The Law Offices of Richard Malagiere, P.C., as a firm, has over 10 years of experience handling the defense of public entity liability claims, including but not limited to Federal and State Civil Rights claims, Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) claims civil rights claims, Law Against Discrimination (LAD) claims, prerogative writ claims involving public actions, including but not limited to land use approvals and rejections. The Firm also continues to maintain its strong presence in the public and private construction litigation field.
The Firm has experience representing public entity and employee defendants in both state and federal civil rights actions. In this regard, the firm offers a wealth of experience with 42 U.S.C. §1983 and the qualified and absolute immunity defenses which are available to police officers. We also maintain experience with the workings of 42 U.S.C. §1988 (which provides for attorneys’ fees to be paid to a successful 42 U.S.C. §1983 plaintiff) and its interplay with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 (Offer of Judgment) which can be used to reverse the fee shifting back onto the 42 U.S.C. §1983 plaintiff.
The Firm has litigated Fair Labor Standard Act class action lawsuits (29 U.S.C. §203, et seq.) for private companies engaged in the asbestos remediation business in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. The Firm has handled labor benefits claims under ERISA (29 U.S.C. §185) for private companies engaged in the construction industry in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, The Eastern District of New York and The Southern District of New York. The Firm has handled New Jersey and New York prevailing wage labor hearings.
The Firm has recently expanded its Practice Areas to include Patent Prosecution and Patent Litigation.