.  (“Marlboro”)  The issue in Jacob v. Marlboro Gastroenterology, P.C., 2019 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2164 (App. Div. Oct. 23, 2019) was whether Marlboro could be held responsible […]

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Appellate Division Finds That Homeowner May Be Responsible For Her Sister’s Fall Due to a Negligently Maintained Handrail

By on October 4, 2019 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Dawn O’Neill claimed to have suffered a serious injury when she fell down the exterior steps of her sister’s home due to a negligently maintained handrail.  The trial court had granted summary judgment to the defendants (plaintiff’s sister and her brother-in-law), determining that they did not breach any duty owed to plaintiff and that […]

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Court Rules that Settlement from Self-Insured Premises Owner Should be Applied as Credit against Plaintiff’s UIM Coverage

By on June 1, 2018 in Settlements with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Janine Ball was injured while walking into a Rite Aid store when struck by defendant Charles Reese, who had fallen asleep at the wheel. She sued Reese based upon negligence in operating his vehicle and Rite Aid based upon a premises liability theory. Plaintiff also informed her own automobile insurance company that she intended […]

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