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6 posts from October 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Have a happy, safe, and lawsuit-free Halloween! #TBT

While you’re dodging crazy goblins and ghouls, you might want to keep a watchful eye for crazy lawsuits, too.

In honor Halloween, here is our compliation of crazy Halloween lawsuits from 2010:

The Haunted House was too scary.  Yep, it was filed by an adult against a large company.  The Plaintiff said that the Universal Studios attraction caused her “mental anguish” and “extreme fear.” 

Maryland lawsuit over Halloween fundraiser is a real scream.  This is a recent case actually going before the courts in the Old Line State.  Your Halloween fundraiser two hours from my Halloween fundraiser might scare patrons away.  Time to call in the courts.  

And my personal favorite, posted by Robert on the Insurance Blog: The Only Thing Scarier Than Halloween? A Trick-or-Treater's Liability Lawsuit

Robert talks about how to protect oneself from the “overzealous trick-or-treater” whose parent happens to be a personal injury lawyer. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

One year after Sandy, a bill to welcome Good Samaritans in New Jersey

When natural disasters strike, indiscriminate in wrath and sometimes unprecedented in destruction, at least one fact generally applies: volunteers are needed to help recover and rebuild

Hundreds of licensed architects and engineers headed to parts of Alabama following their devastating tornados in 2011, contributing thousands of hours in pro-bono inspections.  And Assembly Majority Lou Greenwald is hoping that legislation he introduced in Sandy's aftermath will allow New Jersey to welcome the same volunteerism during future natural disasters

What made Alabama's hospitality possible is a Good Samaritan Law which protects such volunteers from frivolous litigation.  Greenwald's bill, A-3694, would provide immunity to licensed architects and engineers who volunteer at the scene of a declared emergency at the request of authorities. 

Greenwald is hoping to advance the measure during the lame-duck session.  It has been referred to the Assembly Regulated Professions Committee and is cosponsored by Assemblywomen Handlin and Jasey. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tort Reform and @corybooker #TBT

Senator-elect Cory Booker and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg went on the record on tort reform in this vintage Meet the Press segment, circa 2009.

The newly elected Senator defeated Republican Steven Lonegan earlier this week to fill the remainder of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg's term.  Meet the Press host David Gregory discussed healthcare reform options with Booker and Bloomberg in what were the early days of the Obama administration.   


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Fernandez-Vina nomination clears Senate Judiciary Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to advance the nomination of Faustino Fernandez-Vina.  If confirmed by the full Senate, he would replace Justice Helen Hoens, whom Governor Christie declined to renominate.  

The Court currently has two vacancies, reflecting a three-year impasse between the Governor and Senate leadership.   


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled to hear Supreme Court nomination tomorrow

Camden County Superior Court Judge Faustino Fernandez-Vina is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow afternoon.  Fernandez-Vina was nominated by Governor Christie to succeed Justice Helen Hoens, who he declined to reappoint to the state Supreme Court earlier this year. 

New Jersey's highest court currently has two vacancies, courtesy of a standoff which began in 2010 over the Governor's decision not to reappoint Justice John Wallace for lifetime tenure.  Several nominees have either idled or have been rejected by the Committee since that time.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Wednesday is Election Day

Newark mayor Cory Booker, a Democrat, and former Bogota mayor, Republican Steve Lonegan face off in a special election on Wednesday to fill the remaining term of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg, who passed away earlier this year.

Legal reform did not play a large role in either candidate's campaign platform, but either would have the ability to vote on federal legislation affecting liability and insurance premiums.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Polling suggests that while Booker enjoys a lead, Lonegan may be gaining momentum.