State v. Marias

The State indicted Marias with a first-degree money laundering offense, under a theory that the “amount involved” exceeded $500,000. Marias moved to amend the indictment to charge only a third-degree offense, arguing, because he received $63,000 for the merchandise he was able to sell, that sum constituted the “amount involved.” The judge in the lower court … Read more

State v. Lawrence

Lawrence appealed from an order, which denied his petition for post-conviction relief. Lawrence had been confined to a jail work-release program as a result of his failure to pay child support. When he failed to return by curfew on two occasions, he was indicted on two counts of third-degree escape. Lawrence pleaded guilty to the … Read more

Grewal v. Sanchez

The NJ Attorney General’s Office’s Civil Rights Division brought suit under the Law Against Discrimination against defendant, a landlord, for turning down one prospective tenant because she was a Muslim and for making a negative comment to an undercover agent from the AG’s Office regarding her gender when she tried to rent an apartment from … Read more

Gormley v. Gormley

The defendant in a divorce action was determined to be disabled by the Social Security Administration. Relying on Gilligan v. Gilligan, 428 N.J. Super. 69 (Ch. Div. 2012) held that the SSA’s determination alone as insufficient to prove a disability at trial. The Appellate Division abrogated Gilligan to the extent that it conflicts with Golian v. Golian, … Read more

C.C. v. J.A.H.

Plaintiff was granted a temporary restraining order and, after a contested hearing, was awarded a final restraining order. At issue was whether plaintiff could establish a “dating relationship” as a necessary element in receiving the FRO. The parties met at a gym, where the plaintiff worked and the defendant regularly exercised. They never went on … Read more