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Barry A. Kozyra Reappointed As Nutley Planning Board Attorney

February 2, 2018

Kozyra & Hartz, LLC is proud to announce that on January 3, 2018 founding Member Barry A. Kozyra was reappointed to the Township of Nutley Planning Board by Mayor Joseph Scarpelli as Board Attorney for a record thirteenth consecutive term. As Board Attorney, Mr. Kozyra is responsible for representing the Board as to site plan, major subdivision and minor site plan applications as well as the creation of policies for the future redevelopment of the Township. In 2012 he represented the Board as counsel in the preparation and adoption of the Township Master Plan, an especially important roadmap for the redevelopment of the former Hoffman-LaRoche site (now renamed On3) which was purchased by Prism Capital Partners of Bloomfield in 2016. "I am honored to have the opportunity to represent(...)

Barry A. Kozyra Mentored Students At The Nutley High School For The 2017 2018 Mock Trial Competition Held At The Essex County Court House

February 2, 2018

Barry A. Kozyra acted as lawyer-coach with Joseph Dwyer as teacher-coach and mentors to students at Nutley High School for the 2017 - 2018 New Jersey State Bar Foundation's Mock Trial Competition. Mr. Kozyra met with the student teams regularly to instruct on trial procedures such as opening and closing statements, preparing a fact or expert witness for direct and cross-examination and introducing documents as evidence for use at trial. "I have been involved with the NJSBA Mock Trial program through the Essex County Bar Association since my days as a young lawyer. It is an opportunity for the students to have a hands-on involvement in what it is like to be a lawyer or witness in a trial in a real courtroom. The Nutley High School team exhibited the best traits to be good lawyers(...)

Congratulations To Michael J. Rankin For His Continued Volunteer Efforts In His Local Community

February 2, 2018

Kozyra & Hartz, LLC is proud to recognize and congratulate Michael J. Rankin for all his volunteer efforts in his community. On January 18, 2018, Michael Rankin was voted in as the Chairman of the West Caldwell Zoning Board of Adjustment by his fellow members. Prior to being the Board's Chairman, Mr. Rankin served as a member of the Board for many years. Mr. Rankin is also the Chairman of the 27th Annual Rotary/Kiwanis Caldwell Street Fair. The street fair will be held on October 7, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the center of town on Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell, New Jersey. The street fair is the biggest annual family event in West Essex with over two hundred vendors and approximately 30,000.00 attendees. (...)

Appellate Division Reverses Denial Of Rule 104 Hearing In Products Liability Matter

January 29, 2018

ROBERT B. SPAWN reports on a recently published decision from the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. A recent New Jersey case involved a high school student appealing a trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of a defendant manufacturer of cafeteria tables. The student's finger was caught in the table's locking mechanism when the table unexpectedly folded, and the student required surgery to repair his injuries. The student retained an engineering expert, whose report concluded that: (1) the student's actions were reasonable and not a cause of the accident; (2) by manufacturing the table with locking hinges several inches from the end of the table, defendant created an unreasonably dangerous condition that was the cause of the student's injuries; (3)(...)

Denial Of Motion To Vacate Final Restraining Order Overturned By Appellate Division

January 26, 2018

WILLIAM H. MONE reports on a recently published decision from the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. A recent New Jersey case involved a woman attempting to vacate a Final Restraining Order (FRO) entered against her in favor of her ex-husband in 2004. The parties divorced in March 2004 after a ten-year marriage wherein they had three children. In August 2014, the ex-husband obtained a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the woman for her repeated harassment of him and his then girlfriend. His complaint also cited a history of physical abuse by the woman, including her stabbing him in the arm and chasing him with a battery charger. After a trial, the woman's ex-husband was granted an FRO. Twelve years later, in 2016, the woman filed a motion to vacate the FRO(...)