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The Case Of The Mom Who Went Berserk With Her Belt Buckle

  • By Marc S. Berman

One day a girl we’ll call Sally met a boy at school. Even though she was only seven years old, Sally gave the boy a kiss. The next day, Sally was absent from class. When she returned, and for the next couple days, Sally wore long sleeve blouses. Sally’s teacher thought this a bit strange, Read More


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  • By Marc S. Berman

Dear Clients and Friends, We need your support! Our office is currently applying for a grant through Mission: Small Business, sponsored by JP Morgan Chase and Living Social. Your votes will help us qualify. Please take a moment to vote for us- it only takes about 30 seconds! Please follow these steps: Go to http://www.missionsmallbusiness.com Read More


The Case of the Dad Arrested At Little League, And An Overbroad Restraining Order

  • By Marc S. Berman

Restraining orders protect victims of domestic violence from further abuse. They restrict the perpetrator’s contact with the victim. They can also limit the perpetrator’s physical presence in places where the victim frequently goes. However, these restrictions must be reasonable. For example, in one recent case, a New Jersey family judge found that a gentleman whom Read More


The Case of the Surname Suit

  • By Marc S. Berman

Sometimes, a recently divorced or separated parent wants to change their child’s last name. Typically, it is the mother who wants to change the child’s last name, so the name will be the same as hers. (Who wants to be reminded of a failed relationship every time you look at your kids’ report card?)  This Read More



A Case Of Delayed Drunkenness, Or Why It Pays To Leave The Bar Quick

  • By Marc S. Berman

If a drunk driver injures you in a car accident, you can sue him for damages. You can also sue any bar that served him alcohol after he was visibly intoxicated. Douglas D. was injured by alleged drunk driver Justin B..  Douglas sued the bar that served Justin alcohol. One of the bar’s defenses was Read More


The Case of The Unwarranted Inspection

  • By Marc S. Berman

Garfield has an ordinance that allows its “Construction Official” to make inspections to determine the condition of residential dwellings. (For those of you not familiar with municipal law, “Construction Official” is a Latin terms that means “an engineer who knows a politician.”) The ordinance allows the construction official to enter all dwellings at any reasonable Read More


The Case Of The Delegating Doctor, Or Why Micromanaging Is Sometimes Advisable

  • By Marc S. Berman

We all have had medical tests administered by employees of our doctors, rather than by the doctors themselves. This allows our physicians to devote more time to the things that only physicians can do: Diagnosing those difficult cases, keeping current on the latest medical research findings,  managing their stock portfolios, refining their golf swings, etc. Read More


The Case Of The Pilfered Purse, Or Why Clever Criminals Should Read GQ

  • By Marc S. Berman

A gentleman named Davon was removed from a bus in Clinton, because he allegedly was carrying a machete. He was incarcerated in the Hunterdon County jail for several weeks, awaiting trial. Davon claimed that he could not afford a private lawyer. Attorney Hermenia Moreira of the Hunterdon County Public Defender’s office was assigned to represent Read More