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Weehawken school board quietly paid $700,000 to settle student’s 1979 sex-assault claims.

On May 16, 2023, the Weehawken Board of Education discreetly settled a lawsuit for $700,000 with a male student who alleged he was sexually abused by his art teacher during the 1978-79 academic year at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School. The plaintiff, now 58 and residing in California, identified his eighth-grade art teacher as Janis […]

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Cumberland County paid out $195,000 to settle female inmate’s claim that male jail guards forced her “into numerous non-consensual sexual acts.”

On August 14, 2023, Cumberland County (New Jersey) settled a 2022 lawsuit filed by a Millville woman who claimed that four male corrections officers coerced her into having sex with them while she was a county jail inmate between 1997 and 2014. In her lawsuit, Katonya Patterson, who was 51 when the suit was filed, […]

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Paulsboro school board paid $30,000 to settle student’s “unrelenting” bullying lawsuit.

On September 20, 2023, Superior Court Judge Anne McDonnell approved a $30,000 settlement in favor of a Paulsboro Junior High School student who claimed that he suffered “unrelenting harassment, intimidation, and bullying” by a group of students during his 2018-19 school year and that school officials did nothing to stop it. The father of the […]

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$100 Ethics Fine Waived Against Deputy Mayor of Burlington County Township; Township Foots $1,376 in Legal Costs. Police Chief Cleared on Unrelated Ethics Charge.

On July 28, 2023, after a four-year investigation, the Local Finance Board (LFB), the primary enforcer of the New Jersey Local Government Ethics Law (LGEL), levied a $100 fine against the current deputy mayor of a Burlington County township but waived the fine because the Board found that she had reasonably relied on the advice […]

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Voorhees Police Chief Challenges $1,500 Ethics Fine; Three Township Officials Cleared of Ethics Complaints

In an August 23, 2023 letter, Voorhees (Camden County, NJ) Police Chief Louis Bordi’s attorney challenged three alleged ethics violations and $1,500 in fines, asserting that Bordi had been wrongfully accused of recommending a lieutenant promotion for his wife and the hiring of his son and nephew as police officers. In its July 28, 2023 […]