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Phoney Lawsuits: Polish immigrant concludes six-figure run by settling 31st lawsuit

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The last of a Polish immigrant's 31 Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits, which paid out more than $800,000, has settled, but the need to reform telemarketing regulation continues, a privacy and securities class actions defense lawyer says.

New Jersey secures $275,000 from brokerage firm that allegedly mismanaged conservation group account

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Securities, announced Dec. 20 that Garden State Securities Inc., a brokerage firm in Red Bank, will pay $275,000 to resolve allegations of failing to reasonably supervise a broker involved with the company.

Advance Auto Parts settles allegations of religious discrimination

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division on Civil Rights announced Dec. 22 that Advance Auto Parts will pay $10,000 to a former employee after allegations it cut his work hours after he asked for time off to observe his Jewish faith.

Jersey Central Power & Light loses appeal of $650,000 verdict to woman who fell in hole

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling awarding $650,000 in damages to a homeowner who fell in a hole left by a power company worker on her property.

Security guard can sue employer after falling down stairs

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Is a standard contract signed at employment ordering the employee not to file suit if injured on a customer’s premises contrary to public policy? In the case of a security guard injured at a client’s business, the answer is yes, according to a recent New Jersey Supreme Court ruling.

New Jersey school district to pay $35,000 to former employee in disability discrimination case

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division on Civil Rights announced Dec. 11 the North Plainfield School District will pay a former employee $35,000 after settling allegations of disability discrimination.

New Jersey secures $57,920 for woman who suffered persistent sexual harassment

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced Dec. 4 that Statewide Roadside Assistance of Toms River and its owner, Neal K. Prashad, will pay $57,920 for emotional distress and lost wages after allegations of persistent sexual harassment against a female employee.

N.J. gentleman's club, of 'Sopranos' fame, to shut down

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Alcohol Beverage Control announced Dec. 7 an order for two North Jersey “gentleman’s clubs” to sell or transfer their liquor licenses to a third party by Jan. 3.

New Jersey attorney general settles pay discrimination case with Hilton Homewood Suites

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division on Civil Rights announced Nov. 21 that a Hilton Homewood Suites hotel will pay $35,000 to a female ex-employee after allegations of paying her less than male coworkers for equal tasks.

Cigar Emporium loses appeal tied to New Jersey township smoking ordinance

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Sparroween LLC, which does business as Cigar Emporium, and Richard Yanuzzi lost their fight against the Township of West Caldwell's municipal smoking ordinance when the Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division upheld a lower court ruling in a Nov. 14 opinion.

Customer alleges Gap, Banana Republic advertise 'fictitious' former prices

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey consumer alleges the base prices on items sold at Gap and Banana Republic Factory stores are "fake" to create the impression the items have been discounted.

New Jersey court overturns decision in breach of contract case, states safeguards weren't followed

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – The Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey has overturned a lower court’s ruling in a breach of contract case, saying a judge's sanction was imposed improperly.

New Jersey secures $80,000 for steakhouse employees victimized by alleged sexual harassment, racism

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division on Civil Rights announced Nov. 9 that Alexus Steakhouse & Tavern will pay $80,000 to seven employees and an ex-employee after allegations of sexual harassment and racism.

Honeywell, in motion over ballots, contends asbestos claims holders already have been exposed

Honeywell International has interjected itself into the bankruptcy proceeding of the successors to Chicago Fire Brick and Wellsville Fire Brick, companies that spent a decade creating a trust that would pay individuals with asbestos claims. In May, Honeywell asked the federal bankruptcy court in Oakland, Calif., to make those ballots public.

N.J. court reopens discovery in accident case allegedly caused by defective motorcyle

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey Superior Court in Essex County has reopened discovery in the case of a man who alleges he was injured by a defective motorcycle he rented and that evidence had been lost.

New Jersey secures $975,000 from firm that allegedly sold unsuitable investments

NEWARK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced Nov. 1 that LPL Financial LLC will pay $975,000 after allegations of selling unsuitable alternative investments.

Consumer claims Merchants' Credit Guide Co. collection letter failed to identify creditor

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – An Atlantic City, N.J., woman alleges a debt collector sent her a letter that violated federal collection laws.

New Jersey court rules that legal malpractice suit is barred by entire controversy doctrine

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey malpractice action is barred by the entire controversy doctrine, according to the Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division.

New Jersey alleges Mahwah Township discriminates against Orthodox Jews

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) — New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced a lawsuit Oct. 24 against the Mahwah Township Council and the township of Mahwah for allegations of discriminating against Orthodox Jewish people.

Delaware firm’s former attorney fires back at claims of stealing client at center of Celgene whistleblower lawsuit

Defendants Guttman Buschner & Brooks PLLC and senior founding partner Reuben Guttman filed a motion to dismiss or, alternatively, for summary judgment Oct. 10. On Friday, the defendants also filed a motion to strike plaintiff Grant & Eisenhofer PA’s complaint in its entirety.