arrest of a nonviolent offender

New Jersey General Assembly Votes to Eliminate Mandatory Sentences for Nonviolent Offenders

New Jersey’s General Assembly recently approved a measure to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for certain nonviolent offenders. It is unclear, however, whether New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will sign it. Although Murphy has long advocated for the elimination of mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent property and drug crimes, he has previously stated that he would…

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United Airlines Must Pay $49 Million to Resolve Fraud Charges

United Airlines recently agreed to pay over $49 million to resolve charges of fraud. According to public records, United entered into International Commercial Air (“ICAIR”) contracts with the United States Postal Service (“USPS”) to transport U.S. mail internationally on behalf of USPS. Pursuant to these contracts, United was required to provide bar code scans of…

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New Jersey’s Civil Forfeiture Laws Receive “D” Rating in Recent Report

New Jersey recently received poor marks in a nationwide report that examined how each state addresses civil asset forfeiture. Although researchers praised New Jersey for recent legislation that increased forfeiture transparency, they also called on state lawmakers to make additional reforms, including the outright abolishment of civil forfeiture proceedings. Ultimately, this resulted in a “D”…

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legal malpractice

Statute of Limitations in Legal Malpractice Cases

Attorneys are required to provide their clients with quality legal services. Some attorneys, however, fall far short in this area. When an attorney fails to provide a client with the level of service required by law, the client may file a legal malpractice lawsuit. Legal malpractice occurs when an attorney’s failure to provide service that…

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Resolving Business Disputes Outside of Court: The Value of Arbitration and Mediation

Alternative dispute resolution is a process that allows individuals to settle legal issues outside of court. There are many advantages to settling civil disputes through alternative dispute resolution. Two of the most popular forms of alternative dispute resolution are arbitration and mediation. Below we discuss the value of arbitration and mediation.  What is mediation? Mediation…

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