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The Case of the Dad Arrested At Little League

  • 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 can Read More


A Case of Extravagant Tax Evasion

  • By Marc S. Berman

James and Theresa D. owned and operated a Somerville engineering and surveying business. Between 2002 and 2008, James and Theresa withheld over half a million dollars in payroll taxes from their employees’ paychecks. Curiously, the money never made it to the IRS and of course, caught the government’s eye. James and Theresa were penalized and 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 the municipal law, Construction Official is a Latin term that means “an engineer who knows a politician.”) The ordinance allows the construction official to enter all dwellings at any Read More


The Case Of The Delegating Doctor

  • 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

  • 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


The Case Of The Repo Man Who Ran Off With The Car Owner

  • By Marc S. Berman

Annette failed to make her car loan payments. This default resulted in a visit from Ted the repo man. When Ted was about to drive away with Annette’s car, Annette decided that it was a good time to remove some personal items from the trunk. Ted, being a conscientious employee, wasn’t deterred. He drove off Read More


The Case Of The Pathetic Payroll Company

  • By Marc S. Berman

Identity theft is a major problem. A criminal steals sensitive personal information and uses it to obtain loans, credit cards, and drivers’ licenses. The victims are left with unpaid bills, traffic fines and ruined credit ratings. Kathy R. and Patricia P. worked for a law firm in Roseland. The law firm uses a large payroll 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