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Are you paying too much in real estate taxes? Why not consider an appeal of your 2014 local property tax assessment?

On or about February 1, 2014, the local tax assessor in every municipality across New Jersey should have notified each taxpayer by mail - usually a white and blue post card - of the 2014 assessment on each parcel of real estate in the municipality. For 2014, local property tax assessments are required to represent the assessor's estimate of the market value of the property (the so-called "true" value) as of October 1, 2013.

However, these assessments are not… Continue

I hope you have all been staying warm and safe during the latest harsh, cold days of winter.  However, I know that Jersey City residents are a resilient bunch and I am happy to share with you some news that underscores that resiliency.  This past weekend we hosted two welcoming events for the AFC Champions - the Denver Broncos and for the NFC Champions - the  Seattle Seahawks.  Jersey City football fans braved the extremely cold weather to welcome the two teams who are making Jersey City their home as they head into the Superbowl game at the MetLife Stadium. … Continue

Intellectual property (IP) including trade secret law evolves constantly with advances in technology, a changing global economy, and a fluid work environment. IP and trade secret litigation requires a party whose IP, including trade secrets, has been threatened or misappropriated to act swiftly to protect their interests. That is why it is critical to retain counsel with expertise in IP and trade secret law; experienced attorneys who are constantly monitoring the Courts for any new changes.

DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, is a nationally-recognized, full-service law firm with leaders in large array of practices including IP and trade secret… Continue

By Heather Haddon

Former president Bill Clinton came into Jersey City Tuesday for a fundraiser for its new mayor, stoking speculation that Steven Fulop could be eyeing a statewide run in New Jersey.

Mr. Clinton headlined a private luncheon at the Liberty House Restaurant in the state's second largest city at noon. More than 300 people were slated to attend, paying at least $250 for the luncheon, according to two people who attended the event.  A smaller VIP session was held immediately before, with roughly 50  people paying $10,000 for a photo with Mr. Clinton, according to a person familiar… Continue

DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP was bond counsel to the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority (NJHCFFA) in connection with the dissolution of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and the reapportionment of UMDNJ's $668 million in outstanding debt to Rutgers the State University, Rowan University and University Hospital. The NJHCFFA financing was one of three simultaneous bond issuances aggregating $1.03 billion. Proceeds of this complex transaction, which was undertaken pursuant to the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act, enabled each institution to refinance its allocable share of the UMDNJ debt… Continue

As Court Punts, Time for Lawmakers To Reconsider Mt. Laurel

New Jersey Law Journal
By Edward J. Boccher
3 November 2013,
810 words,

The Supreme Court's Sept. 26 ruling on affordable housing (quizzically hailed in some quarters as a "victory" for affordable-housing interests) actually resolved little.
Indeed, it seemed to be a decision not to decide.

The court had a rare opportunity to review and evaluate its historic Mt. Laurel decisions, which required, among other things, that all towns provide for their "fair share" of affordable housing. Instead, the court punted. But in stepping aside, has the court opened the… Continue

Court decision provides opportunity to make major changes in Affordable Housing regulations

By Andrew George
Michael McGuinness sees last month's court decision on the Council on Affordable Housing as a win.
Just not the kind you crack open a bottle of Bollinger over.

"This win ... might need some additional work," said McGuinness, CEO of the development group NAIOP's New Jersey chapter.

The case centered largely on COAH guidelines that say a municipality accrues its affordable housing obligation as a percentage of the residential building and job growth that occurs within its borders. Under that so-called growth share formula, the… Continue

Governor Christie has signed major economic development legislation to spur economic growth in our state. This legislation, the Economic Opportunity Act of 2013, while complex, offers broad economic incentives for a range of redevelopment projects and can help jumpstart projects for developers who are prepared to take advantage of this opportunity.

The attorneys at the law firm of DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole, LLP have put together a white paper to help developers understand this comprehensive piece of legislation and see if a project is eligible to receive tens of thousands of dollars available in tax credits. The firm's white paper… Continue

I hope this email finds you well. My administration is moving things forward at an impressive pace and delivering on the promises that were made.  We've started the process of dissolving the Jersey City Parking Authority, delivering the promise of streamlined, cost-efficient services.  We've created a Citizen Public Safety Advisory Board - delivering the promise of accountability from your city government.  We collected $2.3 million dollars from a developer through contract enforcement, delivering on the promise of fiscal health.  We are now a designated "Let's Move City" and are part of the "Mayors Wellness Campaign" - programs that deliver the… Continue

Development Will Bring New Rentals and Retailers to Northern New Jersey Redirects to The Wallstreet Journal

In the popular Politifax Newsletter, the DeCotiis law firm was listed as a "Winner of the Week" for their recent expansion in New Jersey. Winner: The DeCotiis Firm DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole opened offices in Princeton and Mount Laurel to give the Teaneck- based law firm a statewide physical presence.

DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin,  LLP ranked as a top national law firm in publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine, has announced the opening of two new offices in New Jersey. The firm, widely considered one of the most influential in the state, is opening offices in Princeton and Mount Laurel, New Jersey to help make the firm more accessible to its clients throughout the state. "Expanding our offices in the state will be a great benefit to our clients throughout the state," said Joseph DeCotiis, Managing Partner. "At DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin client service… Continue

I hope this email finds you well as you swing into the long Labor Day weekend.   This month my administration has been fine tuning our infrastructure and establishing a solid foundation for building a stronger more sustainable Jersey City.  I am implementing policies that will ensure our growth is effectuated in a way that is meaningful and fair:  we unveiled the City's first abatement policy in the history of our great city;  we received excellent news from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs underscoring the enormous growth potential of Jersey City; and I have put in place a policy… Continue

Jersey City Minority Police Recruitment Drive; Partner with local non-profits for registration aid and FREE test preparatory courses JERSEY CITY - Mayor Steven M. Fulop and Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jr., with the support of several Jersey City non-profits, are launching a Jersey City Minority Police Recruitment Drive, which will kick off at a public information session at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in City Hall Council Chambers, 280 Grove Street. Non-profit partners include PACO, the Asian American Law Enforcement Association (AALEA), the Philippine American Friendship Committee (PAFCOM), Urban League, the Hispanic Law Enforcement Association (HALEA), and the Inter-Minority… Continue

Scuba and Cricket Programs to Follow in Early Fall JERSEY CITY - Mayor Steven M. Fulop and Councilman Daniel Rivera announced today in conjunction with the Department of Recreation that the City has launched a boxing program for Jersey City youth ages eight to 18 with the program starting on Tuesday, Aug. 20th, 2013. This is in addition to a youth scuba diving program starting in September and a Cricket program in late fall. "Residents have been asking for a boxing program for our youth for several years and we are pleased to get this program off the ground," said… Continue

Congratulations to the Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) for being named the top hospital in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report for the second consecutive year. HackensackUMC further burnished its reputation by ranking third in the entire New York Metro Area. "Under Robert C. Garrett's leadership, Hackensack University Medical Center has proven that it's not necessary to cross a bridge or a tunnel to get the best care possible," said Joseph DeCotiis, Managing Partner of DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP. "We are proud to call Hackensack University Medical Center a client, and were especially proud to help… Continue

Some big names are coming to New Jersey to support Newark Mayor Cory Booker in his bid for U.S. Senate, including one of his highest profile backers: Oprah Winfrey. Ms. Winfrey is set to hold an evening fundraiser for Mr. Booker on Aug. 1 at the Liberty House restaurant in Jersey City, the Booker campaign confirmed Friday. Invitations to the event are being printed and are expected to be mailed out on Monday. One hundred people are expected to attend. General admission to the event is $1,000, with $2,600 tickets for a "VIP" level that includes a photograph. Michael Kempner,… Continue

Earlier this week, New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced the formation of a committee to focus on how to expedite litigation filed in civil actions. DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole, LLP is pleased to announce that our Partner and Co-Chair of our Litigation Practice, Jeffrey D. Smith is among the attorneys selected to serve on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Expedited Civil Action. The committee's chief goal, stated by Chief Justice Rabner, will be to, "develop a program that will achieve speedier justice at a lower cost without sacrificing due process and fairness to litigants." Further, the… Continue

DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP is a full-service law firm of largely New Jersey-born attorneys achieving nationally recognized results for their clients. This year, for only the second year in Martindale-Hubbell's 140-year history, it published a list of the country's top-ranked law firms. Bergen County's own DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin is proud to have ranked in the top quarter of one percent of the nation's law firms for the second consecutive year. The DeCotiis firm earned this honor because, no matter the size of the claim or the severity of the charge, its attorneys get results. The DeCotiis team… Continue

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