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  • The Importance of a Non-Elected Judiciary

    In New Jersey, we are fortunate that our judges are appointed and vetted through the political process rather than elected as they are in some states. This helps maintain the independence of the judiciary and makes them far less likely to beholden to anyone or anything except the law. A prime of example of what happens when the judiciary is not independent is what happened recently with State Farm ...
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  • Understanding Claims Against NJTransit - Your Rights and the Pitfalls

    Bringing a claim for injuries against New Jersey Transit (NJTransit) is not as simple as it may seem due to the fact that they are a “public entity” under New Jersey’s stringent Tort Claim Act. See N.J.S.A. 59:1-3 . As a governmental entity, NJTransit is permitted certain immunities under tort law which protect the agency against claims of negligence. These immunities are broad and are often ...
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  • Over 4 Million General Motors Vehicles Recalled Over Airbag Risk

    General Motors Co. announced that they were recalling nearly 4.3 million vehicles late last week, over 3.6 million of which are currently in the United States over a software defect. According to the vehicle manufacturer, the sensor module in the affected vehicles run the risk of spontaneously entering diagnostic mode during a crash which can prevent the front airbags and seatbelt pretensioners to ...
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  • What Is a Settlement Conference?

    The vast majority of civil cases are settled before anyone needs to go to trial, most often because all parties involved are able to reach an agreement before the set trial date. One of the most common places these settlements are reached is at a settlement conference. Under New Jersey Courts Rule 4:5B-3 [1] , courts are permitted to conduct a settlement conference in any civil action at the ...
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  • How Do New Jersey Drivers Stack Up Nationally?

    According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it turns out they’re near the bottom of the list. The NHTSA reported more than 32,000 deaths from vehicle-related incidents in 2014 [1] , and New Jersey is responsible for more than its fair share of those fatalities. According to the research, New Jersey has the second most deaths per driver in the United States at ...
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  • 42 Injured After Barrier Collapsed at a New Jersey Concert

    42 people were injured at a Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa concert on Friday August 5 after a railing collapsed, dropping approximately 50 people 10 feet onto a concrete path at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ. According to witnesses, dozens of concertgoers ran forward once the two rappers took the stage, and their combined weight pressing against the railing apparently caused the barrier to fail. 34 ...
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  • Notice to New Jersey Construction Workers: Be Cautious in Summer Heat!

    Summer weather may be beautiful, especially compared to the dreary winter months, but it can be just as dangerous as it is pleasant if you don’t take care of yourself. While everyone should worry about their safety in these sweltering temperatures, construction workers, and other people who work outdoors need to take extra precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses and injuries. Why Is Heat Such ...
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  • Pacific Cycle Strollers Recalled Over Front Wheel Defect

    Pacific Cycle has recalled approximately 217,600 Instep and Schwinn swivel wheel jogging strollers following reports that the front wheel is at risk of becoming loose and detaching from the stroller during use. The company issued the recall following 132 reports of front wheel failure, which resulted in a reported 215 injuries that included abrasions, bruises, bumps, head injuries, lacerations, ...
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  • Court Rules That Police Dash Cam Videos are Considered Public Records

    After a June 30 ruling by a New Jersey appeals court, police dashboard camera recordings are considered documents that must be released under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA). Appellate Division Judges Jose Fuentas and John Kennedy affirmed Ocean County Superior Court Judge Vincent Grasso’s decision to make a police dash cam recording public. The ruling came at the request of ...
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  • Will I Have To Go To Court?

    When you’re preparing your case, you may ask yourself if going to court is really necessary. Courtrooms can be intimidating, and the prospect of facing a crack legal team can be nerve wracking. While your best option is to speak with your attorney about your options before making a decision, there are alternatives you can pursue if you want to avoid a court date if both parties are willing. ...
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  • New FAA Drone Regulations Could Increase Risk of Injury

    Drones, or unmanned aircraft, are rapidly growing in popularity, and new regulations by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will only serve to increase that growth. The FAA expects to release their first set of rules that will allow businesses to fly drones up to 50 pounds at low altitudes. These initial regulations only permit operators to fly these aircraft within their line of sight and ...
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  • Todd Wachtel Speaks at New Jersey Boys State

    Todd Wachtel, Esq., a partner in our Hillsborough office, spoke at the 71 st Session American Legion New Jersey Boys State at Rider University on June 20 about careers in the practice of law. Other attorneys from throughout the State of New Jersey joined Todd on the panel, as well as New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Lee Solomon. The New Jersey American Legion Boys State was founded in 1946 in ...
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  • New York and New Jersey Recall Beef over Concerns of E.coli

    According to federal officials, over 3,500 pounds of beef shipped to retailers in New York and New Jersey was recalled due to concerns of possible E.coli contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on June 15 that the Newark, NJ-based company G & M Co. is recalling its beef products produced between June 8 and June 10. The products in ...
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  • Kind Words From a Forked River Client

    Dear Kim, Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you are a lawyer extraordinaire. Adjective; outstanding or remarkable in a particular capacity. Two years ago, I made an appointment with Levinson Axelrod to talk about my accident. I made the appointment with the mindset that this was just a "let's be on the safe side" move. I am just going to have a conversation and see how this works and if I ...
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  • Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Associates Volunteer for Youth Leadership Somerset

    At Levinson Axelrod, P.A., we are extremely proud of associate attorneys Michael Fusco , Patrick Flinn , and Brian McElroy for taking the time to volunteer for Youth Leadership Somerset for the fifth year in a row. This is a great cause in which our lawyers helped lead a mock trial with a group of more than 20 students. These are considered some of Somerset County ’s top student leaders in grades ...
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  • What is the Most Dangerous Occupation?

    Almost 6.5 million individuals work in the construction industry in the United States. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates an average of 252,000 construction sites litter the nation. Of these numbers, OSHA reported an increased number of work fatalities in the construction industry. In 2014, 874 men and women died. This makes construction worker one of the most ...
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  • A&P Supermarkets File for Bankruptcy

    As reported by, A&P, also known as the "Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company", filed for bankruptcy protection in July. However, this is a story that will not end simply. Recently, lawyers for the "A&P" filed a Motion with the Judge handling the bankruptcy proceedings to modify the agreements previously made with union workers. They are now seeking to discount seniority and reduce ...
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  • Jersey Shore Bar Agrees To $500,000 Fine And Suspension

    Martell’s Tiki Bar, one of the largest Jersey Shore beachfront bars, has agreed to a 30-day license suspension and $500,000 in fines for serving alcohol to an intoxicated patron who later caused a crash that killed her and severely injured another woman. The license suspension will not take place until after the summer, according to a consent order signed by the state and the bar’s attorneys. This ...
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  • Walmart, Nordstrom And Safeway Bankrolling Nationwide Campaign to Gut Workers' Comp

    Recently, an article in Mother Jones magazine, reported that nearly two-dozen corporations, including Walmart, Nordstrom, and Safeway are funding a lobbying effort to make it more difficult for workers to receive benefits following an injury at work. They have created a lobbying group, the Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers' Compensation (ARAWC), whose goal is to change the ...
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  • Charitable Immunity Defense Limited

    Recently, in the case of Kuchera v. Jersey Shore Family Health Center, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, ruled that a non-profit health center is not entitled to charitable immunity. Charitable immunity is a legal principal that gives immunity to various non-profit corporations, societies, or educational organizations that are established exclusively for religious, charitable ...
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  • Monmouth County Court Announces Domestic Violence Waiting Room

    According to a 2012 New Jersey State Police publication, there were 65,060 domestic violence offenses reported, including 38 murders. Arrests were made in 31% of the offenses, and children were present at 29% on the incidents. 75% percent of the victims were women. In an effort to help people going through this process, the Monmouth County Court recently announced a domestic violence waiting room ...
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  • Justices Retool Common Law Doctrines

    Two landmark decisions alter application of res ipsa and respondeat superior By Ronald Grayzel The 2005-2006 Supreme Court term did not feature any blockbuster decisions in tort law. There were cases where the justices retooled common law doctrines like res ipsa and respondeat superior. The Supreme Court wrestled with the admissibility of character evidence, opinion evidence and reputation ...
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  • Court Tackles Obstacles To Tort Suits

    Justices wade through immunities and statutory impediments that restrict causes of action By Ronald Grayzel The New Jersey Supreme Court established its nationwide reputation by blazing new trails in tort law. This term, the Justices expended their time and energies at the other end of the spectrum dealing with immunities and statutory impediments that restrict causes of action. The Court expanded ...
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