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Garfield Takes Legal Action Against Dow Chemical and Others Over Drinking Water Contamination

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Garfield NJ,the city of Garfield has announced that it will take Dow Chemical Company and several other corporations to court, claiming they are responsible for contaminating the city’s drinking water. The lawsuit alleges that Dow, Vibrantz Corporation (formerly Ferro), Vulcan Materials, and other unnamed companies “designed, advertised, manufactured, marketed, distributed, stored, and/or sold 1,4-dioxane with the knowledge that this toxic compound would be released into the environment even when used as directed and intended.” Furthermore, the suit claims these companies failed to warn users about the dangers associated with the chemical.

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Why might a personal injury lawsuit get dismissed due to contributory negligence?

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If someone has been injured in an accident and is considering a personal injury lawsuit, it’s important to understand the factors that could influence the outcome of your case. One essential aspect to be aware of is contributory negligence, a legal principle that can significantly impact your ability to recover damages. 

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Hear Me Now: Verizon Settles Unlawful Business Practices Lawsuit Over Fios Services


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Trenton NJ, Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and the Division of Consumer Affairs (“Division”) announced today that Verizon New Jersey, Inc. (“Verizon”) finalized a settlement agreement resolving the Division’s investigation into whether the company violated New Jersey’s consumer protection laws in connection with the marketing and sale of its Fios services.

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New Jersey’s ANTI-SLAPP Law Gets Major Test in Englewood Cliffs

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Englewood Cliffs NJ, this story is about a lawyer who works for a New Jersey municipality Englewood Cliffs ,suing the newly elected mayor and his two council running mates who won the Nov 2023 election.

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Hit by a Reckless Driver? Easy Guide to Securing the Right Compensation

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A car accident can be life-altering, primarily when a reckless driver causes it. In the aftermath of a collision, focusing on your recovery and well-being is crucial. However, it’s also essential to understand your rights and the process of seeking compensation if you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence. This comprehensive guide provides a step-by-step approach to help you secure the proper compensation after being hit by a reckless driver.

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Setting Yourself Up for Victory: Key Factors for a Successful Lawsuit

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Filing a lawsuit is an important decision that requires careful consideration. It can be a long and complex process, but with the right preparation and strategy, you can ensure that your case has the best chance of success. Knowing what factors to consider when planning your lawsuit will help you set yourself up for victory in court. It’s important to do your due diligence and make sure you are prepared in order for the odds of success to be in your favor.

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Have You Or A Loved One Been Injured Due To Negligence? Here’s What To Do About It

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When someone is injured due to the negligence of another person or entity, it can be a difficult and stressful time. The last thing the injured person wants to worry about is dealing with their legal rights and options for seeking justice. It’s important to understand your rights after an injury caused by negligence so that you can take steps toward finding remedy and closure. 

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What You Should Know About Mesothelioma Lawsuits


Mesothelioma is a truly nasty condition that has been sadly brought on by asbestos poisoning. It involves the growth of malignant tumors in the lungs, abdominal area, or heart all caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. Sadly, this has happened far too much.

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Why Getting The Appropriate Legal Guidance Can Make Your Case Easier

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Life has many challenges some of which you can handle on your own and others that might require professional interventions to resolve. Some issues related to personal injuries at work, head-on collisions, real estate transfers, and acquisition, starting a business, child custody issues, divorce matters, lawsuits, and the aftermath of a grisly road accident all require legal assistance. Lawyers are very important people in our society and they can help us resolve any legal challenge we encounter at any point in our lifetime. It is often argued that lawyers are expensive but failure to involve one can be more costly so always consult one when the need arises. This is why getting the appropriate legal guidance can make your case easier:

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Personal Injury: Understanding the Legal Process

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Personal injury involves more than just physical wounds; it may lead to emotional trauma, long-term health complications, and financial losses. Understandably, you want to learn about the legal process so you can earn your deserved settlement. 

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How to Make Sure You Win a Personal Injury Case

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There are many ways through which you can be injured. Car accidents are the most common kind of personal injuries currently. Regardless of how much experience you have as a driver, you can never completely avoid the inevitable. Accidents happen every time. They happen on the road, at work, in the streets, and even on residential or commercial property.

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Ridgewood Schools Sues Electrical Contractors Over Faulty “Smart Plugs”

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Ridgewood NJ, In July 2018, after a fire occurred in a classroom at the district’s Willard Elementary School. A subsequent inspection of a “smart plug” installations identified other similar devices at Willard and Orchard Elementary School that exhibited heat damage leading the district  to promptly remove the devices  in August 2018.

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Lawsuit Accuses Ridgewood Schools of a Cover up and Violating it’s Own “Cyber Bullying” and Social Media Policies

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November 17,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, looks like the Ridgewood blog was not the only one with unanswered questions about the fighting incident that took place at Stevens and Brookside fields. We recently observed that the ,

“Ridgewood High School “ANTI BULLYING POLICY” was adapted in 2016 , it has very clear rolls for students , parents and staff, While the kids involved in the incident have gotten all the attention , the little public information that is available about the incident and what led up to the incident would lead anyone to suspect the Ridgewood High School anti bullying policy , despite years of finger wagging was not followed and it appears that not only were students documented to be in violation of the policy but clearly so were some staff and parents .”

After an investigation of the incident the Ridgewood Police  charged a 14-year-old with aggravated assault and simple assault. The 16-year-old was charged with simple assault.

Which all let us to ask , “who knew ,when did they know and why did they not act?”

Looks like we were not alone Fort Lee attorney Rosemarie Arnold delivered two notices of intent to Ridgewood High School on Thursday stating that the parents of a 16-year-old boy intend to sue the Board of Education, high school principal Thomas Gorman and superintendent Daniel Fishbein because they allegedly violated their own policies regarding bullying and social media, sounds just like our article .

According to their website the Law Offices Rosemarie Arnold is based in Fort Lee Law and represents clients In New Jersey And New York. On their website they claim , ” we are a strong voice for victims of negligence.”
Aronold seems to go after big cases an is not afraid of a little attention. On her home page it states, “Our law firm receives significant attention in professional publications and major media outlets due to our success in high-profile cases.”

In the notice Arnold claims that the Ridgewood High School “did not implement proper social media and bullying policies and procedures’ .The notice also accuses Ridgewood High School of “not enforcing the meager policies they had in existence — therefore, students knew there were no penalties for violation of the policies, creating a culture of unrelenting bullying and harassment.”

Arnold went even further by accusing the school and district officials of a cover up, “to protect the school’s reputation and the reputation of the child of a teacher in the district.”
Arnold has also filed suit against SNAP Inc., the Delaware-based parent of Snapchat, as well as 47 unidentified students who “instigated, incited, aided or abetted and filmed the beating of the victim.”

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Opium Wars: State of New Jersey Sues Fentanyl Drug Maker Insys


October 6,2017
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Trenton NJ,  Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced today that New Jersey has filed a four-count lawsuit against Insys Therapeutics, Inc. charging that the company engaged in a greed-driven campaign of consumer  fraud and submission of false claims to health insurers to increase the market share for its powerful opioid-fentanyl drug Subsys.

Filed today in Superior Court in Middlesex County, the State’s complaint charges that, despite Subsys only having Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the “narrow” purpose of treating breakthrough cancer pain in opioid-tolerant patients, Insys unlawfully directed its sales force to push Subsys for prescription to a broader patient population – patients suffering any type of chronic pain – and at higher doses.

Among other things, the complaint alleges that, Insys’s greed has put “hundreds” of lives in jeopardy and “led to the death of at least one New Jersey resident” – a 32-year-old Camden County woman who was prescribed Subsys for  fibromyalgia. In addition, the suit notes that two New Jersey state employee health benefits plans paid a total of approximately $10.3 million to reimburse Subsys prescriptions between 2012 and the third-quarter of 2016, while the State Worker’s Compensation Program paid another $300,000.

“The conduct alleged in our lawsuit is nothing short of evil,” said Attorney General Porrino. “Knowing full well it was putting lives in peril by pushing for broad based consumption of a highly-specialized and incredibly powerful prescription drug – a form of fentanyl approved only for treatment of pain-racked and opioid-tolerant cancer patients – Insys allegedly forged ahead and did it anyway.

“We contend that the company used every trick in the book, including sham speaking and consulting fees and other illegal kickbacks, in a callous campaign to boost profits from the sale of its marquee drug Subsys,” Porrino said.

The State’s lawsuit includes three counts alleging violation of New Jersey’s   Consumer Fraud Act and one count alleging violation of the New Jersey False Claims Act. The suit asks that Insys be assessed maximum civil penalties for each violation of the Consumer Fraud Act, and seeks three times the State’s actual damages for violations of the False Claims Act, per that statute. The suit also seeks to have Insys held responsible for costs and fees incurred by the State in bringing the case.

From the 2012 market launch of Subsys until the present, the drug has accounted for approximately 98 percent of net revenues for Insys, a Delaware corporation with headquarters in Chandler, AZ.

Insys, which has raised the price of Subsys every year since its launch, sold $74.2 million worth of the drug in New Jersey between 2012 and the third-quarter of 2016.

The State’s lawsuit alleges corporate decision-makers devised a strategy to expand what they recognized as a limited market for Subsys by aggressively pushing “off label” uses of the drug – even to  podiatrists and other specialty practitioners who typically would have little call to prescribe powerful Schedule II painkillers.

Off-label use denotes use of a drug for purposes other than that for which it was approved by the FDA. Based on their independent medical judgment, physicians have discretion to legally prescribe drugs for off-label use. However, drug companies are prohibited from promoting their products for such uses in an untruthful or misleading way, and influencing healthcare provider’s prescription decisions with payments and other benefits.

“Insys made tens of millions of dollars in sales in New Jersey,” said Porrino. “Clearly, raking in more money was the engine that drove this subversive and illegal plan to push a potent and, in the wrong patient, potentially lethal form of fentanyl to a broader audience. As we explicitly claim in our lawsuit, Insys and its leadership were willing to do whatever was necessary to make Subsys successful.”

Packed in a single-dose spray device intended for oral administration, Subsys is a transmucosal, immediate-release formulation of fentanyl.  In the drug’s first year on the market, a one-month supply of the lowest available strength of Subsys – 100 mcg doses – cost approximately $2,800. By 2015, the price of the same supply had spiraled to more than $4,000. The State’s lawsuit alleges that Insys regularly misled health insurance plans and pharmaceutical benefits managers to help secure coverage for Subsys prescriptions.

Specifically, the complaint charges, Insys representatives used or developed false records – including false diagnoses of cancer, breakthrough cancer pain and other afflictions – to help lock in pre-authorization approvals and ensure paid reimbursement claims.

The complaint alleges that Insys representatives went so far as to conceal the company’s telephone number from benefits managers and insurers so those entities would not be aware that it was Insys Reimbursement Center employees – calling directly from Insys – in an effort to obtain insurance reimbursement approvals for prescriptions of Subsys.

The suit also alleges that Insys routinely misled consumers by, among other things, making false representations that doctors and other prescribers were prescribing Subsys on the basis of their unbiased, independent clinical judgment when, in fact, that clinical judgment had been “co-opted based on Insys’s unlawful payment of kickbacks to prescribers.”

More than 840 people in New Jersey died from heroin or opioid abuse in 2010 and according to the State’s lawsuit, the confirmed heroin/opioid death toll in New Jersey jumped to more than 1,000 in the first half of 2016 alone (with projections of 2,000 deaths or more by year’s end.) At the same time, the complaint asserts, the number of people admitted to state-licensed or certified substance abuse treatment programs in New Jersey due to abuse of heroin or other opiates increased from about 33,000 in 2012 to more than 38,000 in 2016.

The complaint further points out that, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 80 percent of new heroin users began their addictions by misusing prescription pain medications. It also notes that opiate-related deaths in the U.S. have more than quadrupled since 1999, according to the national Centers for Disease Control.

“As we allege, The fact that Insys was unlawfully flooding the market with a fentanyl product 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine seems not to have troubled the company at all,” Porrino said. “Nor, it appears, was it bothered by the notion that such a strategy could contribute to, and exacerbate, the grave opiate crisis being confronted by New Jersey and every other state. Insys launched a business plan that we allege was propelled by titanic greed and corporate irresponsibility, and we’re committed to holding them accountable for it.”

Assistant Attorney General John M. Falzone and Deputy Attorneys General from the Division of Law’s Government and Healthcare Fraud Section — including Section Chief Janine N. Matton, and Deputy Attorneys General Lara J. Fogel and Evan A. Showell – handled the Insys matter on behalf of the State.

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Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement Leads Battle Against Christie Administration
June 23,2017
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Ridgewood NJ, A class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.  The case of Holland v. Porrino, et al concerns a Dallas Cowboys football fan involved in a bar fight, who claims he was denied his constitutional right to bail by a New Jersey judge.

32-year-old Brittan Holland was arrested and charged following an argument and fight with a Philadelphia Eagles fan in Winslow Township.  He was subsequently ordered to be released wearing a GPS ankle monitor pending his trial.  However, the suit contends that this action reflects the unlawfulness of New Jersey’s bail reform laws, which took effect on January 1.  Intended to make things more fair for defendants who lack the financial resources to be bailed out, the new system calls for judges to utilize a risk assessment tool to determine whether to hold defendants in jail or release them on a simple promise to appear.

Filed by former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement on behalf of Holland and Lexington National Insurance Corporation, which represents others in Holland’s situation, the suit maintains that New Jersey’s current bail reform laws are illegal.  Clement, widely regarded as one of the greatest constitutional litigators of our time, contends that bail is guaranteed in the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.

The defense is led by Attorney General Christopher Porrino, representing Governor Chris Christie’s administration, to which he reports.  Christie was strongly behind the push for New Jersey bail reform when it passed in 2014.

By ordering Holland’s release on the condition that he wear an ankle monitor, Clement’s suit states that he was thus denied the option of bail, to which he should have been legally entitled.

Since taking effect, the state’s new bail laws have been highly controversial, with both law enforcement and victims groups criticizing it as creating a threat to public safety.  Under the former system, which used money bail to create accountability, potentially dangerous defendants were carefully monitored by bail agents after being released.  With the new system, there is little incentive for a person who has been freed from jail to show up for court.

As for Brittan Holland, Clement’s suit claims that under the previous law, he would have very likely “paid a nonexcessive amount of bail to secure his future appearance, likely with the help of a surety company like Plaintiff Lexington National.  He then would have enjoyed his full pre-trial liberty, just like any other presumptively innocent member of society.”  However, because the court never had the option to set bail, Holland’s release was secured through non-monetary conditions, which included the use of an ankle monitor, through which his “liberty is sharply curtailed.”  The suit adds, “he cannot shop for food or basic necessities and cannot take his son to baseball practice”

The plaintiff in this case is bringing three claims against New Jersey bail reform: (1) deprivation of his Eighth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment right to bail by denying his right to bail as an option in the first instance; (2) deprivation of his rights of due process; (3) violation of his Fourth Amendment rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, as a result of being required to be placed on GPS and other monitoring.

A preliminary injunction motion has been filed, with the court being asked to hear the matter by July 17 – and rule on it in an expedited fashion.  Practically speaking, New Jersey’s bail reform laws could face a court injunction within the next four weeks.  If that occurs, it would entirely derail the new laws and once again, restore monetary bail, within the discretion of a judge, as a required consideration as a first option when it comes to setting bail.

About the American Bail Coalition

The American Bail Coalition is dedicated protecting the Constitutional right to bail and the promotion, protection and advancement of the surety bail profession in the United States. Comprised of the nation’s largest surety insurance companies, ABC works with local communities, law enforcement, legislators and other criminal justice stakeholders to utilizes its expertise and knowledge of the surety bail industry to develop more effective and efficient criminal justice solutions.