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Residential Homeowner Escapes Liability for Public Sidewalk Trip and Fall

By Stanley J. Zator, Esq. In the November 26, 2018 unpublished opinion of Reinhardt v. Gornowski (A-1395-17T3), the Appellate Division explored a residential homeowner’s potential for liability following the existence of a dangerous condition on an abutting public sidewalk. In January 2014, William Reinhardt and Robert Gornowski were next door neighbors. Mr. Reinhardt, while walking


Court outlines when sex offenders may attempt to terminate their registration requirements under Megan’s Law and Community Supervision for Life (CSL)

By Brian D. Kenney, Esq. On December 7, 2018, the Appellate Division decided In the Matter of Registrant H.D., (App. Div. 2018) Docket Nos. A5321-16T1 and A5322-16T1, a decision approved for publication. This matter involved two appeals from sex offender registrants under Megan’s Law.  In 1994 and 1998, respectively, the petitioners were sentenced to community


Court Upholds Settlement based upon Apparent Authority to Resolve Matter

By Christine M. McCarthy, Esq. In Releasee 1 and Releasee 2 v. N.G. (A-4522-16T2), the Appellate Division analyzed whether defendant’s attorney had actual or apparent authority to consummate a settlement with plaintiffs’ attorney, despite defendant’s arguments that she did not authorize her attorney to finalize a settlement on her behalf. After reviewing testimony from an