A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for March 10-16.


Murphy Proposes ‘Fiscally and Morally’ Balanced Budget, with $1.7B in New Tax Revenue

Ryan Hutchins | Politico New Jersey

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday proposed the largest state budget in history, saying he’ll deliver on his liberal agenda by raising $1.7 billion in new tax revenue, primarily by rolling back a small cut in the state sales tax, generating new revenue off the backs of millionaires and legalizing the sale of recreational marijuana.

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How Phil Murphy’s Budget Proves You Elected a Liberal Governor

Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

You can call it the very model of a modern progressive budget. From tax hikes on New Jersey’s wealthiest to tax credits for the working poor and legalization of marijuana, Gov. Phil Murphy’s first state budget proposal leaves virtually no progressive stone unturned.

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Business Community has Concerns About Murphy Budget

Anjalee Khemlani | ROI

While some attendees walked away tight-lipped from the governor’s first budget address, others were optimistic that Gov. Phil Murphy has taken a step in the right direction for the state. The tax-heavy budget plan for fiscal year 2019 is a $2.7 billion increase from the previous year and includes some initiatives that could shock the economic system in the state.

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County Bar Associations Back in Appointments Fold in Reworked Hughes Compact

David Gialanella and Charles Toutant | New Jersey Law Journal

Returning to what many in the profession said was an important tradition, Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey State Bar Association have executed an agreement that provides for county bar associations to have a formal role in evaluating potential judicial and prosecutorial nominees.

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Lawsuit Saying Home Depot Tricks Buyers of 4X4 Lumber is Deep-Sixed

Jonathan Stempel | Reuters

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Home Depot Inc of deceiving shoppers about the size of its four-by-four lumber. U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman in Chicago rejected plaintiff Mikhail Abramov’s claim that the largest U.S. home improvement retailer should be held liable for selling lumber as 4 inches thick by 4 inches wide, when the dimensions were actually 3-1/2 inches by 3-1/2 inches.

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