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July 05, 2024 | New Jersey Law Journal

Municipal Judge Accused of 'Inappropriately Touching' Employees at Holiday Party, Vulgar Posts on Social Media

"Some of respondent's inappropriate behavior, including kissing the women without their consent, was captured on camera when respondent invited himself into photos with the women in a photo booth," the complaint against the Elizabeth municipal judge said.

By Colleen Murphy

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July 05, 2024 | New Jersey Law Journal

New Jersey Court Grants Preliminary Settlement Approval in Defective Field Turf MDL

A New Jersey federal magistrate judge has preliminarily approved a class action settlement in multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective synthetic field turf which included plaintiffs in the Garden State, California, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania.

By Colleen Murphy

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July 03, 2024 | New Jersey Law Journal

$3.7 Million Settlement Reached for Construction Worker Injured in 3-Story Fall

"Carlos did not receive justice. He received money," Edward McElroy, a partner with Epstein Ostrove, said. "Justice will come when workers can rely on their general contractors and sub-contractors to value their health over profits."

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July 02, 2024 | New Jersey Law Journal

County-by-County: A Look at the Growing Superior Court Vacancies as Legislature Breaks for Summer

"Reducing vacancies allows New Jersey residents and businesses to have their matters addressed without unnecessary delay in the courts," New Jersey State Bar Association President William H. Mergner said. "Now is the time to press ahead with more judicial nominations."

By Colleen Murphy

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July 01, 2024 | New Jersey Law Journal

Relief for Children 'Unfairly Stuck on Sex Offender Registries': New Jersey Supreme Court Provides Distinction in Megan's Law Registration Requirements

"The R.H./T.L. decision allows juveniles to avoid extensive periods of harm by being placed on Megan's Law for long periods of time beyond the point where they can clearly prove they are unlikely to pose a threat to anyone. The next step, and the only way I can think to improve the decision, would be to do risk assessments before placing an individual on Megan's Law," said James Maynard, chair of the Megan's Law Subcommittee of the Criminal Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

By Colleen Murphy

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June 28, 2024 | New Jersey Law Journal

Meet the Judges: 6 Candidates Clear Senate Vote for Superior Court Bench

"I am looking forward to continuing to move down on the number of vacancies we have in the state," Senate President Nicholas P. Scutari said. "We have achieved an amount that is no longer in a state of emergency, and I think that is in large part due to the work of this committee."

By Colleen Murphy

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June 27, 2024 | New Jersey Law Journal

Appellate Division Rejects Hospitals' Unconstitutional Takings Challenge to Charity Care Statute

"After a thorough review of all plaintiffs' constitutional taking claims, we conclude that the record shows no per se taking, nor does a balancing of the Penn Central factors reveal a regulatory taking," Judge Morris G. Smith said. "We affirm the trial court's order granting defendants' motion for summary judgment against all plaintiffs."

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June 27, 2024 | Law.com

Joshua Wright's Counsel Criticizes Congresswoman's Requests for GMU's Title IX Investigation

"There is a long history of false accusations destroying the lives of innocent people, like Joshua Wright, including those recognized by important court rulings," Jesse R. Binnall, a partner with Binnall Law Group in Alexandria, Virginia, wrote. "There is a reason Americans do not trust their Congress – wasting resources based upon an obvious hit piece cannot be a good way to earn back their trust."

By Colleen Murphy

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June 26, 2024 | New Jersey Law Journal

'Appellate Division Has Set a Very Dangerous Precedent': No 'Well-Established Common Law Rule' on Physician's Duty to Warn About Exposure to COVID-19

"Simply stated, the legislature's decision in the COVID Immunity Statute to temporarily limit the scope of whatever duty we might recognize defendants owed the Campbells to one of simply avoiding gross negligence during the height of the COVID pandemic leaves the estate unable to state a claim on the facts alleged," Judge Allison E. Accurso wrote for the court.

By Colleen Murphy

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June 26, 2024 | Law.com

GMU Intends to Comply With Congresswoman's Information Request Regarding Joshua Wright Allegations

Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, cited an investigative report in The Wall Street Journal on law school professor Joshua Wright, who allegedly used "his influence over academic and career opportunities to seduce young female law students into inappropriate sexual relationships or to harass them sexually at various points during the period 2004-2023, when he served on the faculty."

By Colleen Murphy

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