Nothing Exceptional About Bullying Tactics

The New Jersey Law Journal just published an account of a case that they deemed newsworthy since apparently it is not all that common for a plaintiff to get their attorney fees paid:

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Hammer in Newark found that the case, Renna v. County of Union, qualified as “exceptional” under the fee-shifting provisions of the Lanham Act and that Union County should pay Renna’s lawyers more than $40,000 in fees and costs.

If you are interested in the details here is the decision in the original case, the decision in the fee application case and the ethics complaint filed against the county attorney who did the bullying.  The case itself was clear harassment and an object lesson in using law, however absurdly interpreted, as a weapon but, when you consider the results, it all worked out for the County of Union.

  • Not only is the Cranford cable access channel not airing the Union County Citizens’ Forum program but they got so spooked by the county’s bullying that you don’t expect them to run announcements of story time at the library without disclaimers.
  • The county lawyer involved got a raise and a promotion.

If Union County set out to quash free speech and maintain an ignorant electorate it could not have orchestrated a more effective outcome and for only $40,000 that nobody directly involved in the harassment would have to pick up.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tough Love on January 8, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    The lawyer sounds like quite a character. Too bad none of the aggrieved parties didn’t look into bar association sanctions.

    Reply

  2. Posted by Tough Love on January 9, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Hi John,

    I’ve been awaiting the NJ pension Commission’s recommendations.

    Any word from your contact on the Committee when that Report may be released?

    Thanks !

    Reply

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