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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, Esq.   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


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

By Matheu D. Nunn, Esq.   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


US Supreme Court Upholds Trump’s Travel Ban

By:  Thomas F. Dorn, Jr., Esq.   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),