Today, the 2017-18 General Assignment Order issued by Chief Justice Rabner was published.  It is available here.

Judge Messano continues as Presiding Judge for Administration, and Judge Sabatino remains the Deputy Presiding Judge for Administration.  The Presiding Judges of the eight Parts of the Appellate Division are the same as last year, except that Judge Simonelli has replaced Judge Lihotz as Presiding Judge of Part B.  The other Presiding Judges, in Part letter order, are Judges Sabatino, Reisner, Alvarez, Messano,

Kean Federation of Teachers v. Morell, 448 N.J. Super. 520 (App. Div. 2017).  As a public body, Kean University’s Board of Trustees is subject to the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 to,-21 (“OPMA”).  This decision by Judge Fuentes addressed two issues under the OPMA.  The first was what is meant by the statute’s requirement, in N.J.S.A. 10:4-14, that minutes of a public body’s meetings be made “promptly available.”  T

Midland Funding, LLC v. Bordeaux, 447 N.J. Super. 330 (App. Div. 2016).  This was a small claims case in which plaintiff sought to collect a consumer debt as to which it was an assignee.  After defendant filed an answer and a counterclaim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. §1692 et seq., plaintiff answered that counterclaim, and the parties began discovery, plaintiff moved to compel arbitration.  That motion was based on submission of a purported arbitrat