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

Pollack v. Quick Quality Restaurants, Inc., ___ N.J. Super. ___ (App. Div. 2017).  The first paragraph of Judge Gibbons Whipple’s opinion for the Appellate Division well encapsulated what this appeal was about.  “In this appeal, as an issue of first impression, we are asked to consider whether a tenant exercising a right of first refusal to adopt terms of a sale contract for certain premises is obligated to pay a commission to a third-party broker that sec

If there is one case that every New Jersey litigator, and even most non-litigators, know, it is Brill v. Guardian Life Ins. Co., 142 N.J. 520 (1995).  That opinion, written by Justice Coleman for a unanimous Supreme Court, was issued on October 24, 1995.  Westlaw shows that the case has had 15,635 citing references since then.

Brill updated the standard for summary judgment, for which Judson v. Peoples Bank & Trust Co. of Westfield, 17 N.J. 67 (1954), had long been the leading case.  Fo