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Or Sometimes the Government Gets It Wrong - Student Loan Repayments

Student Loans.jpgMany people take our student loans from state or federal authorities to fund their schooling.  Loans give access to education to people who may not otherwise have it, and can help people achieve their dreams. Repayment of loans is generally deferred until after the student finishes his or her education.

Fraudulent Mailings Can Be Expensive - Way Beyond the Postage

vintage-3938883_1280.jpgBefore the age of email spam was the age of postal mail advertisements. Regulations for the former trace the legislative history of the latter, with most regulations restricting email spam based off of regulations for mail spam. In spite of the digital age, paper mailing advertising strategy is still used today, often on the elderly, who may be more susceptible to paper rather than digital documentation. 

Domestic Violence Cases and Due Process

Thumbnail image for Hand Up.jpgDomestic violence cases are unique because of their competing issues. The legal system weighs a number of values for every case: fairness, due process, expeditiousness, and potential impact on society are just a few. Domestic violence cases usually involve someone in imminent or current danger or a child's ability to see both of his/her parents, meaning that the courts often must focus on speed over the other values, to prevent further physical or emotional harm. But speed should not come at the cost of other concerns and the courts must find a way to balance all of them together. 

New Jersey's New Equal Pay Act - This is Big!

Equal Pay.jpgIt has been 6 months since New Jersey's Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act (the "Act") took effect. On March 27, 2018, the New Jersey legislature passed the Act, amending the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination ("LAD"). The LAD has long been New Jersey's law for promotion of equal pay and against employment discrimination. 

Even Bullies Have Rights

Bully Rights.jpgBullying can be a difficult part of childhood. Kids who are different from their peers often bear the brunt of their differences, whether being taunted in the schoolyard or through social media. When this happens, many believe the right course is to notify school administration. Parents of both the bullied and bully can often take solace in knowing that the school is handling these matters. Sometimes, this is not true. School administration may investigate the bullying and make a wrong conclusion or infringe upon the rights of one of the children along the way. 

Equitable Adoption and the Right to Inherit - Who's My Daddy?

Father and Son.jpgCourts have long recognized the legitimacy of non-traditional and unique family situations. When a child is born out of wedlock, courts have extended the rights and privileges of a child-parent relationship in spite of the lack of a formal marriage. In In the Matter of the Estate of Castellano, the court decided whether a child born out of wedlock could be considered a child of the man his mother was married to at the time of his birth to exclude him from inheriting from his biological father. This somewhat unorthodox case offers a variation on a common issue. 

Modern Relationships and New Jersey Courts

Rough Sex.jpgEvolving dating and sexual practices routinely confront the legal system. From dating apps to open relationships, peoples' love lives are as colorful and unique as our society. A New Jersey Appellate Court recently took a closer look at who can be a victim of domestic violence and what is consent in the context of non-traditional relationships. 

Mandatory Arbitration Agreements - New Jersey Court Finds a Loophole

Distressed Woman.jpgMany employees and consumer enter into arbitration agreements with their employers and companies that provide goods and services. This agreement, or a clause in a larger agreement, guarantees that the parties will go to arbitration rather than take their claims to trial. But arbitration agreements are like any other contract; they must meet certain requirements to be valid. One of these is specificity - so that all parties are aware of what rights they are getting and giving up. Courts in New Jersey and all over the country have invalidated contracts for lack of clarity in this area.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace - What To Do

Sexual Harassement.jpgSexual harassment in the workplace has become part of main stream media, and for good reason. According to a 2017 CNBC survey, 19% of American adults have said they have been victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. For men, this number was 10%, and for women, the number was 27%. These statistics likely don't capture the whole picture, though, with most victims not reporting incidents of sexual harassment. 

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