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.

The United

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