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Sometimes Good Fences Don't Make Good Neighbors – Bubis v. Kassin – 20 Years Later

by: Joseph Grather
20 Oct 2014
Almost twenty years ago, a new neighbor moved in across from Sophie Bubis’ house at 1 Ocean Place in Loch Arbour.  At that time, in 1995, the new neighbors, Jack and Joyce Kassin bought the entire beachfront lot consisting of four + acres.  Soon thereafter, the Kassins erected an eight foot high sand berm covered... Read More

Hoboken Property Freed from "In Need Of Rehabilitation" Designation

by: Joseph Grather
26 Sep 2014
The historic Neumann Leather building sits on Observer Highway in Hoboken and long ago ceased operating as a tannery.  Its industrial zoning clearly outmoded in today’s Hoboken.  As recounted by the Hudson Reporter, residential and commercial developers have been salivating over the property for years, but the City has refused to modify the zoning to... Read More

Summary Judgment Affirmed Where Causation Supplied by Net Opinion

by: Joseph Grather
24 Sep 2014
A New Jersey appellate court recently affirmed a trial court’s summary judgment dismissing a negligence action where plaintiff’s theory of causation was only supported with an expert’s net opinion. Sayta Sankalp, LLC v. Five Star Auction (opinion here).  In the case, plaintiff sued defendant for damages to real property caused by fire.  The parties were... Read More

Tax Appeal Bill Introduced to Change Filing Deadlines Statewide

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
10 Sep 2014
Two New Jersey assemblymen have introduced Assembly Bill A-3313 which would make a Monmouth County tax appeal pilot program applicable statewide.  The program would permanently modify the timing of the appeal season and filing requirements in an attempt to settle assessment disputes prior to municipalities enacting their annual budgets.  Although no feedback has been provided that... Read More

Princeton Ballet Society tripped up in the Tax Court

by: Richard De Angelis
9 Sep 2014
This past January we wrote about the denial of a property owner’s motion to dismiss a complaint filed by a municipality in Twp. of Cranbury v. Princeton Ballet Society, which alleged a property was not exempt from local property taxation.  Defendant, Princeton Ballet Society (“PBS”), moved to dismiss the complaint filed by Cranbury, claiming that... Read More

City of Pasadena Potentially Liable for Property Damage Caused by Its Trees

by: Joseph Grather
4 Sep 2014
On August 14, 2014, the Second Appellate District Court of Appeal of California issued its landmark decision in City of Pasadena v. Superior Court of Califorina (Docket BC491467).  The case arose out of a windstorm that occurred in November 2011.  A City owned tree fell and damaged a residence insured by Mercury Casualty Company, which paid $293,000... Read More

Tax Appeal Plaintiff “Snake-Bitten”

by: Richard De Angelis
18 Aug 2014
In this appeal, Jaylin Holdings LLC v. Manchester Township, challenging the local property assessments for tax years 2009 through 2012, the court was confronted not only with lawyers and appraisers, but snakes! This appeal involved five parcels located in the Townships of Toms River and Manchester and subject to regulation by the New Jersey Department... Read More

Princeton University Wants Out of Morristown Courtroom

by: Richard De Angelis
13 Aug 2014
The Times of Trenton reported this week that Princeton University is seeking a change of venue in a challenge to the University’s local property tax exemption. In the underlying matter the plaintiffs, a group of Princeton residents, argue that because the University is earning hundreds of millions of dollars in patent royalty income and distributing some of that... Read More

Tax Court Prefers Quantitative, Not Qualitative Adjustments

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
11 Aug 2014
Another County Tax Board judgment was affirmed after the property owner and the municipality both failed to overcome the presumption of correctness of the assessment with evidence that was “definite, positive and certain in quality and quantity. . . .” MSGW Real Estate Fund, LLC v. Borough of Mountain Lakes, 18 N.J. Tax 364, 373... Read More

NJ Supreme Court: Condemnor Has No Duty to Negotiate with Holder of Mortgage

by: Joseph Grather
8 Aug 2014
The New Jersey Supreme Court answered in the negative the question whether a condemnor must negotiate in good faith with a mortgage holder that has obtained a foreclosure judgment pre-commencement of a condemnation action. Borough of Merchantville v. Malik & Son, LLC (opinion here).  In so doing, the Court affirmed the plain letter of the... Read More