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2 posts from December 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Poll: What was the craziest lawsuit of 2013?

Yes, these really happened.  And they happened in New Jersey. 

In legal news, 2013 marks the year when New Jersey courts were asked to decide the legitimacy of Subway's popular 'Footlong' sandwich, how little to compensate motorists in the red light camera settlement, and the definition of 'fiction' as it relates to Lance Armstrong's autobiography

And let's not forget the dad who filed a $40 million suit against a Gloucester county school district after his son was kicked off the track team.  Or the Essex county golfer who sued other golfers for failing to yell "fore!"

Yes, fellow New Jersey residents: your hard-earned tax dollars are helping bring these cases to justice. 

And as we continue the good fight for legal reform in 2014, take a minute to exercise your right to vote for the craziest lawsuit of them all:

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Legislative Update

Opportunity to Compete Act / "Ban the Box" A-3837

NJLRA Opposes

Status: Second Reading in Assembly

The Assembly Labor Committee advanced legislation on 12/16 which would prohibit employers from asking about a job applicant's criminal history until after the candidate has received a conditional offer of employment.  Only then could the employer conduct a background check or ask whether the person had ever been arrested or convicted of a crime.  If the applicant does have a criminal record, A-3837 restricts what types of crime can warrant rescinding that job offer. 

NJLRA is concerned that this legislation will expose businesses to liability.  Its companion bill, S-2586, has been referred to the Senate Labor Committee. 

 

Economic Opportunity Act II S-3030

NJLRA Supports

Status: Withdrawn from Consideration

The Economic Opportunity Act II of 2013 included a provision to cap appeal bonds at $50 million, which has been sought by the business community for years.  It advanced through the Senate Economic Growth Committee and was second referenced to the Senate Budget Committee before being withdrawn from consideration. 

 

"Good Samaritan Act" A-3694

NJLRA Supports

Status: Posted for Assembly vote on 12/19

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.  What made Alabama's hospitality possible is a Good Samaritan Law which protects such volunteers from frivolous litigation.  A-3694 would allow New Jersey to welcome the same volunteerism during future natural disasters

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