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Under New Jersey Court Rule 4:17-7, discovery amendments after the discovery end date are only permissible if the party seeking to amend certifies therein that the information requiring the amendment was not reasonably available or discoverable by the exercise of due diligence prior to the discovery end date. Utilizing this Court Rule, New Jersey associate Timothy O’Donnell recently prevailed on a motion to bar […]
Companies are slowly investing resources into the Metaverse. A few law firms are starting to follow into this new unchartered world — the benefits and pitfalls that await them are numerous and unknown. But first, what is the Metaverse? The term is a combination of the prefix “meta” (meaning beyond) and the stem “verse” (meaning the universe). The term’s very general definition is appropriate […]
On Friday, March 11, 2022 a jury in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, PA rendered a verdict in the case of Michael Fraser vs. Robert and Laura O’Black.  This verdict, the largest in Westmoreland County history, was for $19 Million Dollars. The plaintiff, Michael Fraser, a 21 year old young man, was attending a holiday party at the O’Black residence on July 6, 2013.  According to […]
Recently, in a 6-1 decision, the Florida Supreme Court amended Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.130 to authorize interlocutory appeals of nonfinal orders granting or denying motions for leave to assert claims for punitive damages. Under Florida law, plaintiffs may not allege punitive damages without leave of court, and the granting or denying of a motion for leave to assert punitive damages has a […]
On January 18, 2022, Governor Phil Murphy enacted the “New Jersey Insurance Fair Conduct Act.”  Pursuant to the Act, a person injured in a motor vehicle accident and entitled to uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage can sue his/her insurance company for “an unreasonable delay or unreasonable denial of a claim for payment of benefits under an insurance policy…” or violation of the New Jersey […]
On June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court held in Bostock v. Clayton County, 590 U.S. ___ (2020), that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bars employment discrimination “because of [an employee’s] race, color, religion, sex, or national origin,” includes discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  Significantly, in a 6-3 decision, the Bostock Court ruled that, when an […]
On September 16, 2021, the New Jersey Appellate Division reached a decision in the matter of Mercado v. Krimmell, 2021 WL 4204944. This decision will likely have a strong impact on personal injury matters arising from motor vehicle accidents where government owned and operated motor vehicles are involved and inclement weather contributed to the accident. Plaintiff Elena Mercado’s car was rear-ended by a New […]
On September 9, 2021 President Biden delivered a major speech on the resurgence of the COVID pandemic.  He outlined a six part plan to address it.  One of those parts involves a vaccine mandate. While Biden did not get into the details, it is believed that his directive to the Department of Labor was for an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to be issued by […]
Governor Murphy signed new laws that will crack down on worker misclassification in New Jersey and which will provide additional benefits for workers once in effect. Misclassification is the practice of illegally and improperly classifying employees as independent contractors, when they are, in fact, employees. This practice deprives workers of the right to earn minimum wage and overtime, workers’ compensation, unemployment, earned sick leave, […]
SB-54, which cleared the Florida Legislature in April 2021, and would have repealed Florida’s PIP Scheme, was vetoed by Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, Wednesday. In his letter to the Secretary of State, Gov. DeSantis acknowledged “the PIP system has flaws,” but that “SB 54 does not adequately address the current issues facing Florida drivers,” adding the bill could have consequences the legislature had not […]