New Jersey Law

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NJ Appellate Court Confirms That Self-Created Hardships Cannot Support a Hardship Variance from Zoning Standards

In Yu v. Toms River Planning Bd., a recent unreported decision of the Appellate Division, the plaintiff appealed from a Law Division judgment affirming the Toms River Planning Board’s approval of an application for a minor subdivision with bulk…

Bulk Sales Exemptions for Real Estate Become More Clear Under New Law

On January 15, 2018, former Governor Chris Christie signed a new law that clarifies the ownership categories for certain homes and seasonal rental properties that are exempt from the bulk sale notification requirements under New Jersey’s Bulk Sales Act (the…

Tax Court Agrees That Leases Were Comparable and Did Not Require Adjustment.

Judge Bianco in a January 23rd unpublished opinion on a retail strip center in East Hanover reduced the assessments on the property even though the taxpayer’s appraiser did not make any adjustments to the lease comparables in his appraisal.

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Case Watch: NJ Appellate Division Remands Case for Further Consideration of the “Your Work” Exclusion in CGL Policies.

In a recent unpublished decision of the New Jersey Appellate Division, 313 Jefferson Trust, LLC v. Mercer Insurance Company, et al., the court considered the “your work” exclusions contained in a comprehensive general liability insurance (CGL) policy issued to a…

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Signs Executive Order Expanding Access to Medical Marijuana

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order directing the New Jersey Department of Health and the Board of Medical Examiners to review the state’s existing medical marijuana program to determine ways in which to expand access to marijuana…


NJ Board of Public Utilities Agrees with Firm Attorney on Important Right-Of-Way Issue

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has issued a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) notice regarding the placement of wireless facilities in the municipal right-of-way (ROW) by Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs). CLECs are companies authorized by the…


First Women Jurors

First Women JurorsThis a photograph from 1921 – the first time women served on a jury in Plainfield District Court. The lawyer second from the left is Irving Kunzman who founded the firm in 1917. The text accompanying the photograph in the…

The Buzz About Beekeeping Regulations

Across the garden state, more and more people are taking up beekeeping as a hobby. One could even say that apiary hobbyists are even beginning to “swarm.” Apiary idioms aside, this has been a positive development for both environmental and…

Is a Volunteer Firefighter an Employee Entitled to the Protections of the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA)?

Volunteers Are Not Protected by CEPA

The Plaintiff, a volunteer firefighter, appealed the Court’s decision granting summary judgment dismissing his claims against the Colts Neck Volunteer Fire Co.. Plaintiff claimed that he had a valid cause of action under the…


Public Entity Achieves Favorable OPRA Ruling

In a case of first impression in New Jersey, the Court decided that the plaintiff was not entitled to attorneys’ fees where the plaintiff had failed to advise a public entity before filing suit that their response to OPRA (Open…

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