Raab v. City of Ocean City, 833 F.3d 286 (3d Cir. 2016).  In this case under the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. §1983, both plaintiff and the defendant municipality claimed to be the “prevailing party” and therefore sought an award of attorneys’ fees under 42 U.S.C. §1988.  The case arose out of a physical confrontation between plaintiff and a municipal police officer, Ruch.  Plaintiff sued Ruch and the City.  Both defendants sought summary judgment.  The Distric

Williams v. American Auto Logistics, 226 N.J. 117 (2016).  Parties who fail to follow procedural rules are a source of frustration to busy trial judges.  As Justice Fernandez-Vina noted in today’s opinion for a unanimous Supreme Court, courts have “a panoply of sanctions in [their] arsenal” to redress violations of procedural rules.  In this Special Civil Part case, which plaintiff originally filed pro se, the Court stated that striking a jury demand is n

Cranford Development Associates v. Cranford Tp., 445 N.J. Super. 220 (App. Div. 2016).  This Mount Laurel litigation resulted in a builder’s remedy for construction of a 360-unit residential development in Cranford.  The Township and other defendant municipal agencies appealed, but the Appellate Division affirmed the ruling below.  Near the outset of the Appellate Division’s opinion, Judge Reisner, writing for the panel, said “Judge Lisa F. Ch