A Hudson County Jury returned a "no cause of action" verdict in favor of Defendant, represented by Mary McDonnell, Esq. of Pfund McDonnell, P.C. in the automobile negligence case of Huaranga v. Luz. The defense argued that the Plaintiff did not pierce the verbal threshold despite Plaintiff's allegations of multiple disc herniations and left shoulder partial rotator cuff tear with over $100,000.00 in medicals.
The Appellate Division affirmed trial court Judge Powers’ decision granting summary judgment to defendant Borough of Woodcliff Lake, represented by Pfund McDonnell, PC, holding that the facts as pled did not establish a violation of the Conscientious Employee Protection Act codified at N.J.S.A. 34:19-1 et seq. as a matter of law. Plaintiff alleged violations of CEPA in connection with her employment as secretary for the Borough with Woodcliff Lake. She alleged that she reported employees “falsifying their time cards.” The Appellate Division affirmed the decision of Judge Powers who ruled that no adverse employment actions had been taken by the Borough.
The Appellate Division affirmed the trial court’s decision to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint with prejudice. Plaintiff had sued the Borough of Leonia, represented by Pfund McDonnell, PC, alleging various civil rights violations by the Borough’s police department. Judge Rachelle Harz, J.S.C. ruled that not only that the matter should be dismissed with prejudice on procedural grounds, but that the immunities afforded to the police department under Title 59 applied to plaintiff’s cause of action.