In re Trust of Violet Nelson, ___ N.J. Super. ___ (App. Div. 2018).  As Judge Ostrer stated in his opinion in this case today, the issue was “whether a trial court may look beyond the apparently plain language of a trust that benefitted the settlor’s ‘grandchildren’ to determine whether the settlor intended to benefit only some of her grandchildren.”  The answer, the panel stated, was “yes,” with the result that a contrary partial summary

MacDonald v. Cashcall, Inc., ___ F.3d ___ (3d Cir. 2018).  There have been some outlandish circumstances in decisions involving arbitration, especially in the

Yesterday and today, the Supreme Court did what it does not often do: affirm a decision of the Appellate Division substantially for the reasons expressed by the Appellate Division, rather than writing its own fully-expressed opinion.

Yesterday’s ruling, in Granata v. Broderick, ___ N.J. ___ (2017), affirmed a decision by Judge Guadagno that was reported at 446 N.J. Super. 449 (App. Div. 2016).  As the Supreme Court summarized it, the Appellate Division ruled that “an att