NJ Workers’ Compensation Judge Rules Respondent Cannot Oppose Payment for Medical Marijuana

By: Christine M. McCarthy In a June 28, 2018 opinion, a Freehold Workers’ Compensation judge ruled that Freehold Township must pay the cost of a petitioner’s medical marijuana prescription. In opposing Petitioner’s request for coverage of his prescription, Respondent, Freehold Township, sought refuge on constitutional grounds, arguing the NJ Medical Marijuana Act is in conflict

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The Beginning of the End for Public Sector Unions? U.S. Supreme Court Bans Mandatory Union Fees

By:  Alex Lee   The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent 5-4 decision on June 27, 2018 in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, was a landmark decision finding that laws requiring non-union member public-sector employees to pay “agency fees” to relevant unions, were unconstitutional and invalid as a violation of the First

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Does a Term in a Marital Settlement Agreement Where an Alimony Paying Spouse Must Provide Life Insurance Naming the Ex-Spouse as Beneficiary Support an Alimony Obligation or Not?

By:  Bonnie C. Frost In a case which might, at first glance, be overlooked, the purpose of life insurance as it relates to alimony (and possibly as it might pertain to child support) is discussed clearly and succinctly.  In Wheeler v. Wheeler, (A-4383-16T1), the parties divorced in 2007 and agreed that the ex-husband would provide

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Appellate Division Vacates a $1.1 Million Personal Injury Award Due to the Trial Court’s Improper Exclusion of Facebook Photos

By:  Danielle N. Levine   In Angeles v. Nieves, 2018 WL 3149551 (App. Div. June 28, 2018), the plaintiff alleged that as a result of a motor vehicle accident, he sustained a serious low back injury that limited his ability to engage in physical activities but his Facebook photographs revealed otherwise. At trial, the plaintiff

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New Jersey Supreme Court Recognizes U.S. Supreme Court’s “Plain Feel” Doctrine to Arrestee with “Bulge” in Pocket

By:  Matheu D. Nunn   In a unanimous decision on June 28, 2018, captioned State v. Evans (A-85/86-16), the New Jersey Supreme Court recognized an exception to the general requirement that law enforcement officers must obtain a warrant to conduct a search of an individual. Although the Appellate Division of New Jersey has covered the

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US Supreme Court Upholds Trump’s Travel Ban

By:  Thomas F. Dorn, Jr.   Trump v. Hawaii, ____ U.S. _____ (2018).  On June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States, in a 5-4 decision, upheld President Trump’s ban on foreign visitors and immigrants from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Venezuela and North Korea.  Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), foreign

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