On Aug. 25, the operator of a New Jersey car dealership and a Motor Vehicle Commission technician pleaded guilty to their involvement in a fraudulent scheme. The 42-year-old dealership operator, and his 30-year-old codefendant, a former employee of the Freehold Motor Vehicle Agency, were found guilty of using fraudulent car titles and damaged vehicles from Super Storm Sandy to take advantage of unsuspecting customers. Charges are pending against others at the dealership as well.
New Jersey residents may not be familiar with Food Lion, but a recent discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the grocery store chain may be of some interest. In the lawsuit, which was filed on Aug. 20, the agency claims that a Food Lion employee's religious rights were violated when he was fired from his job because he refused to work on Sundays.
A new state law allows wineries in New Jersey to host weddings and other types of special events. However, in recent business litigation, the Borough of West Cape May alleges that Willow Creek Winery is not complying with the conditions required in the new legislation. The borough also contends that the winery needs to apply for a state pilot program before it is allowed to continue hosting events.
Terminal Construction Corp. has appealed a decision from a superior court judge that upheld the awarding of a construction contract to build the Bergen County Justice Center given to a rival company. A state appellate judge issued a temporary stay on Aug. 4 for the $66 million contract until he can hear arguments in the commercial litigation dispute. The county originally chose Terminal's competitor Dobco Construction Services for the project, which includes building a parking garage next to the center.