Category Archive: Civil Litigation

  • Should You Accept a First Insurance Settlement Offer?

    If you have ever received a first insurance settlement or been involved in an accident, then you know the process of settling a claim can be a long and tedious process. In New Jersey, insurers are given 10 days from receiving a claim to open an investigation.   In this way, there are specific timelines that insurance adjusters need to abide by: First-party claims: 30 days from receipt of the claim to investigate and issue a payment Third-party property damage claims: 45 days from receipt of the claim to investigate and issue a payment read more
  • Being a Victim of Consumer Fraud: The New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act

    Have you been taken advantage of by a business? Maybe they denied you a refund for a product that doesn’t work or advertised they have a lot full of new cars to sell when really they all need to be special ordered and the lot is empty? New Jersey has some of the strongest consumer protection legislation in the country for cases exactly like these. The New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, as the name implies, is a set of laws to protect against deceptive or otherwise fraudulent business practices. The act promotes ethical business practices, makes sure read more
  • Common Types of Shareholder Disputes

    In the old days, shareholders used to be people with a lot of money who invested in big company stocks, with most of them being Fortune 500 companies. However, now even small start-up companies are now able to raise capital by selling shares in the company.  When this happens, those who invest in the company as shareholders have ownership interests in the start-up or corporation - and they often have strong opinions. As in any business involving more than one owner, disputes do arise between the shareholders. At Varcadipane & Pinnisi, PC, we read more
  • What is a Civil Judgment?

    If someone has wronged you and the law provides a remedy, you can sue that person or entity in civil court to seek money and other relief. At Varcadipane & Pinnisi, PC, we routinely help clients to successfully file cases like this and can help you, too, if you believe someone has caused you harm and you have a basis to sue them.

    Obtaining a Civil Judgment

    A civil judgment is an order obtained in civil court against an individual or entity after a successful lawsuit. The judgment usually requires the person or entity against whom it is read more
  • Do I Have a New Jersey Whistleblower Claim?

    The law generally allows employers to terminate employees at will, though there are important exceptions. One exception is the termination of employment because an employee reported unlawful conduct of the employer - or they “blew the whistle.” If you were fired because you complained about or reported wrongful conduct of your employer, you have the right to take legal action. Reach out to a law firm that handles whistleblower cases right away. 

    Legal Protections for Whistleblowers in New Jersey

    The New Jersey legislature enforces read more
  • Breach of Contracts: Most common types

    Anytime you enter into a legal agreement, you risk that a breach of contract will occur. Even if you and the other parties fully agree to the terms of a contract, there is always the chance that they will decide not to abide by those terms - or that they will accuse you of failing to do so.  Contracts are legally-binding, as long as they meet the requirements under contract law. This means that you have the right to take legal action if another party commits a breach of contract. Below are different types of contract breaches that might occur. To read more
  • How Do You Prove Wrongful Termination?

    Wrongful termination means a person gets fired in a way that violates their rights or the law. Sometimes, it can be difficult to identify when wrongful termination occurs, and it can be even more challenging to prove it. The success or failure of a wrongful termination case often hinges on the ability of the former employee to prove that the reason the employer stated for firing them is fabricated, and the right lawyer can help with this. 

    At-Will Employment

    Every state except Montana allows employers to fire at-will employees any time read more
  • Dissolving a Business Partnership

    Is your business “marriage” heading for divorce over a dispute? If so, you’ll want to start by examining your original partnership agreement and then consult with your tax professional and an experienced business lawyer. Talk to your professional legal team before you do anything, as we can best handle the situation in accordance with New Jersey law and your best future interests. 

    Is Dissolution the Right Move at This Time?

    Just like real divorces, timing can be an important factor. To determine if now is an ideal time for a split read more

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