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NJ Civil Settlements

Winslow Township confidentially paid $110,000 to settle man’s claim that police threw him face-first into a curb.

On January 9, 2020, the Township of Winslow (Camden County) quietly paid $110,000 to settle a Sicklerville man’s excessive force lawsuit arising out of his June 13, 2017 encounter with two Winslow officers. In his lawsuit, James O’Hara claimed that he, his grandfather and others flagged down Winslow Police Officers Matthew Gibbons and James Haines […]

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NJ Civil Settlements

Willingboro Township confidentially paid $550,000 to settle racial discrimination lawsuit filed by two former employees.

On September 28, 2019, the Township of Willingboro (Burlington County) quietly paid $550,000 to two African-American laborers from its Parks and Recreation Department who claimed that a “large-sized Caucasian” co-worker screamed at them that “You people came to this country and f**ked it up! Trump’s gonna fix all that!” and told one of them that […]

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NJ Civil Settlements

Newfield man who claimed that Monroe cop put a gun to his head settles lawsuit for $325,000.

On May 15, 2020, the Township of Monroe (Gloucester County) paid $325,000 to a Newfield man who claimed that a road-raged Monroe police officer put a gun to his head after running him off the road. In his lawsuit, William Fulbrook said that he was driving to work at about 5:30 a.m. on February 17, […]

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NJ Civil Settlements

Neptune Township settles lawsuits with female police sergeant by paying her $248K and allowing her to complete 25 years of service so that she can retire with a full pension.

On July 24, 2020, the Township of Neptune (Monmouth County) agreed to pay $248,560.40 to settle two lawsuits filed by a female police sergeant who claimed that the Township broke promises made in its settlement of a separate, earlier lawsuit she filed in December 2013 and subjected her to workplace harassment and retaliation. The previous […]

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NJ Civil Settlements

South Plainfield confidentially paid $10,000 to settle a race discrimination lawsuit.

On May 11, 2020, the Borough of South Plainfield (Middlesex County) quietly paid $10,000 to a former employee who claimed that he was discriminated against because the Borough paid him substantially less than co-workers of a different race. In his lawsuit, Thomas Turner, who is black, said that he he worked as a Computer Instructor […]

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NJ Civil Settlements

South Jersey charter school paid out $27,500 to settle former principal’s retaliation lawsuit.

On February 19, 2020, the Bridgeton Public Charter School (Cumberland County) quietly agreed to pay $27,500 to a former school principal who claimed that she was harassed out of her position for reporting a teacher’s alleged physical abuse of a student to state authorities and for classifying too many students as needing special education. Under […]

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NJ Open Government Notes

NJ Attorney General’s office discloses name of Trooper forced to resign for “engaging in racially offensive behavior.”

On February 17, 2017, my non-profit, Libertarians for Transparent Government (LFTG), sued the New Jersey Division of State Police seeking disclosure of the name of a Trooper who, according to the Division’s annual report, “was required to . . . separate from employment . . . [for] having questionable associations, engaging in racially offensive behavior […]

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Random Notes on NJ Government

After twenty-six months of foot-dragging, attorney disciplinary system finally files complaint against former South Jersey mayor.

On November 30, 2017, I filed an ethics grievance with the District I Ethics Committee against an elected Franklin Township (Gloucester County) Committeewoman. My grievance provided evidence that the Committeewoman, a lawyer with a Vineland office address, had served as Franklin’s public defender during a nearly two-year period spanning 2011 through 2013 during which the […]

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NJ Open Government Notes

Brick school board sued for discriminating against grounds worker because of his alcoholism.

In his March 30, 2020 lawsuit, a grounds worker formerly employed by the Brick Township (Ocean County, NJ) Board of Education sued the school board and its head of Human Resources for firing him after he allegedly failed a February 19, 2019 alcohol breath test. In his lawsuit, Brian Flynn stated that he was summoned […]

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NJ Civil Settlements

Beachwood man who claimed that sergeant intentionally stepped on his head settles lawsuit for $25,000.

On November 6, 2019, the State of New Jersey paid $25,000 to an Ocean County man who claimed that a sergeant with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office (OCPO) intentionally stepped on his head while he was handcuffed and lying on the ground. In his lawsuit, Alex C. Brennan said that he was outside of JR’s […]