In December of 2010, Stark & Stark launched the Personal Injury Law Journal as a way to provide clients throughout the state of New Jersey with timely information, news alerts and commentary on recent case law. Our attorneys offer updates on a wide range of legal issues including motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death claims, birth injuries, medical malpractice claims and many more. In addition to written posts, the blog also features podcasts and video-podcasts, individual RSS feeds for each practice area and attorney author and information on upcoming speaking engagements and events.

As most people know, there has been an on-going feud between Taylor Swift and Kayne West. Last night, more fuel was added to the fire when Kayne’s wife, Kim Kardashian, went to Snapchat and posted recordings of a conversation between Ms. Swift and Mr. West which purport to show that Taylor was aware of off-colored lyrics in one of Mr. West’s songs, and gave her blessing to include before the album released. To date, Taylor denies giving such approval. Taylor went to her Instagram account soon after, writing: “That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call.”

Continue Reading Celebrities & Snapchat Feuds: Are Recording Phonecalls Legal?

Stark & Stark Shareholder Dolores R. Kelley, Esq., with contributions from Associate Marshall T. Kizner, Esq., authored a chapter in the book Moonshiner to Craft Distillery, Leading Lawyers on the Business of Distilling (Inside the Minds)[1], which was published by Thomson Reuters. The chapter they authored, entitled “Ensuring Distillery Compliance Requires an Interdisciplinary Approach,” explains the effect of the evolution of distillery laws on the craft distillery industry.

Continue Reading Shareholder & Associate Contributed to Published Book Moonshiner to Craft Distillery, Leading Lawyers on the Business of Distilling

Joseph H. Lemkin, Esq. and the Stark & Stark team are honored to participate in the United Way of Greater Mercy County’s Strike Out Hunger event taking place June 21, 2016 at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton. Volunteers will weigh, pack, seal and box servings of oatmeal to help hungry children in Mercer County.

This year the Strike Out Hunger fundraising goal is $37,500 to create packaged servings of oatmeal for distribution to food banks supporting New Jersey’s at risk children. Every $1000 raised provides 4,000 meals. Donations to the Stark & Stark fund can be made online here. If you would like to volunteer for the event or set up your online fundraising page, please contact the United Way of Greater Mercer County for more information.

Two US Senators recently demanded that FINRA explain how it plans to minimize the high rate of brokers who are involved in criminal activity or have been the subject of customer complaints.

Clearly Senators Warren and Cotton are not familiar with how the FINRA U-4 and U-5 process works. In addition, they are probably not overly familiar with the history of federal securities laws. As a brief background, the federal securities laws have been built on and continue to operate on the theory that “sunlight is the greatest disinfectant.” The laws have been built and we continue to operate under a fair market where people are free to make their own informed decisions. Senators Warren and Cotton should look past this misleading data and understand some common realities.

Continue Reading Senators Warren and Cotton Misled by Misleading Report on Broker Check

On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, the United States Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing on the oversight of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency. Amongst several other subjects, the hearing discussed the ongoing efforts to dismantle the extremely costly counterfeiting industry. Attorneys across the country have been working tirelessly to protect and defend companies against copyright infringement from perpetrators who are typically located on the other side of the globe. One such attorney is Stark & Stark Shareholder Craig S. Hilliard, who has spent the past several years defending businesses in the bridal and wedding industry against these same counterfeiters.

Continue Reading U.S. Senate Committee on Finance Hearing Discusses Combatting the Counterfeiting Industry

Stark & Stark is pleased to sponsor the 2016 Central New Jersey Kidney Walk.  This year the walk will take place on May 22, 2016 in Mercer County Park in West Windsor Township.  Check-in time for the event is 8:30 a.m.   Stark & Stark attorneys Joseph Lemkin and Rachel Stark will be participating in the walk with a client-supported team.

The Kidney Walk is held nationwide every year to raise awareness and funds to fight kidney disease.  Donations are used for community screenings, patient services and education on kidney conditions, diseases, and cures. Eighty percent (80%) of all funds raised are directed to these programs.  The fundraising goal this year is $120,000.  Signing up to join a team or as an individual walker is simple and free.   Volunteers are appreciated as well—for more information contact mary.sullivan@kidney.org or sign up online.

Have you ever read a confusing contract and scratched your head? Whether it is a lease, operating agreement, or other contract, it is imperative to understand what you want. It is also important to negotiate and draft agreements quickly to avoid losing opportunities. Failure to clearly say what you mean can result in unexpected costs, disputes and lawsuits.

  1. Avoid Ambiguous Words

Black’s Law Dictionary states that language in a contract is “ambiguous” when it is reasonably capable of being understood in more than one sense. An easy tip is to avoid ambiguous words. However, this can be a challenge, since even words that seem clear to you, may not be clear to others.

Continue Reading Say What You Mean – 3 Easy Steps to Avoid Ambiguous Agreements

Stark & Stark is pleased to announce the election of Michael G. Donahue, III, Esq. as Managing Shareholder of the firm, effective May 1, 2016.  In this new leadership role, Mr. Donahue will oversee the day-to-day operations and long-term strategic planning of the firm.  His election to Managing Shareholder coincides with his upcoming June installation as President of the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) for the 2016-2017 term, where he also serves as co-chair of NJAJ’s Amicus Curiae Committee.

Mr. Donahue, who has been with the firm since 1995, is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney and focuses his practice on products liability and serious personal injury litigation. He is a prolific legal presenter, a member of several New Jersey-based law associations, and very active in area charitable and philanthropic organizations, including Boheme Opera New Jersey, the Trenton Area YMCA, the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra, and Theater Exile in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Continue Reading Michael G. Donahue, III, Esq. Elected Managing Shareholder of Stark & Stark

Congratulations to Stark & Stark Shareholder Scott Unger, who was appointed to the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law National Council. The National Council serves as the board of directors for the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

The National Council provides constructive advice and plans to the law school, and bestows grants and awards to recognize the accomplishments of the graduating students. Current board members include an Ohio governor, an Ohio State Supreme Court Judge, as well as several federal judges. Once elected, a voting board member will have a term of five years, with a maximum of two terms.

Scott Unger is a Shareholder and a member of the firm’s Litigation Group, and he concentrates his practice on litigation arising out of business and commercial disputes. He also counsels corporations and their executives on various employment issues, such as workplace discrimination and wrongful discharge, and non-compete and confidentiality agreements. Additionally, Mr. Unger received B.A. from the Ohio State University and his juris doctor from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

To learn more about the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law National Council and its current roster of members, please click here. To learn more about Scott Unger, please click here.

Stark & Stark would like to congratulate Shareholder Adam J. Siegelheim, Chair of the firm’s Franchise Practice, for being named by Franchise Times Magazine as a 2016 Legal Eagle. Mr. Siegelheim was even selected as a featured Legal Eagle.

Legal Eagles are selected each year from nominations by their clients and peers and are recognized as the top lawyers in franchising. This year’s selection focused on “around-the-clock” attorneys, who are always available for clients. When looking at this year’s list of Legal Eagles you will find “dedicated professionals who are available whenever their clients need them, steeped in knowledge about all things franchising – with plenty of interesting aspirations and outlets beyond the courtroom.”

For more information about this year’s Legal Eagle selections, please click here.