Katharine Coffey and Christopher John Stracco wrote an article, "Discovery Rule Resurrects Fraud Claim On NJ Property Sale," for Law360. The article is about the Superior Court, Appellate Division’s precedential decision in Catena v. Raytheon Company, et al., Docket No.: A-4636-13T4. The Appellate Division's decision here reinforces the equitable nature of the discovery rule in New Jersey jurisprudence. The court concluded that under the circumstances, the plaintiff's initial discovery of contamination to his property in Teterboro, New Jersey in 1998 did not constitute discovery and that the prior owner concealed knowledge of the contamination and the attempt at subsequent cleanup. The court emphasized that the discovery rule "is designed to avoid harsh results that otherwise would flow from mechanical application of a statute of limitations." In the context of fraud especially, "the victim's lack of awareness of the fraud is the wrongdoer's very object. The rule thus prevents the defendant from benefiting from his own deceit."
On November 18, the Morris County Bar Association will hold their 2020 Legalpalooza.
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On September 14, Patricia "Paty" Jimenez served as a panelist for the session, "Ethical Issues That Can Arise in Commercial Real Estate Transactions," at the Connecticut Bar Association's Virtual Connecticut Legal Conference.
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Katharine Coffey and Christopher Stracco, both partners at Day Pitney, were quoted by Law360 in the article, "Virus Creates Opening For Office Market In NJ Suburbs."
April Condon has been elected to a three-year term as Vice Chairwoman of the Stamford Partnership, a nonprofit that focuses on improving the city's business climate and public services.
On July 15, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its much awaited decision in Christian Mission John 3:16 v. Passaic City. The court granted certification on an appeal from the Appellate Division, which affirmed a decision of the Tax Court rejecting a property tax exemption for a church in the City of Passaic.
Craig Gianetti, a partner in Day Pitney's Real Estate & Land Use group, has been elected to serve as Chair of the Land Use Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA).