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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Trials upcoming for two Fairfield lawsuits.

On May 26, 2015, I posted on this blog two separate civil complaints filed by Wayne Byrd (who claimed disparagement and a breach of confidentiality) and Robert Hulitt (who claimed wrongful termination from several Township positions).  I learned today that both matters are scheduled for trial this Spring.

Byrd's trial is scheduled for Monday, March 28, 2016 and Hulitt's is on for Monday, April 25, 2016 (postponed to June 27, 2016).  Both will be heard at 9 a.m. by Judge Richard J. Geiger at the Bridgeton courthouse.  Citizens interested in observing either trial should call Judge Geiger's secretary at 856-453-4690 the day prior to ensure that the trial hasn't been adjourned.

Former Mayor Michael Sharp's March 6, 2015 discrimination lawsuit is still active and has not yet been scheduled for trial.

Local Salvage yard settled with Fairfield in 2015.

I have recently discovered that a 2014 lawsuit filed against the Township by a Ramah Road auto salvage yard and its owners settled for $40,000 in August 2015.  In their lawsuit, Robert and Michele Hoffman of Rosenhayn and B&M Auto Salvage and Towing, LLC had claimed that Township officials conspired to arbitrarily deny the salvage yard a business permit which resulted in the salvage yard breaching a sales agreement.

In addition to the $40,000 payment, the Township conceded that the Ramah Road property upon which the salvage yard sits "is appropriately zoned for use as an auto salvage yard or junkyard" and agreed to issue B&M a business license
within 30 days of the agreement.