After repeatedly suspending a fee on non-residential developers that was enacted six years ago, a state Senate panel today acted to end it altogether.
Recognizing the increasing amount of complex business litigation in New Jersey, the New Jersey Courts have created a new program for resolution of complex business, commercial and construction cases where the alleged damages exceed $200,000. The Complex Business Litigation Program becomes effective on January 1, 2015 and hopes to streamline and expedite litigation in complex business matters. A single judge with experience in complex civil litigation will oversee the resolution of each commercial matter from beginning to end, thereby eliminating the confusion of matters being transferred mid-litigation. To read more about this exciting new program for commercial litigation, see the NJ Courts Statement at http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/pressrel/2014/pr141113a.pdf. The attorneys at Nehmad Perillo and Davis are experienced in commercial civil litigation and are looking forward to assisting our clients through this new program.
Governor Christie's Advisory Commission on Sports, Entertainment & Gaming has released its report update on the future of Atlantic City. Among the recommendations: more state education aid coupled with spending cuts; appointment of an Emergency Manager with expanded authority; establishing a non-profit development company - ACDevCo - modeled on New Brunswick's success; and extending the current Tourism District to all of Atlantic City.
On June 30th, the Legislature overwhelmingly passed Bill A1907/S1011, which reinstates and extends the moratorium on the imposition of Statewide non-residential development fees until January 1, 2014. The bill now awaits final consideration by Governor Christie.
Under a 2012 New Jersey Tax Court case, contract purchasers of commercial property are charged with investigating whether the sellers of the property received & responded to a Chapter 91 income and expense information request from the municipality in order for that contract purchaser to subsequently prosecute a tax appeal for the property. The contract purchaser's duty in this regard applies even if the purchaser intends to use the property as non-income producing (i.e. "owner occupied") property.
In a recently decided case, the Superior Court-Law Division held that audio recordings and radio transmissions of municipal police departments are subject to disclosure under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act.
After being vetoed by Governor Christie last session, a new sprinkler mandate bill, A1698, was introduced and has been released by the State Assembly Housing & Community Development Committee. The bill, which requires fire suppression systems in all new single and two-family homes, now awaits full consideration by the Assembly.
On August 7, 2013 Governor Christie signed the “Automatic Variance” law, N.J.S.A 58:16A-103, (“AVL”), which is designed to make it easier for property owners to elevate pre-Sandy structures to meet and exceed FEMA's new flood elevation standards.
U.S. businesses that need or want to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming are eligible to use the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services H-1B program. The program accepts applications for a limited time and is now accepting applications from April 1 thought April 7, 2014 or earlier if the maximum number of applications per the Government’s 65,000 application cap are submitted before April 7th.
For the first time, a New Jersey trial court has ruled that students who bully another student may be added to a lawsuit filed against the school district which alleges harm caused by the bullying.