State v. Ehrman

An enforcement officer issued Ehrman 25 complaint-summonses alleging housing code violations. Ehrman filed a motion in municipal court to dismiss the complaints on the ground that under the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (RLLCA), N.J.S.A. 42:2C-1 to -94, he could not be named individually in the complaints when it was undisputed that the property … Read more

Carlino East Brandywine, L.P. v. Brandywine Village Associates

Carlino sued, alleging causes of action for breach of contract and other claims. Without moving to compel any specific production request, Carlino filed a motion to compel the defendants to produce all attorney-client privileged and attorney work product documents relating to the subjects of the underlying litigation in response to its first set of production … Read more

Gilbert v. Stewart

The New Jersey Supreme Court issued a cautionary tale for attorneys in its review of this professional malpractice action. The plaintiff — a probation officer — and her ex-husband hired the defendant to represent them in several municipal court matters. The municipal court cases resulted from a series of tickets the ex-husband accumulated on the … Read more

Mortimer v. McCool

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court  examined the doctrine of piercing the corporate veil, which the Court glossed as an area “among the most confusing in corporate law.” In 2007, Mortimer was permanently injured when a drunk driver hit her car. The driver had been served by employees of the Famous Mexican Restaurant. The Restaurant owners had … Read more

Amazon, Inc. v. Amazon, Inc. (In re Amazon, Inc.)

This case arose out of a class-action suit for unpaid wages brought by employees at an Amazon warehouse. The employees claimed they were entitled to compensation under the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act (“PMWA”) for their unpaid time spent in a security screening process. After Amazon removed the case to the United States District Court for … Read more

Rice v. Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown

Rice alleged Reverend Bodziak of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown sexually abused her from approximately 1974 through 1981. She did not sue until June 2016, thirty-five years after the alleged abuse stopped. The trial court dismissed the case. The Superior Court reversed. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court addressed the proper application of the statute of limitations to … Read more

Dondero v. Lower Milford Twp.

Dondero, the chief of police, sued after the Township closed the police department he worked for. He alleged retaliation in violation of the First Amendment and violations of substantive and procedural due process. The District Court granted summary judgment for the Township. On appeal, Dondero contended he was entitled to a hearing before the Township … Read more

Kravitz v. Murphy

The Appellate Division ruled that Governor Murphy acted within the scope of his powers when he issued Executive Order 128. That order permitted New Jersey residential tenants to use their security deposits to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

El-Gharbaoui v. Ajayi

The Pennsylvania Superior Court dealt with the aftermath of a construction project gone wrong for a mixed-use property. The plaintiff sued under the Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act, 73 P.S. §§ 501-516. The property owner claimed that the Act did not apply because the property contained only two residential units and that the Act applies … Read more

Johnson v. McClellan

Plaintiff Cindy Johnson brought a civil action for damages resulting from Defendant’s alleged unauthorized practice of law regarding his involvement in Plaintiff’s prior medical malpractice suit. Plaintiff also sought disgorgement of a referral fee she claimed Defendant received improperly. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of Plaintiff and awarded over $500,000. The New … Read more