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L.A. v. Board of Education of the City of Trenton
Date: March 25, 2015
Docket Number: a-59-13

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant "L.A." was employed by the Trenton Board of Education as an elementary school security guard. While at work, L.A. allegedly had unlawful sexual contact with two minor students, N.F. and K.O. The allegations wer...

62-64 Main Street, L.L.C. v. Mayor & Council of the City of Hackensack
Date: March 23, 2015
Docket Number: a-19-13

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs owned five lots in the City of Hackensack on which stood two dilapidated buildings abutted by two poorly maintained and decrepit parking lots. Hackensack designated eleven out of twenty lots in a two-block are...

Maida v. Kuskin
Date: March 19, 2015
Docket Number: a-50-13

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the New Jersey Supreme Court's consideration centered on the circumstances under which a defendant can request a civil reservation. Defendant pled guilty to failing to report an accident...

New Jersey v. Sumulikoski
Date: March 18, 2015
Docket Number: a-3-13

Justia Opinion Summary: A Bergen County Grand Jury charged Michael Sumulikoski with three counts of second-degree sexual assault (Counts 2, 3, and 4), one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child by engaging in sexual contact (...

New Jersey v. Pomianek
Date: March 17, 2015
Docket Number: a-32-13

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this appeal was the constitutionality of N.J.S.A. 2C:16-1(a)(3), a bias-crime statute that allows a jury to convict a defendant even when bias did not motivate the commission of the offense. Under the statute...

Townsend v. Pierre
Date: March 12, 2015
Docket Number: a-2-13

Justia Opinion Summary: The tragic accident that gave rise to this litigation occurred during the evening of August 9, 2008 in Willingboro Township. The accident occurred as the driver of the automobile Noah Pierre was turning left at an inters...

Badiali v. N.J. Mfg. Ins. Grp.
Date: February 18, 2015
Docket Number: a-48-12

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Augustine Badiali was injured when his motor vehicle was rear-ended by an uninsured motorist. Plaintiff filed a UM claim, which proceeded to arbitration and resulted in an award in plaintiff s favor. Plaintiff...

Wadeer v. N.J. Mfrs. Ins. Co.
Date: February 18, 2015
Docket Number: a-54-12

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Kwabena Wadeer suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident that occurred while he was attempting to avoid an unidentified vehicle. Plaintiff filed a UM claim against New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company...

New Jersey v. R.K.
Date: February 3, 2015
Docket Number: a-39-13

Justia Opinion Summary: This case stemmed from a nine-year-old victim's allegation that her mother's boyfriend, defendant R.K., repeatedly molested her. No physical evidence of the alleged sexual assaults was presented. Trial turned on whether...

New Jersey v. Perez
Date: February 2, 2015
Docket Number: a-25-13

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant placed three phone calls to N.C., then a 13-year-old boy. That same night, defendant sent four text messages to N.C. in which he expressed a desire to engage in sexual activity with the child. N.C. showed the t...

New Jersey v. Gregory
Date: February 2, 2015
Docket Number: a-40-13

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Tahir Gregory was arrested and charged in a ten-count indictment with, among other things, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin) with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school. Def...

New Jersey v. Tate
Date: February 2, 2015
Docket Number: a-46-13

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant John Tate pled guilty to the fourth-degree offense of abuse of his foster child "by engaging in the habitual use . . . in the hearing of [the] child, of profane, indecent or obscene language." The trial court a...

Vanderslice v. Stewart
Date: January 29, 2015
Docket Number: a-58-13

Justia Opinion Summary: Harold Stewart, a sergeant in Camden County's Fire Police Department, while operating a Camden County vehicle, was involved in a motor vehicle accident with plaintiff Joseph Vanderslice. Plaintiff filed a complaint again...

Morristown Associates v. Grant Oil Co.
Date: January 26, 2015
Docket Number: a-38-13

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1979, plaintiff Morristown Associates purchased commercial property located in Morristown. The property contained a strip-mall-style shopping center known as Morristown Plaza. Among the tenants was Plaza Cleaners, a d...

Griepenburg v. Township of Ocean
Date: January 22, 2015
Docket Number: a-55-13

Justia Opinion Summary: In the late 1990s, the Township of Ocean began a comprehensive planning process in anticipation of population growth and increased development. In April 2007, plaintiffs, who owned a significant amount of land in the Tow...

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