The New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday reprimanded and suspended a veteran Passaic lawyer who paid a lay employee $780,000 for steering personal injury cases to the firm, and censured the lawyer’s partner for related conduct.

The court suspended Anthony Fusco Jr. for three months, a quarter of the one-year suspension the Disciplinary Review Board had urged as a sanction for what it found to be an unethical fee sharing in violation of New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct 5.3(a), 5.4(a) and 7.3(d), among other strictures.

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