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NJ’s Newest Executive Order Forecasts Future Emergency Seizures and Commandeering

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
6 Apr 2020
On April 2, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order #113, which follows his prior Orders in our current state of emergency, and authorizes the NJ Office of Emergency Management and Department of Health to utlize provisions of the NJ Civil Defense and Disaster Conrol Act “take or use personal services and/or real... Read More

“Almost on time” Doesn’t Count For Tax Refund – Tax Court Orders Town to Pay Interest

by: Richard De Angelis
2 Apr 2020
There is a saying that “early is on time, on time is late and late is unacceptable.” While that is not true in all instances, the New Jersey Tax Court recently found that the payment of a tax refund owed as a result of Judgment issued pursuant to a settlement agreement two days beyond the... Read More

Two Worlds Collide: States of Emergency and Individual Rights

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
30 Mar 2020
Since our last post several days ago, Can the COVID-19 Panemic Allow the Government to Seize My Private Property?, so much has happened in our world that it would be impossible to try and analyze or even digest all of legal issues that the state of emergency has presented relating to property rights and individual... Read More

Can The COVID-19 Pandemic Allow the Government To Seize My Private Property?

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
18 Mar 2020
As we endure the uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has already brought to our families, businesses and communities, the declaration of a national emergency last week by President Trump under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as well similar declarations in New Jersey and other states, signal that our government agencies... Read More

Owner’s Verdict Potpourri of Condemnation Valuation Principles

by: Joseph Grather
4 Mar 2020
Last month, the a New Jersey appellate court affirmed a $3,000,000.00 verdict rendered by a Camden County jury for the taking of an eight story 80,000 s.f. building in Camden City Center.  The full text of the opinion is here:   Estate of Rubin v. Camden Parking Authority.  The Parking Authority appealed arguing the owner’s valuation... Read More

Another Day, Another Sale Not Verified

by: Allan Zhang
17 Feb 2020
This matter stems from plaintiffs’, Anthony and Patricia-Miliano Paolo, 2019 appeal of their property in the Borough of Bradley Beach. Plaintiff petitioned to the Monmouth County Tax Board to reduce its assessment from $657,700 to $563,000. The Paolos provided the sales of three residences in the Borough but only relied on one as the best... Read More

Appraiser’s Lack of Verification of Data Leads to Affirmed Assessment

by: Allan Zhang
14 Feb 2020
In a recent Tax Court matter, the Plaintiff challenged the 2016 tax year assessment of property currently being occupied by a bank. The Bergen County Tax Board and the Tax Court affirmed the assessment. The Court’s legal analysis began with the well-established principle that the original assessment is entitled to a presumption of validity. MSGW... Read More

No Running From a Chapter 91 Request (It Runs With The Land!)

by: Allan Zhang
10 Dec 2019
In this recent tax appeal, plaintiff, Fulton Partners, LLC (“Fulton”) filed an appeal for tax year 2017. The City of New Brunswick (“New Brunswick”) moved to dismiss for Fulton’s failure to provide responses to its Chapter 91 request. The Tax Court granted New Brunswick’s motion in part and dismissed the tax appeal for lack of... Read More

Tax Court Denies Application of Single Economic Unit Doctrine

by: Allan Zhang
24 Oct 2019
In this Tax Court matter, Judge Jonathan Orsen denied Rutherford Borough’s (“Rutherford”) motion for partial summary judgement. Rutherford’s motion sought an Order directing that the parcels under appeal be treated and valued as a single economic unit along with two contiguous parcels owned by an unrelated party (not under appeal). Plaintiff, EGDC c/o AM Resurg... Read More

Federal Appeals Court Rules PennEast Cannot Haul State into Federal Court for Pipeline Takings

by: Joseph Grather
16 Sep 2019
We may be late to the party, as there has already been a lot of publicity over this decision, but thought we would add a few lines for our readers. The Circuit Court immediately explained that the District Court granted PennEast “orders of condemnation and preliminary injunctive relief for immediate access to the properties.” Slip... Read More