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5 posts from June 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I'll have a cup

What do Wawa and McDonald’s have in common?  They each sell coffee.  And it’s hot. 

You may have read about the North Jersey couple who filed suit against a chain of Wawa convenience stores.  Tracy Hanson was burned by hot coffee nearly a year ago and is now demanding a jury trial to determine compensation for her:

“…severe physical injury, including but not limited to permanent scarring, disfigurement and deformity, as well as psychological and emotional anguish, grief and torment.”

Compensatory and punitive damages, legal costs, and “any additional relief” are also being sought. 

Businesses frequently remind us that frivolous lawsuits affect the way they do business.  As many as one third of New Jersey business owners surveyed last year said they were likely to make changes to their business following the Supreme Court’s decision in Voss v. Tranquilino, which found that a restaurant may be liable for injuries a drunk patron may sustain. 

One may deduce that irrespective of consumer coordination and skill, coffee can’t burn you if it’s not hot.  Let’s hope that Wawa won’t attempt to ward off frivolous lawsuits by producing a lukewarm blend. 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Legislative update

"Unfair Wage Recovery Act," A-4124

Passed by AWC, 5-1 on 6/10/13

 

"Ban the Box," S-2586

Discussion in SLA on 6/13/13

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Read NJCJI's letter-to-the-editor in today's Wall Street Journal

NJCJI's President, Marcus Rayner, talks about how plaintiffs’ attorneys in New Jersey will be able to cash in on legislation governing sex abuse. 

He responded to a Wall Street Journal editorial which called out California for advancing a similar measure.  New Jersey’s proposal would carry even greater consequences.   

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Wins for Lesniak, Gill

Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) and Senator Nia Gill (D-Essex) defeated primary challengers earlier this week.  Senator Lesniak, who chairs the Economic Growth Committee, easily defeated Roselle school board member Donna Obe.  Senator Gill, who chairs the Commerce Committee, defeated law professor Mark Alexander. 

Both Lesniak and Gill serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Monday, June 03, 2013

Read NJLRA's Letter-to-the-Editor in today's Times of Trenton

Make N.J. courts more user-friendly