News & Events

Sep
23
2013

Appellate Division Upholds Jury’s Defense Verdict Finding Counsel’s Opening and Closing Statements Proper

Dan Jahnsen had tried a case to verdict in which the plaintiff, a former postal employee, claimed significant injuries when an alleged errant “post-con” operated by his client, the only named defendant, struck her. The defendant had denied the incident ever occurred. The jury rendered a verdict in favor of the defense finding no cause of action existed. The plaintiff appealed the verdict, alleging various … Continue reading

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Aug
28
2013

Review of Affidavit of Merit Statute

Dan Jahnsen and Vicki Connolly provided an awe inspiring review of the application of the Affidavit of Merit Statute to a riveted audience consisting of national third party claims administrator. Ok, maybe not awe inspiring, but nobody fell asleep during the presentation. Anyone interested in such a seminar, please contact Vicki Shea Connolly.

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Aug
27
2013

Appellate Division upholds dismissal of claim against Co-Op

The New Jersey Appellate Division upheld the Chancery Court’s dismissal of the Plaintiff’s claim against her Co-Op whereby she sought to force the Co-Op Board to allow plaintiff to enclose the balcony on her condominium. The plaintiff’s complaint included allegations of oppression of a minority shareholder, breach of a fiduciary duty, and civil conspiracy. The Chancery Court had agreed with the arguments presented by BJD … Continue reading

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May
09
2013

Recent Case Resolution Highlights

Pacheco v Ducktown Tavern Patron allegedly ejected by our bartender, suffered a fractured foot. Three day trial where the plaintiff’s demand rose to 150K after a 10K offer. Jury came back at 60% on our client and 40% on Plaintiff with gross damages of 20K. The net verdict was 12K. We had settlement authority of 15K. The case is currently on appeal (not by us). … Continue reading

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Feb
27
2013

Recent Seminars

Fall of 2012 – Terry Bolan and Vicki Connolly gave a presentation to a national third party administrator on trial practice with a concentration in New Jersey Rules of Evidence, pointing out that while the plaintiff’s last job of growing weed in his parent’s basement may be interesting, it is not necessarily admissible in a slip and fall case (even though plaintiff was probably high … Continue reading

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Dec
21
2012

Ken Skibinski wins the “Kelly Dacey Award”

Ken Skibinski wins the “Kelly Dacey Award” (MVI) at the firm’s Christmas luncheon for the second year in a row.    While Ken is understandably very proud of this accomplishment, Ken’s wife is wondering if Ken made the right move in joining BJD.    The Firm is thinking if Ken manages a three-peat, we will have to make him a partner!

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