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Neither Wawa, Nor The State Held Liable For Accidents That Occurred Due To Drivers Making An Illegal Left Turn Into A Wawa Driveway

By on October 1, 2021 in Negligence with 2 Comments

In a published decision, the Appellate Division considered appeals from two cases involving motor vehicle accidents that occurred about one year apart at about the same location under similar circumstances.  In both cases, a driver traveling westbound on Route 322 in Folsom, New Jersey made an illegal left turn in the direction of one of […]

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New Jersey Supreme Court Holds that Multiple Documents Cannot be Used to Establish Compliance with the Notice Requirements of the Tort Claims Act

By on July 30, 2021 in Court Rulings with 0 Comments

By: Sean P. Dugan, Law ClerkEditor: Betsy G. Ramos, Esq. On June 13, 2017, Plaintiff H.C. Equities served the County of Union and Union County Improvement Authority a “Notice of Tort Claim” for “damages arising from tortious interference with contract … conspiracy, defamation and trade libel.” The claim arose out of a contract dispute where […]

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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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Third-Party Complaint Against Municipality Barred Due To Defendant’s Failure To Timely File A Notice Of Tort Claim

By on February 12, 2021 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Eartha Butler claims that, on March 18, 2018, she suffered injuries after tripping and falling on a sidewalk adjacent to the defendant Badr’s Jersey City private school (“Badr”).  Badr was unaware of plaintiff’s claim until seven months after the accident.  At that time, it served a notice of tort claim upon Jersey City.  The […]

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County Found Not Liable For Trip Over Pipe Due To Plaintiff’s Failure To Prove Notice

By on May 29, 2020 in Negligence with 0 Comments

Plaintiff Ellen Cavilla tripped over a partially exposed pipe and broke her wrist while fishing in Gaskill Park in April 2015.  She sued Atlantic County for negligence due to her injuries.  The issue in Cavilla v. County of Atlantic, 2020 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 877 (App. Div. May 11, 2020), was whether a negligence claim […]

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What Defenses Are Available to Public Entities for Falls on Public Sidewalks?

By on February 2, 2018 in Liability with 0 Comments

If a plaintiff is able to establish that it is the public entity who bears the responsibility for the condition of a public sidewalk which caused the plaintiff’s fall, the public entity may remain immune from liability based upon Tort Claims Act defenses. The public entity (municipality, county, or State) may defend on the basis […]

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Defendant Barred from Suing Public Entity Due to Failure to File Timely Tort Claims Act Notice

By on September 1, 2017 in Court Rulings with 0 Comments

On July 27, 2017, the New Jersey Supreme Court decided important issues concerning the ability of a defendant to sue a public entity in a third party claim.  In the case of Twanda Jones v. Morey’s Pier, 2017 N.J. LEXIS 812 (July 27, 2017), the Supreme Court decided that a defendant is barred from asserting […]

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Plaintiff Unable to Meet Permanency Threshold of Tort Claims Act Despite Knee Surgery

By on February 3, 2017 in Awards with 0 Comments

By: Christopher J. Carlson, Esq. Editor: Betsy G. Ramos, Esq. The New Jersey Tort Claims Act (“TCA”), N.J.S.A. 59:1-1 to 59:13-10, requires that a Plaintiff seeking to recover damages from a public entity must prove as a threshold requirement that he or she sustained a “permanent loss of body function.” N.J.S.A. 59:9-2(d). The Appellate Division […]

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