Morris v. T.D. Bank, ___ N.J. Super. ___ (App. Div. 2018).  This case arose out of a robbery at a T.D. Bank in Union, New Jersey.  Plaintiff, an African-American man, was waiting before a teller to make a withdrawal.  Another African-American man approached the teller before plaintiff and, unbeknownst to plaintiff, gave the teller a note that said “[b]ig bills please this is a hold up.”  The teller gave him a stack of bills, and the robber left the bank.  Plaintiff then move

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

Estate of Yearby v. Middlesex County, ___ N.J. Super. ___ (App. Div. 2018).  Today’s snowstorm offered the opportunity to circle back, belatedly, to this opinion by Judge Fuentes, which was issued on February 27. Plaintiffs’ decedent, who was allegedly mentally ill, was arrested for assault and resisting arrest.  Placed in the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility, he died there, 24 hours after his arrest, while strapped to a “restraint chair.̶