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Am I My Brother’s Keeper? Question of Duty Raised in Drunk-Driving Lawsuit

Am I My Brother’s Keeper? Question of Duty Raised in Drunk-Driving Lawsuit

The Appellate Division in its recently published decision, Diaz v. Reynoso, considered the issue of "whether a volunteer who assures police officers at a roadside stop of an apparently inebriated driver that he will take the driver and his car safely to a residence-but thereafter relinquishes the car to the driver before reaching the destination-can be civilly liable as a joint tortfeasor if the driver then collides with and injures another motorist." 2021 WL 2197728, at *1 (App. Div. 2021).

New Jersey Now Requires Auto Insurers to Disclose Policy Limits to Attorneys

New Jersey Now Requires Auto Insurers to Disclose Policy Limits to Attorneys

On July 22, 2021, Gov. Phil Murphy, signed legislation (S-1558/A-3444) requiring automobile insurers, who issue private passenger automobile policies in New Jersey, to disclose policy limits where a licensed New Jersey attorney has made a written demand for same. As the legislation implicates private passenger automobiles only, the legislation therefore does not apply to insureds operating commercial vehicles.

 

When an attorney is making a request for policy limits...

Applying for Work Post Pandemic: Employees’ Rights Under Federal and New Jersey Law

Applying for Work Post Pandemic: Employees’ Rights Under Federal and New Jersey Law

As the COVID-19 pandemic shows signs of winding down, employers across the state have reported that they cannot find enough workers for their businesses. Many have blamed the expanded unemployment benefits but that alone does not explain the mass shortage. Instead, many of the industries reporting the most issues are the ones with a less than perfect track record, with respect to workplace safety, fair wages, and employee satisfaction.

 

In accordance with New Jersey and Federal employment laws, workers are afforded various protections, such as minimum wage and...

No Adverse Action? No Problem: NJ Supreme Court Removes Hurdle for Employees in LAD Claims

No Adverse Action? No Problem: NJ Supreme Court Removes Hurdle for Employees in LAD Claims

No harm, no foul, often used to be the argument of certain employers, as part of their defense to failure-to-accommodate claims. In other words, if there was no adverse job action that came as a result of a failure to accommodate, the failure to accommodate claim was non-existent.

 

The New Jersey Supreme Court, however, ruled unanimously on June 8, 2021, in Richter v. Oakland Bd. of Educ., (A-23-19) (083273), that an adverse...

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