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NJ Civil Settlements

Woman who claimed police dog “ripped her leg open” gets $250K settlement from Camden County town.

On February 3, 2020, the Borough of Oaklyn (Camden County, NJ) agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a Collingswood woman who claimed that Borough cops sicced a police dog on her after chasing her home because she parked incorrectly in a 7-Eleven parking lot. In her lawsuit, Natalie Diaz said that […]

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Random Notes on NJ Government

Clayton police officer fired for “dropping body weight on handcuffed suspect” sues for reinstatement. Suspect also sues Clayton for civil rights violation.

In a February 18, 2020 lawsuit, filed in Gloucester County Superior Court, former Clayton Borough (Gloucester County NJ) patrolman Eduardo Diaz claimed that the Borough Council’s February 13, 2020 decision to fire him “was excessive and unjustified” and based on a disciplinary hearing officer’s findings that were “against the weight of the evidence and [which] […]

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Cumberland County local school district paid out $70,000 to settle whistleblower lawsuit.

On September 29, 2019, the Fairfield Township (Cumberland County) Board of Education paid $70,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the district’s former interim superintendent/principal. The lawsuit claimed that district officials, due to the former interim superintendent/principal’s objections to their requests that he “get himself excused” from grand jury duty, retaliated against him by cutting […]

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Ocean County cops shielded from liability by “qualified immunity” after arresting and jailing an innocent man.

From today’s (03/06/2020) decision by a two-judge panel of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division: “Plaintiff Tora Evans was arrested for a crime he did not commit all because he happened to be in the vicinity of other criminal conduct. He remained incarcerated for six weeks before making bail; in the meantime, he lost […]

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Seven-year delay in docketing judgment draws ethics complaint against Middlesex County lawyer.

A Perth Amboy personal injury lawyer is in ethics hot water for allegedly failing to promptly enter his client’s $427,737.86 judgment on the Superior Court’s Civil Judgment and Order Docket. Entering a judgment on this Docket causes it to become a lien against any real estate owned by the judgment debtor. The July 17, 2019 […]

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Bergenfield confidentially paid out $843,000 to settle cop’s whistleblower lawsuit.

On December 3, 2019, the Borough of Bergenfield (Bergen County) quietly agreed to pay $843,000 to a former police officer who had claimed that his superiors retaliated against him after he sought permission to amend a motor vehicle crash report to show that a Bergenfield police lieutenant’s reckless driving was the cause of the accident […]

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NJ Civil Settlements

Estate of South Woods inmate who was allegedly told “You might as well kill yourself” by a corrections officer prior to his 2009 suicide, settled lawsuit against State for $304,419.25.

On September 4, 2019, the State of New Jersey agreed to pay $304,419.25 to the estate of an inmate at a Cumberland County state prison who claimed that corrections officers did not monitor him closely enough even though they knew he was a suicide risk.  The lawsuit claimed that one of the officers, the day […]

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Gloucester County Improvement Authority confidentially paid out $55,000 to settle kitchen worker’s sexual harassment lawsuit.

On December 2, 2019, the Gloucester County Improvement Authority quietly agreed to pay $55,000 to a kitchen worker at the Authority’s Shady Lane Child Development Center who had sued the Authority for sexual harassment and for maintaining a hostile work environment.  The alleged harassment included a supervisor presenting her “with a sexually-suggestive plate of food, […]

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New Hanover school district paid out $70,000 to settle lawsuit filed by student who said nothing was done to prevent her from being physically assaulted and called “whitey” by other students.

On December 19, 2019, Burlington County Assignment Judge Ronald E. Bookbinder approved a $70,000 settlement to resolve a female student’s lawsuit against the New Hanover School District (Burlington County).  The girl, who enrolled in the school district as a third-grader in 2013 and is identified in the lawsuit only by her initials M.S., said that […]

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New Lisbon Developmental Center paid out $150,000 to settle female worker’s sexual harassment suit.

On October 14, 2019, the New Lisbon Developmental Center (NLDC), a State-operated facility in Burlington County treating women and men with intellectual and developmental disabilities, agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a female Cottage Training Technician who claimed that she was sexually harassed by a male coworker despite his reputation as […]