C ASE A LERTS
April 22, 2020
So do you have a new routine yet for life under quarantine? Perhaps you’re tired of hearing the phrase “new normal”. Certainly there is nothing normal about being quarantined while we band together (yet properly distanced) for the health and wellbeing of one another. Still, we hope that you are finding ways to adjust and march onward. We also hope that our case alerts are becoming a part of your new routine.
 
New Jersey courts are still issuing opinions on a wide array of topics. For example, while it was a mild winter here in New Jersey and New York, snow and ice cases were still on the docket for New Jersey courts. In particular, the New Jersey Appellate Division definitively weighed in on the oft disputed issue of whether a commercial landowner owes a duty to remove or reduce snow and ice from an abutting sidewalk prior to a storm ending. An opinion upholding an arbitrator’s decision was issued along with an opinion rejecting a master subcontract agreement’s reference to a dispute resolution provision in a prime contract as a means to bind a subcontractor to the prime contract’s separate forum selection provision. There have also been recent insurance related opinions too, several against policyholders.
 
So whether you are settling in to begin your workday, looking for a mid-day break from a project, or winding down your day, we appreciate the chance to catch up with you and we hope you enjoy this edition of HKM&P’s Case Alerts.
I. PUBLISHED DECISIONS
ENVIRONMENTAL
Atl. Richfield Co. v. Christian, 590 U.S. __ (2020)
EXPERT TESTIMONY FOUNDATION/ADMISSIBILITY
Morales-Hurtado v. Reinoso, Docket No. A-5-19 (082293), __ N.J. __ (2020) (per curiam)
IMMUNITY UNDER TORT CLAIMS ACT/LEGAL MALPRACTICE
Nieves v. Office of the Public Defender, Docket No. A-69-18 (082262), __ N.J. __ (2020)
PREMISES LIABILITY
Pareja v. Princeton Int'l Prop., Docket No. A-2111-18T3, __ N.J. Super. __ (App. Div. 2020)
II. UNPUBLISHED DECISIONS
ARBITRATION/DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Paterson Med. Plaza, LLC v. Litana Dev., Inc., Docket No. A-2978-18T1 (N.J. App. Div. Apr. 13, 2020) (per curiam)
Sal Elec. Co., Inc. v. The Pike Co., Inc., Docket No. A-5657-18T1 (N.J. App. Div. Apr. 13, 2020) (per curiam)
ENVIRONMENTAL
Dep't of Envtl. Prot. v. Hess Corp., Docket A-2893-18T2 (N.J. App. Div. Apr. 7, 2020) (per curiam)
INSURANCE
Doctors v. New Jersey Mfrs. Ins. Co., Docket No. A-2898-18T3 (N.J. App. Div. Apr. 3, 2020) (per curiam)
Fournier Trucking, Inc. v. New Jersey Mfr. Ins. Co., Docket No. (N.J. App. Div. Apr. 9, 2020) (per curiam)
LEGAL/PROFESSIONAL MALPRACTICE
Gastelu v. Martin, Docket No. A-3780-16T1 (N.J. App. Div. Apr. 7, 2020) (per curiam)
Wakefern Food Corp. v. BWD Group, LLC, Docket No. A-1662-18T1 (N.J. App. Div. Apr. 8, 2020) (per curiam)
PERSONAL INJURY
Bailey v. Hennessey, Docket No. A-3396-18T3 (N.J. App. Div. Apr. 8, 2020) (per curiam)
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