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PURCELL LEADS ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION AT TRUSTEES MEETING
At the September 30, 2014 NJILGA Trustees meeting in New Brunswick, NJLM Associate Counsel Edward W. Purcell lead a roundtable discussion of the recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision in Tumpson v City of Hoboken, 218 NJ 450 (2014). Purcell analyzed the facts and holdings of Tumpson, decided July 31, 2014 which concerned the Hoboken Municipal Clerk’s refusal to file a rent-control referendum petition challenging Ordinance Z-88, which limited the remedies for tenants living in rent-controlled units who seek recoupment for rent overcharges.
The Court held the Clerk’s rejection of the referendum petition which he alleged failed to contain the required number of valid signatures, was a violation of the right of referendum guaranteed by the Faulkner Act. More importantly, the Supreme Court overruled the Appellate Division and held that the failure of the City of Hoboken to file the petition was a violation of the New Jersey Civil Rights Act, NJSA 10:6-2(c), and awarded the prevailing party attorney’s fees for the deprivation of a substantive right protected by the Civil Rights Act.
Trustees present, including Senior NJILGA Trustee and League General Counsel, William J. Kearns, Jr., followed with a roundtable discussion of the implications of the Court’s ruling, and whether the Court’s ruling in Tumpson is potentially applicable to other types of cases, or whether the holding is unique to the facts of this case.
Purcell joined NJLM as Staff Attorney in May, 2013 and as such advises NJLM and its membership on a number of legal issues. He received his B.A. in History from Rowan University and his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law at Camden. Municipal Attorneys having questions about the above case may contact Ed Purcell at the League. Mr. Purcell can be reached at email@example.com.
MORE ONLINE RESOURCES FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ATTORNEYS
NJILGA Trustee Donald Scarinci and Scarinci Hollenbeck have created two valuable online resources:
The Constitutional Law Reporter is a pro bono website, which was officially launched in October 2012. It is an educational tool and a legal resource for students, law schools, and academics who are interested in the United States Constitution, in landmark Constitutional cases, and in the legal analyses of historical and current topics in Constitutional law. Its interactive United States Constitution is unlike anything else on the web. The full text of the Constitution is placed alongside of a plain language translation written by Cathy Travis and reprinted with permission. The creative use of hyperlinks allows the reader to peel back the document in order to reveal its complexities in an easy and rewarding way. The website includes a blog that is updated once a week with articles pertaining to case law or current events.
There is also an external news feed that links to the very best articles from law professors, scholars, and news writers, making the site a valuable destination for people who want to stay current and informed.
In addition to the news feed and the annotated Constitution, the website features an easy-to-navigate listing of U.S. Supreme Court cases, which includes the formal court ruling, the author of the majority opinion, and a separate analysis of the case. The latter provides readers with a succinct overview of the proceedings, as well as the key points of the case and the potential implications of the ruling.
Scarinci Hollenbeck maintains a blog on Government and Law, which was also created in 2012. The attorneys in the Firm's public practice group regularly update the blog with posts pertaining to the State of New Jersey. These articles detail legal updates, policy changes, new ordnances, and other matters involving local government. Please watch the 2 minute Government and Law Introduction video here: