Appellate Watch Blog

NJ Supreme Court holds that volunteer firefighter is entitled to workers’ compensation temporary disability benefits

By Thomas F. Dorn, Jr. In Kocanowski v. Township of Bridgewater, the New Jersey Supreme Court was asked to consider whether volunteer firefighters have to be employed in order to receive workers’ compensation temporary disability benefits.  The workers’ compensation judge and the Appellate Division both held that a volunteer firefighter was not entitled to temporary


Appellate Division Weighs In On The Extent Of A New Jersey Court’s Exclusive And Continuing Jurisdiction Over Its Prior Custody Determination

By Jessie M. Mills   In the February 14, 2019 unpublished decision of Flores v. Flores (A-4841-17T2), the Appellate Division discussed the extent of a New Jersey Court’s “exclusive, continuing jurisdiction” over custody of a non-resident child as it relates to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (“UCCJEA”). The issue presented in this


Appellate Division Holds That Plaintiff’s Injuries Did Not Satisfy The TCA’s Threshold For Recovery Of Damages

By Danielle N. Levine   In Spentz v. Newark Housing Authority (A-5007-16T4), the Appellate Division affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s personal injury claims due to her failure to present objective evidence that her injury satisfied the Tort Claims Act’s (“TCA”) requirement of a permanent loss of a bodily function. In December 2013 the plaintiff fell through