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New Jersey Supreme Court Erects New Hurdle for Harassment Plaintiffs To Overcome

Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court analyzed the impact of an employer’s anti-harassment policy on an employee’s claims of negligence, recklessness and vicarious liability against employers under the New Jersey Law Against…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Real Property Tax Review is Especially Critical in an Upward Trending Market – The 2015 Real Property Tax Appeal Season Has Arrived!

Property owners should be receiving their annual property tax assessment notices (post cards) from the municipal assessor’s office at this time. Receipt of this assessment notice indicates that it is time to determine whether a…more
| Civil Procedure, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation, Real Estate - Commercial

Environmental Contamination Can Significantly Impact the Merits of a Property Tax Appeal

The New Jersey Tax Court recently ruled in Methode Electronics, Inc. v. Twp. Of Willingboro, Docket Nos. 019012-2010 and 014098-2011 (Tax January 22, 2015) that the assessment on contaminated property located in Willingboro, New…more
| Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Taxation, Real Estate - Commercial

Environmental News Flash: New Jersey Supreme Court Rules That Six-Year Statute Of Limitations Does Not Apply To Spill Act Claims

In a much anticipated decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled yesterday in Morristown Associates v. Grant Oil Co. that the general six-year statute of limitations for injury to real property is not applicable to Spill Act…more
| Environmental Law, Personal Injury, Real Estate - Commercial

In New York, Failing to Timely Notify Insurance Carriers of a Pollution Incident May Cost You

On January 8, 2015, in Travelers Indem. Co. v. Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc., the New York Appellate Division upheld a decision finding that Orange & Rockland Utilities Inc.’s notice to Travelers Indemnity Co. of potential…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Insurance

NJ Supreme Court Embraces Employee-Friendly Test for Determining Independent Contractor Status

In a unanimous opinion issued on January 14, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court determined that the “ABC test” governs whether an individual is an “employee” or an “independent contractor” entitled to the protections of New…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Florida Becomes the 36th State to Allow Same-Sex Marriage

On August 21st, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge, Robert L. Hinkle, in the case of Brenner v. Scott, ruled that Florida’s constitutional and statutory bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional. Same-sex couples were able…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Family Law, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Senate Approves QCD Tax Extender and ABLE Accounts – President Approval Expected Shortly

In two earlier blog posts we mentioned that the House had passed one bill to extend a number of tax breaks and had passed another bill, the ABLE Act, which would provide added benefits to individuals with disabilities…more
| Finance & Banking, Taxation

ABLE Accounts for Disabled Individuals – Senate is Now ABLE to Act

On December 3, 2014, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would allow qualifying disabled persons to establish tax-free savings accounts similar to 529 plans to pay for a host of expenses, including, but not…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Taxation

Extension of 2014 Qualified Charitable Distributions

On December 3, 2014, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would extend a number of tax breaks for the 2014 tax year. Senate approval of the bill is likely…more
| Finance & Banking, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

The Affordable Care Act Part Two – Preparing for 2015

This is the second of a three part series on the Affordable Care Act (“ACA” or “Act”), commonly known as “ObamaCare.” This post discusses the Employer Mandate, which takes effect January 1, 2015, and certain reporting…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health, Taxation

Paid Sick Leave Continues to Gain Traction in New Jersey

Last week, Trenton and Montclair became the latest in a series of New Jersey municipalities to pass paid sick leave ordinances, joining East Orange, Irvington, Jersey City, Newark, Passaic and Paterson. Under both the Trenton…more
| Labor & Employment Law

The Affordable Care Act – Where Are We Now?

The ACA was signed into law in March of 2010 with the goals of increasing the quality and affordability of health insurance, lowering the uninsured rate by expanding public and private insurance coverage, and reducing the costs…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health

2015 Estate And Gift Tax Update

On October 30, 2014, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2014-61, which announced inflation adjustments to the applicable exclusion amount beginning in 2015. For an estate of any decedent dying during calendar year 2015, the…more
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Arms’ Length Sale of Contaminated Property is Best Indicator of Value for Tax Appeal Purposes

In a recent Appellate Division decision (Orient Way Corp. v. Tp. of Lyndhurst), the Tax Court’s prior determination that an arms’ length sale of the subject contaminated property provided credible evidence of true market value…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Taxation, Real Estate - Commercial
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