Empower our Neighborhoods v. Guadagno, ___ N.J. Super. ___ (App. Div. 2018).  This was an election case under the federal and New Jersey civil rights acts, both of which provide attorneys’ fee-shifting in favor of a prevailing plaintiff.  At the trial level, Judge Mary Jacobson observed that the lawsuit brought by plaintiff, an advocacy group, had “changed the landscape of election law in New Jersey, as all 5.88 million registered voters in New Jersey now ha[d

Due to an unusual amount of business travel (alas, only to three cold-weather locations) and a hefty appellate brief, I have not been able to keep up with the courts in recent weeks.  Here is a belated, and far from complete, summary of some of the decisions that our appellate courts have made in that time:

Ardan v. Board of Review, ___ N.J. ___ (2018).  In a relatively unusual (for the Supreme Court of New Jersey) 4-3 decision, the Court ruled that the Board of Review proper

The Supreme Court has granted review in four more cases.  In Cherokee LCP Land, LLC v. City of Linden Planning Bd., the question presented, as phrased by the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, is “Do plaintiffs have a sufficient interest in the property adjacent to the property to be developed (the development property), such that they have standing to challenge the municipal planning board’s site plan approval for the development property?”

An award of attorneys’ fees is at the heart of Noren v. Heartland Payment Systems, Inc.   The quest