New Jersey Civil Litigation Lawyer

Civil Litigation Attorney in New Jersey and Nearby Areas

Civil litigation encompasses a broad range of legal matters, but typically involves a dispute between businesses and/or individuals over money. From breach of contract actions to consumer fraud claims to whistle-blower actions, our Civil Litigation attorneys at Varcadipane & Pinnisi, PC  around your area have a wide array of experience handling civil litigation matters. 

We regularly litigate in the state of New Jersey and Federal Courts on behalf of businesses and individuals in civil litigation claims. We prosecute claims on behalf of clients and we also defend claims brought against our clients, so no matter whether you are looking to initiate a lawsuit or find yourself as a defendant in a civil lawsuit, our best attorneys have the experience and skill to assist you through the complex and daunting task of navigating a civil lawsuit.  

We regularly provide free initial consultations to potential clients who are seeking an experienced and capable civil litigator. Give us a call today to get some immediate answers and information about moving forward with your civil litigation matter. With very little information, we can explain what services we offer for your legal matter and what you can expect to incur in fees and expenses throughout your legal matter.  

TYPES OF CIVIL LITIGATION CASES WE HANDLE NEARBY YOUR AREA:

Breach of Contract

A contract functions as a private law governing the relationships between two or more parties. Those parties can be individuals, businesses, or the government. If and when necessary, the courts will enforce these private laws. Knowing that contracts will be enforced by our courts allows America’s commercial system to function.

Consumer Fraud

It’s very common that unsuspecting consumers in New Jersey are victims of exploitation or deception by a service provider, product, or company. In short, they are victims of consumer fraud. New Jersey has one of the best consumer protection laws in place to secure consumers have rights and receive what they pay for.

Whistleblower Claims

New Jersey laws encourage employees to report and avoid illegal activities in the workplace. New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act, commonly referred to as “CEPA” or New Jersey’s Whistleblower Claims Law, is in place to help protect those that do.

NJ Conscientious Employee Protection Act (“CEPA”)

The New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) is New Jersey’s version of a whistleblower statute that protects employees from retaliation by employers when those employees engage in certain protected activities.

The protected activities under CEPA include:

  • Disclosure of illegal activities or, in the case of a health care professional, malpractice to a supervisor or a public body.
  • Providing information or testimony to a public body investigating any violation of law or regulation or, in the case of a health care professional, malpractice.
  • Providing information relating to deception or misrepresentation to shareholders, investors, clients, patients, customers, current or former employees, retirees, and pensioners, of any employer or governmental entity.
  • Providing information relating to perceived criminal or fraudulent activity that the employee reasonably believes may defraud any shareholder, investor, client, patient, customer, employee, former employee, retiree, or pensioner of the employer or any governmental entity.
  • Objecting to or refusing to participate in any activity, policy, or practice which the employee reasonable believes:
  • Violates a law, rule, or regulation, or for a healthcare professional, constitutes improper patient care.
  • Is fraudulent or criminal.
  • Is incompatible with a clear mandate of public policy of New Jersey concerning public health, safety, or welfare.

The protection against retaliation, when the employee makes a disclosure to a public body, only applies if the employee has previously reported the matter to the attention of a supervisor in writing and given the employer a reasonable opportunity to correct the problem. However, such written notice is not required if the employee reasonably believes that the issue is already known to one or more supervisors or where the employee fears physical harm due to the disclosure and the situation is an emergency.

Insurance Claims

Often, innocent people struggle to get the fair compensation they deserve after filing insurance claims for their losses caused by property damage, personal injuries, etc. That is because insurance companies are typically not on your side, but rather focused on protecting their bottom line.

Defamation/Libel

In New Jersey, in order to establish defamation of character, a plaintiff must provide that:

  • The defendant made a false statement about the plaintiff
  • The defendant communicated the false statement to a third party
  • The defendant was, at a minimum, negligent in making and communicating the false statement
  • The plaintiff suffered damages from the defendant’s conduct

Following federal law in recognizing that there are different types of plaintiffs in a defamation action, New Jersey recognizes different classes of plaintiff defamation cases. This distinction is important because any case involving one of these different plaintiffs must meet a different standard for the defendant’s conduct in making and communicating the false statement. These types of plaintiffs and the applicable standard of conduct are:

  • Public Officials – Generally, this includes government officials who have some control over or substantial responsibility for governmental actions. This can include, for example, police officers, inspectors, and elected officials. A public official plaintiff must prove actual malice. Actual malice means that the defendant either knew the statements were false or made the statements with reckless disregard of their truth or falsity.
  • Limited-Purpose Public Figures – In order to qualify under this prong, the defamatory statement must involve a public controversy, that is, a real dispute whose outcome will affect the general public or some segment of it, as well as the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s involvement in that controversy. A limited-purpose public figure plaintiff must prove actual malice, that is, that the defendant either knew the statements were false or made the statement with reckless disregard of their truth or falsity.
  • Private Figure – A private figure is an ordinary citizen, not fitting into either of the previous categories, who is defamed in a matter of private concern. This kind of plaintiff must prove at least negligence on the defendant’s part in making the defamatory statement.

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Discuss Your Concerns With a New Jersey Civil Litigation Attorney Near You Today

We regularly provide free initial consultations to potential clients who are seeking an experienced and capable civil litigator in New Jersey, New York, and around areas. Give us a call at (201) 588-1500 or (212) 390-8275 or send us an email at info@vpattorneys.com to get some immediate answers and information about moving forward with your civil litigation matter. With very little information, we can explain what services we offer for your legal matter and what you can expect to incur in fees and expenses throughout your legal matter.

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