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

Sparroween, LLC v. Township of West Caldwell, ___ N.J. Super. ___ (App. Div. 2017).  Plaintiffs operated the Cigar Emporium in West Caldwell.  In that business, they sell tobacco products, but they also make tobacco products available to be smoked on the premises.  After plaintiffs had obtained development approvals from the municipal Planning Board, the Township’s Board of Health, acting under its power to preserve public health, adopted an ordinance that go

The Supreme Court announced that it has granted review in two new cases.  The first is In re William R. Hendrickson, Jr.  The question presented there, as phrased by the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, is “What is the appropriate standard of appellate review of a final agency decision when the initial decision of the administrative law judge is ‘deemed adopted’ as the final agency decision pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:14B-10(c) when the agency lacked a quorum to act?”

Hendrickson was a fire inspector whose employment was terminated by the Department