Kocanowski v. Bridgewater Tp., ___ N.J. Super. ___ (App. Div. 2017).  Plaintiff was a volunteer firefighter in Bridgewater.  She slipped on ice while responding to a fire and was injured.  She sought temporary disability and medical benefits under workers’ compensation.  The Township opposed that, arguing that because plaintiff was unemployed (having stopped work to help her ill father), she could not get temporary disability.

The case went to trial, and a judge in

Kelly v. Maxum Specialty Ins. Group, ___ F.3d ___ (3d Cir. 2017).  Judge Chagares began one of the early paragraphs of today’s opinion for the Third Circuit in this Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. §2201-2202 (“DJA”), case this way:

“Whether a state action parallels a federal action– in which case a district court has significant discretion under the DJA to decline a lawsuit seeking only declaratory relief– is a questio

Ricci v. Ricci, 448 N.J. Super. 546 (App. Div. 2017).  As Judge Lihotz observed in the opening sentence of her opinion for the Appellate Division in this case, Newburgh v. Arrigo, 88 N.J. 529 (1982), established the principle that “the privilege of parenthood carries with it the duty to assure a necessary education for children.”  That duty applies, however, only to children who are not emancipated.  “A determination of emancipation is a legal issue, imposed when the