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NJ Supreme Court Addresses Application of Open Public Records Act to Electronically Stored Information

Decision Allows for Easier Access to Data Earlier this week, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a decision which will require public agencies, including municipalities, throughout New Jersey to respond to requests for, and potentially to compile lists or reports containing, electronic information stored by the public agency.  On June 20, 2017, the New Jersey Supreme...
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Supreme Court Rules on ‘Forum Shopping’ for Jurisdictions

Court Continues Trend of Restricting Venues Available to Plaintiffs On June 19, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) v. Superior Court of California San, Francisco County, et al. The Court’s decision in BMS represents another in a string of decisions limiting the concepts of general and specific jurisdiction...
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Diversity & Inclusion at Work

Anti-harassment and anti-discrimination laws guide employers on the minimum legal standards that they must follow in the workplace. In 2017, culturally competent employers should want more than the legal minimum. They must aim to create, and to cultivate, a diverse and inclusive workplace. In 2017, it is not just a question of SHOULD we have...
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Puerto Rico Municipal Bonds: Investor Risk or Compensable Broker Malfeasance?

As widely reported for the Puerto Rico municipal bond crisis, the Island of Puerto Rico has indicated that it will file for bankruptcy protection. The initial attraction of municipal bonds to investors is the tax-free income. States that issue bonds also exempt their bonds from state income tax for residents of their state (unless otherwise stated)....
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Crossing the Line: When Does Competition in Business Become “Unfair”?

In the business arena it is readily understood that open competition is healthy where it is unrestricted and subject to free rein. It is theoretically anticipated to stimulate macro and micro-economic growth.  Competition in a laissez-faire marketplace is expected to increase supply and lower price points, consequently affording consumers and purchasers with option variety for...
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When The Marriage is Over: Disassociation and Expulsion of a Member From a Limited Liability Company

Business “partnerships,” like marriages, always begin with dreams of a long, happy life together. Unfortunately, they too often end in acrimony, in-fighting and ultimately dissolution. In the business context, specific to closely held entities and smaller limited liability companies, New Jersey law provides for resolution of such disputes without ringing a death knell for the...
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Smoking Cessation Programs and Other Unusual Tax Deductions

10 Tax Items That Often Get Overlooked Blake R. Laurence, a partner in the firm’s Tax and Estate Planning department, uncovers some tax deductions you might not have considered before. The tax code is filled with various nuances that allow a taxpayer certain deductions. However, they are not well publicized and many people miss those deductions...
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New Decision: Failure to Pay Arbitration Fees Voids Arbitration Agreement

On March 9, 2017, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision holding that the failure to advance arbitration fees, as required in an arbitration agreement, voids the arbitration agreement and renders it unenforceable. The case Roach and Jackson v. BM Motoring, LLC at al. is the first time the Supreme Court has taken...
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