A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of May 14-20.


New Jersey: A Hot Bed of Food Litigation

Marcus Rayner | In NJBIZ

Did you hear the one about the lady who is suing Starbucks because there was too much ice in her iced coffee? Unfortunately, this is not the set-up line for a great joke, but the subject of a pending lawsuit.

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Family Sues After Boy Runs Into Brick Wall at School Playground

Kathianne Boniello | NY Post

A Manhattan boy kicked off kindergarten with a hard and fast lesson, his mom says in a lawsuit. Just a few weeks into the school year at PS 242 on West 122nd Street in Manhattan, Kazier Martin was playing in the schoolyard with classmates when the youngsters devised an ill-advised game. The boy “raced with other children toward a brick wall in the playground,” mom Khaliyah Martin says in court papers. Apparently, the presence of the wall did little to deter the children from running as fast as they could — and none of the adults on hand acted before the kids literally hit the finish line, she charges.

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Consumer Court Wins Spur Surge In NJ Contract Class Actions

Jeannie O’Sullivan | Law360

A string of victories for class action plaintiffs accusing businesses of violating a New Jersey consumer contracts law has left companies facing an explosion of similar suits, reigniting criticisms from defense attorneys that the statute is ambiguous and exposes businesses to unfair readings of e-commerce terms and other contract language.

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New Jersey Customer Alleges Wal-Mart Terms, Conditions Illegal

Robbie Hargett | Legal Newsline

A New Jersey woman is suing Wal-Mart over claims its terms and conditions contain illegal provisions. Michelle Murphy, of Mine Hill, New Jersey, individually and for all others similarly situated, filed a class action lawsuit May 10 in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Wal-Mart.com USA LLC, alleging violations of New Jersey’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA).

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Christie Putting Acting AG Up for Judgeship After 2 Months On the Job

S.P. Sullivan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Gov. Chris Christie intends to nominate New Jersey’s acting attorney general for a judgeship, just two months after he took over as the state’s top law enforcement official. Robert Lougy, a veteran lawyer at the Attorney General’s Office, was among 18 names floated by the governor to members of the legislature for judicial positions in the state Superior Court, according to notices of intent obtained by NJ Advance Media.

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