NJ Governor Signs Law Banning Some Employment Non-Disclosure Agreements

In 2018, New Jersey legislators introduced companion bills S121 and A1242. The legislation was proposed in the wake of the #MeToo movement and sought to ban non-disclosure agreements arising from sexual harassment allegations. The bills met with substantial approval by New Jersey lawmakers, and this March, Governor Phil Murphy signed the legislation into law as an amendment to New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination.

Author: Jennifer Passannante | Practice Area: Labor & Employment Law

New Jersey Supreme Court Issues its Written Decision in the Consolidated Matters of Haines and Little and Reverses the Appellate Division

Haines v. Taft/Little v. Nishimura: The New Jersey Supreme Court Rules Motor Vehicle Accident Personal Injury Claimants Who Play the Name Your Own Price Insurance Option Get What They Pay For—No Ability to Sue the Tortfeasor for Medical Expenses amounting to less than $250,000.

Author: Frank Caruso | Practice Area: Automobile Liability, General Liability

5 Tips and Tricks on Being Deposed

So, your deposition has been noticed. Even if you have nerves of steel, being deposed can still be an incredibly stressful and nerve-wracking experience. Here are some tips on how to keep your cool and get through your deposition without breaking (too much of) a sweat.

Author: Andrea Mackaronis

The “Faker Defense” Revisited: The New Jersey Supreme Court Weighs In

In June 2018, I wrote, “The Erosion of the Faker Defense,” about the New Jersey Appellate Division’s decision in Rodriguez v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 449 N.J. Super. 577 (App. Div. 2017). That blog focused on the issue of defense experts’ use of certain terms of art to relate a plaintiff’s medical condition to something other than the accident in question.

Author: Frank Kontely | Practice Area: General Liability

Be a Boy Scout! 5 Steps to Take to Prepare for Separation or Divorce

I was never a boy scout (or a girl scout, for that matter). But I wish that I had been! They learn how to be self-sufficient, how to care for the environment, and how to be of service. But most of all, boy scouts are renowned for their preparedness. This preparation allows them to think ahead, be cool under pressure, and adapt in times of adversity. These are the same attributes that you want to have when contemplating a divorce.

Author: Andrea Mackaronis | Practice Area: Family Law, Separation

New Jersey Attorney General’s Office Will Now Investigate All Police Shootings that Result in the Suspect’s Death

On January 30, 2019, Governor Murphy signed a new law into effect (S1036), which was originally introduced into our New Jersey Senate on January 16, 2018. This law requires the Attorney General’s Office to handle the investigation and prosecution of crimes involving the deaths of individuals by law enforcement officers while acting in their official capacity.

Author: Michael Colacci | Practice Area: Civil Rights Litigation, Municipal Litigation, Municipal Practice

Scope of Employment: Driving to and from Work in the Modern Era

Generally, an employee who is “going to” or “coming from" his or her place of employment is not considered to be acting within the scope of employment. Most jurisdictions apply this general rule that an employee who is driving his or her personal vehicle to and from their workplace is not within the scope of employment for the purpose of imposing vicarious liability on the employer.

Author: Joseph Marabondo | Practice Area: General Liability