Posts Tagged ‘renna’

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.

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Who says there’s a democratic machine in Union County?

Union County prosecutor Robert J. Vanderstreet in his arguments in the Renna case today tried to paint Tina Renna as politically partisan (and thus presumably not capable of being a journalist as silly that sounds in our Fox/MSNBC/Drudge/Air America mileu) by pointing to her:

“dislike of the democratic machine here in Union County.”

An exact quote that the people in that courtroom (other than me) didn’t squirm at.  Some didn’t even remember him saying it, such was there tacit acceptance of the proposition. Where was the ‘alleged’ or the ‘supposed’ or the ‘what some people call’ in the prosecutor’s remark?  Nowhere to be found in his prepared statement.

Yes there is a machine and everyone recognizes it, especially the cogs.  The next question: where is the outrage?  Where is your outrage?

As to the rest of the case nothing was settled today except a plenary hearing was scheduled for Thursday, February 28 where presumably the same half-dozen people from the Prosecutor’s office with their deep pockets and unlimited resources will mill around seeing if the UCWA still has the grit, determination, and money to fight the machine.