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Thomas William Hartmann

Thomas Hartmann’s Legal Guides

43 total


  • Beware of Frivolous Litigation

    The Law Prohibits Frivolous Litigation. New Jersey prohibits frivolous litigation by statute (N.J.S.A. 2A:15-59.1) and rule of procedure (Rule 1:4-8). In essence, a party can only bring or pursue

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  • Disclosing Tax Returns in Litigation – The Good Cause Standard

    One of the greatest burdens, expenses and challenges of litigation is discovery (information disclosure). It is costly, complex and time consuming. An issue that often arises is disclosure of tax re

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  • Protect Yourself When Someone Says Take It or Leave It

    Take It or Leave It. Sometimes you are presented with a contract, and the other party says: “Take it or leave it. No changes.” This can happen with employment agreements, non-disclosure agreements

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  • Validating a Non-New Jersey Judgment in New Jersey

    Enforcing the Judgment. If you win a lawsuit in another state, but the losing party only has assets in New Jersey, what do you do? The Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act permits a judgment

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  • Temporary Restraining Orders – Fast Track Litigation in an Emergency

    Courts Can Move Rapidly. Litigation is not always long and plodding. In an emergency, a party may seek a temporary restraining order or a preliminary injunction to get immediate aid from the court.

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  • Importance of Proper Service of Process in International Cases

    With the expanding world economy and ballooning international transactions, we see an increase in litigation involving parties outside the United States. For any lawsuit, the plaintiff or proponent m

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  • Sweat the Small Stuff – Keeping Your Business in Compliance with Corporate Requirements

    Why Create a Corporation or LLC? One of the main reasons that businesses form corporations or limited liability companies (“LLCs”) is to protect the true owners from liability. For example, if a cor

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  • New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act Can Apply in Business to Business Transactions

    Business Consumers Can Sue Under Consumer Fraud Act. The New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (the “CFA”) can apply to business to business transactions, just as it applies to business to consumer transacti

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  • Condominium Associations Can File Liens and Sue Owners for Unpaid Assessments

    In the recent case of Adelphia Greens II Condominium Assoc., Inc. v. Dubrovsky, 34-2-6642, the New Jersey Court of Appeals reconfirmed that condominium associations have authority under the New Jersey

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  • Failure to Draft Home Improvement Contract Properly Costs Contractor

    The recent New Jersey case of Huston v. Lieber, App. Div. 09-2-6490, reminds contractors and homeowners of the importance of a properly drafted home improvement contract. In Huston, the Plaintiff, a

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