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Court Rules Against Employer for Not Accommodating Employee’s Religious Belief of “Mark of the Beast”

June 28th, 2017 | Written by Leslie A. Parikh, Esq.

Recently, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a near $600,000 award against an employer for failing to accommodate an employee’s religious belief after a biometric hand scanner was installed in the workplace (EEOC v. Consol Energy). The employee claimed that the scanner would label him with the “Mark of the Beast,” contrary to his evangelical Christian religious beliefs.

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What Happens If Your Divorce Case Goes to Trial?

June 23rd, 2017 | Written by William J. Rudnik, Esq.

The goal of every person getting divorced should be to settle the case as quickly, painlessly and inexpensively as possible.  There are many ways to settle a divorce case, including through the collaborative divorce process and mediation.  There are also certain events within the court system that are designed to help settle a case that is in the litigation process.  Although rare, unfortunately there are some cases that require a trial.  If you find yourself in that situation, what can you expect and how can you prepare for a trial as a divorce litigant?

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What Happens When You Don’t Have an Estate Plan?

June 16th, 2017 | Written by Daniel S. Makoski, Esq.

There are two ways in which your property can be apportioned to family and friends after your passing.

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Should I File a Motion in the Midst of a Divorce Settlement?

June 15th, 2017 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

One of the most frequently asked questions in a divorce, custody, or support proceeding is “when and how do I get before the judge to have him/her decide my case/issue?”  Unfortunately, it is a somewhat complicated, multifaceted answer.

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City’s Delay in Abating Dangerous Condition Deemed Not Unreasonable

May 23rd, 2017 | Written by Tara St. Angelo, Esq.

The Appellate Division recently held that a delay of more than one year in abating a “dangerous condition” was not “palpably unreasonable” because the municipality was required to publicly bid a contract for such repairs.

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Court Finds That Uncooperative OPRA Litigant is Not Entitled to Attorney’s Fees

May 22nd, 2017 | Written by Tara St. Angelo, Esq.

Typically, a prevailing party in a lawsuit seeking disclosure of records under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) is entitled to attorney’s fees.  N.J.S.A. 47:1A-6.  However, the Court held in Grieco v. Borough of Haddon Heights, No. L-2876-15 (N.J. Super. Ct. Law Div. Oct. 19, 2015) that an uncooperative litigant who rushed into Court instead of alerting the municipality to an obvious mistake in its production of documents was not entitled to attorney’s fees.

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The Right of First Refusal for Parenting Time…a Blessing or a Curse?

April 24th, 2017 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

Many parents want to include a right of first refusal provision in their custody and parenting time or marital settlement agreements.  Such a clause requires a parent to contact the other parent if they are going to be unavailable to the children for a certain period.  This requires the parent to do so before contacting a third party to watch the children. 

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Appellate Division Confirms that Personal Information on OPRA Requests Is Protected from Public Disclosure

April 7th, 2017 | Written by Tara St. Angelo, Esq.

The Appellate Division recently upheld a trial court’s determination that telephone numbers, home addresses, and email addresses of OPRA (Open Public Records Act) requestors could be redacted in response to a request for public documents.  Wolosky v. Somerset Cty., et al., Docket No. A-1024-15T4 (March 30, 2107).

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Seventh Circuit Rules Civil Rights Law Covers LGBT Bias

April 7th, 2017 | Written by Leslie A. Parikh, Esq.

In a long-awaited decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, an eight to three ruling was rendered on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 that workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

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Why Is Divorce So Painful?

March 24th, 2017 | Written by William J. Rudnik, Esq.

In our society, there is a great emphasis on relationships.  This includes relationships with friends, with family, and romantic relationships with significant others.  Most of us like to spend time with other people, whether it be seeing a movie, eating a meal, going to a concert, attending a sporting event, or just socializing.  Even many forms of entertainment are based on relationships.  Think about the TV shows we watch, the movies we see, the music we listen to, and even many of the sporting events we watch…they are popular because of the way the characters interact with one another, and/or the way the stories connect with us. 

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