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“Unpublished opinions” are not published in the law books and are not ordinarily written about in legal periodicals. Unless somebody puts them on-line and calls attention to them, they are likely not to be located by people who may want to search for them. I think that it’s important that court opinions, even if they are not precedential, are easily accessible for future use.

John Schmidt v. Cape May County Technical School District
Cape May County, Docket No. CPM-L-356-14
Hon. James P. Savio, J.S.C.
March 23, 2015
Click here for the court’s decision.

Summary:  Court ruled that requestor was entitled to a) school board’s resolution that terminated Charlotte Giles from her employment, b) the agenda of the meeting at which Giles’ termination was voted upon and c) executive session minutes of meetings where a proposed settlement with Ms. Giles was discussed (except for matters within the attorney-client privilege.  Court also ruled that Schmidt’s attorney, Walter M. Luers of Clinton, is entitled to have his fees and costs paid by the school district taxpayers.


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