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Posts Categorized: New Jersey Business Litigation

Posted: October 26, 2019

Singling Out Employee to Receive a Share of Profits Created a Fiduciary Relationship

On March 13, 2019, Judge Costello of the Hudson County Superior Court (Law Division) issued a decision in RCS Logistics, Inc. v. Expolanka USA LLC, Docket NO.: HUD-L-2668-17, holding that singling out one employee to receive a share of profits created a special relationship creating a fiduciary duty, explaining: Shareholders cannot sue for injuries arising... Read more »

Posted: October 25, 2019

Requiring Employees to View and Acknowledge Seeing Presentation on Mandatory Arbitration Does Not Create Binding Agreement to Arbitrate

On January 16, 2019, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court issued a decision in Skuse v, Pfizer, Inc., Docket No. A-3027-17T4, holding that requiring an employee to view and acknowledge seeing a presentation on mandatory arbitration was insufficient to create a binding agreement to arbitrate, explaining: We begin our forum analysis by recognizing the... Read more »

Posted: October 23, 2019

Homeowners’ Association’s Decisions Protected by Business Judgment Rule

On March 5, 2019, Judge Wilson of the Bergen County Superior Court (Law Division) issued a decision in Bennett v. Malone, Docket No. BER-L-3443-17, holding that the decisions of a homeowners’ association were protected by the business judgment rule, explaining: A homeowners’ association has a fiduciary relationship with each of its unit owners that requires... Read more »

Posted: October 21, 2019

Court Rejects Veil-Piercing Claim

On March 21, 2019, Judge Wilson of the Bergen County Superior Court (Law Division) issued a decision in Cajoeco LLC v. Bensi Enterprises, LLC, Docket No. BER-L-3477-16, rejecting veil-piercing claims, explaining: It is well settled New Jersey law that a corporation is a separate entity from its shareholders and that a primary reason for incorporation... Read more »

Posted: October 18, 2019

Class Action Asserting Federal Antitrust Claims Did Not Toll State Antitrust Claims

On March 29, 2019, Judge Wilson of the Bergen County Superior Court (Law Division) issued a decision in Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, v. Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, Docket No. BER-L-6325-18, holding that a class action asserting federal antitrust claims did not toll state antitrust claims, explaining: MBUSA argues that the filing of federal Clayton Act claims... Read more »

Posted: February 26, 2019

Employment Contract Term Waiving Claims for Workplace Injuries Unenforceable in New Jersey

On December 11, 2017, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a decision in Vitale v. Schering-Plough Corporation, No. 078294, holding that a pre-accident agreement disclaiming liability was unenforceable, explaining: In section 39, the Legislature declared a public policy regarding certain agreements entered into in advance of a workplace accident: No agreement, composition, or release of... Read more »

Posted: January 3, 2019

Rulings on Motion to Dismiss Were Not Binding Under Law of the Case Doctrine

On November 29, 2018, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court issued a decision in Tully v. Mirz, Docket No. A-0241-17T1, explaining that a court’s holdings on a motion to dismiss were not binding under the law of the case doctrine, explaining: The law of the case doctrine provides that a legal decision... Read more »

Posted: December 27, 2018

Court Dismisses Tortious Interference Claims on Summary Judgment

On November 15, 2018, Judge Wilson of the the Bergen County Superior Court (Law Division), issued a decision in Comprehensive Neurosurgical, P.C., et al. v. The Valley Hospital, et al., Docket No.: BER-L-6794-16, dismissing tortious interference claims on summary judgment, explaining: NJBSC alleges that Valley’s entry into the Exclusivity Agreement constituted tortious interference with prospect... Read more »

Posted: October 9, 2018

Party Bound by Arbitration Provision Despite Its Lack of Conspicuousness

On September 18, 2018, Judge Mega of the Union County Superior Court (Law Division) issued a decision in Brothers General Construction & Painting, LLC v. Tocci Building Corporation, Inc., Docket No. UNN-L-941-18, holding that a party was bound by an arbitration provision despite its lack of conspicuousness, explaining: The strong public policy of this State... Read more »