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Congratulations To Barry A. Kozyra! 2018 Professional Lawyer Of The Year Award By The Essex County Bar Association And The New Jersey Commission On Professionalism In The Law

September 25, 2018

Kozyra & Hartz, LLC is proud to recognize and congratulate Barry A. Kozyra as a recipient of the 2018 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award by the Essex County Bar Association and New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law for his exemplary conduct, competence, diligence, demeanor, and being a positive example for others. The award will be presented at the Commission's Professionalism Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Pines Manor in Edison, New Jersey. Congratulations Barry!

Appellate Division Affirms Trial Court’s Dismissal Of Plaintiff’s Complaint In Real Estate/Slip And Fall Case

September 17, 2018

Robert B. Spawn reports on a recent unpublished decision from the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. In a recent New Jersey case, a buyer and seller agreed upon a price for a one-family home in the Borough of Metuchen and signed a sales contract on January 9, 2014. Per the sales contract, the buyer was to obtain a purchase-money loan secured by a mortgage on the property. After the buyer secured a mortgage lender, the lender sent a property appraiser to the house on February 12, 2014. Plaintiff, a real estate broker who represented the buyer, accompanied the appraiser on this site visit to ensure that the appraiser had access to the property. An hour before going to the house, plaintiff called the listing agent for the property and told her that she was going to(...)

Appellate Division Reverses Trial Court’s Denial Of Suppression Motion In Search And Seizure Case

September 10, 2018

Robert B. Spawn reports on a recent unpublished decision from the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. In a recent New Jersey case, a defendant was pulled over by the police for committing several motor vehicle violations. The police ran the vehicle's license plate and determined that the defendant was the owner of the car, and the defendant also produced his license, which confirmed his identity. Nonetheless, because the defendant was unable to produce the registration for his vehicle, the officers conducted a limited warrantless search of the vehicle's glove box and discovered a handgun. A subsequent search of the vehicle pursuant to a warrant revealed additional guns, and the defendant was eventually convicted of various weapons offenses. The Appellate Division(...)

Kozyra & Hartz, LLC Sponsors And Participates In The Essex County Bar Association Bowling For Gun Buy Back Event – August 14, 2018 At Eagle Rock Lanes, West Orange, New Jersey

August 23, 2018

On August 14, 2018, Kozyra & Hartz, LLC sponsored and participated in the Essex County Bar Association's Bowling for Gun Buy Back charity event held at the Eagle Rock Lanes in West Orange, New Jersey. This fun-filled event raised money for the Gun Buy Back Initiative of the Essex County Bar Foundation and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

Appellate Division Affirms Trial Court’s Grant Of Summary Judgment To Homeowners

June 6, 2018

Robert B. Spawn reports on a recent unpublished decision from the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. A recent New Jersey case involved a plaintiff-pedestrian who sued a defendant-homeowner after the pedestrian's foot got caught on a raised portion of the sidewalk abutting the homeowner's property, which caused the pedestrian to fall and break her wrist. At the trial level, the pedestrian stated that tree roots on the homeowner's property caused the elevation in the sidewalk, thus creating a defectively dangerous condition and subjecting the homeowners to liability. In response, the homeowners argued that the condition of the sidewalk had remained unchanged from the time they purchased their home until the date of the accident (a span of three years). (...)