Hassan v. City of New York, 804 F.3d 277 (3d Cir. 2015).  This opinion by Judge Ambro yesterday is one of the most important decisions that the Third Circuit has made in some time.  The case involves New York City Police Department’s program of surveillance of Muslims, including, allegedly, “every mosque within a 250-mile radius of New York City,” and at “all or virtually all [Muslim Student Associations] in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania

A.A. v. Gramiccioni, 442 N.J. Super. 276 (App. Div. 2015).  It is unusual for a plaintiff to be permitted to use only initials in filing a complaint.  As Judge Simonelli explained in this opinion, “[a]bsent a statute or court rule mandating anonymity in court proceedings, a litigant must show good cause to proceed anonymously or by pseudonym.”  Here, A.A., a requestor of records under the Open Public Records Act, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 to -13 (“OPRA”), filed suit using o

Ricketti v. Barry, 775 F.3d 661 (3d Cir. 2015).  State court judges see a lot of New Jersey’s entire controversy doctrine (“ECD”).  Some federal judges, not so much.  This opinion, issued yesterday by the Third Circuit, reversed a dismissal of a case under the ECD.  That case was the second one filed by plaintiff that involved “the same common law causes of action and averred mostly the same supporting facts.”  A prior action had been settled.  In the secon