PERSONAL INJURIES IN ROADSIDE HIT-AND-RUN

Changing a tire on major roadways such as the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike can be extremely dangerous. In Torres Pena v. Gonzalez a motorist was struck while in the process of changing a flat tire on the New Jersey Turnpike by another who allegedly left the scene and was paid a $3.25 million settlement. A flat tire…
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NJ DWI BREATHE-TEST WARNINGS

It has happened to many people; you get pulled over on the parkway, turnpike or some local road and an officer requests that you submit to a breathe-test for a possible DWI. Currently in New Jersey a refusal to submit to a breathe-test can result in a license suspension for not less than seven months or more than one year…
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AUTOMOBILE BLACK BOX DATA RESTRICTION

New Jersey lawmakers are contemplating enacting legislation that would limit the access to the information from event data recorders installed in automobiles that track speed, location, time of use and the number of people inside an automobile. Privacy concerns are at the forefront of this discussion. The proposed legislation would make the information on the automobile’s event data recorder (“Black…
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New Jersey Alimony Reform is Here

In all divorce, dissolution of a civil union, divorce from bed and board, legal separation from a partner in a civil union or nullity the court may award one or more of the following types of alimony: Permanent, open durational alimony, rehabilitative alimony, limited duration alimony or reimbursement alimony to either party. Each form of alimony, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23,…
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A NOT SO FINAL DIVORCE

At the conclusion of any matrimonial matter, in the State of New Jersey, the Court can grant either a Judgment of Divorce or a Divorce from Bed and Board. A Judgment of Divorce is considered by the courts to be an absolute divorce severing all ties between the parties. However, a Divorce from Bed and Board is considered by the…
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GETTING DIVORCED IN NEW JERSEY MAY NO LONGER REQUIRE ALL PARTIES TO APPEAR IN COURT

Throughout divorce proceedings there are several court mandated appearances whereby all parties and their counsel must be present. These include, but are not limited, case management conferences and putting through/finalizing the divorce on the record in the courtroom. All court appearances are costly to clients and in some instances, can be unproductive. New Jersey is taking steps to move closer…
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DWI May Serve as Prior Conviction For Breath Test Refusal Sentencing

The New Jersey Supreme Court Justices, in State v. Frye, refused to overturn the conviction of a motorist who pleaded guilty to refusal and was sentenced with a 10-year license suspension based on two prior DWIs. The Court stated that “If prior DWI convictions were not to enhance subsequent refusal sentences, it would be tactically advantageous for an individual to…
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Family of Spring Lake Heights Teen Settles Suit for $900K

In 2008 a Spring Lake Heights high school baseball player committed suicide by stepping in front of a moving train. His family sued his former coach at St. Rose High School and others claiming that the teenager killed himself to avoid the stress of having to testify against the coach at an upcoming criminal trial. According to the suit, the…
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EX-NFL PLAYERS FILE PERSONAL INJURY SUIT FOR GETTING PAIN PILLS “LIKE CANDY”

Six hundred former NFL players (including NFL champion Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon) have filed suit against the NFL claiming that pain pills were “handed out like candy at Halloween.” The lawsuit which covers years 1968-2008 alleges that team physicians and trainers dispensed powerful narcotics to mask pain on game days. The players claim that they stood in line before…
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