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Bedminster paid out $450,000 to suspended police officer and reinstated him retroactive to October 2, 2017 to settle his whistleblower lawsuit. For his part, the cop agreed to retire effective December 31, 2018.

On December 3, 2018, the Township of Bedminster (Somerset County) agreed to pay $450,000 to a police officer the Township Committee voted to suspend with pay on October 2, 2017.  Of the $450,000, $150,000 was paid by the Township and the other $300,000 was paid by the Township’s insurance carrier. In his lawsuit, John A. […]

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Roseland confidentially paid out $325,000, made two promotions to settle police officers’ whistleblower lawsuit.

On September 12, 2018, the Borough of Roseland (Essex County) quietly agreed to pay $110,000 to three of six officers who sued the Borough’s police chief in 2014, to promote to lieutenant two sergeants who had sued and to pay the officers’ attorney $215,000.  As part of the settlement deal, the two newly promoted lieutenants […]

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Absecon confidentially paid out $85,000 to settle motel manager’s police excessive force lawsuit.

On June 29, 2018, the City of Absecon (Atlantic County) agreed to pay $85,000 to the manager of a Whitehorse Pike motel who claimed that police pepper sprayed him and broke his shoulder when he told them that they weren’t doing their jobs. In his lawsuit, Rohit B. Surti, manager of the Budget Inn 4 […]

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Perth Amboy confidentially paid out $125,000 to settle former police officer’s racial harassment lawsuit.

On August 8, 2018, the Perth Amboy (Middlesex County) City Council resolved to pay $125,000 to a now retired police officer who said that he was subjected to racial slurs and racial discrimination. In his lawsuit, Stephen Petrosino, who described himself as being “of African-American and Caucasian decent [sic],” claimed that other Perth Amboy police […]

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Vineland quietly paid out $425,000 to settle detective’s whistleblower lawsuit.

On August 20, 2018, the City of Vineland (Cumberland County) agreed to pay $425,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a police detective who claimed that he was retaliated against for reporting another detective’s alleged act of warning a fugitive that undercover police officers were going to search his residence. In his lawsuit, Richard Burke […]

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Tuckerton paid out $65,000 to settle female volunteer firefighter’s sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit.

On April 6, 2016, the Borough of Tuckerton (Ocean County) agreed to pay $65,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former female volunteer firefighter who claimed that senior fire company officials retaliated against her after a Fire Captain, who was the Fire Chief’s son, broke off an “intimate relationship” with her. According to her […]

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Lavallette zoning/code enforcement official quietly resigns in exchange for three month’s pay plus pay for accrued vacation and personal days.

In a July 16, 2018 “Full and Final Release Agreement,” the Borough of Lavallette (Ocean County) agreed to pay its Zoning Official and Code Enforcement Officer $9,396.00 (which is “three (3) months of regular hours of work as salary”), less tax deductions, plus an additional $2,958.50 for accrued vacation and personal days in order to […]

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Tuckerton paid out $50,000 to settle volunteer firefighter’s retaliation lawsuit.

On January 31, 2017, the Borough of Tuckerton (Ocean County) agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former volunteer firefighter who claimed  that senior fire company officials retaliated against him after he refused a demand to stop speaking with a female firefighter who had been previously terminated from the fire company. […]

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Female inmate’s sex assault lawsuit against Edna Mahan women’s prison settles for $35,000.

On June 1, 2018, the New Jersey Department of Corrections agreed to pay $35,000 to a female inmate who said that she was groped and sexually assaulted by male prison guards. In her suit, Christine Bernat, an inmate at the Hunterdon County-based Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, claimed that Senior Corrections Officer Erick Melgar […]

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Buena confidentially paid out $125,000 to settle police excessive force lawsuit.

On July 27, 2017, the Borough of Buena (Atlantic County) agreed to pay $125,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a Buena Vista Township man who claimed that two Borough officers roughed him up during a traffic stop and were laughing when he lay bleeding on the ground. In his lawsuit, Warren J. Morris said […]