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Plastic surgeon was not defamed

A woman accused of defamation by her plastic surgeon was cleared by a jury in Monmouth County. In 2010, Frank Scaccia performed a rhinoplasty and deviated septum surgery on Marcy Piscopo, in Red Bank. In 2014, Scaccia discovered that Piscopo posted comments on the website Yelp, which reviews businesses, stating that "I almost died during surgery." Scaccia alleged defamation and tortious interference with a business relationship. Scaccia denied Piscopo had feared for her life. However, Piscopo claimed there had been excessive bleeding and a hole had developed in her nasal cavity. The jury found the website post was not substantially false and therefore Piscopo was not liable. The jury also found no interference with a business relationship.
Scaccia v. Piscopo
Monmouth County

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Apartment complex failed to accommodate disability

An employee at an apartment complex in Manchester Township persuaded a jury that his employer failed to accommodate his disability when it fired him. In 2015, Joseph Lach, 60, a maintenance technician at the apartment complex Briar Hill at Manchester, had taken disability leave. He had injured his left rotator cuff while cleaning an apartment and required surgery. While on leave, he was fired. Lach alleged failure to accommodate his disability, among other claims. Defense counsel argued Lach's firing was lawful, because the building needed repair work immediately and a temporary replacement could not be found. The jury determined that Lach was wrongfully terminated and awarded him $725,016, including $500,016 in punitive damages.
Lach v. Briar Hill at Manchester
Ocean County

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Car passenger prevails in drunk driving case

A car passenger injured by a drunk driver in Westfield was awarded more than $3.5 million in damages. In 2011, Katherine Grecco, 61, a secretary, was a riding in a car on Clifton Street when it was broadsided. Grecco's boyfriend, who was driving, was killed. Grecco claimed multiple injuries, including cognitive impairment. She sued the driver of the other car, Robert McGowan, alleging he was drunk. She also sued a bar, The Office, alleging violation of dram shop laws. The Office argued McGowan was not visibly drunk when served and disputed Grecco's injuries. The jury found McGowan 60 percent liable and The Office 40 percent. Grecco was awarded $3.5 million and an additional $50,000 in punitive damages against McGowan.
Grecco v. McGowan
Middlesex County

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Largest New Jersey Jury Verdicts:

(2018 only; based on cases reported to VerdictSearch)
$8,500,000 Dancyger v. Kocsis Monmouth Co. Jan 17
$6,800,000 Gorth v. Stutzman Middlesex Co. Jan 11
$3,550,000 Grecco v. McGowan Middlesex Co. Feb 8
$3,100,000 Estate of Dalessandro v. Siegel Passaic Co. Feb 1
$2,500,000 Coppola v. Yabon Monmouth Co. Mar 27
$1,300,000 Reid v. Radcliffebivins Monmouth Co. Jan 26
$725,016 Lach v. Briar Hill at Manchester Ocean Co. Mar 20
$400,000 Don v. Edison Car Co. Inc. Middlesex Co. Feb 26
$390,000 Stilo v. Colondres Middlesex Co. Feb 20
$350,533 Vega v. Family Dollar Stores Inc. Cumberland Co. Jan 11