Mark Law Firm Blog

What Should I Know About New Jersey Bicycle Laws?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jun 20, 2017 5:16:00 PM

These days, many people are making lifestyle changes to improve their health and wellness. Some are eliminating soft drinks from their diets, some are running marathons, and others are trading their car keys for bicycles. As commuting to and from work on a bicycle is becoming increasingly popular, it's important to remember the laws regarding the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists in New Jersey.

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Topics: Personal Injury

Can I Trim My Neighbor’s Trees? (and Other Property Disputes) Part 2

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jun 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In part 1 of this 2-part series, we looked at disputes involving trees, plants, and fences. Today, we'll take a brief look at some other common neighbor disputes.

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Topics: Civil Disputes

Can I Trim My Neighbor’s Trees? (and Other Property Disputes) Part 1

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jun 6, 2017 4:45:00 PM

Part 1—Trees, Plants, Hedges, and Fences

Is your neighbor's tree growing on your side of the property line? If this is a nuisance or problem, you should consider your options before you make an enemy of your neighbor. After all, you never know when you might need to borrow a cup of sugar! As a property owner, you do have legal rights when it comes to your neighbor's trees, but non-litigious options may result in a better outcome. 

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Topics: Civil Disputes

Should I Settle or Have My Day in Court?

Posted by Jamison Mark on May 31, 2017 2:36:00 PM

Most personal injury lawsuits are actually settled out of court. In fact, Black's Law Dictionary Online cites that 95% of cases involving accident and/or injury never make it to trial. It's impossible to know for sure how your case will ultimately be resolved, but there are many things to consider if you do have the opportunity to settle.

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Topics: Civil Disputes

Who Pays When a Personal Injury Defendant Is a Minor?

Posted by Jamison Mark on May 25, 2017 12:44:00 PM

Most personal injury lawsuits are filed against people who are at least 18 years old and considered adults. But what happens if your child is intentionally injured by another? Can you sue a kid?

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Topics: Personal Injury, Bullying

Do You Have a Hostile Work Environment Claim?

Posted by Jamison Mark on May 18, 2017 10:47:00 AM

Workplace incivility has become, essentially, a fact of life. Studies have shown that the vast majority of workers report having experienced incivility as work, many as often as once a week. But at what point does bullying, abuse, and unfairness rise to the level of an illegal “hostile work environment”? The answer may surprise you.

 

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment

When Is a Wiretap Legal in New Jersey?

Posted by Jamison Mark on May 12, 2017 10:25:00 AM

Although “wiretapping” sounds like something out of a spy movie or mafia crime ring investigation, it generally just refers to the act of recording a conversation (typically a conversation held over a telephone, hence the “wire” reference). There are many valid reasons you may want to record a telephone conversation or online video communication. You may record meetings with new clients to refer back to later and make notes, or you may want to take a recorded statement from a witness for an insurance investigation, for example. New Jersey’s wiretapping act regulates when and how it is legally allowable to record all kinds of oral communications.

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Topics: Criminal Defense, Civil Disputes

Can I Sue an Airline for Bumping Me off My Flight?

Posted by Jamison Mark on May 4, 2017 10:05:00 AM

Airlines can bump you from a flight in some cases, but they have to follow rules set by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). When United Airlines recently bumped a man off his flight from Chicago to St. Louis, the airline was following the rules—to a point. One of the main reasons the man will likely sue the airline is that he will allege he was not treated in a "reasonable" manner, as it appears he was dragged forcefully and harmed as he was removed from the plane. Most people don't know all the DOT and FAA rules, but you should know your basic rights.

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Topics: Personal Injury, Hiring a lawyer

10 Things You May Not Know About NJ Employment Law

Posted by Jamison Mark on Mar 10, 2017 3:31:05 PM

If you work in New Jersey, it’s important to know your rights. Each state has different laws to protect employees, and many of the laws aren’t what you’d expect. Here are ten laws you need to know if you work in New Jersey.

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Topics: Employment Law

Can Your Political Beliefs Get You Fired?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Mar 3, 2017 3:58:12 PM

Political discussions and arguments haven’t subsided following the election, and protests have continued across the country. Employers who want to keep their workers happy and prevent workplace arguments, hostilities, and even violence may wonder if they can just completely ban political discussions. Is it legal for an employer to prohibit employees from discussion politics in the workplace or during work hours? And what about attempting to police what employees do in their spare time related to politics, protests, or political organizations, or taking adverse employment actions against employees based on their personal social media posts? Is this a violation of your free speech protections, or is it allowable treatment of at-will employees?

 

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment, Free Speech