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What Does the “Work-Product Privilege” Protect?

In all New Jersey civil litigation, a party is normally entitled to obtain discovery of non-privileged documents held by the other party. However, the attorney-client privilege protects any communications between a party and their own lawyer from discovery. There is also a related, yet distinct privilege for “work product” created in anticipation of litigation.

The Erosion of the “Faker” Defense?

In personal-injury trials, defense counsel question plaintiffs’ credibility in various ways.  Where applicable, one method is by offering evidence of a plaintiff’s symptom magnification, exaggerations or malingering – euphemisms for simply faking it.  However, a New Jersey Appellate Division decision, Rodriguez v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 449 N.J. Super. 577 (App. Div. 2017), has limited the use of such evidence.  The Rodriguez case has been granted certification to the New Jersey Supreme Court. 

MYSTERY SOLVED: The New Jersey Supreme Court Declares Phantom John Doe Driver Can Be Placed on the Verdict Sheet for Apportionment of Fault at the Time of Trial

In the past, identified defendants drew the shorter straw when it came to involvement of culpable but unidentified tortfeasor, such as operators of phantom vehicles. The courts would not allow the identified defendant to request the jury to apportion fault with a John Doe defendant, which usually meant the identified defendant was the only defendant listed on the jury verdict sheet and was left holding the bag at the time of verdict.

After the Storm: What your business needs to know about clearing snow and ice

A storm-in-progress defense means a commercial landowner will not be responsible for a slip-and-fall accident as a result of the accumulation of snow or ice from sidewalks, walkways, driveways, and parking lots, until a reasonable period after the storm ends. In this blog, Frank Caruso discusses 5 factors that are used to determine whether or not it is reasonable for commercial landowners to shovel or salt walkways, and how much time they have to do so.

Wearable Technology: Small Devices With A Large Impact

In the time we live in, technology has evolved, and continues to do so, at a rapid pace. In this blog, Joseph Marabondo breaks down what classifies as 'wearable technology', why it is important and how it affects lawyers. Trend or not, it would behoove attorneys to utilize the unique information stored therein to further strengthen their positions.

A New Consideration in Litigating Automobile Negligence Actions: Recoverability of Medical Expenses that Exceed PIP Coverage Limits

New Jersey has a new consideration in litigating automobile negligence actions: recoverability of medical expenses that exceed PIP coverage limits. In this blog, Sarah Buckley discusses how this decision increases the value of cases in situations where a plaintiff may have chosen a smaller amount of PIP coverage but has sustained serious injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

You've Been Served: on Facebook?

In the age of social media, tortious conduct can easily arise between people in different states. What recourse does a litigant have when they are seeking to obtain jurisdiction over someone who has harmed or wronged them from another state and is not able to be served in New Jersey? Find out how out of state service via Facebook can satisfy the court.

Roberts, Neumann and the Broad Scope of the New Jersey Charitable Immunity Act.

Every organization, whether a “non-profit” or “for profit”, is open to liability on any number of acts or omissions. However, where a for profit can pass these costs on to consumers, non-profits of all types often cannot. This means non-profits are forced to divert the limited funds they have away from their mission and into the pockets of insurers. A clear trend in the decisions of New Jersey’s Courts has developed in an attempt to remedy this harsh reality.

No “Fraud” Required for Consumer Fraud Act Violations

Nearly every lawsuit against a contractor includes claim of Consumer Fraud Act violations, but although the Act punishes the typical fraudulent behavior such as “bait and switch” of materials, most contractors fall victim to the minor, technical violations. To make matters worse, these allegations are generally not covered by insurance.

Snapchat and Pokemon Go: Taking Distracted Driving to a New Level

The introduction of smart phones brought distracted driving to an unprecedented level with texting, emails, tweeting, posting, and booking dinner reservations with the tap of a screen. Now, with the soar in popularity of apps like Snapchat and Pokemon Go, it’s arguable that driving just got a lot more dangerous.