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Belleville paid out $235,000 to settle former court administrator's harassment and retaliation lawsuit.
On August 21, 2018, the Township of Belleville (Essex County) agreed to pay $235,000 and provide lifetime health benefits to settle a lawsuit filed by the Township's former court administrator who claimed that her co-workers created a sexually hostile workp...

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Bedminster paid out $450,000 to suspended police officer and reinstated him retroactive to October 2, 2017 to settle his whistleblower lawsuit. For his part, the cop agreed to retire effective December 31, 2018.
On December 3, 2018, the Township of Bedminster (Somerset County) agreed to pay $450,000 to a police officer the Township Committee voted to suspend with pay on October 2, 2017.  Of the $450,000, $150,000 was paid by the Township and the other $300,000 was ...

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Former Dunellen Council member cited for ethics violation.
After a two and a half year investigation, a former member of the Dunellen Borough (Middlesex County) Council was tentatively fined $200 by the New Jersey Local Finance Board (LFB) for failing to publicly disclose on his Financial Disclosure Statement (FDS)...

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Former Bound Brook Council member cited for ethics violation.
After a more than four-year investigation, a former member of the Bound Brook Borough (Somerset County) Council was tentatively fined $100 by the New Jersey Local Finance Board (LFB) for voting in favor of a resolution which designated a redeveloper for a M...

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Facing lawsuit, Rutgers coughs up its separation agreement with former Athletic Director.
In his August 2, 2018 article, " Why did Rutgers pay fired AD Julie Hermann $500K more than she was owed? " Star-Ledger reporter Keith Sargeant wrote about Rutgers' refusal to provide him with the university's separation agreement with former Athletic Direc...

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OPRA suit seeks disclosure of court filings that resulted in reversal of former Hammonton school guidance supervisor's lewdness conviction.
If a person submits an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request to a county prosecutor for records that the prosecutor filed in court, it is generally accepted that those records must be disclosed provided that the court case is not sealed.  Yet, on November ...

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Lawsuit seeks ruling that Open Public Meetings Act violation implicates attorney fee shifting provision of Civil Rights Act.
On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, Mercer County Assignment Judge Mary C. Jacobson will hear John Paff v. Trenton Board of Education, Docket No. MER-L-2241-18 .  At issue is whether the Board's vote to give Superintendent Fred McDowell a $25,000 bonus should be...

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Roseland confidentially paid out $325,000, made two promotions to settle police officers' whistleblower lawsuit.
On September 12, 2018, the Borough of Roseland (Essex County) quietly agreed to pay $110,000 to three of six officers who sued the Borough's police chief in 2014, to promote to lieutenant two sergeants who had sued and to pay the officers' attorney $215,000...

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Absecon confidentially paid out $85,000 to settle former motel manager's police excessive force lawsuit.
On June 29, 2018, the City of Absecon (Atlantic County) agreed to pay $85,000 to the manager of a Whitehorse Pike motel who claimed that police pepper sprayed him and broke his shoulder when he told them that they weren't doing their jobs. In his lawsuit, R...

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Perth Amboy confidentially paid out $125,000 to settle former police officer's racial harassment lawsuit.
On August 8, 2018, the Perth Amboy (Middlesex County) City Council resolved to pay $125,000 to a now retired police officer who said that he was subjected to racial slurs and racial discrimination. In his lawsuit, Stephen Petrosino, who described himself as...
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