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Kozyra & Hartz, LLC Is Proudly Celebrating Its 20th Anniversary!

June 17, 2021

In 2001 we made a commitment to provide our clients with exceptional legal services without exception. That goal has never been left out of our sight and has allowed us to forge unique relationships with those clients in so many areas of the law. Our attorneys and staff have worked tirelessly to provide an unsurpassed level of service which has been recognized by our clients and many others with whom we interact. To all who have contributed to our success we say thank you for making these first twenty years possible – with our promise to pursue our commitment for many more to come.

$1.275 Million Settlement Obtained By Michael J. Rankin

June 16, 2021

Kozyra & Hartz, LLC congratulates Partner, Michael J. Rankin, in successfully securing a $1.275 million cash settlement for his injured client. Mike’s client was severely injured when she, friends and family were traveling from New York to New Jersey in a shuttle bus owned and operated by a car service/limousine company. The client was standing on the bus with her back to the emergency window when it suddenly opened causing her to fall backwards out of the window and onto the highway. The client sustained numerous injuries that included a traumatic brain injury resulting in loss of her taste and smell senses, as well as lower leg and foot fractures, and extensive scarring throughout her body. Emergent surgical interventions were required following the accident as to her head,(...)

Kozyra & Hartz, LLC Congratulates Attorneys Named To 2021 New Jersey Super Lawyers List

March 26, 2021

Kozyra & Hartz, LLC wishes to congratulate Barry A. Kozyra, Judith A. Hartz, and Michael J. Rankin, who have been named to the 2021 New Jersey Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a consumer guide to outstanding attorneys based on a multi-step selection process, including a survey and peer review.** **Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at www.superlawyers.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Mixed Messages Widespread Throughout The Nation’s Courts Regarding Restaurants And Business Interruption Insurance Claims Due To The Covid 19 Pandemic

January 29, 2021

STELIOS STOUPAKIS reports on rulings that have been creating a growing body of case law on business interruption insurance claims related to COVID-19, specifically in the restaurant industry. A pair of rulings in early November 2020 brought bad news for several New Jersey restaurants that were shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic and were seeking reimbursement for their losses by insurance. The owners of the Cara Mia restaurant in Millburn were seeking business interruption coverage from Cumberland Mutual Fire Insurance Company, but had their suit dismissed by Senior District Judge Robert Kugler. In similar fashion, Presiding Civil Judge Steven Polansky of Camden County Superior Court dismissed a suit by The Cake Boutique of Mullica Hill seeking business interruption coverage(...)

New Jersey Supreme Court Saves An Incomplete Arbitration Clause Beware The Not So Safe Harbor

October 16, 2020

BARRY A. KOZYRA reports that the New Jersey Supreme Court has decided that an arbitration clause in a contract which does not contain any direction as to who the arbitrator or arbitration entity will be or how to select that arbitrator and does not explain how the arbitration is to be conducted is still valid. In Flanzman v. Jenny Craig, Inc., --- N.J.---- (decided September 11, 2020) the Court reviewed an extensive factual history over the question of whether an 82-year-old plaintiff in an employment rights case against her employer was subject to an incomplete but broadly worded arbitration clause in her contract. The arbitration clause did cover a lot of what can be found in such clauses (e.g., waiver of trial by jury, inclusive of tort, contract and statutory claims, decision(...)