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Ocean County lawyer charged with ethics violation for allegedly pocketing excess document recording fees

A Toms River real estate lawyer is in ethics hot water for collecting “estimated” document recording fees from his clients and then allegedly not reimbursing the excess amounts collected when the actual recording fees turned out to be less than the estimate. The lawyer in question also serves as the Board Attorney for the Lacey […]

Posted inNJ Open Government Notes

State agency holds that Bridgeton Councilman violated Local Government Ethics Law.

On March 19, 2021, the Local Finance Board (LFB), the chief enforcer of New Jersey’s Local Government Ethics Law (LGEL), found that a Bridgeton City Councilman violated the state’s conflict-of-interest laws when he voted in 2017 to sell several parcels of City real estate to a corporation while he simultaneously served on the board of […]

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Millville quietly paid out $95,000 to settle claim that police retaliated against a man who filmed them with his cell phone.

On January 28, 2021, the City of Millville (Cumberland County) agreed to pay $95,000 to a local man who claimed that a police officer, who saw the man recording police activity with his cell phone, “invented a story” that led to the man being indicted for Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer–Third Degree. In his […]

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Tinton Falls quietly settles police sergeant’s discrimination suit by promoting him and paying his attorney fees.

On October 21, 2020, the Borough of Tinton Falls (Monmouth County) agreed to promote a police sergeant to lieutenant and pay him $35,000 for his attorney fees to settle his Law Against Discrimination (LAD) suit provided that he “submits an irrevocable retirement letter” effective February 1, 2022 and applies to the State for his pension. […]

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Commercial Township School District paid $220,000 to settle four employee discrimination suits.

On May 9, 2019, the Commercial Township School District (Cumberland County) approved an agreement that paid four district school employees, all in their 40’s or 50’s, $220,000 to settle lawsuits that claimed that the district’s former Superintendent and school board members created a hostile work environment for them “due to [their] age, sex, and/or gender […]