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Docket Highlights

Delaware v. Prouse, 440 U.S. 648 (1979) (establishing in the U.S. Supreme Court that random highway police stops of motorists for license and registration checks are unconstitutional)

Tomkins v. Public Service Electric Gas, 568 F.2d 1044 (3d Cir. 1977) (the first Third Circuit decision, and one of the first appellate court decisions in the nation, recognizing sexual harassment as a form of gender discrimination in employment that is actionable under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) 

New Jersey Coalition Against War in the Middle East v. J.M.B. Realty Corp., 138 N.J. 326 (1994) (establishing in the NJ Supreme Court that the free speech provisions of the state constitution exceed those of the First Amendment and protect the right of non-profit advocacy organizations and political candidates to distribute literature and gather petitions at the state’s privately owned shopping malls)

Mazdabrook Commons Homeowners Ass’n v. Kahn, 210 N.J. 482 (2012) (extending in the NJ Supreme Court the free speech protections of the New Jersey Constitution to protect residents of private homeowner associations)  

Sims v. Apfel, 530 U.S. 103 (2000) (establishing in the U.S. Supreme Court the right of SSI and Social Security disability benefit claimants to raise legal arguments on federal court judicial review of adverse agency decisions that were not first raised in the informal, non-adversarial administrative proceedings)

Newark Branch NAACP v. Town of Harrison, 940 F.2d 792 (3d Cir. 1991) (invalidating municipal residency requirements for employment in municipalities with few African-American residents and requiring that employment opportunities be made available to African-Americans in the regional labor pool)

Right to Choose v. Byrne, 91 N.J. 287 (1982) (establishing in the NJ Supreme Court that the NJ Constitution requires the state to pay for therapeutic abortions for indigent women, even though Congress may withhold federal Medicaid funding under the U.S. Constitution)

Sykes v. Apfel, 228 F.3d 259 (3d Cir. 2000) (establishing in the Third Circuit that the Social Security Administration’s policy of sole reliance on the administrative notice doctrine and the “grid framework” to deny claimants disability benefits in cases involving combined exertional and non-exertional limitations is unlawful and resulting in a change of policy for thousands of claimants in the Third Circuit region in SSA Acquiescence Ruling 01-1(3) 2001).
Raleigh Ave. Beach Ass’n v. Atlantis Beach Club, Inc., 185 N.J. 40 (2005) (establishing in the N.J. Supreme Court that under the public trust doctrine, the public is afforded reasonable access to privately-owned beaches including a suitable area for recreation on the dry sand)

Sussex Commons Assocs., LLC  v. Rutgers, The State University, 210 N.J. 521 (2012) (establishing in the NJ Supreme Court that state university law school clinical program client case files and related materials are exempt from open public records disclosure requests)

State in re V.A., 212 N.J. 1 (2012) (establishing in the NJ Supreme Court a stricter standard of review of prosecutorial motions to try minors as adults in criminal court rather than as juveniles in family court)

New Jersey Div. of Youth & Family Servs. v. N.J. & D.R., 204 N.J. 36 (2010); In re: D.C. and D.C., 203 N.J. 545 (2010) (establishing in the NJ Supreme Court  the right of siblings placed in foster care to have their important interests in continued sibling association weighed in their placements)