Hooray! We Got Sued!

The Star Ledger reported that Union County is being sued over alleged sex assaults at the juvenile center but what they did not report is that, because of the county’s participation in New Jersey’s flourishing pay-to-play system, county taxpayers are already on the hook for up to $100,000 in legal fees to mostly connected law firms as county counsel determined that the fourteen defendants in Fowler v. UC, et als need different outside law firms to represent them with each of the firms starting the meter at $10,000, an amount that, based on past experience, will escalate regularly over the course of the case to what should eventually hit six figures for each.  Those firms:

LAW FIRM……………………………………….DEFENDANT

Palumbo & Renaud………………………………….Union County and County Detention Center

Antonelli Minchello, PC………………………….Carl Cunningham and Alberto Rodriguez

Kologi Simitz…………………………………………Edward Koon

Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Faber……………Rebecca Mentor

Weber Dowd Law…………………………………..Owen Williams

Cottrell Solensky & Semple……………………..Tekki Allen and Antonio Hinojosa

Florio & Kenney, LLP………………………………Thelma Abney

Jardim, Meisner & Susser, PC…………………..Douglas Polk

Shain, Schaffer & Rafanello……………………..Sherita Lawson and Shavona Holiday

LaCorte, Bundy, Varady & Kinsella…………….Greg Lyons

Also on this night there was a separate lawsuit, Barbara Egger, et als v. Runnells Specialized Hospital that put one of Union County’s most connected law firms on the meter starting at $10,000

Bauch Zucker Hatfield, LLC……………………..Runnells

The official rationale for hiring outside counsel, as partially explained in the video below, is that there are conflicts among the defendants that the county’s many in-house lawyers can’t handle and require the services of outside counsel, preferably democratic campaign donors (though that last part was not in the official explanation but everyone took that for granted).
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Need further explanation?

It’s legal. It’s New Jersey.  It’s Union County.  This is how we allow ourselves to be governed.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tough Love on July 18, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Is their a quick source for campaign donations from these firms (or their partners) ?

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    • The links for the law firms go the NJ Election Law Enforcement database but it’s not as user-friendly as it could be. Perhaps assigning codes to each candidate, party, and donor might help since I suspect there are a few donations missed because of misspellings. Then there is the issue of how many spouses or close relatives who don’t work for the law firm technically wind up giving money that doesn’t show up as coming from that firm?

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  2. Posted by bpaterson on July 18, 2014 at 11:14 am

    And its open billing season for all 10+ law firms, since no one makes sure the billing is accountable to the time. Christmas in july, with many happy returns…… in donations to the campaigns of our elected officials.

    JB1, you have the ELEC donations for the legal firms, thank you. But sadly using just one search format the ELEC site does not list every donation in the search box, one has to also use the other ELEC search formats. One good example is T&M who donates over $15k to the UC FH’s campaigns every year. If you do a search on T&M the last 4 years the list will not contain 2 T&M donation checks of $7600. A different search format then uncovers the missing two donations. Some other ways to get around having donations found in 1 spot is to misspell a name, then its posted somewhere else. All in all, the ELEC site is the best compendium and of course its the only compendium for the state level on down. I’m sure the politicans are scheming somehow to try to make the site more unfriendly and corrupted so they can be more evasive in the pay to play.

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