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Client's prior attorney withdrew. Client, litigating as plaintiff pro se, was unable to meet his discovery responsibilities under the Court Rules. Defendant moved to dismiss and then moved again to dismiss with prejudice. Both were granted. I made motions to restore the case and to reconsider the Court's denial to restore, and preserved Client's appellate issues. Given the threat of appeal and the inherently high value of the matter, Defendant agreed to a $175k settlement in exchange for client's waiver of all appeals on a case that had been DISMISSED with prejudice.
Client had personally guaranteed a lease for an LLC of which he was no longer a member. The matter went to trial. I raised the defense of fraud in the inducement. After my cross-examination of Plaintiff, I was able to negotiate a settlement agreement wherein the remaining LLC member agreed to a payment plan and executed a lien on his home to secure the plan. Client executed a new guarantee, but there was no agreement to pay money. The assets pledged by the remaining member were sufficient to insulated Client from any execution against his assets or property.
Client was licensed to drive in Canada. He had his privilege suspended in New York, and was subsequently pulled over and written a suspended-driving ticket in New Jersey based on the New York suspension. Client was a stranger to New Jersey--he had no prior New Jersey offenses or license. Because any suspension would have been administrative in nature, the State had a duty to provide notice of the suspension, which it failed to do prior to the traffic stop. Since there was no notice of the suspension and client possessed a valid Canadian drivers' license, the case was dismissed.