Partner Celia Bosco was quoted in a New Jersey Law Journal’s article, “NJ Court Considers Conflict Rules for Development Plans” concerning her recent argument before the New Jersey Supreme Court in the matter of Grabowsky v. Township of Montclair. Ms. Bosco is Director of the Appellate Practice and Health and Hospital Law Groups and member of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group. In the article, Ms. Bosco discusses the potential pitfalls of the Supreme Court adopting a conflict of interest rule that would automatically bar municipal officials from voting on a development matter if they have any interest in an organization that is located within 200 feet of the property to be developed. Ms. Bosco argued to the Court that such a bright-line rule would invite unnecessary speculation as to whether municipal officials had conflicting personal interests that would disqualify them from considering development proposals, and that any disqualifications had to be based upon more than just “an appearance of impropriety.”
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