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WINNERS Animal-Loving Sheriffs If the governor’s Animal Welfare Task Force’s recommendations are adopted, sheriffs would be vested with the authority to investigate animal abuse allegations, now under the aegis of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Disgruntled Janitors The state Supreme Court upholds a $194,000 award to a fired school custodian, finding that reports of dirty bathrooms and broken lights meet the criteria for suit under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act. Trucking Industry A federal judge finds New Jersey’s ban on heavy trucks from most local roads unconstitutionally discriminates against out-of-state drivers traveling to sites outside New Jersey, though the ruling is stayed pending the state’s appeal. LOSERS Choirboy Trainers A state appeals court reverses summary judgment for the American Boychoir School in a sex-abuse suit, disagreeing with the trial court that the Child Sexual Abuse Act and Charitable Immunity Act do not apply. Landlords Property owners owe a common law duty to a tenant to maintain storage areas to guard against a fire started by a third party, the state Supreme Court rules. Peter Harvey A state judge rejects a plea bargain for probation and fines in a corruption case, finding that one of the defense lawyers is the A.G.’s friend and a former law associate of one of his assistants.

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