Bozzi v. City of Jersey City

The New Jersey Supreme Court held that dog owners do not have an objectively reasonable expectation of privacy such that the owner’s personal information in the dog licensing record is exempt from disclosure under the Open Public Records Act. Here, the owner of an invisible-fence company sought the address of all people who recently registered … Read more

In re Chester Water Auth. Trust

Tighten your safety belts and keep your hands in the car because this opinion is a wild ride involving municipal law and statutory interpretation. In these consolidated appeals, the City of Chester and Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. appealed from the trial court’s orders, which denied the motions for judgment on the pleadings filed by the City … Read more

Vellon v. Dep’t of Transp., Bureau of Driver Licensing

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court squeezed in two crucial holdings regarding driver’s license suspensions resulting from DUI convictions. Vellon was arrested for DUI and was accepted into ARD. But he violated the terms of ARD by picking up another DUI arrest. He was kicked out of ARD and subsequently pled to both charges. He was sentenced … Read more

Smith v. Unemployment Comp. Bd. of Rev.

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court reviewed an Unemployment Compensation Board of Review order that denied the claimant unemployment compensation under Section 402(b) of the Unemployment Compensation Law. That provision generally prohibits payment to individuals who leave work without cause of a necessitous and compelling nature. The claimant was a school janitor and had an altercation with … Read more

Brown v. City of Oil City

An en banc panel of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court heard an appeal from an order of the Court of Common Pleas granting summary judgment in favor of the defendant. The defendants were contractors who completed improvements to Oil City public library’s exterior steps. Soon after completion of the project, the steps began to deteriorate. The … Read more

Barsky v. Unemployment Comp. Bd. of Rev

Barsky sells diamonds on Jeweler’s Row in Philadelphia and won an appeal in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, too. Barsky Diamonds (“Employer”) employed Barsky (“Claimant”) until March 2020, when Governor Wolf mandated the closure of non-essential businesses because of the pandemic, which temporarily shuttered Employer. Claimant applied for and was granted unemployment compensation benefits. However, one … Read more

Mellott v. Dept. of Labor and Industry

The moral of this appeal is “Keep your certifications current.” Mellott petitioned the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court to review the order denying his applications for certification and renewal under the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act and the Uniform Construction Code Training and Certification of Code Administrators. The crux of the dispute involved whether a code administrator whose … Read more

Linden Democratic Comm. v. City of Linden

The New Jersey Appellate Division reviewed an order of the Chancery Division, requiring that a particular person be seated immediately to fill a vacant city council position. The dispute arose over the interpretation of the Municipal Vacancy Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:16-1 to -23. To resolve the conflict, the Appellate Division dove into the legislators’ intent in … Read more