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

The Supreme Court announced that it has granted certification in Pulice v. Greenbrook Sports & Fitness, LLC.  The question presented in that appeal, as phrased by the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, is “Did the trial court properly dismiss plaintiffs’ complaint seeking damages for injuries suffered at defendant’s health club based on the waiver signed by Maria Pulice?”  Relying on the Supreme Court’s decision in Stelluti v. Casapenn Enters., 203 N.J. 286 (2010), the Law Division granted summary judgment to the defendant health club and the A

Baez v. Paulo, ___ N.J. Super. ___ (App. Div. 2018).  This was a medical malpractice/wrongful death case.  The Law Division had precluded plaintiff from adding three doctors as defendants after the statute of limitations had expired, ruling that plaintiff had not exercised sufficient diligence to identify those defendants, who had been named as fictitious defendants under Rule 4:26-4, in timely fashion.  Despite having found that the statute of limitations had run out as to the three doctors, t