Whether in time of economic growth or decline, all businesses must be mindful of potential liability. The nature and extent of liabilities has a direct effect on profits, which can hamper business growth and require cutbacks, among other things. Knowing where and how liabilities arise can prevent negative effects on profits, avoid litigation premised on… Continue Reading
On January 1, 2015, the New Jersey judiciary will expand its Complex Business Litigation Program statewide. The program has been operating in Bergen and Essex counties since 1996. It is designed to handle complex commercial and construction cases with $200,000 or more in damages. New Jersey will join 27 other states with some form of… Continue Reading
A major concern any contractor or sub-contractor has when working on a project is being paid for the materials and services that they have provided. When the project is progressing without any financial difficulties, payments are timely issued and the sub-contractor or contractor is paid for all the work that they perform.
I, along with my colleagues Rachel Lilienthal Stark and Henry E. Van Blunk, have authored a client alert regarding important changes to the law governing limited liabilities formed in New Jersey. While the law was actually passed in September of 2012, it did not affect existing limited liability companies until March 1, 2014. The law, known as the New Jersey Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, or “RULLCA”, makes significant changes to many of the legal principles underlying the organization and operation of limited liability companies. Because RULLCA introduces several new “default” rules that will apply in the absence of a contrary provision in the operating agreement, your company’s governing documents should be carefully reviewed to determine the necessity or appropriateness of any amendments.
With the assistance of my fellow Stark & Stark Shareholders Daniel J. Sheridan and Henry E. Van Blunk, I have co-authored an important client alert about a law deadline that could impact all limited liability companies in the state of New Jersey. The article discusses the New Jersey Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (RULLCA), which significantly changes many of the legal principles underlying the organization, governance and operation of limited liability companies. While, until now, existing LLC’s were not impacted by this new law, the grace period expires on March 1, 2014 and the new act will apply to all existing New Jersey limited liability companies.
On April 15, 2013, the Farmland Assessment Act of 1964, N.J.S.A. 54:4-23.1 (the “Act”) was amended imposing new requirements for farmland assessment beginning in tax year 2015 The Act provides for property tax exemptions up to 98% for a landowner that uses the property for farming and meets the eligibility requirements of the Act.
Many businesses, especially start-ups, find that it makes sense to engage freelance consultants for particular tasks rather than adding employees to their payroll. There are many financial and strategic reasons for a company to engage a consultant for certain projects, such as flexibility, expertise, and efficiency. However, it is important that companies identify which types… Continue Reading
Following the approval of New Jersey’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery Action Plan, the NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA) was tasked with administering $460 million of the state’s CDBG Disaster Recovery allocation to assist storm-impacted businesses. Recently, the EDA approved the creation of the Stronger NJ Business Loan Program. The Stronger NJ Business Loan Program is the second of these CDBG-funded business recovery initiatives and will utilize $100 million of the allocation.
A building owner recently prevailed in a wrongful death and survivorship action involving Legionnaires’ disease caused by contamination in an office building’s water supply system. On May 28, 2013, the Appellate Division upheld the trial court’s ruling granting the owner summary judgment in Anthony Vellucci, Etc. vs. Allstate Insurance Company, Et Al., App. Div. Docket # A-2905-10. It is an important decision for property owners, managers, employers, brokers, and others in New Jersey because it involved deadly contamination and shows that you can avoid liability by taking appropriate measures.
As a follow up to my blog last month outlining key considerations with regard to the preparation and administration of a corporate code of ethics, this entry will discuss some important aspects of the substantive content that should be included in a corporate code.