Supreme Court of New Jersey Decisions 2023

Keim v. Above All Termite & Pest Control  
Date: November 21, 2023
Docket Number: A-30-22

Justia Opinion Summary: Above All Termite & Pest Control ("Above All") employed Henry Keim as a salaried pest-control technician and provided him with an employer authorized vehicle for work use. Above All’s policy limited the quantity of…

New Jersey v. Tiwana  
Date: November 20, 2023
Docket Number: A-36-22

Justia Opinion Summary: On April 28, 2020, defendant Amandeep Tiwana, while driving in Jersey City, struck a police officer and collided with two police cruisers. Defendant and three injured officers were transported to Jersey City Medical…

DCPP v. D.C.A. and J.J.C.B.  
Date: November 16, 2023
Docket Number: A-44-22

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants “Divina” and “Javier” were parents to “Ignacio,” born in 2015; “Josefina,” born in 2016; “Antonia,” born in 2019; and “Ian,” born in 2020. The record reflected extensive evidence of domestic violence involving…

New Jersey v. Olenowski  
Date: November 15, 2023
Docket Number: A-56-18

Justia Opinion Summary: In New Jersey v. Olenowski ("Olenowski I"), 253 N.J. 133 (2023), the New Jersey Supreme Court adopted for criminal cases a non-exclusive, multi-factor test for the reliability of expert testimony patterned after the…

C.V. v. Waterford Township Board of Education  
Date: September 12, 2023
Docket Number: A-24-22

Justia Opinion Summary: For five months when C.V. was a pre-kindergarten student in the Waterford Township School District, she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by Alfred Dean, the seventy-six-year-old bus aide who was supposed to be ensuring…

New Jersey v. Juracan-Juracan  
Date: August 15, 2023
Docket Number: A-32-22

Justia Opinion Summary: In a matter of first impression, the New Jersey Supreme Court addressed whether a criminal defendant must be provided in-person interpreting services, rather than video remote interpreting (VRI) services, at his jury…

Crisitello v. St. Theresa School  
Date: August 14, 2023
Docket Number: A-63-20

Justia Opinion Summary: The Church of St. Theresa (St. Theresa’s) owned and operated the St. Theresa School. St. Theresa’s terminated art teacher and toddler room caregiver Victoria Crisitello for violating the terms of her employment…

Conforti v. County of Ocean, et al.  
Date: August 10, 2023
Docket Number: A-1-22

Justia Opinion Summary: In summer 2010, plaintiff Carol Conforti obtained a restraining order against her husband. On September 8, he was arrested for violating the restraining order by returning to the marital home to see his son. Conforti was…

New Jersey v. Zadroga  
Date: August 9, 2023
Docket Number: A-22-22

Justia Opinion Summary: In November 2017, Defendant Stephen Zadroga was driving over the speed limit when he was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle. Defendant’s passenger, and best friend, died in the crash. Pursuant to a…

Cardali v. Cardali  
Date: August 8, 2023
Docket Number: A-25-22

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Suzanne Cardali and defendant Michael Cardali entered into a property settlement agreement (PSA), which was incorporated in their judgment of divorce in December 2006. The PSA provided that defendant’s…

New Jersey v. O’Donnell  
Date: August 7, 2023
Docket Number: A-17-22

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Jason O’Donnell was a candidate for mayor of Bayonne, New Jersey in 2018. During the campaign, he allegedly accepted $10,000 in cash in a paper Baskin- Robbins bag from an individual. The State argued that in…

Williams v. New Jersey State Parole Board  
Date: August 3, 2023
Docket Number: A-26-22

Justia Opinion Summary: Leander Williams pled guilty to non-violent third- and fourth-degree drug offenses. His primary parole eligibility date was approximately eight months after the New Jersey Earn Your Way Out Act (EYWO Act) became…

New Jersey v. Burney  
Date: August 2, 2023
Docket Number: A-14-22

Justia Opinion Summary: Rosette Martinez was home with her daughter and her daughter's friend on Christmas Day in 2015 when she heard footsteps coming up the stairs. A man opened the door and stated, “I’m here for your dad, George,” leading her…

New Jersey v. Watson  
Date: August 2, 2023
Docket Numbers: A-2/3-22, A-23-22

Justia Opinion Summary: In January 2017, an individual wearing a baseball cap and gloves robbed a bank in North Brunswick, New Jersey. Bank surveillance footage captured the entire 57-second robbery. In November 2017, defendant was charged in…

New Jersey v. Allen  
Date: August 2, 2023
Docket Number: A-55-21

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this appeal before the New Jersey Supreme Court was whether defendant Dante Allen was denied a fair trial because the trial court permitted a detective to present lay opinion testimony in which he narrated a…

Hrymoc v. Ethicon, Inc.  
Date: July 25, 2023
Docket Number: A-21/23-21

Justia Opinion Summary: In this products liability matter involving “pelvic mesh” medical devices, the New Jersey Supreme Court considered whether defendant C.R. Bard, Inc., was denied a fair trial by the trial court’s determination that…

New Jersey v. Amer  
Date: July 3, 2023
Docket Number: A-9-22

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Rami Amer moved to dismiss his New Jersey indictment for offenses related to a series of burglaries, alleging a violation of his speedy trial rights under the Interstate Agreement on Detainers (IAD). Defendant…

Facebook, Inc. v. State of New Jersey  
Date: June 29, 2023
Docket Number: A-61-21/A-7-22

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the New Jersey Supreme Court's review centered on whether Facebook could be compelled to provide the contents of two users’ accounts every 15 minutes for 30 days into the future based…

New Jersey v. Cohen  
Date: June 22, 2023
Docket Number: A-50-21

Justia Opinion Summary: After receiving a “be on the lookout” (BOLO) email based on a tip from a confidential informant (CI) that defendant Cornelius Cohen would be traveling to the Carolinas to pick up firearms and bring them back to New…

New Jersey v. Erazo  
Date: June 21, 2023
Docket Number: A-16-22

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Andreas Erazo was convicted for the 2017 rape and murder of eleven-year-old A.S. The Appellate Division found that defendant’s confession, obtained during a second interview, five hours after his initial…

Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC v. Township of Neptune  
Date: June 20, 2023
Docket Number: A-63-21

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC (Gannett) sought an award of attorneys’ fees from its common law right of access claim to Internal Affiars (IA) files pertaining to a former Neptune Township, New…

DiFiore v. Pezic; Deleon v. The Achilles Foot & Ankle Group; Remache-Robalino v. Boulos  
Date: June 15, 2023
Docket Number: A-58/59/60-21

Justia Opinion Summary: In three personal injury actions, the defendants required the plaintiffs to submit to a defense medical examination (DME). Plaintiffs, who had alleged cognitive limitations, psychological impairments, or language…

Parsells v. Borough of Somerville Board of Education  
Date: June 12, 2023
Docket Number: A-21-22

Justia Opinion Summary: The Board of Education of the Borough of Somerville challenged the award of relief to former teacher Catherine Parsells in a tenure dispute. The Board employed Parsells as a full-time preschool teacher from September…

New Jersey v. Berry; Daniels; Burnett  
Date: June 7, 2023
Docket Number: A-8-22

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found defendants Kenneth Daniels, Levell Burnett, and Barry Berry guilty of being leaders of a drug trafficking network, known in New Jersey as the “kingpin” offense. As to the four material elements of the…

Pantano v. New York Shipping Association  
Date: June 5, 2023
Docket Number: A-19-22

Justia Opinion Summary: In November 2013, plaintiff Philip Pantano, a mechanic employed by Container Services of New Jersey (CSNJ), was injured at work while attempting to move a heavy piece of industrial equipment. Lawrence Giamella, who was…

New Jersey v. Williams  
Date: May 30, 2023
Docket Number: A-4/5-22

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants Jamire Williams and Tyshon Kelly, two males, had borrowed the car from its female owner. When they passed Police Officer Jeffrey Kless, who had been parked on the side of the road, Kless ran an mobile data…

New Jersey v. Bullock  
Date: May 9, 2023
Docket Number: A-34-21

Justia Opinion Summary: In October 2018, Rutgers University Police were dispatched to a campus residence hall to investigate reports that a student, defendant Izaia Bullock, had threatened to harm his girlfriend’s parents. When Officer Peter…

New Jersey v. Torres  
Date: May 4, 2023
Docket Number: A-15-22

Justia Opinion Summary: Dispatched to a residence where an axe murder had taken place, Detective Marchak learned that the victim and his stepson, defendant Joao Torres, were the only two people believed to have been in the house the previous…

New Jersey v. Miranda  
Date: May 3, 2023
Docket Number: A-67-21

Justia Opinion Summary: In July 2019, N.D. and her adult daughter and son appeared at the headquarters of the Borough of Highlands Police Department. They spoke with the two officers on duty that day, Captain George Roxby and Detective Nicholas…

In the Matter of the Alleged Failure of Altice USA, Inc., to Comply with Certain Provisions of the New Jersey Cable Television Act and the New Jersey Administrative Code  
Date: April 3, 2023
Docket Number: A-2/3-22

Justia Opinion Summary: Altice USA, Inc. (Altice) challenged N.J.A.C. 14:18-3.8, a regulation requiring cable companies to refund or not charge customers who cancel cable service before the end of a billing cycle for cable service after the…

New Jersey v. Higgs  
Date: March 30, 2023
Docket Number: A-28-21

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Andre Higgs and Latrena May had a child together. Defendant and May had been arguing when East Orange Police Officer Kemon Lee approached them after hearing a woman’s voice shout “police” several times while he…

New Jersey v. Macchia  
Date: March 16, 2023
Docket Number: A-49-21

Justia Opinion Summary: In the early morning hours of May 13, 2016, defendant Joseph Macchia, an off-duty police officer wearing his service revolver in an off-duty holster, became involved in a physical fight with Michael Gaffney outside a bar…

Hansen v. Rite Aid Corp.  
Date: March 15, 2023
Docket Number: A-47-21

Justia Opinion Summary: After his employment was terminated in May 2008, plaintiff Harold Hansen brought claims against Rite Aid and other defendants alleging age discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, and gender discrimination in…

Malanga v. West Orange Twp.  
Date: March 13, 2023
Docket Number: A-45-21

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case before the New Jersey Supreme Court was whether the Township of West Orange improperly designated the site of its public library as an area in need of redevelopment under the Local Redevelopment and…

New Jersey v. Smart  
Date: March 8, 2023
Docket Number: A-6-22

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the New Jersey Supreme Court's consideration involved the automobile exception to the warrant requirement, as articulated in New Jersey v. Witt, 223 N.J. 409 (2015), and whether police…

New Jersey v. Olenowski
Date: February 22, 2023
Docket Number: A-56-18
New Jersey v. Olenowski  
Date: February 17, 2023
Docket Number: A-56-18

Justia Opinion Summary: The New Jersey Supreme Court granted certification to decide “whether the testimony of an officer who is a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) is admissible at trial and, if so, under what circumstances.” At the…

Statewide Insurance Fund v. Star Insurance Company  
Date: February 16, 2023
Docket Number: A-62-21

Justia Opinion Summary: This insurance coverage dispute between a public entity joint insurance fund (JIF) and Star Insurance Company (Star), a commercial general liability insurance company, turned on whether the JIF provided “insurance” to…

Liberty Insurance Corp. v. Techdan, LLC  
Date: February 15, 2023
Docket Number: A-52-21

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the New Jersey Supreme Court's consideration was whether claims brought under the Insurance Fraud Protection Act (IFPA) and the Workers’ Compensation Act (WCA) by plaintiffs Liberty…

New Jersey v. Gomes  
Date: February 14, 2023
Docket Number: A-64/65-21

Justia Opinion Summary: In consolidated appeals, the issue presented for the New Jersey Supreme Court's consideration was whether people such as defendants Richard Gomes and Moataz Sheira, who received conditional discharges for marijuana…

New Jersey v. Chambers  
Date: January 23, 2023
Docket Number: A-35-21

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Terrell Chambers was indicted and charged with second- degree sexual assault following a victim’s allegation that he performed non-consensual oral sex upon her several times over the course of a night when they…

New Jersey v. Coviello  
Date: January 19, 2023
Docket Number: A-54-21

Justia Opinion Summary: In September 2013, defendant Deje Coviello was found unconscious in the driver’s seat of a parked car with the engine running and with several open containers of alcoholic beverages on the passenger seat. She was…

W.S. v. Hildreth  
Date: January 18, 2023
Docket Number: A-46-21

Justia Opinion Summary: W.S. alleged that a teacher at Myron L. Powell Elementary School, defendant Derek Hildreth, sexually assaulted him during the 1996-1997 school year when plaintiff was in sixth grade. Both parties agree that plaintiff’s…

New Jersey v. Canfield  
Date: January 11, 2023
Docket Number: A-53-21

Justia Opinion Summary: In January 2013, defendant Timothy Canfield shot and killed K.P., his sister-in-law’s former boyfriend. Defendant claimed that he acted in self-defense. He testified that K.P., who was HIV-positive, came towards him…

New Jersey v. A.M.  
Date: January 9, 2023
Docket Numbers: A-56-21, A-57-21

Justia Opinion Summary: A.M. fatally shot her husband in May 2010 and was convicted of first-degree murder and a weapons offense. In March 2021, following diagnoses of end-stage multiple sclerosis by two physicians, the Commissioner of the…

State v. Eddie L. Oliver
Date: January 9, 2023
Docket Number: A-57-21
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