|Yolanda Ciccone, A.J.S.C.|
My Open Public Records Act (OPRA) lawsuit for disclosure of an agreement under which a former Franklin Township (Somerset County) fire commissioner settled his defamation lawsuit against several fire officials has been dismissed. Background on that suit is on-line here.
Somerset County Assignment Judge Yolanda Ciccone’s decision to dismiss, however, was based on an erroneous statement made by the fire district’s insurance carrier’s attorney during a January 12, 2015 court hearing. The insurer’s attorney, Raina M. Pitts of the Edison law firm of Methfessel & Werbel mistakenly told Ciccone that her client, American Alternative Insurance Corp, was not in possession of the settlement agreement.
Pitts advised Judge Ciccone of her error in a January 19, 2015 letter. Judge Ciccone’s order and decision and a copy of Pitts’ letter are on-line here. Given that the dismissal was caused by inaccurate information, we plan on asking Ciccone to reconsider her ruling.