On this date in 2003, the Appellate Division decided Seacoast Builders Corp. v. Rutgers, 358 N.J. Super. 524 (App. Div. 2003).  This was a relatively rare case in which the Appellate Division exercised original jurisdiction under Rule 2:10-5 to decide a discovery issue.  It was an even more rare result, since the panel ordered that documents otherwise protected by privilege be disclosed as a sanction for attorney misconduct.

This was a breach of construction contract case involving the alleged failure of Rutgers University to pay plaintiff on a multi-million dollar change

The Supreme Court announced that it has granted review in three more cases.  In Granata v. Broderick, the question presented, as phrased by the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, is “Among other issues, can an attorney’s pledge of anticipated counsel fees be considered a security interest under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code?  The Appellate Division answered “yes” in an opinion by Judge Guadagno that was reported at 446 N.J. Super. 449 (App. Div. 2016).  That opinion observed that this was “an issue of first impression in New Jersey,̶

North Jersey Media Group Inc. v. United States, 836 F.3d 421 (3d Cir. 2016).  The 2013 closure of lanes at the George Washington Bridge, which led to extraordinary traffic backups in Fort Lee, has taken on the label of “Bridgegate” due to the involvement in the closure of persons highly placed in the Christie administration.  William Baroni and Bridget Kelly are about to go on trial on criminal charges in connection with Bridgegate.

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