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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




Supreme Court To Bicyclists: You’re On Your Own Out There

  • By Marc S. Berman

Five experienced bicyclists were riding downhill on the westbound shoulder of Parsonage Hill Road in Millburn. One of the bicyclists, whom we’ll call Martha, was riding behind the pack. Martha’s bicycle hit a sharp “depression” in the road.  The “depression” measured two feet in diameter, and was about an inch and a half deep. Martha Read More


The Case Of The Disfigured Face, And The Industrial Saw That Did It.

  • By Marc S. Berman

Robert M. worked as a foreman at a construction company. One day, he used a gas-powered saw to cut a plastic pipe. The blade kicked back, lacerating his face and disfiguring him. Robert sued the saw’s manufacturer. He claimed that the gas-powered saw was defectively designed and manufactured. He also claimed that the manufacturer failed Read More