A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for February 24-March 2.


7 Things We Heard About Jersey’s Hot Topics During 2018’s Strangest Political Event

Matt Arco and Brent Johnson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Where can you find handshakes, business cards, liquor shots, and arguments about legalized marijuana and gun control all in one place? The annual “Chamber Train.” Thursday was the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s 81st “Walk to Washington,” in which an eclectic group of lawmakers, lobbyists, and business executives packed 13 train cars that barreled toward Washington D.C. for a dinner with Gov. Phil Murphy and the state’s members of Congress. It’s one of the Garden State’s weirdest political traditions.

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Here’s Why Big Changes Will Take More Than 100 Days in New Jersey

Donald Scarinci | Observer

“The First 100 Days” measuring stick is meaningless and irrelevant for Gov. Phil Murphy’s ambitious agenda. The Murphy “to-do” list is full of significant policy reforms, including raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, providing mandatory sick leave, tightening gun laws, restoring funding for women’s health, legalizing marijuana, fully funding schools and removing barriers to voting.

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Court Says No Relief From Affidavit of Merit Without Effort at Compliance

Charles Toutant | New Jersey Law Journal

A lawyer’s failure to file an affidavit of merit in a nursing malpractice suit is not an extraordinary circumstance warranting relief from filing deadlines, a New Jersey appeals court has ruled.

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Second Toddler Enjoys Lawyer-Themed Birthday Party

Kevin Underhill | Lowering the Bar

Okay, it was weird enough that this happened once. See “Toddler Enjoys Lawyer-Themed Birthday Party” (July 31, 2015). Also, that was Louisiana, and people are … different there. But now we have a second and, apparently, completely unrelated example of this phenomenon, hundreds of miles away in Greenville, South Carolina.

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