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Judge Can’t Interview Jury after Verdict

  • By Marc S. Berman
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JUDGE CAN’T INTERVIEW JURY AFTER VERDICT A judge can’t interview jury after the verdict, unless there’s good cause to believe misconduct occurred, rules new jersey supreme court. And even then, only with the lawyers present. Can a judge interview a jury after it reaches a verdict? The issue arose after a recent sexual harassment case. Read More

2015 New Year’s Resolutions, Part 3

  • By Marc S. Berman

More Legal New Year’S Resolutions For 2015 That You Should Consider, Part III. For past two posts I’ve been suggesting some “legal” 2015 New Year’s resolutions for you to consider. Here is the final installment: Make sure you have adequate auto liability insurance. Choose at least $500,000 in coverage. If you took my advice from yesterday and Read More

New Year’s Resolutions for 2015, Part 2

  • By Marc S. Berman

A Few Legal New Year’S Resolutions For 2015 That You Should Consider, Part II. Yesterday, I posted some “legal” New Year’s resolutions for you to consider. Here are a few more: If you own a home, make sure that you have adequate home insurance. This insurance protects you in many respects. First, it protects you Read More

Legal Resolutions for 2015, Part 1

  • By Marc S. Berman

A Few Legal New Year’s Resolutions For 2015 That You Should Consider (Part I). Another year has begun. Everyone, it seems, is making New Year’s resolutions. So here are a few important legal New Year’s resolutions for you to consider: Make sure you have a will. Otherwise, the laws of the state will determine who Read More

Black Box in Your Car Tells a Tale

  • By Marc S. Berman

Cars Are Now Equipped With A Black Box That Records Data Cars are now equipped with a black box that records data. This data can be used to prove who was at fault in an accident. We all know that a commercial airplane is equipped with a black box. The black box records data about Read More

Courthouse Visitors Must Sign Contracts

  • By Marc S. Berman
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Want To Check Your Email In A Courtroom? When visiting a state courthouse in New Jersey and you want to check your email in a courtroom, you have to sign a contract first. Courthouse visitors may need to use their smartphones and tablets. Up to now, it was not clear whether they could, legally. And, Read More

Lady Gaga Producer Must Pay $7.3M

  • By Marc S. Berman
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Lady Gaga Producer Gets Hit With $7.3 Million Verdict Lady Gaga producer gets hit with a $7.3 million verdict and must pay the songwriter for welshing on promise to share part of income. Lady Gaga is no stranger to controversy. Recently, some of that controversy has been resolved in a New Jersey courtroom. A federal Read More

Consumer Fraud Law Applies to Bad Mortgage Loans

  • By Marc S. Berman

Many people associate consumer fraud laws with the sale of defective merchandise, or with home contractors who don’t finish their work. However, the reach of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act is much broader. For example, a New Jersey Superior Court judge has recently found that a mortgage lender was responsible under the New Jersey Read More

Delay in Jury Trials in Bergen County: What to Do?

  • By Marc S. Berman

As we Tweeted earlier, according to press reports, no civil trials that are expected to last two weeks or longer will take place in Bergen County for the time being. This new policy was necessitated by a flood of judges who have recently retired. These retirements will leave Bergen County with only 27 of 36 of Read More

Law Book Company Must Pay $3M for Sending Junk Faxes

  • By Marc S. Berman

Gann Law Books of Newark has agreed to pay $3 million in cash and services, to settle a class-action lawsuit. Lawyers in New Jersey are required to take periodic continuing legal education (CLE) courses. Besides selling law books, Gann also provides CLE courses. The federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the New Jersey Anti-Fax Statute restrict the Read More