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Appellate Division Upholds Termination of Chemistry Teacher

July 12th, 2018 | Written by Tara St. Angelo, Esq.

A tenured chemistry teacher recently appealed a trial court’s decision in his case against the Hunterdon Central Regional High School District Board (the “Board”).  The Board had referred tenure charges against the teacher to the Commission of Education, and the teacher alleged violations of the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and failure to send a Rice notice.  On appeal in R.D.A. v. Hunterdon Central Regional High School District Bd. of Education, et al., Docket No. A-5011-16T3 (App. Div. June 28, 2018), the Appellate Division affirmed the trial court’s dismissal holding that the action was time-barred and that OPMA had not been violated.  

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How to Prepare for a Court Appearance: Ten Practical Tips

July 11th, 2018 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

Do not bring friends/family to the courtroom. You do not need to have a fan section, which can be distracting to you and others.  Discuss the specifics with your lawyer before you go to court and balance a need for support with the recommendations of your counsel.

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OPRA and Security Camera Footage

July 10th, 2018 | Written by Tara St. Angelo, Esq.

The New Jersey Supreme Court in Gilleran v. Twp. of Bloomfield, 227, N.J. 159 (2016) set forth a test to determine whether security footage of public buildings should be disclosed pursuant to an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request.  However, the Court has not opined as to whether security footage of private property obtained during police investigations is subject to OPRA. 

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NJ Supreme Court Reverses Appellate Division’s Expansion of Rice Notice Requirement

June 29th, 2018 | Written by Tara St. Angelo, Esq.

Recently, in Kean Federation of Teachers v. Ada, 2018 WL 3062207 (N.J. June 21, 2018), the New Jersey Supreme Court overturned the Appellate Division’s decision that required all employees to receive a Rice Notice if matters affecting their employment appeared on a public body’s agenda for open session.  Thereby, the Supreme Court limited a previously widely expanded interpretation of Rice Notice requirements.

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NJ Supreme Court Affirms That Only Complete Development Applications are Protected by “Time of Application” Rule

June 28th, 2018 | Written by Tara St. Angelo, Esq.

In Dunbar Homes, Inc. v. Zoning Bd. of Adj. of Franklin Twp., 2018 WL 3041000 (N.J. June 20, 2018), the NJ Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Appellate Division that incomplete development applications do not benefit from the “Time of Application” rule.

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“Potentially Dangerous” or “Vicious” Dogs: Do You Know the Difference, and Are You Properly Licensed & Insured?

June 21st, 2018 | Written by Robert C. Ward, Esq.

New Jersey has laws that address “potentially dangerous” dogs and “vicious” dogs. The two types are different, and the status of each type of dog must be declared by a municipal court. 

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Dog Owners: Are You Aware of Your Liability for Dog Bites?

June 14th, 2018 | Written by Robert C. Ward, Esq.

Many residents are not aware that in New Jersey there is a law that places liability on a dog owner.  Specifically, if your dog bites a person on or in a public place, or if the bite occurs while the person is lawfully on or in a private place, you may be liable!    

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What Types of Experts Can Help with a Family Law Matter?

June 13th, 2018 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

There is an endless list of experts that are available to assist you and your family when dealing with family law related issues (divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, alimony, division of assets). 

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Proposed Legislation on Municipal Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTs)

June 12th, 2018 | Written by Richard P. Cushing, Esq.

Many municipalities in New Jersey, faced with either deteriorating downtowns, blighted properties, or affordable housing litigation threats from developers, are creatively using PILOTs (payments in lieu of taxes) to incentivize developers to develop plans that meet municipal goals.  Such goals may include supplying affordable housing or clearing blight and underutilization of property, while also reducing the municipal tax burden for the newly developed projects.

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Why Use a Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney?

May 4th, 2018 | Written by William J. Rudnik, Esq.

When getting divorced, or dealing with other family law issues, there are literally thousands of attorneys from which you can choose.  There are roughly 75,000 active lawyers in New Jersey, and many of them advertise in yellow pages, on television, online, and even on billboards.  But how can you decide which attorney is best-suited to handle your family law matter? 

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