Boy Scouts Bankruptcy To Create Compensation Fund; Shorter Filing Deadline

On February 18, 2020, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection as it faces hundreds of lawsuits brought by men who claim they were sexually abused as Scouts.

The bankruptcy filing should not preclude abuse survivors from receiving compensation if they file a claim.  Rather, the process is expected to create a fund from which victims can receive compensation.

“The bankruptcy filing does not alter our commitment to obtain justice for victims of sexual abuse at the hands of the Boy Scouts,” states, Eric G. Kahn of Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, PC.

“The forum may have changed, but our efforts will continue,” adds Javerbaum Wurgaft partner, Rubin M. Sinins.

Importantly, the bankruptcy filing is expected to set a new deadline by which claims must be made.  Therefore, if you or a loved one was sexually abused by someone associated with the Boy Scouts, please contact us to protect your rights.

Attorney Eric Kahn settled $4.65M in drunk driving and dram shop claims

Managing Shareholder Eric Kahn wins $4.9MM Verdict against the United States Postal Service

Congratulations to our managing partner, Eric Kahn, for another incredible result on behalf of our clients. Eric settled a case against the United States Postal Service for $4,900,000. Unfortunately, this accident resulted in serious injuries to Eric’s 55 year old client, but the settlement will allow her to receive the medical care that she will require in the future. Claims against the Federal Government under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) can be complicated, but this an area of the law where Eric has developed a specialty.

Michael Galpern, Partner at Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom and Sinins, P.C. in Mount Laurel and Hackensack, and Stephen DeNittis, Partner at DeNittis Osefchen and Prince, announced today the filing of a class action complaint against HealthPlus Surgical Center. The class action complaint and jury demand is being filed in New Jersey Superior Court, Essex County on behalf of over 3,700 patients who were exposed to potentially life-threatening and disabling diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV. The complaint, based in part on admissions made by defendant, seeks medical monitoring and medical testing damages for exposed individuals and other injunctive relief.
Both Galpern and DeNittis have extensive experience in New Jersey class actions and medical injury claims. Both firms issued the following statement about the case: “Today we took the first step towards achieving a remedy for 3,700 citizens exposed to potentially deadly diseases through no fault of their own. The ounce of prevention which HealthPlus failed to initiate has now materialized into a potential public health disaster. We are hopeful that HealthPlus will understand the gravity of the situation and work towards meaningful medical monitoring to prevent a catastrophe.”

Mr. Galpern can be reached at :
Michael A. Galpern, Partner
Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom and Sinins, P.C.

Mr. DeNittis can be reached at :
DeNittis, Osefchen and Prince

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Javerbaum Wurgaft Attorneys Successful on Appeals

Gregg Wisotsky, with the assistance of David Wikstrom, was recently successful before the Appellate Division in having a case that was previously dismissed by a trial judge restored! Gregg represents a client who fell and was seriously injured while walking across a poorly maintained driveway after stepping off of the sidewalk. The trial judge dismissed the case, finding that the defendants were immune to a lawsuit, relying on the longstanding proposition that residential homeowners are not liable for poorly maintained sidewalks that abut their property. The Judge dismissed the lawsuit, essentially treating this matter as a just another “sidewalk” case.

On Appeal, we argued that the trial judge failed to consider where our client fell, and misapplied the residential sidewalk immunity law since the fall did not in fact occur on a public sidewalk. The Appellate Division agreed, and reversed the dismissal of the case, and remanded it back to the trial court for trial.

In another matter, Eric Kahn, with the assistance of Annabelle Steinhacker, successfully argued an Appeal on behalf of an injured plaintiff whose case was dismissed, when she was represented by another attorney, after the case was mistakenly dismissed by a trial judge. Eric Kahn said that “cases must be decided on their merits, rather than procedural technicalities, and every person deserves an opportunity to have his or her day in Court”. The Appellate Division reversed the trial court’s procedural dismissal, and remanded the case for trial.

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Eric Kahn Installed as President of the North Jersey Chapter of ABOTA

On Tuesday, December 11, Eric G. Kahn, Managing Shareholder of our firm, was installed as President of the North Jersey Chapter of The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). The preservation of our civil justice system and the protection of the rights of our clients is at the core of the work we do at Javerbaum Wurgaft each and every day. ABOTA shares these core values, and works on a state and national level to protect our 7th Amendment right to a trial by jury, and the preservation of integrity in the legal field. The ABOTA Foundation uses it’s resources to teach lawyers and students the importance of our system of justice, and to increase the advocacy skills of attorneys.

Eric is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney who has been in practice for 25 years and has tried to verdict about 100 cases. He handles a broad spectrum of cases including sexual assault and abuse, auto and trucking accidents, medical malpractice and construction site accident cases, Eric uses his vast experience to be an effective advocate for his clients.

Eric is the immediate Past-President of the New Jersey Association for Justice, is a member of the New Jersey State Bar, is a certified member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and has received multiple awards for his Pro Bono work. Eric lectures and moderates legal seminars frequently, both in the State and nationally. He also has obtained two jury verdicts in excess of $15,000,000.00

The Installation ceremony took place at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, N.J

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Women’s History Month – Women in the Law

March is Women’s History Month; a month federally designated to celebrate historical and contemporaneous contributions made by women. This month and every day, we at Javerbaum Wurgaft honor the myriad accomplishments achieved by women in the law.

While the national average for the last twenty years has seen women graduating law school at roughly the same rate as men, the advancement of women in the field has stagnated. A recent large firm survey found that women only comprise 21.46% of partners. When breaking that figure down between equity and non-equity partners, female equity partnership drops to an abysmal 17.4%.1 At Javerbaum Wurgaft, we confront inequities like this by seeking solutions internally and through active participation in the legal community.

Javerbaum Wurgaft is committed to supporting the promotion of women. Over the past several years, the women of Javerbaum Wurgaft have created opportunities for women to come together to network and engage in meaningful dialogues to address continued inequities in the profession. Every year, Diane Cardoso organizes a Ladies’ Networking spa day at the New Jersey Association of Justice’s Boardwalk Convention in Atlantic City. She also initiated an annual Ladies’ Networking Dinner at the New Jersey Association of Justice’s Meadowlands Convention. In July of 2016, Annabelle Steinhacker hosted a Women’s Networking Event addressing systemic sexism in the law and facilitating an open discussion aimed at practical solutions. These events provide unique opportunities for women to make professional connections and to organize and confront obstacles impairing the progress of women within the legal community.

To advance gender parity, the women at Javerbaum Wurgaft occupy leadership positions in New Jersey and national legal organizations. Diane Cardoso is a state revitalization delegate to the American Association of Justice. She also is a board member of the New Jersey Association of Justice, the Treasurer for the Hudson County Bar Association and a fellow of the New Jersey State Bar Association Leadership Academy for 2017-18. Judge Marguerite Simon serves as the Commissioner of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission and was selected as a member of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals. Annabelle Steinhacker is a trustee for the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey. She also serves as a Director on the Board of Directors, at her alma mater, for the Maine Law Alumni Association. Laura Nicolette is the Young Lawyers Trustee to the Union County Bar Association. Jessica Bland is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law, and mentors second and third-year members of SHU’s Interscholastic Moot Court Board. By assuming leadership roles, the women of Javerbaum Wurgaft seek to include a broader perspective and greater access in New Jersey’s leading legal organizations.

All the women of Javerbaum Wurgaft maintain memberships among New Jersey’s many legal organizations including the New Jersey Association of Justice, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Brennan-Vanderbilt Inn of Court, and many of the county bar associations. In addition to active participation within organizations, the women of Javerbaum Wurgaft regularly lecture at legal symposiums ranging from NJICLE and NJAJ to the Women and the Law annual seminar hosted by the New Jersey Defense Association.

Backed by a consistently supportive roster of attorneys, both male and female, Javerbaum Wurgaft continues to be a change-maker in gender inequity in the State of New Jersey. Actively advocating for women by providing networking opportunities and a leading voice among the many legal organizations in our State ensures a stronger legal community accessible to all. A more diverse profession benefits not only the legal community but our clients as well. We are proud of our commitment to promoting women, to our continued fight against unconscious bias and systemic sexism, and to our promise to pursue greater accessibility and parity in the legal profession.

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Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian

With technology ever changing, many have predicted the days of the space aged cartoon of the 70’s, The Jetsons are finally here.  The world in 2018 is not a cartoon and having a car that drives itself carries inherent danger.  Rideshare vehicles with an actual driver are dangerous enough, particularly when a company such as Uber or Lyft fails to adequately screen or train its drivers.  Rideshare giants like Uber need to understand that while autonomous vehicles may the future, as today’s fatal accident demonstrates, they are not the present.

Uber has put in place self driving cars so they can eliminate their one key chief expense, drivers.  Profits over people is dangerous in any business, but experimenting with driverless cars on actual roads and highways used by motorists and pedestrians had deadly consequences.  Last night a woman simply walking across the road in the crosswalk was struck and killed by an self driving Uber car. Although Uber is allegedly cooperating with the Tempe, Arizona police, the question still exists why would a self driving car be on the road if such accidents can happen relatively early in their use? The only logical answer is Uber’s desire to maximize their profits at the expense of the public’s safety.  The public knows that GPS devices and mapping applications are not fully reliable.  Autonomous vehicles essentially rely on the same technology, and when you consider this fact,  the dangers of self driving vehicles are clear.

Ride-share companies and applications have been a wonderful concept that allows many travelers and people in need of rides to have a car at their fingertips. However accidents are bound to follow the use of a motor vehicle and initially Uber was not prepared for the insurance and the need that would follow. Early in it’s inception, class-action lawsuits were filed and many disputes erupted across the country as to what insurance coverage, if any, Uber would supply to their drivers and protect the innocent paying passengers. Although in many states, the laws have changed to mandate Uber produce certain insurance, it is essential that if anyone is injured in an accident, they immediately speak with an attorney who understands the complexities of ride-share vehicles and how the claims must be handled.

The Ride-Share Group of Javerbaum Wurgaft is dedicated to understand the complexities of ride share litigation and is on the cutting edge of handling Uber cases. Partners Lawrence Simon and Jeffrey Rizika handle these matters is New York and New Jersey respectively. Larry is not only the co chair of the ride share litigation group of the American Association for Justice, a national lawyers organization, (of which Jeff is also a group member), he is also a founding member of the Ride-Share Law Group, a collection of prominent personal injury attorneys throughout the country who have dedicated their profession to protecting those who are injured at the hands of others. Now, more than ever, the stakes are even higher due to self driving Uber cars as well as the tragic death of a pedestrian.

Now is the time to reach out to Javerbaum Wurgaft, so that you and your family are protected. When life begins to resemble a cartoon, it is time to get serious and get protection.

David Wikstrom’s $2.7 million settlement for a man who lost his arm in a sausage manufacturing plant accident was highlighted in the “Ten More Awards Worth Noting” sub-section

David L. Wikstrom joins NJ State Bar Association Board of Trustees

Javerbaum Wurgaft is proud to announce the addition of David Wickstrom to the New Jersey State Bar Association Board of Trustees. David joins other NJSBA leaders in the Association’s commitment in  advancing the practice of law, providing education to both the public and to other attorneys,  and promoting access to the civil justice system to all New Jersey residents. David will fill the Union County seat vacated when Marc Brown moved to the Superior Court. David further serves the Union County community by teaching Constitutional Law as an adjunct professor at Union County College, and a past President of the Union County Bar Association.  David is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney and a  shareholder with the firm.

Sexual Abuse of Students Continues in the News

Today we see yet another news report concerning alleged sexual abuse of students by teachers. At Javerbaum Wurgaft, we are dedicated to fighting for the victims of abuse and ending these unforgivable violations. Students are entitled to special protections from those who stand in the place of parents. Those who breach that sacred trust must be called to account. Partners Eric Kahn and Rubin Sinins fight for students’ rights.

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Responsibility and accountability – even for the powerful – are rooted into the core of our legal system. This country’s founders knew that a democracy needs a court system that empowers people to protect themselves by holding the powerful to account. That’s why the Constitution guarantees each person the right to a trial by jury. The founders feared unaccountable power in the form of the King of England against his “subjects.” 21st Century America may not have a king, but it does have billion dollar corporations touching every part of every person’s life. These corporations now seek the kind of unaccountable power our founders sought to protect against, and they’re seeking that power by destroying your constitutional right to a trial by jury.

Politicians who are in the pockets of large corporations and insurance companies have devised a plan specifically aimed at destroying our right to hold those in power accountable for their misdeeds. Their plain is to enact laws that will all but destroy your right to use the judicial system to protect yourself. They have introduced bills which, if passed, will enact arbitrary changes to courts all across the country, including:

  • Limiting compensation for injuries caused by medical professionals, including doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, and medical device manufacturers,

to $250,000.00, regardless of how much that injury devastated your life

or the extent of malfeasance by the medical professional or company.

  • Eliminating class-action law suits, which would essentially destroy the ability to bring the kinds of cases that keep us safe
  • Eliminate Individual States Law regarding lawsuits and forcing all cases to Federal Court
  • Allowing insurance companies to make “payments” rather than paying full compensation.


We must tell our government to put people first and stop trampling on our rights. Javerbaum Wurgaft has been protecting citizens of New Jersey and New York by demanding that everyone is treated fairly, regardless of gender, race, or economic status. Please join us in demanding that Congress do the same. We must ban together and contact our representatives to demand they say NO to these outrageous attacks on our rights. Go to each link below and tell them NO!