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(...)
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.**
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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(...)
June 11, 2020
RONALD J. HERMAN reports on a recent New Jersey Case, in which the Plaintiff-mother is currently serving a forty-year sentence for the 2010 murder of her two children's father. The children, who were seven years old at the time of the murder, heard gunshots in their house and entered their father's bedroom to see him dying.
Following the murder, the children were placed with the Defendant, the children's paternal grandmother. A trial ensued regarding the custody of the children. During the proceedings, the court ordered an evaluation of the children by a psychologist who was jointly selected by the parties. At the evaluation, the children expressed no desire to see their mother. Furthermore, the children had been undergoing therapy for the trauma they incurred from the murder.(...)
April 16, 2020
Barry Kozyra and Michael Rankin report that New Jersey has now legalized Virtual Notarization of certain legal documents during the public health emergency under the Governor's Executive Order 103.
The law allows for remote signatures to be applied and notarized as to Wills, Codicils, Deeds, Mortgages and other legal instruments. There are strict legal requirements to be followed as to preserving a record of the signing of the document and preparation of the documents.
Mr. Kozyra said, "This is welcome relief for our many clients who need to proceed with important legal affairs during this unprecedented crisis and cannot travel to or meet with counsel or others. It does so with safeguards to prevent fraud or other mischief in the execution of personal and business documents."