NJ Boarding Houses Under No Duty to Conduct Background Checks on Residents

In a published decision, New Jersey’s Appellate Division recently affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of a wrongful death and survival lawsuit in the matter of The Estate of Frank A. Campagna, et al. v. Pleasant Point Properties, et al. (A-2989-18T1) (App. Div. June 17, 2020), holding that a “rooming house,” as that term is defined under New Jersey law, owes no duty to conduct background checks on prospective residents.
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Intrusion Upon Seclusion Can Be Proven by Circumstantial Evidence, NJ Court Rules

This week, New Jersey’s Supreme Court issued a decision in the matter of Friedman v. Martinez, (A-37/81-18) (081093), which affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of a number of claims made alleging “intrusion upon seclusion.” The plaintiffs were women who worked in an office building, where the defendant, Teodoro Martinez, while working as a janitor in the building, had allegedly implanted a camera in several women’s’ restrooms and locker rooms.
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New Jersey Applies Retail Installment Sales Act to Retail Services Contracts

New Jersey’s Supreme Court yesterday published a decision in the matter of Henry Sanchez v. Fitness Factory Edgewater, et al., issuing new guidance in interpreting New Jersey’s “Retail Installment Sales Act,” or “RISA,” codified at N.J.S.A. 17:16C-1, et seq. The case at issue was a putative class action brought by Plaintiff Henry Sanchez on behalf of himself, and as class representative of all others similarly situated in Morris County, against Defendant Fitness Factory.
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Trial “From Home” In New Jersey – A Possible Future

New Jersey’s state court system has reacted repeatedly – and aggressively – to keep the proverbial courthouse “doors” open during the COVID-19 outbreak, even though the court buildings, like most of the rest of the heavily impacted Northeast, are themselves closed.
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District of New Jersey Permits Testimony of Experts in Talc Litigation Over Daubert Challenges

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey is home to Multi-District Litigation relating to thousands of claims against Johnson & Johnson and others, alleging that ovarian cancer was caused by exposure to cosmetic talcum powder products. On April 27, 2020, Chief U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson ruled on Daubert motions filed by the defense, seeking to bar the testimony of five experts used by the plaintiffs in the MDL.
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